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MOMI hosting Looney Tunes exhibit

By Guest (not verified) | Thursday, September 24, 1998 at 12:00am

* Friday, September 25. London, England, U.K.

In honor of Warner Bros. 75th anniversary, The Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI) launches an exhibition of original Looney Tunes art work. In honor of MOMIs tenth anniversary, admission is free until the end of September! For more information about MOMI, visit the Hidden Treasures feature in Animation World Magazines October 1997 issue.

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Maurice Noble at Animazing Gallery

By Guest (not verified) | Thursday, September 24, 1998 at 12:00am

* Saturday, September 26. New York City, New York.

Animazing Gallery hosts an appearance by layout artist Maurice Noble, starting with a gala tribute from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.. Noble will be present, and available to sign artwork purchased at the show. Animazing is located at 415 West Broadway in Soho. RSVP to (212) 226-7374 or animazing@worldnet.att.net. Read Karl Cohens article, Maurice Noble: Animation's Old Rebel in the March 1998 issue of Animation World Magazine.

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Michael Bedard reception

By Guest (not verified) | Thursday, September 24, 1998 at 12:00am

* Saturday, September 26. Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

From 5 - 8 p.m., Los Angeles art gallery and book store Every Picture Tells A Story hosts a reception with Michael Bedard, illustrator of the new childrens book Sitting Ducks. Bedards work is currently being adapted for an animated TV series and feature film by Polygram. The exhibition of Bedards illustrations will run through October 18. To pre-order signed books or to RSVP for the reception, call (310) 932-6070.

Creative Headline News

Creative Capers opens Digital Doorway

By Guest (not verified) | Thursday, September 24, 1998 at 12:00am

Glendale, California-based animation and development studio, Creative Capers Entertainment has partnered with Dallas, Texas-based content delivery system company, Rapture Technologies, to form a new company. The 50/50 joint venture, called Digital Doorway, will be based in Glendale and focus on production and marketing of interactive gaming, entertainment and educational titles for the PC, console, hand-held and online markets.

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Klasky Csupo signs eight directors

By Guest (not verified) | Thursday, September 24, 1998 at 12:00am

Los Angeles-based Klasky Csupo has expanded its commercials division with the signing of eight directors to its roster: CORKY QUAKENBUSH is a stop-motion animator famous for his raunchy MAD TV spots; Sweden-native STIG BERQVIST is a 2D animator who recently completed working on Stressed Eric with Klaskys TV division, and also co-directed short films including Otto and Revolver; JIM BLASHFIELD is a Portland, Oregon-based mixed-media director known for his cut-out look utilized in such music videos as Michael Jacksons Leave Me Alo

Company Headline News

Paul Waxman forms D.E.E.P. Entertainment

By Guest (not verified) | Thursday, September 24, 1998 at 12:00am

PAUL WAXMAN, a former marketing executive at Irwin Toy, has branched off and formed his own company, D.E.E.P. ENTERTAINMENT. Based in Toronto and Halifax, Canada, the company will focus on development of animation properties such as NuKeD and The Lugs, for which financing partners are currently being sought.

Animation Headline News

Mark Simon and Dave Kallaher form Aargh! Animation

By Guest (not verified) | Thursday, September 24, 1998 at 12:00am

MARK SIMON, president of Animatics & Storyboards, and author of the book Storyboards: Motion in Art, and producer DAVE KALLAHER have joined forces to start a new company, AARGH! ANIMATION, INC. Based in Orlando, Florida, the company will specialize in cel and stop-motion animation, character design and storyboards. JEANNE PAPPAS SIMON, co-owner of Animatics & Storyboards, will be head writer for AARGH!

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Epoch & McFarlane jam on music video

By Guest (not verified) | Tuesday, September 22, 1998 at 12:00am

Santa Monica, California-based Epoch Ink Animation and Phoenix, Arizona-based Todd McFarlane Entertainment collaborated on a fully-animated music video for Pearl Jam's song "Do the Evolution." The four-minute video was produced in just 12 weeks with a budget of U.S. $220,000.

Books Headline News

Varga TVC going golden

By Guest (not verified) | Tuesday, September 22, 1998 at 12:00am

Golden Books Family Entertainment has signed a deal with animation production company Varga tvc Ltd. (formed last year between Hungarian Varga Studios and TVC London) to produce animated video specials based on the Golden Books titles: "The Poky Little Puppy," "Saggy Baggy Elephant" and "Scuffy the Tugboat." The three videos will be available by Spring 1999. All animation production will take place at Varga tvc's London studio, with a production team that includes writer Bruce Talkington, creative director Dave Unwin and director Ramon Modiano.

