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Headline News The Emperor's New Groove Is Coming To Home Video

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 23, 2001 at 12:00am

Walt DisneyHome Video will be releasing THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE on VHS and DVDon May 1, 2001. The VHS release, retailing for $26.99, will includeSting's "Making the Music" music video featuring "My Funny Friend andMe" from the film's soundtrack. Two different DVD versions will bereleased. The DISNEY DVD version, to retail for $29.99, includes anadditional music video "Walk the Llama Llama," as well as bonuscommentary, an interactive game and a deleted scene from the movie.

Headline News Powerpuff Girls Home Video Collection Released

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 23, 2001 at 12:00am

Warner Home Videohas released three new POWERPUFF GIRL collections on VHS and DVD,which include never-before-seen episodes. The new BOOGIE FRIGHTS VHScollection contains five episodes, including the never-before-seen"Helter Shelter," the Powerpuff Girls' music video featuring ShonenKnife, a bonus episode of COURAGE THE COWARDLY DOG, and a sneak peekat the upcoming Cartoon Network SAMURAI JACK series, which is set toair in Summer 2001. The new TWISTED SISTER VHS collection contains

Headline News Toon Factory Finds Partners For Kid Clones In Space

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 23, 2001 at 12:00am

Animationproduction house Toon Factory has finalized a deal with Luxembourg'sNeuroplanet and Canada's Vivatoon for co-production of the televisionseries KID CLONES IN SPACE. The two companies join Toon Factory andFrench broadcaster TF1 as full co-production partners. Toon Factoryrecently acquired all the rights to the property from the UK'sCosgrove Hall, which will continue to work on the series' artisticdirection. Currently in development, the series is set to begin

Headline News TV-Loonland Expands Into Russia

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 23, 2001 at 12:00am

TV-Loonland has signed aseven-year licensing agreement with Russia's Nox Music, providing theMoscow-based company with video, television and merchandising rightsto 963 half-hour series episodes. The new agreement applies to theterritories of CIS/Russia, the Ukraine and the Baltic States ofLatvia, Lithuania and Estonia, and involved productions fromTV-Loonland's own studios as well as subsidiaries SunbowEntertainment and Telemagination. Nox was founded by Iosif

Headline News Stojda Appointed To Head Softimage

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 23, 2001 at 12:00am

Michael Stojda has beenappointed managing director of Softimage, Avid's Montreal-basedanimation and special effects subsidiary. Stojda, who will providestrategic business and operational leadership for the company, willreport to Joe Bentivegna, vice president and general manager of AvidMedia Solutions, located in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. Commenting onthe announcement, Bentivegna said, "With more than 14 years ofindustry and high-tech experience, Mike has an excellent

Headline News New President For Jim Henson Television

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 23, 2001 at 12:00am

Angus Fletcher has beenpromoted to president of the Jim Henson Television Group - Europe,the company has recently announced. Fletcher, who is based in London,will oversee all current and future television development,production and programming, and report to Charlie Rivkin, presidentand CEO of the Jim Henson Company. As executive vice president,Fletcher doubled the company's television program library.Currently, he is co-creator and executive producer on THE HOOBS, a

Headline News Shrek’s Coming To Your Local Shopping Cart

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 12:00am

On April 16, 2001, DreamWorks Consumer Products and The Kroger Co. announced a joint promotion that allows supermarket shoppers to earn free movie tickets to the upcoming computer-animated feature SHREK based on their grocery purchases during a four-week period beginning this week. The four-week promotion is scheduled for more than 2,000 Kroger-owned stores nationwide. Customers who purchase $300 in groceries using their shopper's card will earn two free tickets to SHREK, which opens May 18 in theaters around the country.

Headline News Tony Hawk Pro Skater Rolls Onto Six Platforms

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 12:00am

Activision, Inc. announced on April 12, 2001 that it will release the next installment of the best-selling skateboarding franchise of all time, TONY HAWK'S PRO SKATER, on six platforms -- the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game system, Game Boy Advance, PC, PlayStation game console and Game Boy Color.

