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Headline News LEGO Launches First Ever TV Series

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 4, 2001 at 12:00am

LEGO Media International(LMI), the new TV and film division of the world-renowned children'stoy brand, premiered its first ever program, LITTLE ROBOTS, at MIP TV2001. LITTLE ROBOTS is a new pre-school animated series based on thechildren's book by Mike Brownlow. The pilot was produced for LMI bythe U.K.'s Cosgrove Hall Films utilizing an unusual technique, whichcombines model animation with CGI backgrounds and effects. Theprogram also boasts top U.K. writing and voice (Lenny Henry, Su

Headline News New Cinegroupe Series Coming To Teletoon And Fox Family Channel.

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 4, 2001 at 12:00am

CineGroupe has recently announced that production has started on 26episodes of WHAT'S WITH ANDY, a new half-hour animated series set topremier Fall, 2001 on Canada's TELETOON and the Fox Family Channel inthe U.S. The series, based on the "Just" series of books written byAndy Griffith, chronicles the life of teenager Andy Larkin, aself-proclaimed master prankster whose goal is to be the greatestpractical joker in the world, though his schemes backfire every time.Realized primarily in 2D animation, the series also incorporates a

Headline News Look! Effects Creates 3D Intergalactic Journey For Indie Feature

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 4, 2001 at 12:00am

Look! Effects, a Hollywood, California digital effects and 3Danimation company, has completed a 5-minute 3D computer animationsequence for Metaphor Films and Gotham Entertainment's independentfeature FIRST WATCH. Featuring detailed models of planets, stars,their surfaces and movements that were based on some of the latestastronomical imaging and scientific data available, the sequenceconsists of a single, extended pull back where the camera lifts outof an aerial view of the Earth, travels through the Solar System,

Headline News Brilliant Digital Entertainment Losses Continue

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 3, 2001 at 12:00am

Brilliant Digital Entertainment Inc., a developer of 3D rich media content creation, distribution and ad services technologies for the Internet, announced continued losses for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Dec 31, 2000. The company reported a net loss from continuing operations of $9,208,000, or $0.62 per share, for the year ended Dec. 31, 2000, compared with a net loss from continuing operations of $9,108,000, or $0.81 per share for 1999. Net revenues for 2000 from continuing operations rose 86% to $1,030,000 from $555,000 in fiscal 1999.

Headline News Showtime To Air AtomShockwave Shorts

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 3, 2001 at 12:00am

Showtime Networks Inc., and AtomShockwave Corp., announced Tuesday, April 3, the signing of a new licensing deal to bring up to 100 short films to the recently launched multiplex channel SHOWTIME NEXT. The short films, part of the catalogue of AtomShockwave's film and animation brand, AtomFilms, will debut on SHOWTIME NEXT, later appearing on other Showtime Networks Inc. channels and services. "Our agreement with AtomFilms is an ideal match for SHOWTIME NEXT," said Vice President of Acquisitions Gary Garfinkel.

Headline News New Lara Croft Tomb Raider Trailer Blasts Onto The Net

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 3, 2001 at 12:00am

The latest trailer from Paramounts upcoming TOMB RAIDER is scheduled to hit the web on Wednesday, April 4th, at 12 pm EST, 9 am PST. Based on the best-selling Tomb Raider computer game from Britain's Eidos Interactive, the movie, directed by Simon West (CON-AIR, THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER) has been shot on location in England, Iceland and Cambodia, and has a scheduled US release date of June 15. The movie stars Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft and her real-life father Jon Voight as Laras father Lord Croft.

Headline News CartoonNework.com Launches Toonami Reactor

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 3, 2001 at 12:00am

On March 26, CartoonNetwork.com launched TOONAMI REACTOR, a 12-week offering of popular TOONAMI anime programming on-demand. The introduction of TOONAMI REACTOR is designed to showcase the full potential of interactive entertainment using broadband technology. In addition to the anime video content, exclusive information about the characters and storyline is displayed simultaneously on a split screen for Reactor participants using a broadband connection.

Headline News Oxygen Media And AOL Time Warner Expand Their Alliance

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 3, 2001 at 12:00am

AOL Time Warner and Oxygen Media announced April 3, that they will expand their existing online strategic alliance to include extensive cable distribution of Oxygen TV to the vast majority of Time Warner Cable households. America Online will also make an equity investment in Oxygen. As part of the multi-year agreement, Oxygen TV programming will be available to 10 million cable subscribers by third quarter, 2002. Time Warner Cable is the nation's second-largest cable operator.

