Media FX Newsletter
Vol. 1, No. 3 - April 15, 2001
(2) Exclusive Sneak Peek:
Jim Hill's New Column
(3) Lion Gate's CEO Gets
Long Term Extension
(4) MSNBC: "Six Major
Summer Event Films Are Animated
(5) Top News Stories of the
Past Two Weeks
(6) Disney Shopping Animated
Films to International TV Market
Welcome to the third issue of the Digital Media FX (dFX) newsletter,
covering the world of animation and visual effects. This newsletter
is published on the 1st and 15th of each month with original animation/FX
content, insider news, and sneak peeks at new dFX features.
In this issue
you'll be given a sneak peek at Jim Hill's premiere column for
Digital Media FX - "Back to the Drawing Board with Jim Hill,"
plus more animation and FX news. So sit back, relax, and see what
the power of imagination is bringing to life. -- Joe Tracy
Sneak Peek: Jim Hill's New Column
(by digitalmediafx.com) Award winning journalist Jim Hill has
joined the Digital Media FX writing team, penning a brand new
column titled "Back to the Drawing Board with Jim Hill."
As a reader of the Digital Media FX newsletter, you will always
be given access to Hill's articles before they are publicly announced.
His first column won't be publicly accessible to Website visitors
until April 16, however you can access it right now by clicking
column is titled "Is the Inside Joke on its Way Out?"
It examines the repercussions of animators inserting "jokes"
into animated films, many times only on one frame. Will this form
of inside entertainment cease or is this only the beginning?
is part of a new "Columns" area that will be opening
Monday on Digital Media FX. To access the Columns area early,
Gate CEO Gets Long Term Extension
(by digitalmediafx.com) Jon Feltheimer, CEO of Lion's Gate, will
have his job for awhile longer after signing a multi-year deal
to continue in the CEO capacity. Lion's Gate produces several
animated and live action series and recently beefed up its animation
collection by acquiring Home Video and Internet video-on-demand
rights to the complete library of popular Mr. Bill animated films.
pleased with what we've accomplished and set in motion during
the past year," said Mr. Feltheimer. "We took a good
look at Lions Gate's strengths and competitive position in the
industry, and we were able to develop and execute a profitable
growth strategy that achieved results almost immediately."
"Six Major Summer Event Films Are Animated"
(by digitalmediafx.com) MSNBC states that one thing is missing
from this summer's big summer films - well known stars. In an
article titled "What's wrong with this picture?" MSNBC
states that this summer's movies are bypassing big name stars
in favor of "mid-level actors" or animated films.
One part of
the article states, "At least six of the major event films
this year are animated or rely on new visual technologies: Atlantis,
Shrek, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, Cats & Dogs, Osmosis
Jones and Trumpet of the Swan all fit that profile."
don't know about Trumpet of the Swan. On March 22, Digital Media
FX broke the news online that Columbia TriStar had decided to
bring its planned direct to video Trumpet of the Swan movie to
the big screen beginning May 11. You can read the article by clicking
Stories of the Past Two Weeks
(digitalmediafx.com) Digital Media FX is updated 365 days a year
including Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. If you don't visit
daily you may have missed some important news. Here is a list
of what we consider the top three news stories (in order of importance)
of the past two weeks, including links to each story.
to Slash Animator Salaries!
the Scenes of Jurassic Park III
Cheers and Jeers for March 2001
Shopping Animated Films to Internation TV Networks
(by digitalmediafx.com) Walt Disney is selling International
TV broadcast rights for three of its animated films and all three
Pixar animated films, an unusual move since most Disney distributed
animated films have only aired on Disney operated International
to the Wall Street Journal, the six films Disney is shopping around
include Pocahontas, Mulan, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Toy
Story, Toy Story 2 and A Bug's Life.
for being a part of the Digital Media FX team through your daily
visits to www.digitalmediafx.com.
I hope that you've enjoyed this third edition of the Digital Media
FX newsletter and I look forward to providing you with continued
coverage of the animation and visual effects industries.
Joe Tracy, Publisher
Digital Media FX - The Power of Imagination
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