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Headline News FXLabs Acquires Knibble.com

FXLabs Studios, India's leading developer of video games, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire U.S.-based IMT, Inc., owner of one of the world's largest online casual games portals, Knibble.com. FXLabs will pay US$3 million in stock to acquire 100% of IMT.

With over 10,000 online causal games that can be played for free, Knibble has emerged as the best destination for game developers to showcase their talent, allowing registered members to submit new games, add a description, suggest a content rating and add tags.

Headline News Get Every South Park Episode Online for Free

MTV Networks announced plans to make every clip from every episode of SOUTH PARK available for free online next year, reports THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The move comes on the heels of the Viacom company's success with streaming THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART. Back in August, Comedy Central signed an unprecedented deal with SOUTH PARK creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone to share revenue on SOUTH PARK episodes across the Web, mobile phones and videogames.

Headline News Pirates Game Sails Online

Disney Online announced that PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN ONLINE (www.PiratesOnline.com), an immersive massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) and virtual world inspired by the popular film franchise, has launched for the PC and Mac platforms. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN ONLINE allows thousands of players to fully experience the adventures made famous in the films and explore beyond these boundaries in a quest to become the most legendary pirate on the high seas.

Headline News Hulu Goes Online

Hulu.com, the joint online venture of NBC Universal and News Corp, has been launched in beta. Featuring streamed and on-demand current and classic shows, as well as feature films, the site's content can also be viewed at partner websites, including AOL, Comcast's Fancast.com, MSN, MySpace and Yahoo. Among the shows being offered during the initial phase are THE SIMPSONS, HEROES, and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER.

Headline News ER Opens E-Store

U.K. global media group Entertainment Rights has teamed with Digital Stores to launch a dedicated online store for its key properties, including RUPERT BEAR, POSTMAN PAT, BASIL BRUSH and JIM JAM & SUNNY. The new online store further strengthens ER's multiplatform strategy and will enable licensees to further extend their product reach, presence and profile in an online environment.

Headline News 300 Scribe to Pen EverQuest

300 screenwriter Michael Gordon has been hired by Sony to pen a screen adaptation of the popular online game EVERQUEST, according to VARIETY. Avi Arad, the former head of Marvel Studios, is the producer. Columbia Pictures has had the project in development for years, however Gordon is the first writer tapped to put his spin on the material.

Headline News Nick Names Jason Root Digital SVP

Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group announced the promotion of digital executive Jason Root to SVP, Digital, Nick.com and Nickatnite.com. The announcement was made by Steve Youngwood, Executive Vice President, Digital Media for Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group, to whom Mr. Root will continue to report.

Headline News Max & Maya Help Shape Upcoming Korean MMOGs

Leading Korean game developers NCsoft, Webzen and Gravity are relying on Autodesk's 3ds Max and Maya to deliver some of the most-anticipated massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs). MMOGs enable millions of players to simultaneously interact in an online game. Thus, characters, objects and entire worlds for the AION, HUXLEY and RAGNAROK ONLINE II upcoming MMOG titles are being shaped with Autodesk products.

Headline News Television Animation Conference Helps Producers Stay Competitive

This year's lineup for the Ottawa Animation Festival's Television Animation Conference will give producers a "tool box" for success. The event is already 70% sold-out and attendees only have until Aug. 27, to sign up if they want to get in the delegate guide.

Headline News Caligari Announces Thursday Night Live! Discussions Online

Caligari Corp., the producer of award-winning 3D modeling, rendering and animation software, announced Thursday Night Live!, a weekly online discussion hosted by Caligari. These informal meetings are open to all members of the 3D community worldwide to encourage an atmosphere of camaraderie, foster collaboration and spark discussion on any 3D topic. In addition, Caligari CEO Roman Ormandy will join these sessions to provide his insights on the future of 3D technology. The next Thursday Night Live! session will take place on Aug. 16, 2007 at 5:00 pm PT.

Headline News ZeniMax Media Starts Online Gaming Division

ZeniMax Media Inc., parent company of Bethesda Softworks, has created ZeniMax Online Studios. The division, to be headed by online gaming expert Matt Firor, will focus on the Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMO) market segment. ZeniMax Online Studios is located in Hunt Valley, Maryland.

Headline News Accredited Online Colleges Adds New Online Schools

Accredited-Online-Colleges.com has just added three new online colleges and universities to its database, offering online degrees in everything from 3D animation to nursing in this diverse mix.

Accredited-Online-Colleges.com maintains up-to-date info. on the latest online degree programs from respected higher institutions of learning from all over the U.S.

Students searching to expand their knowledge and skills or to change the direction of their careers can find degree programs, training, and certification through Accredited-Online-Colleges.com.