Film Headline News

Kratky Film restructures

By Guest (not verified) | Tuesday, September 22, 1998 at 12:00am

Czech production and distribution company Kratky Film Praha a.s., which owns the Bratri v triku and Jiri Trnka animation studios, has been substantially restructured. The company has been struggling financially since 1994, and has been facing possible bankruptcy since 1997, a measure prevented by a recent investment from insurance company Ceska Pojistovna, now the majority shareholder in Kratky Film. The restructuring has also caused a management shake-out.

Live-action Headline News

Animation Goes Live-Action!

By Guest (not verified) | Saturday, September 19, 1998 at 12:00am

Recycling is alive and well in Hollywood. An astounding number of animation properties are being optioned for adaptation as live-action films, such as "Inspector Gadget" and "Sailor Moon." This week, two more such deals have been announced. "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," a book by Dr. Seuss and then an animated feature directed by Chuck Jones at MGM, will have its next reincarnation as a live-action feature starring Jim Carrey. Universal, which already owns the theme park rights to Dr. Seuss properties, and Ron Howard's Imagine Films paid Dr. Seuss' widow Audrey Geisel nearly U.S.

Animation Headline News

Marie-Line Petrequin to join the management team of Igelfilm in October

By Guest (not verified) | Friday, September 18, 1998 at 12:00am

MARIE-LINE PETREQUIN will leave ProSieben and join another German company, IGELFILM as managing director of animation and development in the area of production/co-production of animation. She was previously vice president and head of the animation department at ProSieben Media AG, where she has worked since 1990.

Film Headline News

Indie Feature Project and the Film Channel select student animation prize

By Guest (not verified) | Friday, September 18, 1998 at 12:00am

The Independent Feature Project (IFP) and the Independent Film Channel (IFC) have announced the winners of their first student film competition, IFC2000. The U.S. $2,500 "Outstanding Achievement in Animation" prize has been awarded to "Hisao" by Masahiro Sugano, a student from the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Art & Design.

Shorts Headline News

NFBC signs licensing deal to develop its library

By Guest (not verified) | Friday, September 18, 1998 at 12:00am

The National Film Board of Canada (NFBC) has entered into a license agreement with Los Angeles-based producer Jean Madar to develop new TV series and films based on a collection of popular animated shorts from its library. Madar, a Montreal native whose background includes work with Pixibox and Medialab, will use the animated shorts as ready-made pilots for new projects. He has grouped the NFBC films into four collections: "Kids" for children's animation, "Tunes" for musical shorts, "Crazy" for more adult-oriented films, and "Insane" for late-night fare.

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Meet Mr. “Ninja Turtles”

By Guest (not verified) | Thursday, September 17, 1998 at 12:00am

* Saturday, September 19. Northampton, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

The Words & Pictures Museum hosts an appearance and book signing by its founder, Kevin Eastman, co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The event kicks off at 10:30 a.m. with a members-only discussion and exhibit tour. For information visit www.wordsandpictures.org.

Cartoon Headline News

Cartoon D’Or noms

By Guest (not verified) | Thursday, September 17, 1998 at 12:00am

Every year since 1991, the organization CARTOON, with the support of the MEDIA program of the European Union, selects one short European animated film as the Cartoon DOr, or best European animation film. Nominees are selected from the list of top prize-winning and recommended films from participating European animation festivals: Annecy, Brussels, Cardiff, Espinho, Stuttgart, Utrecht and, new this year, Oslo. The director of the Cartoon DOr winning film will receive 25,000 ECU (approximately U.S. $25,000) to spend on a new animation project.

Festival Headline News

“Devil” tops L.A. shorts fest

By Guest (not verified) | Thursday, September 17, 1998 at 12:00am

The second Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, held September 11-13, selected Mike Johnsons stop-motion music video The Devil Went Down to Georgia as Best Animation Film. It competed with 12 other animated films in the festival. For information about the festival and the next call for entries, visit www.lashortsfest.com.

Animation Headline News

Cambridge Animation Systems hires Tom Carrigan

By Guest (not verified) | Thursday, September 17, 1998 at 12:00am

U.K.-headquartered CAMBRIDGE ANIMATION SYSTEMS, creators of Animo 2D animation software, named TOM CARRIGAN director of international sales. He will be based in the U.K. Carrigan has previously held sales positions with Softimage and Toon Boom Technologies.

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