Monday, August 31, 2009

Disney to buy Marvel

Disney to buy Marvel for $4 bln
Stock and cash deal to combine character library
By Paul Bond and Georg Szalai
Aug 31, 2009, 09:39 AM ET
Disney has agreed to acquire Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion.

Under the terms of the deal, Marvel shareholders would receive $30 per share in cash plus about 0.745 Disney shares for each Marvel share.
Overall, the deal is valued at $50 per Marvel share as of Friday's closing price.

"We believe that adding Marvel to Disney's unique portfolio of brands provides significany opportunities for long-term growth and value creation," said Disney CEO Robert Iger.

"Disney is the perfect home for Marvel's fantastic library of characters given its proven ability to expand content creation and licensing businesses," said Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter.

Both companies' board have approved the deal. It now requires antitrust and Marvel shareholder approval.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Animation in August presented in partnership with the Organization of Black Screenwriters.

Wed., August 26th

7:00 - 9:30 PM

Animation in August presented in partnership with the Organization of Black Screenwriters. (OBS)

PITCH! - You've Created a Great Animated Project, Now, Who, Where, & How to Pitch It.

We've invited some heavyweights to provide helpful hints and pitching techniques with an opportunity for one or two of you to actually pitch your project and receive invaluable feedback! Invited guests include:

Karen Rupert Toliver - VP Production - Twentieth Century Fox Animation

Dwayne Corbitt - Co-Presidnet/Partner, Farcor Studios, Da Jammies (new series)

Sidney Clifton - President/Producer - Sanctuary Enterprises

Roland Poindexter - VP of Original Animation Programming, Nickelodeon

Eric Elder - Ow! Entertainment


Krystal Cooper - Chair, Blacks in Animation & VFX, LA ACM SIGGRAPH Membership Chair


Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Bldg, Main Conference Room,

1999 West Adams Blvd., LA, CA 90018.

FREE Parking in the rear of the building on Hobart Avenue off Adams Blvd.



$10 - MEMBERS of OBS and BAVFX


Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Angolan Simpson Campaign...Your take?

Meet The Angolan Simpsons

To announce that Africa’s digital satellite TV service DStv now offers The Simpsons on channel BuĂ© in Angola, ad agency Executive Center in Luanda, Angola decided to, uh, re-culturize America’s most famous TV family. - From Animal New York

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Cartoon College for Free & Gnomon ETP Program

Post the link to your blog or website on John K's Website.

Subsidized Training for those working at California companies: Gnomon School of VFX

To be eligible for Gnomon’s ETP contract a company must be involved in the production of entertainment content and must face out-of-state competition. Subsidies are for full-time staff who will directly benefit from the training received.
Ideal companies for ETP are:

* Involved in producing content for the entertainment industry
* Need to quickly train employees
* Face out-of-state competition
* Need to learn the latest versions of 3D software, new technology or refresh staff skills for an upcoming project

Companies who have participated in our ETP program have found it increasingly valuable, sending more and more employees to classes each term. For more detailed information about subsidized training download the ETP Brochure.
Start Your Subsidized Training

Contact us to see if you and your staff are eligible to take part in ETP:

* Email Pam Hogarth at
* Call us at 323-466-6663

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Algiers Technology Academy

Student Body President talks about the new lab donated by the SIGGRAPH outreach team. We are proud to have been able to volunteer during the project.

Student demonstrated what he learned in MAYA earlier that morning.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Join us on FB & SIGGRAPH 2009

New Photos being uploaded daily from SIGGRAPH 2009