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Headline News Jeff Katz and Titmouse Animation Team Up in Four Picture Deal

Press Release from American Original

Los Angeles, CA -- July 29, 2009 -- Studio Executive, Producer and comic book author Jeff Katz (X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, FREDDY VS. JASON, SNAKES ON A PLANE, BOOSTER GOLD) will collaborate with Hollywood based Titmouse Animation Inc. (Adult Swim's METALOCALYPSE, GI JOE: RESOLUTE, GUITAR HERO cut scenes) to produce four original animated feature films. Features will be produced by Katz's American Original and Executive Produced by Titmouse's president and co-founder Chris Prynoski.

Headline News Disney, DreamWorks Exec Named to The Box Board

Press Release from The Box Ltd.

LOS ANGELES, July 29, 2009 -- David L. Simon, a highly respected entertainment industry veteran who has held senior level executive positions at DreamWorks Animation, Fox Television Station Group and Disney among others, has been named to the advisory board of The Box Ltd, the Israeli content creation and new media company. The announcement was made today by Yaki Gani, vice president, The Box Ltd.

Headline News Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs to Get IMAX Release

Press Release from IMAX Corporation

LOS ANGELES, July 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sony Pictures Animation and IMAX Corporation (NASDAQ: IMAX; TSX: IMX) today announced that CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, an adaptation of the bestselling children's book written by Judi Barrett and illustrated by Ron Barrett, written for the screen and directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, will be released to IMAX(R) theatres simultaneously with the film's wide release on September 18, 2009.

Headline News Pinky Dinky Doo Wins 2009 Summit Creative Award

Press Release from Sesame Workshop

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind SESAME STREET and co-producer of PINKY DINKY DOO has been awarded the 2009 Summit Creative Award in the category "youth website," level "gold." The website -- www.pinkydinkydoo.com -- launched on November 24, 2008, and has acquired an exceptional fan base, receiving 600,000 page views per month. This is the site's first award.

Headline News AJA Video Announces KONA Support for New Apple Final Cut Studio

Press Release from AJA Video Systems

Grass Valley, CA (July 29, 2009) -- AJA Video Systems, a leading manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion solutions, has released a new software version for its popular KONA line of video playback and capture cards: KONA LSe, LHe, LHi and the top-of-the-line KONA 3. The KONA family is AJA's line of 10-bit uncompressed capture and playback cards for video and audio input and output on the Mac platform.

Headline News Martha Speaks Premieres Second Season with a Trip to Antiques Roadshow

Press Release from WGBH

(BOSTON, MA, July 29, 2009) The word is in from critics, parents, and educators across the country: they loved every tasty syllable of the first season of MARTHA SPEAKS on PBS KIDS. The vocabulary-rich children's series from WGBH and Studio B Productions Inc., a DHX Media Company (Vancouver), made its highly successful doggie debut last year and has quickly become a household favorite.

Headline News Calypso Animation to Open Offices in Bangalore and Chennai

Press Release from Calypso Animation Studios

Calypso Animation Studios (CAS) is pleased to announce the opening of a satellite offices in Bangalore and Chennai, India, headed by Project Manager Muthu A. Muthu is an expert at animation and project management and has over 10 years experience in the Indian animation market specializes in outsourced animation. The CAS Bangalore team will help orchestrate outsourced projects in Central and East Asia.

Headline News Studio100 Media Buys Up Maya the Bee

Press Release from Studio100 Media GmbH Munich, July 29, 2009 -- Studio100 Media GmbH has signed a buy-out agreement with Waldemar Bonsels Foundation for the endearing classic MAYA THE BEE. Studio100 Media already holds all exploitation rights including TV, Video, VOD and merchandising to the existing animated series of 104 episodes produced in 1975 and to the 1977 animated feature film.

Headline News Target Ent. signs Plush Deal for Fluffy Gardens

Press Release from Target Entertainment Group

London: Target Entertainment Group has secured a plush license for the pre-school animation series FLUFFY GARDENS with toy company MV Sports and Leisure Ltd.

The deal will see MV Sports and Leisure develop a core plush range aimed at toddlers. This will include standard and feature plush toys, plush playsets with sound and light, miniature collectible plush, bean toys, plush key rings and bag clippers. The plan is for the first products to hit retail in Spring 2010.

