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Underdog Flies with NASCAR

The No. 37 R&J Racing Dodge Charger has joined forces with UNDERDOG for two of NASCAR's most high profile races, the Nextel Cup All-Star Challenge and the Coca-Cola 600 on May 28, 2005. The No. 37 racecar will be fueled by the "speed of lightning and roar of thunder" in its all-new red, white and blue UNDERDOG paint scheme.

In recent months the team has been referred to as the 'underdog' of Nextel Cup. Beginning with a 9th place finish in the Daytona 500, the team has sought week after week to qualify and race in every Nextel Cup event on the schedule thus far.

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VIZ Media And Frito Lay Start MegaMan NT Warrior European Campaign

VIZ Media has announced today that MEGAMAN NT WARRIOR is taking the battle against cyber crime to kids across Europe with an on-pack and in-pack promotional campaign with Frito Lay.

The promotional effort, launching in Benelux, will eventually encompass a number of European territories, and will run through spring 2006. MEGAMAN fans will find entertaining premiums in their Frito Lay snacks.

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Off your Box Deadline Nears!

Off your Box CompetitionWest Midlands, U.K. May 20, 2005Deadline: May 20, 2005

Screen Media Lab is holding the first annual Off your Box competition and it needs talented, creative people to get involved and win great prizes. Prizes include Sony PSP, Apple Mac mini and Apple iPod shuffle. Short films, animation and interactive media are all eligible. This years theme is Future Living or City Culture. For more information, visit

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NVIDIA Demonstrates Alignment With Microsoft at WinHEC

NVIDIA Corp. announced that it is a sponsor at WinHEC, Microsofts annual Windows Hardware Engineering Conference, from April 25-27, in Seattle, Washington.

"NVIDIA's participation in WinHEC is important to Microsoft because of the growing role of powerful graphics and 64-bit platforms to support key initiatives including 'Longhorn' and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition," said Brian Marr, senior product manager of Windows at Microsoft Corp. "We value our relationship with NVIDIA and look forward to continued collaboration."

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Creative Media Has Good Story with Multiple Deals

Creative Media has announced multiple deals including a co-development deal with Bob Thompsons Good Story Prods. as well as new series announcements for LITTLE ROBOTS and HIPSTER & JACK.

Vanessa Chapmans new media and rights ownership company, Create Media Ventures, and former Create TV & Film Ltd. colleague Thompson will form a key co-development alliance.

Autodesk Headline News

Autodesk Extends Consulting Services

Autodesk Inc. has extended Autodesk Consulting services to the media and entertainment industry by creating a dedicated practice to help media and entertainment clients realize their ideas. Media and entertainment is the fourth market practice for Autodesk Consulting, joining manufacturing, building and infrastructure.

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Richard Cormier Forms Digital Media Consulting Service

Richard Cormier, former vp of the post-production studio Nice Shoes and managing director of the creative boutiques Guava and Freestyle Collective, has formed a consulting service named Richard Cormier Consultants. Cormier will provide strategic and long-term planning guidance to companies involved in digital media production, post-production and distribution. He has wide expertise in such areas as workflow, digital asset management and electronic distribution, as well as in studio management, restructuring and growth.

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Classic Media Gets Major Monetary Backing

Classic Media Inc. announced that Spectrum Equity Investors, along with existing investors led by Pegasus Capital Advisors, have agreed to recapitalize Classic to fund future growth and acquisitions. Under the terms of the recapitalization, Spectrum has invested $75 million of equity and arranged a new $100 million senior debt facility for Classic, provided by banks led by J.P. Morgan. Spectrum Equity will become majority owner and join the Classic Media board along with the existing investors and management, which includes Random House Ventures.

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Legend Of Frosty The Snowman Narrated by Burt Reynolds

This fall, Classic Media will release on DVD the all new animated feature, THE LEGEND OF FROSTY THE SNOWMAN. Burt Reynolds narrates the movie and sings the beloved title song. In addition, the film also stars Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants.

Doug Schwalbe, head of worldwide distribution at Classic Media, the New York-based entertainment company that is also home to LASSIE, THE LONE RANGER and the recently completed animated feature, PETER COTTONTAIL, THE MOVIE, will be representing the movie at MIP-TV in Cannes.

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VIZ & ShoPro Merger Completed

VIZ Llc. and ShoPro Ent. Inc., two prominent North American based companies specializing in Japanese content, announced the completion of their merger to form VIZ Media Llc. (VIZ Media), a new entertainment company specializing in the production and licensing of animated content for TV and theatrical distribution, publishing, home video distribution and consumer products.

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Instant Effects Expands Into Advanced Media Presentation Capabilities

Instant Effects Inc. announced new product developments to create and deliver 3D presentations from within the presentation standard already mastered by millions, Microsoft PowerPoint. Expanding the product family, Instant Effects announced the latest version of its flagship product OfficeFX, for use by consumers, educators and business presenters, and also unveiled OfficeFX Professional.

