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Wednesday - October 3, 2001
- Writer's Union Keeps Up Pressure on Nickelodeon
- Square Gives Up on Movie Business
- New dFX Newsletter Tomorrow
- News Link of the Day - Miramax Preps bin Laden Terrorist Movie

Writer's Union Keeps Up Pressure on Nickelodeon
(by Assemblyman Paul Koretz, Chair of the California Assembly Labor Committee, has agreed to oversee an impartial election for union representation on behalf of writers on six Nickelodeon animated series. The action came following a petition by the writers to be represented by the Writers Guild of America, west (WGAw) and the refusal by Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Inc. to recognize the guild as the collective bargaining representative for the writers.

This move follows an August 30 picket of Nickelodeon Animation Studios by the WGAw.

The mock election takes place today at noon (PST) at Nickelodeon Animation Studios and the results will be immediately announced by Assemblyman Koretz.

"Every American worker has a right to vote to be represented by a guild or union of their choice," said Victoria Riskin, President , WGAw. "We sincerely hope that Nickelodeon recognizes that the best interests of its employees would be served by abiding by the results of an impartial election without further delay."

The six Nickelodeon shows where writers are being sought for union representation are: SpongeBob SquarePants, Hey Arnold!, Fairly Odd Parents, Invader Zim, Constant Payne and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.

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Square Gives Up on Movie Business!
(by Square Company Ltd. has pulled all funding from Square Pictures and is giving up on the movie business after the disastrous results from Square Pictures first major attempt - Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. Even in Japan, where Spirited Away reigns king, Final Fantasy is failing to draw large audiences.

Square Pictures had been planning other movie projects and was going to make an announcement about a top secret project it was working on several months ago for February 2002. The fate of that project is unknown.

Click here for an update to this story.

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New dFX Newsletter Tomorrow
(by A new edition of the dFX Animation and FX Newsletter will be delivered tomorrow with the latest animation/fx news and a sneak peek at Noell Wolfgram Evan's next feature. Click here to subscribe (subscriptions are free and the newsletter is delivered via email).

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News Link of the Day - Miramax Preps bin Laden Terrorist Movie

According to Japan Today:

"...For Andy McNab, special forces soldier turned best-selling novelist, truth really is stranger than fiction.

In 1999, the British veteran wrote "Crisis Four," in which a certain Saudi-born dissident — Osama bin Laden — plots to blow up the White House and kill the president.

Now Hollywood is turning the book into a film..."

Click here for the full story.

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