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EA To Acquire BioWare Corp. and Pandemic Studios

Electronic Arts Inc. announced an agreement with Elevation Partners to acquire VG Holding Corp. -- the owner of both BioWare Corp. and Pandemic Studios. This acquisition gives EA a strong competitive position in key genres in interactive entertainment: action, adventure and role-playing games.

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Mobility Art Studios Launches India's First Vicon MoCap Facility

Mobility Art Studios, the first professional motion capture studio in India, has purchased a Vicon solution.

Mobility Art Studios is the only fully integrated performance capture studio in India and is among the largest motion capture service studios outside of North America. The studio is one of a handful in the world capable of offering full body, face and hands motion capture.

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Sony Computer Ent. Acquires Evolution Studios & Bigbig Studios

Sony Computer Ent. has acquired leading game developer Evolution Studios Ltd and its subsidiary Bigbig Studios Ltd to further expand its game development capability as part of Sony Computer Ent.'s Worldwide Studios.

In a strategic move to secure excellence in game development for current and future PlayStation platforms, the acquisition of Evolution and Bigbig formalises the successful and long established exclusive relationship between Sony Computer Ent. and the two studios.

Autodesk Headline News

Autodesk Mini-Site Launches

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 6, 2007 at 12:00am

Autodesk Media and Entertainment and Animation World Network have partnered on a new mini-site, bringing professionals in-depth videos and articles on Autodesk software and the brilliant work studios are creating using Autodesk products. Autodesk takes viewers behind the scenes at Sway Studios, a company that makes commercials with an emphasis on photorealism. Get up close with Insomniac Games and how they are leading the way in PS3 games. Go behind the game creation at Neversoft Ent. as they shows off their extreme style. Enter the virtual garage of Armstrong White.

Blu-ray Headline News

Sleeping Beauty Part of Disney Blu-ray Title Wave Coming in 2008

Walt Disney Studios Home Ent. (WDSHE) announced more innovations in the Blu-ray format with the studio's first ever Platinum Blu-ray release, the first BD-Live title and full motion picture-in-picture Blu-ray bonus features coming in 2008.

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Augenblick Studios Animates Short for The Ten Theatrical Release

THE TEN, a feature film directed by David Wain featuring Paul Rudd, Wionan Ryder, and Jessica Alba features a seven-minute animated segment called, THE LYING RHINO, animated by Augenblick Studios. Produced by Wain, Jonathan Stern and Paul Rudd, THE TEN is a THINKFilm release opening Aug. 3, 2007.

Animation Headline News

Imagi Studios U.S.A. Joins Animation Union

Imagi Studios U.S.A. and the Animation Guild, Local 839 IATSE signed a contract on July 20, 2007, covering animation writers, storyboard artists and designers. Imagi Studios U.S.A. also signed onto the Animation Guild's 401(k) Plan, and employees will be covered under the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plan.

Universal Headline News

Universal Introduces Woody Woodpecker and Friends to DVD

Making its DVD debut uncut and digitally re-mastered is a Walter Lantz treasure trove: THE WOODY WOODPECKER AND FRIENDS CLASSIC CARTOON COLLECTION (Universal Studios Home Ent., $39.98), which lands on store shelves July 24, 2007. The three-disc collection features 75 zany adventures, including eight Academy Award-nominated shorts, and offers more than an one hour of vintage bonus materials, such as the doc "Walter, Woody and the World of Animation," behind-the-scenes footage and a full episode of THE WOODY WOODPECKER SHOW.

Animation Headline News

AnimationMentor.com Co-Founders Added to //ADAPT Masters Program

Digital 04 Studios is pleased to announce additional speakers to the //ADAPT 2007 Conference schedule. Presenting in the 3D Masters Program are Shawn Kelly and Carlos Baena, renowned artists and two of the three founders of AnimationMentor.com, the leading online animation school.

Television Headline News

Newman & Walden Upped to Chairmen of Twentieth Century Fox Television

Dana Walden and Gary Newman, who have served as presidents of Twentieth Century Fox Television (TCFTV) for nearly a decade, have been promoted to chairmen of the studio.

"Under Gary and Dana's leadership for the past decade, 20th Century Fox Television has achieved unparalleled success in the television marketplace and has been at the forefront of successfully leveraging new technologies to extend its hit franchises," said Peter Charmin, president/coo News Corp., to whom they report. "Their promotion to chairmen is richly deserved."

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Wendigo Studios Wins the Prix Special Ingenio

The $5,000 Prix Special Ingenio for the best interactive multimedia entertainment project, offered for the 7th consecutive year in the Quebec Entrepreneurship Contest, has been awarded to Wendigo Studios. The name of the winning company was announced at the evening Provincial and International Grand Prize Gala on June 19, 2007, at the Capitole de Quebec, where 58 prizes were awarded for a total of $300,000 in grants.

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S4 Studios Hears '7.7.07' Call for Live Earth

S4 Studios has designed and produced a :45 fully-animated 3D promo for NBC Universal HD's 22-hour broadcast of Al Gore's LIVE EARTH, dubbed "the concert for a climate in crisis."

Created by the S4 team of director Geoffrey Kater, producer Larry Le Francis and creative director Thomas Helmintoller, the promo, titled 7.7.07, takes viewers on a grand tour through seven venues of the worldwide concert event on July 7, 2007.

