Studio B and Classic Media announced that they will produce and distribute a new GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE Flash-animated series. Originally a primetime animated series from Jay Ward, the new series (52x11) has been commissioned by Canadian animation broadcaster Teletoon and is slated for broadcast in 2006.
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Media Classics Group International, Inc. announced that it has completed international distribution agreements with ENT INC. a Beverly Hills-based entertainment company for the distribution of its animated cel art library. This group of assets includes original art works that were the actual production cels used to create such animated TV shows as FLASH GORDON, BACK TO THE FUTURE, EWOKS, GHOST BUSTERS and HE-MAN.
UCLA Anderson School of Management has launched a new Entertainment and Media Management Institute, to expand and enhance its long-standing Entertainment Media Program. The new Institute in Los Angeles will bring together industry pros, MBA students and faculty researchers to exchange and embrace new ideas for managing and thriving in the face of transforming entertainment and media business models.
The Media Design School, New Zealand's premiere learning institution for the digital arts, announces a slate of new faculty additions that include Tom Zuber, Patrick McNabb and Richard Hicks, going into its visit to SIGGRAPH 2004 conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center from August 10-12, 2004 at booth #1958.
Computer Master Institute of Technology (CMIT) has announced that, along with its e-Business and New Media Studies Diploma graduates, CMIT's first all female class of Advanced Digital Animation students have completed their studies.
New Wave Ent., one of Hollywood's largest entertainment marketing companies, has purchased and installed 30 Avid Media Composer Adrenaline systems running on HP xw8000 workstations, replacing its entire suite of competitive editing solutions.
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Since launching the integrated brand management company Elastic Rights two years ago in Spain, Ignacio Orive has been busy signing multimedia partners for his diverse slate of projects and selecting new properties to represent in the Iberian and Italian markets. Animated properties he is taking to MIP-TV include FLASH KICKER, and CAILLOU.
At MIP-TV, Elastic Rights will be based on the Spanish producers stand FAPAE/ICEX, R31.29.
Foothill Entertainment Inc. hopes MIP-TV buyers will want to KIZ N TEL its non-stop action, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants animation series starring 12-year-old Kiz and her friend, Tel. Kiz desperately wants to be a TV star.
The Walt Disney Studios has entered into an agreement with Walden Media to co-finance and distribute the long-awaited motion picture THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE, the first book published in C.S. Lewis' famed series. SHREK-helmer Andrew Adamson will direct the live-action film, which is due out Christmas 2005. As part of deal, the two companies have left open an option for future films in the seven-book series.
Steven B. Cohen, a pioneer in digital technologies used to edit and screen feature films, has joined Ascent Media Creative Services in the newly created post of vp of feature film services. In his new role, Cohen will develop leading edge digital services for use in film production; including digital dailies, location and studio screening rooms, digital cinema previews and the digital intermediate process.
Ascent Media is launching a new set of services that allow advertising agencies to work with the world's best post-production talent-without leaving their hometown. UP Sessions enables Ascent Media clients to participate in telecine sessions, and other picture critical finishing work, from remote sites in realtime while interacting with the artists performing the work. UP Sessions encompasses three different products that facilitate virtual collaboration: UP Satellite, UP Fiber and UP Web.
Steve Siskind replaces Tom Campanella as evp, worldwide marketing and advertising, of the marketing division of the Motion Picture Group, Paramount Pictures, according to Rob Friedman, coo, Paramount Pictures and vice chairman, Motion Picture Group.
Campanella, who after a career of more than 40 years at Paramount, will change his status to a senior advisor for the company.
The Walt Disney Co. and Microsoft Corp. have signed a multiyear agreement to cooperate on several long-term digital media initiatives to improve the quality, security and reach of digital content within the home and on Microsoft Windows XP-based PCs, as well as on a growing number of home and portable entertainment devices. As part of the agreement, Disney will license Microsoft Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology. Disney and Microsoft have identified three areas of joint focus that utilize effective rights management:
Interactive ad vet Francesca Cohn joined Ascent Media Creative Services Group in the newly-created post of director of strategic development, where will work to identify and develop new and innovative ways for advertising agencies and leading advertisers to make use of the creative and technical services offered by Ascent Media Creative Services companies, particularly Company 3, R!OT and POP Sound.
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Ziff Davis Media Inc. has announced the launch of GAMING INDUSTRY NEWS (GIN), a monthly newsletter and a weekly e-mail, with an integrated online component (www.gamingindustrynews.com). GAMING INDUSTRY NEWS will feature up-to-date news, inside analysis, business and technology trends, opinions and commentary on the business of electronic videogames. GIN will be part of Ziff Davis Media's Game Group, based in San Francisco, California.
Sennari Inc. and Bullwinkle Studios announced they have entered into a partnership to create character driven wireless content. Bullwinkle Studios is a joint venture between Classic Media and Jay Ward Productions Inc., the original creators of ROCKY & BULLWINKLE. As part of the deal the two companies will create games, screen savers and ringtones based on animation franchises such as ROCKY & BULLWINKLE, BORIS & NATASHA, SHERMAN & PEABODY and DUDLEY DO-RIGHT.
On Thursday, October 30, 2003, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John H. Squires approved Classic Medias purchase of Big Idea Productions for $19.3 million. In August, Classic Media made public its plans to purchase the VEGGIE TALES producer for $7.5 million as the troubled firm filed for bankruptcy. As part of U.S. bankruptcy law, assets of Big Idea had to be put up for auction to allow the companys creditors the best chance of recouping funds.
PorchLight Ent. and Pictor Media have launched FOUR EYES at MIPCOM Jr. The 52x12 series is being produced for FRANCE 3 and has already been picked up for airing by Disney Channel U.K. The show follows the comic adventures of Emma, a spoiled, popular alien girl who fails the fifth grade and, as punishment, is sent to a boarding school on Earth to "see how the other half lives."
Sonic Solutions has released Sonic PrimeTime Deluxe, the premium version of the PrimeTime line of DVD creation software, for Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition. Launched in conjunction with Microsoft's release of Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004, PrimeTime Deluxe expands upon the Media Center experience by making it easy to archive personal digital media such as recorded TV shows onto DVDs that can be played on set-top DVD players and multimedia PCs.
Marking its foray in the TV industry, One31 Media has joined forces with Kickback Media to unveil an action-packed animated series, BC BATTLERS. Targeted for kids 6-11, the 52x26 series combines turbo charged dinosaurs with riveting sci-fi adventures.
One of the hottest toy franchises to emerge this year in the U.K., BC BATTLERS will be supported by a TV advertising campaign that runs through to Christmas 2003 on Fox Kids and Cartoon Network. The toy range features cutting-edge radio controlled vehicles.
Pleasant Grove, Utah-based Eggington Prods educational 3D series, X-POWER, has begun its 10-episode run on PBS. Designed to help children learn algebra, each 15-minute episode follows a team of five young adventurers and their alien guide as they are enlisted to do battle against the Others, using Algebra knowledge as their weapons. X-POWER was produced by Slim Goodbody Corp. and is being distributed by GPN Educational Media.