Autodesk Headline News

Autodesk Renames Discreet

In order to unify its overall branding strategy, Autodesk has renamed Discreet to Autodesk Media and Ent. The division best known for 3ds max and other digital imaging software will continue to service the film, video, gaming and related media and entertainment markets.

This renaming ensures that the creative toolset from Autodesk Media and Ent. will stay on the leading edge of product innovation. Additionally, Autodesk Consulting is extending its organization by adding a dedicated media and entertainment division.

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Classic Media Jets Roger Ramjet To DVD

2005 marks the 40th anniversary the animated hero Roger Ramjet, and to celebrate, Classic Media is releasing ROGER RAMJET: HERO OF OUR NATION DELUXE COLLECTORS EDITION DVD box set. For the first time ever, 120 of the greatest ROGER RAMJET cartoons are available in one DVD set. Each episode has been digitally re-mastered and stars the legendary voice talent of Gary Owens (the voice of SPACE GHOST and LAUGH-IN) as Roger Ramjet. The set is available on Feb. 8 for $39.98 and includes a limited edition ROGER RAMJET model airplane.

Black Headline News

Central Park Media Rings In The New Year With Time Bokan & Black Jack

On January 11, 2005, Central Park Media will release TIME BOKAN and BLACK JACK: MUTATION on DVD each priced at $19.99. Both DVDs will have audio tracks in both English and Japanese with English subtitles.

TIME BOKAN pits teams of bad guys against each other to be crowned the meanest villains ever. To be a cartoon super villain, it takes a ruthless heart, a cunning mind and the most ridiculous mecha on the planet.

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West Midlands Animation Development Scheme

Light House, in partnership with Screen West Midlands, and animation companies Screenburn and The CharacterShop in the U.K., are launching a new initiative to provide work placement opportunities for talented new animators with these regional animation companies.

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ADV Films Announces Release Of Three Titles In Hi-Def

ADV Films announced the release of NOIR, RAHXEPHON and FULL METAL PANIC! in high definition throughout 2005. Through the use of Windows Media High Definition Video (WMV HD), movies can now be viewed on computers with DVD drives, as well as on many new set-top DVD and digital media players, with amazing quality and resolution up to six times higher than that of today's standard DVDs.

Game Headline News

Sarbakan to Develop Online WWII Multiplayer Game

Sarbakan, a Canadian one-stop multiplatform game development service provider, signed an agreement with Breakthrough New Media to develop a downloadable multiplayer game inspired by Breakthrough Films & Televisions six-part, World War II documentary series, FOR KING & COUNTRY.

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Quest for Camelot Scribe Sailing with Noah

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 10, 2004 at 12:00am

QUEST FOR CAMELOT scribe William Schifrin has been hired to write the CG animated feature, NOAH'S ARK. NARNIA-producers Walden Media and Creative Battery are producing. The film will tell the Biblical tale from the point of view of an unlucky camel, who must help save the animals aboard the ark.

Walden Media is committed to producing entertainment that makes a real impact on young audiences, inspiring them to explore the world around them. For more information, visit

Animation Headline News

PGA New Media Council Talks with Top Toon Makers!

The PGA New Media Council is hosting a panel discussion on animation production, featuring players from Sony Imageworks, Cartoon Network, DreamWorks Feature Animation, Disney Feature Animation, Universal Cartoon Studios, TOKYOPOP and JibJab Media. The focus will be on key issues of animation production including the state of the business, pitching and deal making, domestic and foreign production studios, skill sets vital to animation producers, technology used to create new animation styles and distribution venues, and designing animation projects to draw the right audience.

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AFM Draws Record Films and Exhibitors

The 25th American Film Market (AFM) opened Nov. 4, 2004, in Santa Monica, California, with a record number of exhibitors, buyers, screenings and market premieres at the worlds largest motion picture trade event. New this year, the AFM has joined forces with AFI FEST 2004 presented by Audi (Nov. 4 -14, 2004). Animated offerings are sprinkled through the market.

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WGAw Creates New Media Writers Caucus

The Writers Guild of America, west has formed a New Media Writers Caucus to address the professional needs of writers working in this area of entertainment.

"There are now three major categories of screen-based entertainment: TV, movies, and games," said WGAw secretary-treasurer Patric Verrone. "We feel that new media writers and writer/designers deserve the same support and recognition that the guild offers other professional screenwriters."

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Classic Media Announces International Launch of VeggieTales

Classic Media has completed multiple sales in several major territories for the companys award-winning VEGGIETALES animated series. Rights to the series have been sold to Niche Marketing and Crossroads in Australia and New Zealand, Top Tape in Brazil and Chile, Sam Film in Iceland, Maxfun Arthouse in Hong Kong, Pandasia Ent.