Headline News Yahoo and Microsoft Finally Sign Deal

Press Release from Yahoo! and Microsoft

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & REDMOND, Wash. -- Yahoo! and Microsoft announced an agreement that will improve the Web search experience for users and advertisers, and deliver sustained innovation to the industry. In simple terms, Microsoft will now power Yahoo! search while Yahoo! will become the exclusive worldwide relationship sales force for both companies' premium search advertisers.

Headline News Wolfman Gets Bumped to 2010

THE WOLFMAN is getting its fourth release date from Universal, this time to February 12 of 2010, reports VARIETY.

The horror film starring Benicio Del Toro has already moved from Feb. 13 to April 3 and Nov. 6 of this year. It will now serve as counterprogramming to New Line's romantic comedy VALENTINE'S DAY, Summit's drama REMEMBER ME (with Robert Pattinson) and Disney's 3-D re-release of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

Headline News The Lorax Gets 3-D Animated Treatment

Dr. Seuss' environmentally-themed THE LORAX is set to become a 3-D animated feature from Illumination Ent. and Universal Pictures, reports VARIETY.

Chris Renaud and Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio will direct from a script by Paul & Daurio. The film is set for a March 2, 2012 release, the birthday of Theodor Geisel, who died in 1991.

THE LORAX is narrated by a greedy entrepreneur, who, despite warnings from the tree-loving Lorax, cuts down a forest of Truffula trees to make clothing, destroying the ecosystem and forcing the animals to leave.

Headline News Monsters vs. Aliens Sequel a No-Go?

DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg told THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER that a sequel to MONSTERS VS. ALIENS is questionable after a so-so international performance.

DreamWorks presented their second quarter earnings on Tuesday, reporting a 7 percent drop in net income compared with a year ago. MVA has grossed $377 million worldwide so far, with $198 million of that coming from the U.S.

Headline News Sony Gets an Infamous Video Game

Sony Pictures has picked up a pitch from screenwriter Sheldon Turner to adapt Sucker Punch videogame inFAMOUS into a feature film, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

The deal, in the seven figures, is still being process with Sony's sister company Sony Computer Ent., which publishes the game. Avi Arad and Ari Arad will produce. Sony execs Matt Tolmach and Jonathan Kadin are overseeing for the studio.

Headline News Resident Evil Producers Buy Up a Warded Man

Paul W.S. Anderson and producing partner Jeremy Bolt (RESIDENT EVIL franchise) have purchased the film rights to fantasy novel THE WARDED MAN from Peter V. Brett, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

Anderson is attached to direct and produce along with Bolt. Stephanie Johnson will exec produce, after bringing the novel to the duo's attention. Anderson and Bolt got the rights via their respective production companies: Tannhauser Gate and Bolt Pictures.

Headline News Robert Schwentke to Direct Red Thriller

THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE director Robert Schwentke is in negotiations to helm Summit Ent's spy thriller RED, starring Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

Based on the Wild Storm/DC Comic, the script was written by Erich and Jon Hoeber. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing.

The story follows a former black-ops agent forced out of retirement when an assassin threatens him and his girlfriend.

Headline News China's Post-Production Training Center Equipped with Autodesk Solutions

Press Release from Autodesk

Shanghai, CHINA, July 28, 2009 -- The Animation Public Technical Service Platform of Shanghai (APTSP) has created China's first post-production training center, to grow high-end animation and post-production public services, train local talent and showcase innovative technology. APTSP offers complete, data-centric workflows that include Autodesk, Inc.'s (NASDAQ: ADSK) Autodesk Flame and Autodesk Inferno visual effects systems, Autodesk Smoke editorial finishing system, and Autodesk Lustre digital color-grading system.

Headline News SIGGRAPH Graphics Pioneers Encourage the Community to Help Make it Right

Press Release from the SIGGRAPH Graphics Pioneers

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- July 28, 2009 -- As the graphics community prepares for the annual SIGGRAPH conference and exhibition in New Orleans, August 3-6, the SIGGRAPH Graphics Pioneers are asking the creative community to help survivors of Hurricane Katrina with monetary donations to the Make it Right Foundation www.makeitrightnola.org.

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