Headline News Schaub to Give Animation Mentor Commencement Address at SIGGRAPH 2007

AnimationMentor.com, the online animation school, is holding its second graduation concurrent with SIGGRAPH 2007. Sony Pictures Imageworksâ David Schaub (SURFâS UP, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE) will present the inspirational address at the San Diego ceremony. Students from 17 countries will graduate from the online school, which propelled more than 60% of its first class into coveted studio animator positions.

Headline News Gnomon Online Expands

Gnomon Online, the web-based division of Gnomon School of Visual Effects, has announced a new and expanded version of its previously released online training portal. Several new features have been added to Gnomon Online to extend it's usability, enhance the user's personal experience and take online training to a whole new level for students.

Headline News Storm Hawks Sails Onto TV & Internet

Nerd Corps Ent.'s first original property, STORM HAWKS, is making both its online and on-air worldwide launch this week.

Following a successful Friday night sneak peek of a one-hour special episode, STORM HAWKS began airing Mondays, as part of Cartoon Network's new summer programming lineup at 7:00 pm (ET, PT). Other broadcasters that will be debuting the series this summer or fall include YTV in Canada; Cartoon Network in the U.K., France and Latin America; terrestrial broadcaster France 3 and Canadian French-language broadcaster VRAK.

Headline News Sanctuary Webisodes Premiere Online

Stage 3 Media Inc., an independent production company, announced the worldwide premiere of SANCTUARY, a new webisodic series created by veteran science fiction writer/producer Damian Kindler and led by actress Amanda Tapping (STARGATE: SG-1, STARGATE ATLANTIS). Featuring stunning visual effects and innovative interactive elements, SANCTUARY takes the viewer into a thrilling world where science meets the supernatural. The first of Sanctuary's eight 15-minute webisodes can be viewed exclusively online at www.sanctuaryforall.com.

Headline News Disney Plans Cross-Media Promotion of Pixar's Ratatouille

An extended nine-minute sequence from Disney/Pixar's RATATOUILLE (opening June 29, 2007) will debut exclusively May 1 on Disney.com as part of a special cross-media promotion campaign. Disney will launch a daylong TV advertising campaign on May 1, which will be highlighted by a :90 commercial during AMERICAN IDOL, all of which is designed specifically to drive audiences to Disney.com and view the footage.

Headline News Lord of the Rings Goes Online for Shadows of Angmar

Turbine Inc. and Midway Games Inc. announced that THE LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE: SHADOWS OF ANGMAR is now available for purchase across North America. The game is the first and only massively-multiplayer online game based on the books of J.R.R. Tolkien. In development for more than four years, the game opens up the mystical world of Middle-earth and creates the opportunity for endless adventure.

VFXWorld Online CG Education: Just a Click Away

By Jan Nagel | Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 12:00am

Excuses: "No money." "No school teaches what I want to learn in my city." "I am working and have no time.""How in the heck am I supposed to master that software?"

... and the excuses continue for those that want to take the next step in their careers toward digital animation and visual effects.

Today there is an emerging sub-industry in the animation and visual effects business. It is online digital training that can be done from the comfort of a laptop in any corner of the globe.

Online education is not new. Most colleges and universities for the last several years offer courses for students that are taught in their homes and dorms. Many of these courses are book-learning type subjects, where the topic is lecture based. However, back in the day of CD-ROMs, technical education such as certification in software, had to be taught in a digital method. Today, the online experience is more interactive and the method of teaching is far more comprehensive.

Headline News Spring Term Open for Gnomon Online Registration

Registration for Gnomon Online will remain open until April 2 (the first day of the spring term). On April 2, registration will close for Gnomon's 10-week courses, but will remain open for the five-week courses, 3D Texture Painting and Advanced Sculpting and Texturing in ZBrush.

Gnomon Online is currently offering six classes:

* Introduction to Maya: with Stephen McClure* Animation and Visual Effects: with Stephen McClure* Lighting and Rendering 2: with Jeremy Engleman (a new class)

Headline News CDC Games Invests In Yulgang Developer

Beijing-based CDC Games, creator of the "free-to-play, pay-for-merchandise" model for online games in China, announced it has signed a definitive agreement to make a strategic investment in MGame Corp., one of South Korea's leading developers of online games including YULGANG, the hugely popular licensed free-to-play game in China.

CDC Games will be the company's largest external shareholder and John Lee, president of CDC Games Corp., will serve as a board observer of MGame.

Headline News Digital Outlook Launches New Production Arm

London-based online marketing and creative agency Digital Outlook is launching its own production division to develop, produce and distribute character-based intellectual properties online, as well as across all media, including TV, licensing, retail and publishing.

The new studio seeks production partners and creative talent to work with on content and brand creation. The studio already has an active development slate and plans to develop and exploit up to 10 franchises over the next two years.

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