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Helmintoller New S4 Studios Creative Director

Thomas Helmintoller joins S4 Studios in the newly created post of creative director. A specialist in graphics production for trailers, music videos, movies and home video packaging, Helmintoller designed air combat sequences of DER ROTE BARON (THE RED BARON), an international co-production being distributed by Warner Bros. in October 2007.

Technology Headline News

Academy Sci-Tech Council Starts Up Internship Program

The Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has launched a new summer internship program designed to provide real-world experience to the selected students interested in careers in computer graphics and animation technology. The Sci-Tech Council will provide a stipend of $4,000 to each student.

Pixar Animation Studios, Rhythm & Hues Studios and Sony Pictures Imageworks will each provide an eight-week internship to give students hands-on opportunities in animation, production management, software programming and visual effects.

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DisneyToon Studios to be Restructured

The Walt Disney Co. confirmed reports yesterday that DisneyToon Studios (DTS) president Sharon Morrill had stepped down from her post with an announcement that DisneyToon Studios (DTS) is being restructured and will now operate as a separate unit under the supervision of Walt Disney Animation Studios. The studio will pursue original DVD productions and has curtailed making sequels to its features.

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DisneyToon Studios Prexy Morrill Steps Down

Sharon Morrill, president of DisneyToon Studios, has stepped down from her post, where she had been responsible for producing direct-to-video sequels of the Disney Co.'s animated features. She will do special projects for Disney.

ANIMATION WORLD MAGAZINE reported on March 28, 2007, that it was the end of the line for Disney direct-to-video sequels and how the studio was moving forward under the new corporate climate with Ed Catmull and John Lasseter at the helm.

Films Headline News

Disney Makes Animation Pact with Yash Raj Films Studios

The Walt Disney Studios has entered into an agreement with Yash Raj Films (YRF) Studios, a premier studio in India, to create a series of original and exclusive computer-animated feature films. The collaboration marks the first time for both companies to enter in a co-production to produce films in India.

Walt Disney Studios and YRF will work exclusively to co-produce a series of animation films in the Indian language. Both companies will be equal partners in the venture and will contribute creative, technical and financial support to the project.

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Sony Pictures Studios to Offer Twilight Tours

Sony Pictures Studios announced that beginning June 14, 2007, visitors will be able to take Twilight Tours of the historic studio every Thursday through September 28.

"From THE WIZARD OF OZ to SPIDER-MAN 3, this is the lot where dreams are made," said Pam Byrne, director of Studio Services. "Now people can enjoy warm summer evenings by experiencing the glamour and history of Sony Pictures Studios. Our Twilight Tours offer the perfect opportunity to treat family, friends and out-of-town guests to a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable Hollywood experience."

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//ADAPT 2007 Conference Draws Renowned Studios and Artists

Digital 04 Studios announced the official launch of the //ADAPT 2007 Conference website and a preview to the program outline for the event, taking place at the Hyatt Regency Montreal, on Sept. 24-28. This event will host local and world-renowned studios under one roof alongside 40 artists and hundreds of attendees from all corners of the globe.

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Massive Software in European Tour with Pixar Hosted by Escape Studios

Massive Software is hitting the road in May with stops in London, Newscastle and the fmx/07 conference in Stuttgart, Germany.

Hosted by Escape Studios in London, the events will demystify the working processes between Massive, the AI-driven animation system software and Pixar's RenderMan rendering powerhouse.

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Digital Musings From the Editor:

With VFXWORLD editor Bill Desowitz wrapping up his tour of NAB, it's my job this week to keep you up-to-date with what's going on at VFXWORLD. This past week, Tara DiLullo Bennett chatted with Zoic Studios' about how Zoic Studios tried to revolutionize the way car races are filmed for the new TV series, DRIVE. Christopher Harz tells use more about Serious Games Summit. And check out what Steve Warner thinks of LightWave 9.2.

Universal Headline News

Universal Brings Woody Woodpecker and Friends to DVD

Coming to DVD uncut and digitally remastered is a Walter Lantz treasure trove: THE WOODY WOODPECKER AND FRIENDS CLASSIC CARTOON COLLECTION lands on store shelves July 24, 2007, from Universal Studios Home Ent. The three-disc collection priced at $39.98 features 75 zany adventures, including eight Academy Award-nominated shorts, and offers more than an one hour of vintage bonus materials, such as the doc "Walter, Woody and the World of Animation," behind-the-scenes footage and a full episode of THE WOODY WOODPECKER SHOW.

Studios Events

CG Meet Up 2007

By Guest (not verified) | Saturday, March 31, 2007 at 11:00am
Begins: March 31, 2007

ASIFA-India is hosting its annual CG Meet Up event. Participating studios include Crest Animation Studios, Maya Ent., Rhythm & Hues, Vaibhav Studios and UTV. Sessions topics include:

* From concept design to the end product* Approaches, technical details, solutions and fun stories* Cool behind-the-scenes footage

Universal Headline News

Acclaimed Children of Men Now on DVD

One of last year's gems, CHILDREN OF MEN, the riveting futuristic thriller from director Alfonso Cuarón, comes to DVD and HD-DVD on March 27, 2007 (Universal Studios Home Ent., $29.98). No stranger to vfx after HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN, Cuarón elicits superb seamless work from London's Double Negative and Framestore CFC in crafting a bleak, naturalistic vision of London in 2027.

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