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Sharon Katz' New Short Premieres At The Toronto Jewish Film Festival

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 12:00am

* Sunday, April 29, 2001. Toronto, Canada

Sharon Katz' new short, THE ANGEL'S FOOT CAKE / DER FUS TORT premieres April 29, 2001 at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival. THE ANGEL'S FOOT CAKE is a raucous modern Yiddish tale accompanied by Klezmer music. For more information on Sharon Katz' work, including her previous short, HAPPY BIRTHDAY HANNAH, visit: www.sharonkatz.net

Disney Headline News

Disney Animation Planning Staff And Salary Cuts

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 12:00am

According to industry sources and other published reports, Walt Disney Co. is planning cuts in both jobs and salaries at both their Burbank, California and Orlando, Florida Animation Feature studios. Coming on the heels of Disneys recent announcement of company-wide layoffs and staff reductions totaling 4,000 employees, these cuts further illustrate the fiscal realities of both the increasing cost and decreasing profitability of the studios current animated feature production unit.

Million Headline News

Disney Beats Q2 Forecasts But Still Reports Net Loss

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 12:00am

Walt Disney Co. beat Wall Street earnings expectations with improved results in some business units, but restructuring charges from its Go.com operations resulted in an overall second-quarter net loss of $548 million. Excluding the $1 billion charge resulting from the closing of the money-losing Web portal and an accounting change, for the quarter ending March 31, the company reported second-quarter earnings of $391 million, or 19 cents a share, compared to a year-ago figure of $291 million, or 14 cents a share.

Film Headline News

Shrek Selected To Compete At Cannes

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 12:00am

For the first time in 48 years, an animated film has been selected to compete at the Cannes Film Festival. DreamWorks SKGs SHREK, directed by Andrew Adamson and Victoria Jenson, was one of 22 films selected for official competition. The film, slated for a May 18, 2001 U.S. release, stars Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow, and was produced at PDI/DreamWorks, the companys Palo Alto CGI and effects unit.

Film Headline News

Linklater's Animated Waking Life Finds Home At Fox Searchlight

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 12:00am

Richard Linklater's latest film, the animated feature WAKING LIFE, has been acquired by Fox Searchlight and will hit theaters later this year. Fox Searchlight acquired the worldwide distribution rights in a deal negotiated by the companys executive VP Joseph de Marco and John Sloss of the indie financing company Cinetic. The movie debuted to critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

Headline News

Macromedia Director 8.5 Shockwave Studio Now Available

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 12:00am

Macromedia, Inc. announced on April 24, 2001, the immediate availability of Macromedia Director 8.5 Shockwave Studio, which will enable developers to bring 3D-enhanced Shockwave content to the Internet. The program features a new version of the Shockwave Multiuser Server, Havok physics engine for 3D game behaviors, support for Flash 5 and the ability to stream RealMedia content. 3D support in Director and Shockwave Player was jointly developed with Intel Corporation and is built on the Intel Internet 3D Graphics software.

Headline News

Bob And Margaret, Gary & Mike Nominated For Rose D’Or

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 12:00am

Episodes of BOB AND MARGARET and GARY & MIKE have been nominated for the prestigious Rose DOr, an annual international television festival and competition held in Montreux, Switzerland, open to more than 2000 producers and broadcasters from around the world. This years festival will be held April 26 May 1, 2001.

Headline News

Uli Meyer Grapples With 3D Octopus For Kelloggs

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 12:00am

Uli Meyer Animation has just delivered the second in a series of computer animated commercials featuring Okto the Octopus for Kellogg's Variety Packs. In the new 30-second spot, titled "Find The Variety," Okto and Okto's friends, Sandra the Swordfish, The Crab and The Starfish make return appearances, while an electric eel debuts as an improvised aerial for the radio that provides the soundtrack for the commercial. In the spot, Okto plays the "shell game" in the galley of an underwater shipwreck, trying to find his favorite cereal among the eight varieties in the Kellogg's Variety Pack.

Headline News

Viewpoint Studios Creates Ultimate Gamer For The Discovery Science Channel

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 12:00am

Creative firm ViewPoint Studios announced the completion of The Ultimate Gamer promotional spots for the upcoming Discovery Science Channel videogame information television series THE ELECTRIC PLAYGROUND. Using a combination of CGI, live-action and visual effects compositing, ViewPoint created the Ultimate Gamer with a jet pack, VR helmet, rocket skates, gamer attitude, humor and dynamic visuals in order to convey THE ELECTRIC PLAYGROUND as the place for video game enthusiasts to get needed secret skills and codes to conquer the electronic world.

Animation Headline News

New Jobs: 3D Animators, Character Animators, VFX Supervisors And More...

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 24, 2001 at 12:00am

Venice, California's Digital Domain is looking for a VFX SUPERVISORto work in the company's commercial division. . . Winter Park, Florida'sFull Sail Real World Education is looking for an ASSOCIATE COURSEDIRECTOR OF COMPUTER SPECIAL EFFECTS in the Computer Animation DegreeProgram. . . Stony Brook, New York's Inky Dinky Animation Studios islooking for 2D, 3D and STOP-MOTION ANIMATORS for their new studio. . .London, UK's ITS is looking for a 3D ANIMATOR to design graphics for

Headline News

Affiliate Animator News: Augenblick Studios Debuts Shirley Temple On Hypnotic

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 24, 2001 at 12:00am

SHIRLEY TEMPLE, the first installment of Augenblick Studios' Flashanimated DIGNIFIED DEVIL adventure series premiered Tuesday, April 17on Hypnotic. A new episode will debut each week. Many have mistaken Franklin Raine for the devil, dignified or not. Appearances aredeceiving though. He's not the devil. He's actually a pretty niceguy. A drunk and a drifter, Frank is always somewhere he shouldn't

Animated Headline News

Affiliate Site Updates: American Animation Institute, SAFO And TAIS

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 24, 2001 at 12:00am

- The AAI Summer Catalog Has Been Updated - The American AnimationInstitute, the educational branch of M. P. S. C. Local 839 IATSE, hasupdated its catalogue and class schedule for the Summer Semester2001, which runs from May 15 through August 22. The AAI's Web page isat http://www.awn.com/MPSC839/AAICATLG.HTM, and the Summer 2001 schedule is available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format at http://www.awn.com/MPSC839/AAICAT.pdf.

Animation Headline News

New Additions To AWN's Calendar Of Events

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 24, 2001 at 12:00am

This week's updates to the Calendar of Events includes: Sothebys.comClassic Disney Animation Art Auction, April 13 - May 4, 2001 and May11 - June 1, 2001; Guernsey's Cartoon Art Auction, May 19, 2001, NewYork City, New York, U.S.A.; ASIFA-Central Conference and Retreat,April 27 - 29, 2001, Utica, Illinois, U.S.A.; Art InstitutesInternational at San Francisco Open House, April 28, 2001, SanFrancisco, California, U.S.A.; WIA Writers Seminar With Jack Enyart,

Festival Headline News

Bill Plympton Around The World

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 24, 2001 at 12:00am

Bill Plympton has updated his appearances page. In the upcomingmonths, EAT will be appearing at: Critic's Week at CannesInternational Film Festival, Cannes, France, May 10-19, 2001 and theAnnecy Animation Festival, Annecy, France, June 4-9, 2001. MUTANTALIENS will be screening at: Arizona International Film Festival,Tuscon, Arizona, April 19-29; and Philadelphia Festival of WorldCinema, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 26-May 7. Bill will be

Toon 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

Music 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

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