Headline News Learn About Animation Scripts At WIA Writers’ Group Next Seminar

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 3, 2001 at 12:00am

* Thursday, April 12, Westwood, California, U.S.A.

The Women In Animation Writers' Group will hold the next session of their Seminar Series at Saban Entertainment at 7:30 pm. Topic: The Animation Script. RSVP required to Jean Ann Wright. E-mail: jjwright@gte.net or phone: 818-360-8321.

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

Headline News AWN's 5th Anniversary Issue Of Animation World Magazine Is Now On-line!

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 2, 2001 at 12:00am

In April, Animation World Magazine kicks off Catherine Winder and Zahra Dowlatabadi's new book "Producing Animation" with a special indepth look at how animation is produced. From feature films to television from Europe to the U.S. we detail how schedules and budgets are put together. Sylvia Edwards compares traditional animation television show schedules and budgets to CGI TV series, a rapidly growing trend. Feature film producer Steve Walsh takes us inside putting together a European feature film, while Evan Backus outlines the recent production timelines of several large U.S. releases.

Headline News And The Oscar Goes To...

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 2, 2001 at 12:00am

On March 25, 2001 in Los Angeles, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the winners for this year's Oscars. Taking home the prize for outstanding animated short was Michael Dudok de Wit's lyrically elegant FATHER & DAUGHTER. The big winner for the evening was the visual effects epic GLADIATOR, which received five Oscars for best picture, best actor Russell Crowe, best visual effects, best costume design and best sound. Oscar was also kind to the other big visual effects film of the year CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON.

Headline News Giant Killer Robots Uses Realviz Matchmover For Monkey Bone Effects

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 2, 2001 at 12:00am

REALVIZ, a leader in image-processing software development announced that effects boutique Giant Killer Robots used REALVIZ MatchMover to complete several shots for Twentieth Century Fox's MONKEY BONE. MatchMover is REALVIZ' award winning 3D match-moving application for seamlessly integrating CG elements into moving footage. Giant Killer Robots is a San Francisco-based visual effects studio specializing in high-end CG animation. M.

Headline News MIP TV Starts Next Week

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 2, 2001 at 12:00am

MIP TV (April 2-6, 2001, Cannes, France) is one of the premiere television conferences and markets in the world. The six-day event brings together production companies and distributors from all over the globe. The conference includes a vast array of panels and round-table discussions with some of the world's top professionals. MIP TV 2000 scored a hit with over 11,000 participants, representing 2,776 companies from 100 countries. The countries most represented in terms of stands were: France, US, UK, Canada and Germany.

Headline News Cartoons On The Bay 2001 Starts Next Week

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 2, 2001 at 12:00am

The 5th edition of Cartoons On The Bay, International Festival of Television Animation, will be held in Positano (Amalfi Coast), Italy, April 5-9, 2001. Cartoons on the Bay is the only festival in the world solely dedicated to television animation. Promoted by Rai Radiotelevisione Italiana and conceived and organized by Rai Trade, the festival is an international event with awards, workshops, lectures and events centering on the ever-changing world of television animation.

Headline News This Week's Animation Trivia Quiz

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 2, 2001 at 12:00am

Test your skills and challenge your brain with AWN's Animation Trivia Quiz. This week, we're asking questions about Eastern Europe. Which Czechoslovakian live-action director used animation to bring the fantasy elements of his films "The Diabolic Invention" and "Baron Munchhausen" alive? What Hungarian animator was known for both his series of films featuring a primitive little naked man with an oblong head and his incredibly short films?

Headline News Spy Kids Sneaks Into First Place

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 2, 2001 at 12:00am

SPY KIDS, Robert Rodriguez new espionage yarn, with primary visual effectsby Hybride Technologies, captured first place at the box office thisweekend, grossing $27.0 million. ENEMY AT THE GATES fell from fourth tosixth, grossing $5.3 million. The WWII sniper saga, with primary visualeffects by Das Werk, Die Nefzers, Double Negative, The Computer Film Companyand AudioMotion Ltd., has accumulated $34.2 million thus far. Dropping fromsixth to eighth was CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, which collected another

Headline News New Nickelodeon Attractions Coming to Universal Studios

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 2, 2001 at 12:00am

On Wednesday, March 28, Nickelodeon and Universal Studios Recreation Groupannounced the signing of a strategic alliance for the development of newNickelodeon-branded attractions at various Universal theme parks. Under thenew agreement, the two companies will develop two major attractions, createco-branded promotions, sell merchandise and increase marketing andadvertising on the Nickelodeon cable channel. As part of the agreement,Universal will get rights to use Nickelodeon characters such as THE RUGRATS,

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