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By Christian
June 6, 2001 - 10:02 AM

  • TrekWeb Tuesday posted what it claimed could be early sketches of Series V's S.S. Enterprise, a Romulan, a Klingon, and Captain Archer. The images have since spread rapidly over the internet, but it has turned out they are not in fact actual Paramount sketches. Instead, they were apparently created by 'I Am Tosk', an active participant in the Trek Art forum at the Trek BBS, and were sent to TrekWeb without his knowledge and with his watermark removed. The real look of the Enterprise remains as yet unknown.

  • According to an article in Variety, at a time when most other television networks are cutting down on the number of movies they show, UPN is planning to "increase the number of titles it buys and go after stronger pictures." The network had great success with relatively cheap films such as 'Bad Boys' and 'How Stella Got Her Groove Back' this year, and together with CBS and TNN now might also go after more mainstream titles.

  • Top space officials attended a meeting on Tuesday to talk about the International Space Station with industrialists and ease some of the friction caused when Russia flew up millionaire Dennis Tito to the ISS, against the wishes of the Americans. According to Reuters, pseudo-Star Trek music was played whenever space officials went up to the stage.

  • Foundation Imaging, which served as the primary visual effects house for Voyager, has signed a deal to provide three-dimensional avatars (or 'Heads') for online communication application HeadFone. HeadFone's press release has a more detailed description of the product, which will allow internet users to communicate by speaking into a microphone and having their words uttered by a three-dimensional representation of themselves.

  • Another former Voyager (and TNG and DS9) visual effects house, VisionArt, has been sold to India-based Compudyne Winfosystems. As a result of the deal, the company will build new facilities both in its original Santa Monica location and in India. It has won Emmys for its work on both DS9 and Voyager.

  • Decipher has hired Dan "Bojo" Bojanowski for the position of Organized Play Coordinator. As such, he will be responsible for organising tournaments in the Star Trek Customisable Card Game and developing leagues and tournaments for Decipher's many other CCGs.

  • According to the R2 Project, the release of the first Region 2 Voyager DVDs has been pushed back to December or perhaps even early 2002, as the discs won't be ready before that. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!

  • Michael Stevens at Witty Banter recently posted an editorial about Enterprise, which he said he won't be watching.

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