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The Syndicate Gets Rowdy For ESPN Monday Night Football

Creative design and digital production studio The Syndicate reteamed with ESPN to create a rollicking, high energy open to kick off the new season of Monday Night Football (MNF).

Legendary singer Hank Williams Jr. performs ALL MY ROWDY FRIENDS ARE COMING OVER MONDAY NIGHT and welcomes a colorful montage of amped-up partygoers to his weekly HOUSE PARTY, where they crank up the volume to dangerously high levels, launching the iconic NFL double helmets into space and into America's football stadiums.

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Open Season Sequel Direct To Video In January

Boog, Elliot, Mr. Weenie and all the rebellious woodland creatures are back in Sony Pictures Animation's OPEN SEASON 2, available on DVD, Blu-ray High Def and PSP January 27, 2009 from Sony Pictures Home Ent.

The all-CG animated follow-up to the $190 million box office hit OPEN SEASON, OPEN SEASON 2 features the voice talents of Joel McHale (E!'s THE SOUP), Mike Epps (THE HONEYMOONERS), Jane Krakowski (TV's 30 ROCK), Billy Connolly (X FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE), Crispin Glover (BACK TO THE FUTURE) and Steven Schirripa (TV's THE SOPRANOS).

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SGO'S Mistika Version 4.0 With Stereoscopic Capabilities At IBC 2008

London-based S.G.O., a developer of solutions for the post production and broadcast industries, has announced that the new version 4 of Mistika, including powerful 3-D stereoscopic capability will be demonstrated on stand C11, hall 7 at IBC. 3-D footage courtesy of Concrete, Axis Films and Can Communicate will be used to demonstrate Mistika's extensive toolset.

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Open Season Goes Hunting on DVD

OPEN SEASON, the debut feature from Sony Pictures Pictures Animation, makes its way to DVD, Blu-ray Disc and PSP on Jan. 30, 2007 (Sony Pictures Home Ent., $28.95, $38.95 and $28.95, respectively).

Included on the DVD is a brand new short, BOOG AND ELLIOT'S MIDNIGHT RUN, directed by Jill Culton, who helmed OPEN SEASON with Roger Allers and co-director Anthony Stacchi. In BOOG AND ELLIOT'S MIDNIGHT RUN, which reunites Boog (Martin Lawrence), the domesticated bear, and Elliot (Ashton Kutcher), the one-antlered mule deer, as they try to steal some sweet rolls.

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Open Season Hits $1.45 Million Opening in IMAX 3-D

IMAX Corp. and Sony Pictures Ent. announced that OPEN SEASON: AN IMAX 3-D EXPERIENCE earned estimated grosses of $1.45 million in 66 domestic IMAX theaters, delivering a per-screen average of approximately $22,000 over the three-day period ending Oct. 1. The debut feature from Sony Pictures Animation was directed by Roger Allers (THE LION KING) and Jill Culton (TOY STORY 2, MONSTERS, INC.) and co-directed by Anthony Stacchi (ANTZ),

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Ubisoft to Offer Interactive Open Season Videogame

Ubisoft announced that the OPEN SEASON videogame, based on Sony Pictures Animation's first feature-length 3D-animated movie (opening Sept. 29), will ship mid-September on all available videogame platforms. Developed by Ubisoft's award-winning Montreal studio, OPEN SEASON will allow gamers to relive the humor and adventure of the movie by creating a fun and immersive interactive world that conveys the same comedic storyline, zany characters and artistic images projected in the animated film.

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Slamdance's Mirvish Strikes Videogame Deal

Culver City-based Bugeater Films announced the first Park City deal ever of a videogame based on an independent film. Slamdance co-founder and OPEN HOUSE director Dan Mirvish struck a deal with Slamdance Guerilla Gamemaker Competition (GGC) winners Joe Bourrie and Patrick Hackett. Bourrie and Hackett, whose game RUMBLE BOX won this year's award for innovation in programming, will design a web-based java game for Mirvish's real estate musical, OPEN HOUSE, which Wellspring Media recently released on DVD.

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Da Vinci Code To Open Cannes

Ron Howard's THE DA VINCI CODE will open the 59th Festival de Cannes on May 17, 2006. Howards films that previously screened as Cannes include WILLOW, FAR AND AWAY and ED TV.

Based on Dan Browns best-selling thriller, the story chronicles the conspiracy developed to cover-up the true meaning of the Holy Grail. Many historians and religious leaders have criticized the book as pure fiction.

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Will Vinton Exhibit Arrives in Santa Monica

The art and design from Will Vintons Animation Art Collection is now on view at The Art Institute of California Los Angeles from July 11 Aug. 31, 2005. The groundbreaking animation producer/director Will Vinton and his teams have memorable animated characters, such as the California Raisins, the PJs, and the lovable dinosaurs, Herb & Rex. The Artists reception is July 21 and will open to the public at 6:00 pm.

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Radiant Media to Create HypeFest 2005 Open

Radiant Media has been selected to create the HypeFest festival's 2005 show open that will run prior to each screening at the event, which takes place in Hollywood, July 29-31, 2005.

