DAILY NEWS: DGA Internet Agreements; Aardman and Atom's "Angry Kid"
By Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>> DGA Unveils Internet Production Agreements
(indieWIRE/4.10.00) -- As direct-to-Internet productions become more
popular, Hollywood guilds are taking a larger role in establishing
guidelines for their members. Last week, the Director's Guild of America
(DGA) announced the approval of agreements for projects made for the web.
The agreements, similar to the DGA's Low Budget Film Agreements, have been
adopted for the short-term, until, according to a DGA announcement, "the
economics of Internet production and distribution become clearer."
One aspect of the agreement is, according to the DGA, "that there is no
residual compensation for free Internet use." According to the DGA, "the
new agreement requires that signatory Internet companies provide all DGA
members with a deal memo and sets up the rules for residual compensation
should the project migrate to other markets such as theatrical, television
or home video."
The DGA indicated, "These agreements will serve the purpose of protecting
DGA members in the areas of basic creative rights, credits, and pension and
health benefits as guaranteed under the DGA Basic Agreement and Freelance
Live and Tape Television Agreement."
"The DGA is committed to nurturing the development of Internet productions
utilizing DGA talent while at the same time protecting the economic
interests and creative rights of our members," explained DGA National
Executive Director Jay D. Roth, in a prepared statement, "These new
agreements will do that by allowing Guild members to be protected by a DGA
contract while working on current projects for the Internet."
>> Aardman to Debut "Angry Kid" on AtomFilms
(indieWIRE/4.10.00) -- Leading animation production company Aardman
Animations has extended its relationship with AtomFilms, announcing that it
will debut its latest creation, "Angry Kid," on the Atom site next month.
In a 10-second clip sent to indieWIRE, the title character is introduced
sitting on a couch watching television. He grimaces at the camera before
assaulting it with the steak that he wields in his right hand. "I'm the
daddy now!" exclaims the kid, before the clip fades to black.
Created by Aardman's Darren Welsh, "Angry Kid" will be presented in a series
of 25 one-minute episodes released regularly beginning on May 8th via the
Atom site at: http://www.angrykid.com.
The Kid is hardly a character for children, according to Aardman, "He's
anarchic, irreverent and definitely not suitable for family viewing -
perfect for the Internet" explained Aardman's Head of Film & TV Productions
Michael Rose, in a prepared statement.
In January , Aardman and Atom launched "The Aardman Observer," a site
showcasing a catalog of Aardman animation on the AtomFilms site. Aardman's
popular "Wallace and Gromit" (directed by Nick Park) have won the company
three Academy Awards. They are releasing their first feature film, "Chicken
Run," through Dreamworks this summer.