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Advance Screening Of Star Wars: The Clone Wars At SIGGRAPH

Lucasfilm will present an exclusive advance screening of their animated film STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS as part of the new Production Studio Nights at the SIGGRAPH 2008 Computer Animation Festival. Hosted by John Knoll, Visual Effects Supervisor from ILM, the evening will begin with a behind-the-scenes discussion about the film's design and style with the film's director, Dave Filoni.

The advance screening of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS will follow the discussion on Thursday, August 14, at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, California.

Studio Headline News

Foundation 9 Game Studios Rename, Refocus

Foundation 9 Ent. is clarifying the branding for its three Amaze Ent. studios. The move comes as a result of the company's studio-focused strategy to foster individuality and studio autonomy within the company.

The Austin, Texas, USA studio is reinstating its original name, Fizz Factor, and the handheld studio in Kirkland, Washington, USA is also reinstating its original name, Griptonite Games. The console studio in Kirkland will be keeping the Amaze Ent. name.

Media Headline News

Sale of EM Entertainment Unit To Belgian Studio 100 Completed

The sale of the entertainment unit of EM.Sport Media AG to Studio 100, a Belgian media company, was completed today.

The sale was approved by the antitrust authorities in charge, as well as the Bavarian Regulatory Authority for Commercial Broadcasting and the Commission on Concentration in the Media.

Motion Headline News

Red Eye First Studio To Use Latest Vicon Camera System

Red Eye Studio, the Midwest's most experienced motion capture studio, is the first company in North America to purchase the T160 camera system, the latest in motion capture equipment from Vicon Motion Systems.

Studio Headline News

Ubisoft To Open 20th Studio In Brazil

Ubisoft will expand its award-winning development teams with the opening its first production studio in South America.

The decision to establish a studio in Sao Paulo was directly tied to the fact that the city is the economic capital of Brazil, itself the economic leader in South America. It's also a cultural hotspot, with a young and creative population that has shown a passion for new technology and media, Sao Paulo boasts the largest grouping of universities on the continent.

Studio Headline News

PS3 Game Developer Insomniac Games Expands To North Carolina

Insomniac Games is opening a North Carolina-based development studio.

The new studio, which will be located in the Raleigh-Durham area, marks the first expansion in Insomniac's 14-year history. The North Carolina studio will also be known as Insomniac Games, and will focus both on developing current and new intellectual properties. While the new studio will operate largely autonomously from Insomniac's Burbank group, it will receive administrative support along with shared tools and technology.

Studio Headline News

DAZ 3D Ships DAZ Studio 3D Bridge Plug-in For Adobe Photoshop

Looking to add another dimension to your next Adobe Photoshop project? DAZ 3D, a leading developer of professional-quality 3-D software and models, today announced the immediate availability of the DAZ Studio 3D Bridge plug-in for Photoshop.

The 3D Bridge plug-in for Photoshop allows DAZ Studio users to automatically apply 3-D imagery and artwork to any Photoshop project. To help artists master the seamless transfer application, DAZ 3D is offering a free 30-day evaluation license of the 3D Bridge plug-in for Photoshop prior to purchase.

Studio Headline News

DAZ 3D Launches New Version Of Free 3D Posing And Animation Software

It's downloadable. It's professional quality. It's easy to use. Best of all, it's free. The latest release of DAZ Studio hits the market today, providing the industry with a simplified, enhanced version of this premier feature-rich 3D art and animation package.

Studio Headline News

Di-O-Matic Announce Release Of Facial Studio 3ds Max Edition V2

Di-O-Matic, a leading developer of character animation software, released the new version of Facial Studio (3ds max edition).

Offering more than 500 controls covering the entire creation process of a 3d head, Facial Studio is for far more than just modelling, it's a comprehensive suite of tools designed to help you achieve better facial animation results in less time than ever before.

Animation Headline News

Mark Taylor New Senior VP Of Nickelodeon Animation Studio

Nickelodeon has promoted Mark Taylor to Senior Vice President and General Manager, Nickelodeon Animation Studio.

He will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of Nickelodeon's Burbank Animation Studio, the largest producer of television animation in the U.S.

He will report to Brown Johnson, President, Animation and Alison Dexter, Executive Vice President, Production, Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group.

Studio Headline News

Digital Video Arts Moves Into New Studio

Post-production house Digital Video Arts has moved into their new 15,000 square foot facility in Jacksonville, Florida, USA.

The new studio is state-of-the-art for the company's work in broadcast film production, post-production, still photography and music composition.

It houses a HD screening room with seating for 24, a bistro-style bar and lounge, two art gallery halls and a patio overlooking a pond and wildlife preserve.

