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Monday - June 18, 2001
- President of Cartoon Network Worldwide Resigns
- Current Films Invade IMAX Screens
- Release Charts: Animated, Anime, and FX DVDs
- News Link of the Day - Mr. Spielberg Strikes Again


President of Cartoon Network Worldwide Resigns
(by digitalmediafx.com) Betty Cohen, president of Cartoon Network Worldwide, is resigning her position effective July 16, 2001. She plans, however, to remain with AOL Time Warner/Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. where she will develop multi-platform programs and services for a target audience of young adults and teens.

"My tenure at Turner Broadcasting, and particularly with Cartoon Network, has been a series of remarkable opportunities, says Cohen. "I am now excited to focus my attention on what the next big thing in my life and career will be. I am an entrepreneurial builder, and Jamie Kellner has afforded me the opportunity to pursue a dream of mine. There is no better time to do that than right now. I could not have reached this decision without the support of Jamie and Bob Pittman, who by word and example have inspired me to pursue new challenges in my life and career, as they have done recently. I am also grateful to the Cartoon Network management team, in whom I have complete confidence. Their passion and enthusiasm for our business are the bedrock of Cartoon Network's success and will continue to power its remarkable growth."

Cohen is a 13-year veteran of Turner Broadcasting, during which time she oversaw the creation and launch of the all-animation Cartoon Network, where she has served as its senior executive for the past 10 years.

"Cartoon Network would not be the success it is today had it not been for Betty's vision and leadership," said R.E. Turner, Vice Chairman of AOL Time Warner. "She turned our library of classic cartoons into one of the most valuable media properties in the world. I respect Betty as a business person and admire her as a colleague and friend. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next."

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Current Films Invade IMAX Screens
(by digitalmediafx.com) IMAX theaters are starting to increase revenue by canceling IMAX screenings and replacing them with current movies like Pearl Harbor, Tomb Raider, and even Atlantis: The Lost Empire. While the movies don't play as large as IMAX films, the "enhanced sound" and experience is drawing a loyal following. Some IMAX theaters are even bringing back past blockbusters, like The Matrix, and drawing bigger crowds than IMAX films.

If you live near Universal Studios, you can see Atlantis: The Lost Empire in the IMAX theater at Universal City Sidewalk. It will cost you 50 cents more than seeing it in a regular theater, but it will also provide a slightly altered experience.

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Release Charts: Animated, Anime, and FX DVDs
(by digitalmediafx.com) Here is the list of new animated, anime, and FX DVDs hitting store shelves tomorrow:

Nadia, Secret of Blue Water - The Adventure Begins - Vol. 1 (anime)
The Big O - Vol. 1 (2001 - anime/animated mixed look)
Gasaraki - Vol. 5: Revelations (anime)
Ranma 1/2 - Random Rhapsody - The Way We're Not - Vol. 2 (anime)
Robotech - First Contact (animated)
Robotech - Macross Saga Boxed Set Vol. 1 (animated)
Robotech - Transformation (animated)
Saber Marionette J - Collection 3 (anime)

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News Link of the Day - Mr. Spielberg Strikes Again

According to MSNBC:

"How are we supposed to look at A.I. Artificial Intelligence? Is it a Stanley Kubrick movie channeled through Steven Spielberg? Is it a Spielberg movie informed by the ghost of Kubrick? Is it a movie in which the sensibilities of two of the most powerful cinematic personalities of our times—who couldn’t be more different—conduct a 140-minute duel for dominance?…"

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