"HypeFest links independent ideas with commercial creativity and Radiant's concept and company attitude reflects that idea in a truly complementary fashion," said HypeFest Festival co-director Jessie Nagel. "Choosing the right creative team for our open is always a fun and difficult challenge. Each year we see such great work, and Radiant's concept is no exception."

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M:I 3 Moves to June 2005

Originally planned to kick off the summer 2005 season, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 3 will now open in theaters on June 29, 2005. Paramount Pictures' move is likely in response to SPIDER-MAN 2's huge box office receipts leading up to the Independence Day holiday in the States. The Tom Cruise starrer will now go head to head with 20th Century Fox's THE FANTASTIC FOUR, which is set to open July 1. Whether Fox will move F4 is yet to be seen, however Fox will be happy that it will now have May 6 all for itself for its Ridley Scott-directed Crusades epic, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.

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Primal Screen Delivers Animated Charles Barkley For TNT

Atlanta-based broadcast design company Primal Screen has created an animated show open for the new TNT program LISTEN UP! The live, half-hour show features basketball legend Charles Barkley and host Ernie Johnson in conversation with guests from the worlds of sports, entertainment and news. Drawing on a style heavily influenced by graffiti art, the open features Barkley and Johnson rushing through city streets to the studio where the show takes place. Animation director and graffiti artist Ward Jenkins styled the piece to give a glimpse into the character of the show.

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New Animation Project Tracking Software Now In Open Beta

Toonstruck has placed its animation project tracking and asset management software into open beta. Toontrack provides a spreadsheet-style status of all shots, private login for each member of the team, and allows for the assigning of tasks, daily submission and review. In addition, asset management and version control and history tools are included that link directly with Maya animation software allowing the import, reference or opening of files directly into Maya from Toontrack.

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Hi-Wire Flies High For Dragonfly

Digital effects designer Cassie Scroggins of Minneapolis-based Hi-Wire recently finished a complete visual identity, including a logo, program open, interstitials and graphical interface, for DragonflyTV, a PBS program created by Twin Cities Public Television (TPT). DragonflyTV, a new childrens program that began airing on PBS stations nationwide on January 19, 2002, is geared towards children ages 9-12 and features ordinary children and their own science investigations.

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Lifetime Sports Teams Up With DMA Animation For Dancesport

DMA Animation created the broadcast design package for the Lifetime Network's new television franchise, DANCESPORT CHAMPIONSHIPS. The DanceSport event took place in Monaco, where the world's best dancers met for this international competition. DMA designed a rhythmic flowing show open to highlight the beauty and motion of the dancers. DMA's design package included an open, bumpers and lower thirds along with other ancillary graphic elements, using a combination of live action footage and CGI ribbons. DMA Animation designs for television, film, the Internet and new media.

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Blur Studio Designs And Produces Open For TLC's Robotica

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 12:00am

Venice, Californias Blur Studio's broadcast design division recently created a show open for ROBOTICA, The Learning Channel's new 1-hour robot competition series airing on Wednesday nights. Creative director Tim Brown came up with the piece's innovative design, centering on a chrome-plated, flying robot that mounts an aggressive assault on the television screen. Blur Studio concept artist Feng Shu designed the robot character and 3D artist Juan Granja modeled and animated it. Blur Studio also handled the production of the open, composed entirely of photo-real 3D computer animation.

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Wild Brain Opens And Closes The Chuck Jones Show

By Dan Sarto | Sunday, April 29, 2001 at 12:00am

San Franciscos Wild Brain, Inc. has announced their work on the animated open, close and lifts for Cartoon Network's new weekly series, THE CHUCK JONES SHOW, which premiered on the cable network this past April 8, 2001. In the 30-second open, Wile E. Coyote zooms around on an Acme rocket, interacting with old Chuck Jones characters such as the Road Runner, Michigan J. Frog, Duck Dodgers, Marvin the Martian and Bugs Bunny. The characters eventually fall onto a stage and surround an animated, framed picture of Chuck Jones. As Wile E.

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Will SGI Rebound?

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, September 27, 2000 at 12:00am

SGI, once the forefront graphic workstation provider, is trying to regain past success, by recently acquiring Intergraph, releasing Open Source Inventor and embracing Linux. The company is hopeful this approach to open source will lead to more interest in SGI's software portfolio. The Intergraph acquisition will allow SGI a more competitive stance in the PC workstation arena. The hope is these moves will lead to a viable turnaround path for further success and profitability. To learn more about SGIs products visit their Website.

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NFB Is Holding An Open House

* Monday, September 25 Tuesday, September 26, 2000. Saint-Laurent, Canada.

The National Film Board of Canada is holding an open house of their new facilities. The event gives the public a chance to meet the filmmakers and staff. The NFB will feature screenings, studio tours and receptions on Monday from 2-6 pm and on Tuesday from 10 am 5 pm. Screening facilities will be available for visitors to screen their own work as well. For more information contact the NFB at: Tel.: (514) 283-9571 or (514) 283-9332.