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Sesame Workshop Producer Arlene Sherman Passes Away

Longtime Sesame Workshop producer Arlene Sherman has died. Sherman spent more than 30 years with the organization, starting out as a Production Coordinator and moving up to Co-Executive Producer for SESAME STREET.

Short Headline News

Bolt Not Flashing On Glago's Guest

AWN has learned that GLAGO'S GUEST, the latest short from Walt Disney Animation Studios and helmed by BOLT co-director Chris Williams, will not play with BOLT when it opens.

The short, experimenting in smoke and hair animation and the studio's first stereoscopic 3-D CG short, had long been scheduled to play in front of BOLT, coming November 21, but Disney said Wednesday it was pulling GLAGO'S GUEST.

Headline News

Peter & The Wolf Comes To U.S. DVD In December

The 2007 Academy Award Winner for Best Animated Short PETER & THE WOLF arrives on DVD December 9 from Magnolia Home Ent.

Based on the classic musical composition PETER AND THE WOLF by Sergei Prokofiev, this spellbinding new interpretation combines stop-frame model animation and state-of-the-art digital technology, along with a new orchestra recording to create a magical world in which little boys can find the strength and courage to overcome their fears.

Series Headline News

Dive Olly Discovers Second Season, New Producers

DIVE OLLY DIVE!, the environmentally-conscious preschool series from Taffy Ent. and Mike Young Productions U.K. (MYP), has added two new co-producers, Atlantyca Ent. and Studio 100, as it begins production on a second season. Twenty-six new half hour episodes (52x11) aimed at preschool audiences, have been ordered by Taffy Ent. following continuous great ratings for season one and new international licensing deals.

Animation Headline News

Additional International Speakers Chosen For AnimfxNZ

Aimee McCammon, general manager of Park Road Post Production will give a keynote at this year's AnimfxNZ conference.

Additional speakers include Jeff Barnes (CafeFX), Laurel Walker (Universal), Dan Sarto (ANIMATION WORLD NETWORK), and Carolyn Giardina (THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER), who bring additional international perspectives on VFX and Animation to the conference.

Headline News

Dive Olly Gets Home Video Deal With Universal

DIVE OLLY DIVE!, the environmentally-conscious preschool series from Taffy Ent. and Mike Young Productions, will be released on DVD in the U.K., Germany, Italy, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Portugal, South Africa, Brazil and other selected territories by Universal Pictures International Ent. in 2009.

Festival Headline News

Shaun The Sheep And Flock Return To CBBC

CBBC has acquired a second season of Aardman Animations' SHAUN THE SHEEP. The 40x7 season starts shooting in early 2009, and Aardman has already secured a number of pre-sales for the show.

Among the broadcasters who have snapped up the latest adventures of Shaun are ABC Australia, TF1 France, WDR Germany, YLE Finland, SVT Sweden, DR Denmark and Noga in Israel.

Headline News

Dive Olly Dive! Expands To Five Days A Week On PBS Sprout

DIVE OLLY DIVE!, the award-winning, environmentally-conscious preschool series from Taffy Ent. and Mike Young Productions, has expanded to five days a week on PBS KIDS Sprout as of Monday, September 1.

PBS KIDS Sprout, the first 24-hour preschool destination available on TV, on demand and online for kids ages 2-5 and their parents and caregivers, has moved the show from its Saturday and Sunday timeslot to Sprout's popular SUNNY SIDE UP SHOW live morning programming block where it now airs at 10:30 a.m. ET Monday-Friday.

Film Headline News

Delgo Wins Best Feature Film At Anima Mundi 2008

Brazil's Anima Mundi festival awarded the American film, DELGO, the Best Animated Feature of the year.

The Anima Mundi award for Best Feature Film is determined by an audience of approximately 100,000 people. Anima Mundi director, Cesar Coelho, said, "We believe it's important for film enthusiasts to decide on the winner rather than a panel of jurors or film critics. Everyone who watches the selected films has an opportunity to voice their opinion."

Animation Headline News

Spike & Mike Launch Site For Animated Shorts

For the first time in its infamous 25 year history, Spike & Mike is launching a consumer facing site as part of the Mondo Mini Shows Network. Spike and Mike, the legendary animation producer duo, gained worldwide acclaim through their festival, Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Animation Festival, which has been touring in more than 50 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada since its inception.

Cartoon Headline News

Cartoon D'Or To Unveil Rising Talents In European Animation

CARTOON, the European Association of Animation Film, has announced the five director finalists for the 18th edition of the Cartoon d'Or, the only European prize specific to animated short films.

The candidates will have the opportunity to attend the Cartoon Forum Ludwigsburg in Germany and present their films to more than 700 professionals. The screening will take place on Thursday, September 18, during the official Cartoon d'Or Award ceremony, where the name of the winner will be unveiled.

