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Production Headline News

PDI/DreamWorks Adds Two Producers To Commercial Arm

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 28, 2001 at 12:00am

PDI/DreamWorks has named Michael Garner and Laura Lockwood producers at the company's commercials division. Both have just finished their duties as production supervisors on PDI's 3D animated feature SHREK. Previously, Garner worked as production coordinator on PDI's first feature ANTZ. Prior to PDI, he worked at Digital Domain, where his credits include TITANIC, DANTE'S PEAK and THE FIFTH ELEMENT. "I've always gravitated towards the more technical, multi-tasking types of production," Garner said.

Series Headline News

DIC To Produce Josie And The Pussycats Animated Series

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 28, 2001 at 12:00am

DIC Entertainment and Riverdale Productions announced an agreement to co-produce, distribute and merchandise a new animated television series based on the JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS comic book. Riverdale Productions is the film and television arm of Archie Comic Publications and MultiModal Media Group.

Shows Headline News

U.S. Primetime TV Ratings For The Week Of March 19 - 25, 2001

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 28, 2001 at 12:00am

Since Fox didn't air their usual Sunday animation block of THE SIMPSONS, KING OF THE HILL and FUTURAMA, there were only three shows that made their way to primetime this week. Tied with five other shows for 104th, WBs THE PJS scored a 1.4 rating/2 share. Tied with four other shows for 110th, UPN's GARY & MIKE scored a 1.3 rating/2 share. Tied with four other shows for 115th, UPN's CELEBRITY DEATHMATCH scored a 1.2 rating/2 share. These ratings and shares represent primetime TV in the U.S. on broadcast networks for the week starting Monday, March 18 through Sunday, March 25, 2001.

Headline News

Natterjack Gets Powerpuff Milk Spots

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 28, 2001 at 12:00am

Vancouver-based Natterjack recently wrapped on three spots for the "Got milk?" campaign, featuring the Powerpuff Girls. "We were asked to create concentrated mini-episodes," said Steve Evangelatos, Natterjack's director, "with the girls battling their familiar foes: Mojo Jojo, Fuzzy Lumpkins and the Gangrene Gang." Each spot features a different girl to promote chocolate, banana and strawberry flavored milks. In all three spots, the villains unexpectedly threaten the supply of milk, until one of the girls saves the day. "When you see the ads, don't blink!

Headline News

Animation Stock Ticker For Tuesday, March 27, 2001

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 12:00am

AWN's stock ticker features the most prominent publicly traded companies in the world of animation. AWN,Inc. makes available certain financial information from third party information providers. AWN does notgive advice in any such fields, and has not reviewed, and in no way endorses the validity of such data. Thisinformation is provided solely as a means to keep our readers informed of the market performance andtrends of certain companies. AWN strongly suggests that one seek advice from a competent professional

Animation Headline News

New Additions to AWN's Calendar of Events

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, November 30, 1999 at 12:00am

This week's updates to the Calendar of Events include: The Soldier's Tale: Sunday, February 09, 2003, London, UK . . . Filthy Fest: New York's Dirtiest Animation: Friday, February 14, 2003, New York, New York USA . . . Reg Hartt Presents A Tribute to Chuck Jones: Saturday, February 22 - Saturday, March 29, 2003, Toronto, Ontario Canada . . . Information Session: Max the Mutt Animation School: Wednesday, February 26, 2003, Toronto, Ontario Canada . . . Neal Adams at ArtExpo in NY: Saturday, March 01, 2003, New York, New York USA . . .

Awards Headline News

1999 Annie Award winners are announced!

By Dan Sarto | Monday, November 8, 1999 at 12:00am

Nearly 900 members of the animation industry and the general publicattended the 27th Annual Annie Awards, Saturday, November 6 at the AlexTheatre in Glendale, California, USA. The awards ceremony, presented byASIFA-Hollywood, The International Animated Film Society, honors animationachievement within film, television, commercials, home videos andinteractive productions. Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche, the voices ofPinky and the Brain from the Warner Bros. hit show, were co-hosts of a

Animation Headline News

AnimAction presents Animation Workshop at the "Electronic Schoolhouse"

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, August 12, 1999 at 12:00am

Clifford Cohen's AnimAction conducted a workshop in the Electronic Schoolhouse at SIGGRAPH this past Monday. Titled "Art Before Technology or Technology Before Art? That is the Question", instructors introduced attendees to the classical animation process, stressing the importance of the basics and illustrating how a solid foundation in the art of animation supports creation and teaching. Recently, AnimAction presented at Annecy '99 in association with UNICEF celebrating the completion of the animated features for Cartoons for Child's Rights.

