Geographical Region: South America
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
Giorgio Stock has been promoted to exec VP and managing director, Disney Channels, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and will lead The Walt Disney Company's portfolio of kid-focused, family inclusive television channels including Disney Channel, Playhouse Disney, Disney XD and Cinemagic, in the territory. He will also serve as a Disney representative on the board of SRTL, Disney's joint venture with RTL Group.
Paramount and Marvel have moved THOR again, this time from June 16, 2011 to May 20, 2011, according to multiple news sources.
ROPEOFSILICON.com reports that the date is now two weeks after SPIDER-MAN 4's release from Columbia.
Casting rumors include Josh Hartnett as either the winged-helmeted hero or his nemesis Loki, as well as Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hiddleston, Alexander Skarsgard, Liam Hemsworth and Joel Kinnaman, according to DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD DAILY. Nikki Finke also reports that she's told Natalie Portman is top choice to play the female lead.
FitzRoy Media has new licensing agent appointments in France, Brazil and The Philippines for its leading U.K. girls' brand SECRET WINGS, in addition to new licensing deals in two territories.
BLG, Brand Licensing Group of Sao Paulo, recently named licensing agents in Brazil for Secret Wings, have secured their first licensee for notebooks and stationery-related items, Sao Domingos. Fitz Roy's agents in The Philippines, Empire Int'l Merchandising Corp., has signed new licensee Asian Business Paper & Printing Corp. for notebooks and stationery-related items in the region.
The first feature-length film from 3D Entertainment's filmmakers Jean-Jacques and Francois Mantello (the Mantello Brothers), OCEANS 3D - INTO THE DEEP (working title), has been acquired by Wild Bunch, a Paris-and London-based sales, distribution and production outfit.
The film is set to become the first ever documentary to be both filmed and released in Digital 3D. The deal marks the first collaboration between the two companies. Under the terms of the agreement, 3D Entertainment retains the rights (all-media) for the U.S. and Canada.
The nominees for the third annual ELAN Awards were announced Wednesday at a press conference. The awards will be given out April 25 at the Fairmount Hotel Vancouver. Tom Kenny will host.
The 3rd Annual ELAN Awards opened the online voting for their three Honorary Awards on IGN.com and your vote is needed to determine the winners.
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall are set to leave Universal Pictures, per VARIETY, and will have a first-look deal at Columbia Pictures that starts April 1.
The frequent Steven Spielberg collaborators, who started their company in 1991, will be at Columbia for an 18-month term. Their last Universal film was THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM.