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Headline News TV Executive Tom Mazza Joins Cookie Jar Entertainment

Press Release from Cookie Jar Entertainment

Burbank, CA (April 29, 2009) -- Longtime TV executive Tom Mazza has joined Cookie Jar Entertainment as EVP and Head of Worldwide TV. Mazza will run Cookie Jar's new primetime label, THE JAR. He will also manage the company's development and production departments as well as sales and distribution, program acquisition and international co-productions.

Headline News Left 4 Dead, Iron Man Win at ELAN Awards

At the third annual ELAN Awards, LEFT 4 DEAD won four out of the nine videogame categories. IRON MAN won for best vfx film and WALL-E was chosen for best animated feature.

A full list of winners is as follows:

Video Game Nominees

Video Game Of The Year

LEFT 4 DEADValve

Best Console Game

FALLOUT 3Bethesda Softworks -- Todd Howard, Game Director; Emil Pagliarulo, Lead Designer & Writer; Gavin Carter, Lead Producer

LEFT 4 DEADValve

Headline News Denzel Washington Might be Unstoppable

Denzel Washington is in negotiations to star in Tony Scott's UNSTOPPABLE drama, per VARIETY, about a runaway train carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals.

The 20th Century Fox production was written by Mark Bomback, and is loosely based on a real event. Washington would play an experienced engineer who must board the train with a young conductor to chase the train down.

Headline News Raccoon & Crawfish Takes Top Animation Prize in Las Vegas

Press Release from Oneida Indian Nation

Oneida Nation Homelands -- The Las Vegas Film Festival, held April 9-12 in the city known as the entertainment capital of the world, selected RACCOON & CRAWFISH as the winner of the Best Animation prize, making it the 18th festival win since it entered the festival circuit well over a year ago.

Headline News Sci Fi Roars Into Summer of 2009

New York, NY -- April 24, 2009 -- After kicking off with a Memorial Day LAND OF THE LOST marathon, SCI FI blasts into Summer '09 with a wealth of original programming from the series premiere of WAREHOUSE 13 and new episodes of EUREKA (on its new night Fridays at 9PM beginning July 10th) and GHOST HUNTERS to Saturday night movies showcasing stars such as Jason Gedrick, James Marsters and Peta Wilson.

Summer on SCI FI also includes the popular July 4th weekend TWILIGHT ZONE marathon and, on July 7, SCI FI becomes Syfy.

SUMMER SCRIPTED SERIES

Headline News Disney Interactive Studios Names Dan Tudge VP and GM, Propaganda Games

Press Release from Disney Interactive Studios

BURBANK, Calif. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Disney Interactive Studios today announced the appointment of Dan Tudge as vice president and general manager of Propaganda Games, Disney Interactive Studios' development studio in Vancouver, British Columbia. Tudge is tasked with overseeing the operations of the 130-person studio as it continues the development of two unannounced games.

Headline News VIZ Media Partners With SBT to Bring Naruto Season 2 to Brazil

Press Release from VIZ Media

San Francisco, CA April 20, 2009 -- VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, continues to expand the global audience base for its successful NARUTO animated series with a continuing terrestrial broadcast partnership with SBT (Sistema Brasileiro de Televisao), one of the largest television networks in Brazil.

Headline News The Lost Symbol Rounds Out Da Vinci Code Trilogy for Columbia

Columbia Pictures, about a month away from the release of ANGELS & DEMONS, will move quickly on a third installment of the Dan Brown franchise, per VARIETY.

The author announced the next book, THE LOST SYMBOL, will hit bookshelves on September 15, 2009 in the U.S. in Canada. The book is reportedly complete, and will roll out with an estimated five million copies in its first printing.

-- By News Editor Annemarie Moody

Headline News Caustic Graphics Unveils CausticRT for Massively Accelerated Raytracing

Caustic Graphics has released CausticRT, touted as the only massively accelerated raytracing system for achieving interactive, movie-quality 3D computer graphics. The Caustic development platform, which includes a raytracing accelerator card and SDK, is now available to qualified developers so they can port their 3D applications to Caustic and deliver fast, efficient raytracing to their customers.

Headline News Zeke's Pad Inks Deal with Radio-Canada

Press Release from Bardel Distribution

VANCOUVER -- Bardel Distribution has secured a broadcast deal for its newest CG series, ZEKE'S PAD with Radio-Canada. "We're happy to be working with Radio-Canada again", says CEO, Delna Bhesania. "ZEKE'S PAD is a wonderful fit for SRC's audience, and we're happy to have the show air in both of Canada's official languages."

