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Sunday - September 2, 2001
- Makeup FX Guru John Chambers Passes Away
- New dFX Newsletter Tommorow
- Cartoon Network Pleased with Summer Ratings
- News Link of the Day - Nickelodeon Writers Demand Union Representation


Makeup FX Guru John Chambers Passes Away
(by digitalmediafx.com) One of Hollywood's great makeup FX artists has passed away. John Chambers, who did work for the original Planet of the Apes, Spock on the Star Trek series, and numerous TV shows like The Munsters, The Outer Limits, and Mission Impossible, died at the age of 78 due to "diabetes complications." His death occurred on August 25.

Prior to the 1980's (when a makeup category was introduced at the Academy Awards) only two makeup artists had ever been given honorary awards for their work. Chambers was one of them. Chambers is also credited with mastering the ability to make any actor bald using techniques decades ago that remain a standard today.

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New dFX Newsletter Tomorrow
(by digitalmediafx.com) A new edition of the dFX Animation and Visual Effects newsletter will be delivered via email to those who are subscribed. Each free issue of the newsletter contains news stories and features not found in regular Digital Media FX updates. Get a sneak peek at another feature by Noell Evans along with the latest animation news. Click here to subscribe.

As a reminder, Digital Media FX is updated 365 days a year. As such, there will be a news update tomorrow (Labor Day) in addition to a new edition of the newsletter.

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Cartoon Network Pleased with Summer Ratings
(by digitalmediafx.com) The Cartoon Network is pleased with its summer ratings, claiming that it earned a 1.3 total day household rating, tying for second place (with Lifetime) among ad-supported cable networks. Here were some of the summer rating blockbusters for the Cartoon Network:

On July 31, Dexter's Laboratory (9 p.m.) scored the highest household rating (2.9) and delivery (2,166,000 homes) of any Cartoon Network telecast to date in 2001.

On Aug. 21, The Powerpuff Girls (9:30 p.m.) earned its highest household rating (2.6) and delivery (1,973,000 homes) ever.

Courage the Cowardly Dog dug up its best-ever ratings and delivery on June 22 at 10 p.m. with tweens 9-14 (4.8, 820,000), kids 6-11 (7.0, 1,168,000) and kids 2-11 (7.0, 1,890,000).

Johnny Bravo boasted its highest household rating (2.6) and delivery ever (1,953,000), plus his best demographic ratings and delivery — tweens 9-14 (5.1, 882,000) and kids 6-11 (7.4, 1,266,000) — for the July 31 telecast at 9:30 p.m.

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News Link of the Day - Nickelodeon Writers Demand Union Representation

According to Entertainment News Daily:

"As the smiling faces from Nickelodeon's popular animated series peered down from their rooftop perch, angry unionists picketed outside the animation studio's headquarters Thursday.

The protest, organized by the Writers Guild of America west, drew an estimated 150 participants, who demanded that Nickelodeon allow its writers to organize under WGAw leadership..."

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