Headline News Humongous Characters For Your Walls

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 12:00am

Wallcoverings designer 4walls.com has announced a licensing agreement to create and distribute murals and other wallcoverings based on characters from Infogrames, Inc.'s Humongous Entertainment division. The Humongous Entertainment line of wallcoverings from 4walls.com is now available in stores nationwide. "We are very excited to bring Putt-Putt, Pajama Sam and the Backyard Kids' to the walls of children everywhere," said Ronald Soeder, president of 4walls.com.

Headline News Big Idea Productions And Wal-Mart Team Up For Veggietales Promotion

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 12:00am

Big Idea Productions, creators of the made-for-video series VEGGIETALES, has teamed up with Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, for a chain-wide promotion of VEGGIETALES apparel, toys, videos, audio CDs and fabric. During April, more than 2,700 Wal-Mart stores across the United States will feature VeggieTales signage and merchandise. Shari Martin, executive director of licensing and consumer products for Big Idea Productions, said, "We are so excited to participate in this promotion with Wal-Mart, which clearly demonstrates how VEGGIETALES' popularity is exploding across the country.

Headline News Spud Wins Cartoons On The Bay

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 12:00am

In the competition at Cartoons on the Bay, Folimages imaginative SPUD AND THE VEGETABLE GARDEN took home three prizes. The 5th Cartoons On The Bay International Festival of Television Animation was held in Positano (Amalfi Coast), Italy from April 5 - 9. Cartoons on the Bay is the only festival in the world dedicated to television animation. The festival is an international event with awards, workshops, lectures and events centering on the ever-changing world of television animation.

Headline News Sothebys.com Classic Disney Animation Art Auction

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 12:00am

* Friday, April 13 Friday, May 4, 2001. Online.

* Friday, May 11 Friday, June 1, 2001. Online.

Sothebys.com is holding a two-part online auction of original, pre-World War II animation art, primarily Disney art purchased in private transactions directly from the animators themselves over a 22 year period. Almost all of the artwork will be seen publicly for the first time (except, of course, as it appears in the actual movies). For more information, visit the Jeff Lotman Animation Art auction at: Web: www.sothebys.com

Headline News ASIFA-Central Conference and Retreat

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 12:00am

* Friday, April 27- Sunday, April 29, 2001. Utica, Illinois, U.S.A.

ASIFA-Central is having its ninth annual Animators Conference and Retreat. Events include presentations, workshops, animation screenings, networking time, outdoor BBQ and a late night Animator's Bonfire! Registrations accepted onsite for the weekend or for Saturday only. Utica is located on the Illinois River, 90 miles west of Chicago (90 minutes), at I-80 near I-39 (Illinois Rte 51). For more information contact Melissa Bouwman at: Email: asifa_central@hotmail.com.

Headline News WIA Writers Seminar With Jack Enyart

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 12:00am

* Thursday, May 10, 2001. Westwood, California, U.S.A.

The Women In Animation Writers Seminar Series will host Jack Enyart, development consultant, who has developed and written projects for virtually every major Hollywood cartoon studio. For more information or to RSVP, contact Jean Ann Wright at: Tel.: (818) 360-8321; or Email: jjwright@gte.net.

Learn more about Women In Animation by visiting their Website at womeninanimation.org.

Headline News ASIFA-East Animation Awards Screening At ASIFA-Hollywood

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 12:00am

* Friday, April 20, 2001. Burbank, California, U.S.A.

Back by popular demand! It's the ASIFA-East Animation Awards, a two-hour reel of the best independent shorts and commercials from the East Coast! The screening starts at 7:30 pm. The entry fee will be US$2 for members and $5 for non-members. Seating is limited. For more information contact ASIFA-Hollywood at: 721 S. Victory Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502; Tel.: (818) 842-8330; or Web: www.asifa-hollywood.org.

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