Headline News

NCircle And Kidtoons Catapult Pocoyo To The Big Screen

NCircle Ent. has entered a theatrical distribution agreement with Kidtoons, a division of The Bigger Picture, to feature award-winning animated children's series POCOYO in select movie theaters across the United States beginning in September 2008.

Kidtoons shows G-rated animated movies in theaters throughout the country every weekend. In addition to presenting matinee movies on Saturdays and Sundays, Kidtoons theaters also feature cartoon shorts, music videos and sing-a-longs prior to the feature presentation.

Headline News

Masked Crocodiles, Deranged Puppets, Serial Killers - AWNtv This Week

New videos are cool videos on AWNtv this week! Unmask CROCODILE JOURNALS! Slip on Patrick Smith's PUPPET! Gaze upon the moving STARRY NIGHTS.

Even more new vids! Catch a ride with serial killers in HITCHIN'. Discover your id in VGA DREAMS. Grow up with BIBI. And slow down with HURRY UP.

Annecy has arrived! This week's playlist dives into their archives. Past winners! In and out of competition selections! View them without traveling to France now!

Check it out now!

Headline News

Pixar Presentations At Annecy Announced

Special Pixar PresentationsAnnecy 2008Annecy, FranceJune 11-13, 2008

This year at Annecy, special guest speakers from Pixar will reveal a bit of the creative and technical magic behind Pixar's feature films, with a focus on the rendering techniques that make Pixar's films so visually appealing.

Headline News

CMG Acquires Worldwide Sales Rights To Louis La Chance

Cinema Management Group has signed worldwide sales rights to $16 million 3-D/CGI feature animated film LOUIS LA CHANCE. Currently in production, LOUIS LA CHANCE is a hilarious, fast paced, action-packed animated feature set during the early years of the Monaco Grand Prix.

Films Headline News

Annecy Selections Announced

Everything but the feature film category has been announced for Annecy 2008.

This year, 43 short films, 41 TV series, four TV specials, seven educational, scientific or industrial films, 31 advertising films, six music videos, 75 graduation films and 56 short films in panorama made the cut.

The International Animated Film Festival and Market will be held in France from June 9-14, 2008.

Go to for a full list of the selections. Feature films will be announced soon.

Licensing Headline News

Shaun the Sheep Grazes Widely

Aardman Animations hit childrens brand SHAUN THE SHEEP continues to expand its international presence, securing a raft of new TV and licensing deals worldwide.

Since its launch at MIPCOM 06, SHAUN THE SHEEP has racked up television sales and licensing deals in over 150 territories and has won several prestigious accolades including the Cristal Award for Best TV Production at the Annecy Animated Film Festival 2007 and the Audience Choice Award at the World Comedy Film Festival 2007.

Film Headline News

Aardman Acquires Award-Winning Peter and the Wolf

Aardman International has secured the worldwide TV, DVD and online rights to the award-winning PETER AND THE WOLF. The half-hour stop-motion animated film has already been licensed in several territories.

Produced by BreakThru Films, this latest film version of Prokofiev's classic work was first aired on Channel 4 last year. It was adapted and directed by the BAFTA-award-winning Suzie Templeton and set to a special new recording by the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Festival Headline News

Annecy Deadline Approaching

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at 12:00am

Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2008Annecy, FranceJune 9-14, 2008 Deadline: Jan. 15, 2008

The 31st Annecy International Festival of Animation is the premier animation festival in the world. The festival features screenings, retrospectives, seminars, tributes and an international film competition. The MIFA expo held in conjunction with the festival is the international market for animated film. For more information, visit

Films Headline News

Annecy Teams with Toondra on VOD Service

The Annecy International Animated Film Festival and, the first VOD site devoted to short animated films, are partnering to offer a showcase of international animation. More than 1,000 extracts of short films submitted for the festival's official selection will be available for free on, and the service will be frequently updated with new extracts. The catalogue of films comes from Animaquid, the database created by the Annecy Festival over its 47 years of existence. Check out and

Animation Headline News

Get The Latest Animation World Mag Acrobat Today!

The latest downloadable Acrobat edition of Animation World Magazine is now on virtual stands. This edition covers independent animation. Karen Raugust reports that despite the wide gap in budgets and resources, independent animation houses can learn from the major media companies' digital/new media activities. Raugust also looks at how animation executives rely on their big-studio experience to launch new indie production houses. Joe Strike sheds some light on what distributors are looking for when they go out searching for animation to acquire.

Version Headline News

DigiCel Releases FlipBook 5 for Windows

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, October 24, 2007 at 12:00am

Software maker DigiCel has released the newest PC version of its popular 2D animation software. FlipBook 5 for Windows includes new paperless animation features to support drawing on both normal and display tablets or tablet PCs, as well as a new light-box feature to control image display.