Headline News Entity FX Ships Visual Effects for Harper's Island

Press Release from Entity FX

Santa Monica, CA, and Vancouver, BC (April 15, 2009) -- Award-winning visual effects company Entity FX has completed visual effects for HARPER'S ISLAND, a new murder-mystery-style television drama airing Thursday evenings at 10:00 PM Eastern/Pacific on CBS. Entity FX created visual effects for the show's 13 episodes, which began airing April 9, 2009.

Headline News Nerd Corps Sues Kidz Ent. for Back Fees

Nerd Corps Entertainment has filed suit against Danish licensing agent Kidz Entertainment surrounding payment of show delivery of STORM HAWKS, according to KIDSCREEN.

Filed in January in British Columbia, the suit alleges that Kidz agreed to pay $267,300 (approximately) for the delivery of 26 episodes of action series STORM HAWKS and marketing and licensing the property in Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Iceland.

Headline News Viz Pictures Teams With Trans World To Promote Death Note: L, change the WorLd

Press Release from VIZ Pictures

San Francisco, CA, APRIL 10, 2009 -- VIZ Pictures, an affiliate of VIZ Media, LLC that focuses on Japanese live-action film distribution, has partnered with Trans World Entertainment (TWE) to sponsor a special retail ticket giveaway campaign at participating F.Y.E. and SUNCOAST stores nationwide in support of the U.S. theatrical premiere of DEATH NOTE: L, change the WorLd. VIZ Pictures and NCM Fathom will present this live-action film, in a two-night, multi-city event taking place on April 29th and 30th.

Headline News 10th Anima Mundi Web 2009 and 5th Anima Mundi Cell 2009

10th Anima Mundi Web 2009 and 5th Anima Mundi Cell 2009

Entry rules and submission form are already available at our website. To submit films, it's necessary to register at the website first to fill the online entry form and upload the animation.

Anima Mundi Web 2009 is the tenth edition of the traditional international internet animation contest of Anima Mundi, International Animation Festival of Brazil. The contest is open to animated works produced by professional or amateur animators, specially created for the Internet.

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Headline News Nexus Sign Up Brazilian Director CISMA

Production company Nexus have signed Brazilian director, CISMA.

Otherwise known as Denis Kamioka, CISMA, which is Portuguese for a "strong and irrational conviction", has lived up to his adopted name and has a reputation for pushing creative boundaries to their limits. Effortlessly combining what would seem to be polar opposite visual styles, CISMA's creative work speaks a universal language.

Headline News Ubisoft Announces Videogame for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Ubisoft will develop and publish a videogame based on Columbia Pictures' and Sony Pictures Animation's CG film, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS. Designed for handheld and home gaming consoles, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS is scheduled for release later this year in conjunction with the September 18, 2009 release of the feature film.

Headline News Dino Train Signs Deal with Norway at MIPTV

The Jim Henson Company and BIG Communications are showcasing their new CG animated series DINOSAUR TRAIN at this year's MIPTV market. DINOSAUR TRAIN is produced by The Jim Henson Company with Singapore's BIG acting as co-producer and with the participation and assistance of the Singapore Media Development Authority.

Headline News Slumdog Millionaire, Marley & Me, Seven Pounds on DVD/Blu-ray, Plus Schoolhouse

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, MARLEY & ME and SEVEN POUNDS debut on DVD/Blu-ray, along with HANDY MANNY and SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK DVDs and THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK and PITCH BLACK on Blu-ray for the first time.

THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK on Blu-ray

Headline News Sony Pictures Unites Domestic, International Television Divisions

Sony Pictures Entertainment is uniting its domestic and international television divisions as part of its strategy to produce and distribute content on a worldwide basis.

The announcement was made by Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO, Michael Lynton, and Co-Chairman, Amy Pascal.

Headline News Battle: Los Angeles Getting Rewrite

Columbia has tapped Scott Silver (8 MILE) to rewrite BATTLE: LOS ANGELES, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Chris Bertolini penned the original script about an alien invasion in L.A.

Original Films' Ori Marmur and Columbia's Sam Dickerman picked up the project in April. Original's Neal Moritz is producing.

Aaron Eckhart is set to play a Marine platoon commander. Jonathan Liebesman (THE KILLING ROOM) will direct.

Headline News MTV Networks Latin America Opens New Office In Argentina

MTV Networks Latin America has opened its new office in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which will serve as the company's headquarters in region as well as a creative center for both Latin America and MTV Networks International (MTVNI).

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