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New Mentors at Animation Mentor

Press Release from Animation Mentor

Emeryville, CA -- June 5, 2009 -- (Animation Mentor), the leading online character animation school created by animators for animators, today announces four new professional animators to their roster of mentors now totaling 77.

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Second Golden Cursor Animation Awards Chosen

The winners of Golden Cursor Animation Awards were chosen after a comprehensive three-stage process that involved the Indian animation industry, nominating some of their best work across 25 categories. Post that, a panel of experts short listed the top three-five nominees in every category and the same were presented to an eminent jury panel comprising of the animation industry's most revered names, who short listed the entries based on the pre-determined parameters.

Best Animated Feature FilmROADSIDE ROMEO - Yash Raj Films and Walt Disney and Tata Elxsi

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Blue Sky Headed to Rio

Blue Sky Studios announced their next animated feature, RIO, will be released by Twentieth Century Fox on April 8, 2011.

Carlos Saldanha, whose ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWN earned a worldwide box office of more than $650 million, is set to direct the digital 3-D animation feature. Chris Jenkins (SURF'S UP) and Bruce Anderson (DR. SEUSS' HORTON HEARS A WHO!) will produce.

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Red Giant Studios Announces First Animated Short

Press Release from Red Giant Studios, LLC

San Francisco, CA, May 01, 2009 -- Red Giant Studios, LLC., a new animation and visual effects studio founded by Dalton Grant, Jr and Cindy Rangel, announces its plan to release its first CG-animated short, THE WAY TO HEAVEN, in July of 2009.

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Disney Interactive Studios Names Dan Tudge VP and GM, Propaganda Games

Press Release from Disney Interactive Studios

BURBANK, Calif. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Disney Interactive Studios today announced the appointment of Dan Tudge as vice president and general manager of Propaganda Games, Disney Interactive Studios' development studio in Vancouver, British Columbia. Tudge is tasked with overseeing the operations of the 130-person studio as it continues the development of two unannounced games.

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AJA KONA 3 Provides Thunder for Norway's Storm Studios

AJA Video Systems' KONA 3 video capture and playback cards are an integral part of the post production workflow at Norwegian VFX and post facility Storm Studios. KONA 3 is AJA's top-of-the-line uncompressed capture card for SD, HD, Dual Link 4:4:4 HD and 2K formats for Apple Mac Pro systems.

Game Headline News

SEGA Partners with Pyro Studios for Planet 51 Game

SEGA Europe, SEGA of America, and Madrid-based Pyro Studios will create a game based on its upcoming animated film, PLANET 51. The PLANET 51 game will be available in winter 2009 for Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo DS.

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Bonfire Studios Emerges from Ensemble

The second company to emerge from the former Ensemble Studios was announced this week. Bonfire Studios is a 35 person studio currently working on an original IP to be announced in the coming months. The Bonfire team is made up entirely of former Ensemble employees fresh off of the highly-anticipated HALO WARS.

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Founders of Ensemble Studios Form Robot Entertainment

Robot Ent. has formed a new game development studio in Plano, Texas. Founded by many of the original founders of Ensemble Studios, Robot has a staff of 45 comprised entirely of former Ensemble employees. Robot's team developed the hit franchise AGE OF EMPIRES, selling over 20 million units worldwide, and the soon-to-be released HALO WARS for Xbox 360. Tony Goodman, the founder of Ensemble, is the CEO of Robot.

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Sony Animation Signs Deal with Platinum for New Feature

Sony Pictures Animation has set a deal with Platinum Studios, an entertainment company that controls an international library of comic book characters which it adapts, produces and licenses for all forms of media, to develop an animated feature.

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Seven in Running for 2008 Visual Effects Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled the seven films remaining in contention for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 81st Academy Awards. Expected contenders include THE DARK KNIGHT, IRON MAN and THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, along with surprises like AUSTRALIA and JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH.