Toon Headline News

Toon Boom Releases Studio Express 4

Emmy award-winning Toon Boom Animation announced the release of Toon Boom Studio Express 4. With this release, Studio Express 4 increases your ability to easily create eye-catching animation, all within a more user-friendly interface.

Feature highlights include:

*New flexible docking user interface*Calligraphic line styles for a unique animation look*Feather edges for creating blurs and glows*Vectorization using textures for bitmap integration

Studio Headline News

Staffing News From Radium

Digital studio Radium, San Francisco/Santa Monica/Dallas, announces the addition of Executive Producer Stacy McClain to head up their San Francisco studio and Meghan Lang as Head of Sales, based out of Radium's Santa Monica office.

Also joining the creative team is designer Angela Ko, working out of the Santa Monica studio.

Games Headline News

EA Experimenting With Blueprint

As a way to experiment beyond traditional video games, Electronic Arts has started a new developmental division called Blueprint, VARIETY reports.

EA is not officially talking about the project, but Blueprint will apparently focus on developing (at at low cost) original intellectual property it can spread across multiple types of media.

Neil Young, former head of EA's Los Angeles studio, is head of Blueprint.

Directors Headline News

ka-chew! Expands Director Roster

Celebrating 10 years, ka-chew!, the commercial production company owned by multi Emmy Award winning creative giant Klasky Csupo, Inc., is adding directors and directing teams to its roster.

ka-chew! specialties include CGI, 2D, stop motion, motion design and live action combo.

Six Point Harness, Parallex Studio, Seattle-based independent filmmaker David Russo, directing team Paul Cummings and Tony Fiandaca, Elliot M. Bour, Liz Blazer and Carolle-Shelley Abrams were all signed by ka-chew!

Studio Headline News

Jetix Europe Teams with Studio B on New Series

Jetix Europe N.V. today announced the launch of the zany animated comedy series KID VS. KAT. Created by Rob Boutilier, the series is being produced by Canada-based Studio B Prods. Inc., a DHX Media Ltd. company, in association with Jetix Europe and Canadian kids broadcaster YTV.

Studio Headline News

Tippett Studio Animates Cloverfield Monster

Tippett Studio created the mysterious monster that destroys New York City in Paramounts record-breaking CLOVERFIELD. The Tippett team was helmed by Visual Effects Supervisor Eric Leven, while Tom Gibbons, Chris Morely and Steve Reding were the creative leads that completed key dramatic and complex vfx shots involving the monster and the deadly parasites, integrating them expertly within photographic and digital environments.

Studio Headline News

Director Romanek Exits Wolfman

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 12:00am

In a bold move, director Mark Romanek has exited THE WOLFMAN redux just weeks before filming was set to start, leaving Universal in a hairy situation, report the trades. The studio and ONE HOUR PHOTO director came to an impasse over the budget, which the studio demanded come in under $100 million, because of the film's potential R rating.

Studio Headline News

DAZ Studio 3D Bridge for Photoshop Unveiled

DAZ Prods. is offering the beta version of its DAZ Studio 3D Bridge for Photoshop plug-in. Compatible with Photoshop 7, CS, CS2 and CS3, this new plug-in allows DAZ Studio users to automatically apply 3D imagery and artwork to any Photoshop project. The limited-time public beta version of the DAZ Studio 3D Bridge for Photoshop is now available for free download at

Games Headline News

THQ Acquires Big Huge Games

THQ Inc. today announced plans to acquire Big Huge Games, a leading development studio focused on the role-playing-game genre, a multi-billion-dollar market segment.

Big Huge Games was founded in 2000 by four veteran game developers, Brian Reynolds, Jason Coleman, Dave Inscore and Tim Train, who together have brought strategy gamers such titles as RISE OF NATIONS, ALPHA CENTAURI, and CIVILIZATION II. Key studio members also include Ken Rolston, a 25-year RPG design veteran whose most recent designs include ELDER SCROLLS IV: OBLIVION and ELDER SCROLLS III: MORROWIND.

Studio Headline News

Blue Sky Moving to Connecticut

Blue Sky Studios has announced that it is relocating its studio from White Plains, New York to Greenwich, Connecticut. The studio plans to have its 300 employees moved by the end of 2008. Additionally, thanks to the film-industry tax credits passed recently by the General Assembly, Blue Sky is eligible to receive up to 30% of their expenses exempted.

Studio Headline News

Mocap Studio Opens at UCF

Vicon Ent.'s Los Angeles-based House of Moves has launched a new state-of-the art motion-capture studio at the University of Central Florida on the grounds of the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, UCF's graduate video-game development school. The 3,500-square-foot studio, one of the largest on the East Coast, is described by House of Moves executives as a "world-class facility" for industry professionals and academia.