Film Headline News

Blue Sky plans aggressive slate of SIGGRAPH activities

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, August 12, 1999 at 12:00am

Key Blue Sky staff are taking part in a number of events throughout the conference:

- "Bunny" the Oscar Award Winning short film from Blue SkyStudios will close each showing of this year's SIGGRAPH '99Electronic Theater at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.The conference and exhibition is being held from August8-13th at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

- Chris Wedge will be speaking at the Wiltern Theatre in LosAngeles on Monday, August 9th at Noon as part of theSoftimage SIGGRAPH user group meeting.

Headline News

Kaydara announces FiLMBOX matchmove

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, August 12, 1999 at 12:00am

Kaydara Inc. has announced FiLMBOX matchmove, a new camera tracking system designed to automatically extract and track 3D camera information from pre-recorded video sequences. A part of the FiLMBOX v2.0 suite of products, FiLMBOX matchmove offers a host of new features - such as automatic track point selection, multiple-camera support, and real-time playback - which will greatly simplify the process of integrating 3D and video footage.

Headline News

Sony Pictures Imageworks to highlight "Stuart Little" at SIGGRAPH

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, August 12, 1999 at 12:00am

Sony Pictures Imageworks will be highlighting its major forthcoming project Stuart Little, a live action film whose star is a fully digital photo-realistic character. Imageworks isalso engaged in production on Hollow Man, Cast Away, What Lies Beneath and WhatPlanet Are You From, working with such directors as Rob Minkoff, Paul Verhoeven,Robert Zemeckis and Mike Nichols.Imageworks is home to some of the industry'stop talent, including visual effects supervisors Scott E. Anderson, Rob Legato,

Headline News

BOXX introduces the first NT-based compositing/editing system for HD

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, August 12, 1999 at 12:00am

BOXX, manufacturer of high-performance, high-bandwidth Windows NT-based systems for 3D, animation, film, and HD broadcast markets, has introduced the first NT-basedcompositing/editing system for HD as well as RenderBOXX, a completely scaleable NT rendering solution. The BOXX suite of solutions, which are designed to increase productivity and performance, include workstations and complete systems for 3D,rendering, film, and HDTV.

Production Headline News

Kaydara launches FiLMBOX version 2.0

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, August 12, 1999 at 12:00am

Kaydara Inc. has announced the launch of FiLMBOX version 2.0, its real-time production system. Incorporating an advanced suite of interactive character animation, motion capture and audio/video tools FiLMBOX v2.0 hosts a variety of new on-line production tools, such as camera tracking, real-time video input/output, and improved character mapping. FiLMBOX v2.0 provides live integration of 3D elements for game, film and TV production into a unified digital environment,

Headline News

CGSD announces E-Town 3D building models for real-time applications

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, August 12, 1999 at 12:00am

CGSD has debuted the E-Town Building Library, the first in a series of libraries of buildings and other structures ready to use in visual simulation, virtual reality, games, urban planning and visualization, flight simulation, and other interactive simulations. E-Town Building Library is a set of 100 three-dimensional computer models of residential, industrial, and public buildings, water towers, electrical transmission towers, and landscaping elements.

Motion Headline News

Motion Analysis customers achieve "1,000 Captures a Week" for 3D animation

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, August 12, 1999 at 12:00am

Animators in the TV, Film, and Video Game industries are achieving realistic 3D character animation economically and quickly using the suite of motion capture tools available from Motion Analysis Corporation of Santa Rosa, California. At SIGGRAPH 99, the company demonstrated the latest versions of its products.

"We have customers using our ExpertVision system to capture 1,000 moves aweek to produce a 22-minute TV show in only 10 days using just a dozenanimators. The economy and efficiency of producing digital entertainment

Effects Headline News

PDI shares latest breakthroughs at SIGGRAPH 99

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, August 12, 1999 at 12:00am

Computer graphics industry leader PDI (Pacific Data Images) will participate in a variety of presentations at SIGGRAPH 99. They include the following:

- PDI Co-founder and Chairman Carl Rosendahl is featured in the newACM SIGGRAPH produced feature-length documentary, THE STORY OF COMPUTER GRAPHICS. The documentary "chronicles the history of the industry, its impact on society, and the excitement of future possibilities."

- Electronic Theatre: For the fourth consecutive year, PDI is proud to

Headline News

Nothing Real demonstrates its Shake line of compositing software

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, August 12, 1999 at 12:00am

Nothing Real, a leading Los Angeles-based software provider ofhigh performance tools designed for the digital image creation market,is showcasing its flagship compositing software product Shake at this year's SIGGRAPH.

Shake is a next-generation compositing system that offers a broad rangeof 2D features for film, broadcast, interactive games and multimediaeffects applications. Shake offers dramatic speed and efficiencyadvances over traditional compositing packages, without the need forspecialized hardware.

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