VFX houses Digital Domain, Double Negative and Framestore all got multiple nods.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

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Connors Named COO at Marvel Studios

Tim Connors has been named Chief Operating Officer of Marvel Studios, the Hollywood subsidiary of Marvel Ent. In his new role, Connors will manage Marvel Studios' day-to-day business operations as well as oversee the business transactions for all studio productions including the anticipated releases of IRON MAN 2 on May 7, 2010, THOR on July 16, 2010, THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA on May 6, 2011, THE AVENGERS in July 15, 2011 and ANT MAN.

Games Headline News

Bruce Shelley Inducted Into Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame

Bruce Shelley will be the 12th inductee into The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame. Shelley is a preeminent game designer, who assisted Sid Meier in bringing the award-winning CIVILIZATION and RAILROAD TYCOON to the world, and later the AGE OF EMPIRES strategy games with Ensemble Studios.

PC GAMER named Shelley one of the 25 Game Gods in 1999, and in 2002 GAME SPY named him the eighth most influential person in gaming.

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Imagi Studios Announces First Astro Boy Licensing Deals

Imagi Studios has signed worldwide licensing agreements with American Greetings, Penguin Group (USA) Inc., Jazwares Inc., D3Publisher and IDW Publishing for ASTRO BOY, its upcoming CG-animated film based on the adventures of the superhero icon. The studio's agreement with American Greetings also extends to future Imagi films. ASTRO BOY, slated for domestic release on October 23, 2009, is being distributed worldwide by Summit Ent. except for Imagi's reserved territories of Japan, Hong Kong and China.

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Studios Bid On Unannounced EA Dante's Inferno Game

In an unusually early bidding war, four studios are battling for a new videogame from Electronic Arts -- that hasn't yet been announced publicly, per VARIETY.

About a journey through the depths of hell, sources say the game is likely to be titled DANTE'S INFERNO, and while EA has cleared the title for use, it has not officially titled it. EA and its representation declined to comment Thursday evening.

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Aardman Adopts Escape Studios' Online Learning Tool

Animation studio Aardman has selected Escape Studios' comprehensive Maya courseware and online learning system to augment its in-house computer graphics training program.

An addition to Escape Studios' portfolio of prominent corporate adopters, Aardman's announcement comes three weeks after game developer Rare announced its decision to implement Escape Studios' online learning system. The online Maya program was developed by Escape's tutors and features HD content and an unprecedented learning experience.

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Industry Veterans Headline Platinum Studios Advisory Board

Platinum Studios, Inc., an entertainment company that controls an international library of more than 5,600 comic book characters which it adapts, produces and licenses for all forms of media, announced that it is creating an Advisory Board. The Advisory Board is being formed to help further the company's pursuits of home video and theatrical distribution, marketing, and developing content for new media.

Online Headline News

Escape To 3D School Online

Escape Studios has launched a new online 3D animation course in HD. The revolutionary online platform allows students to become computer graphics experts from anywhere in the world and promises to open doors into the film, games and animation industries.

Escape Studios is also now open for business in New York.

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3D Biz-Ex 2008

3D Biz-Ex will be held September 30-October 1 conference at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif., effectively covering the broad range of 3D applications -- from the lens to the eye.

Headlining this large gathering of 3D professionals are several experienced and successful creators of live action and animated 3D movies including: producer Jed Weintrob, Buzz Hays of Sony Pictures Imageworks, Domonic Paris, Gina Gallo and Mimi Maynard of Illuminata Pictures and Jason Brenek of Walt Disney Studios.

Production Headline News

New GMs For Disney, Pixar Animation Studios

Disney animation exec Andrew Millstein has been named general manager for Walt Disney Animation Studios, and industry effects production veteran Jim Morris will take on a parallel role as general manager for Pixar Animation Studios

Both executives will be responsible for guiding overall operations of their respective studios, and will continue to oversee all aspects of production related to animated features, short films and special animated projects. They will report directly to Ed Catmull, president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.