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World Headline News

Wallace & Gromit Present A World Of Invention Heads to Australia

By Matt Kapko | Monday, October 5, 2009 at 10:01am

Aardman Animations is further consolidating its ongoing relationship with ABC Australia, securing a pre-sale for its new live action series Wallace & Gromit present A World of Invention.

Entertainment Headline News

Target Entertainment Group Nabs International TV Distribution of Rah Rah: The Noisy Lion

Target Entertainment Group has struck a deal with Chapman Entertainment to sell the international TV rights to the 52x10' pre-school comedy animation, Rah Rah! The Noisy Lion, excluding North America and the UK.

Animation Headline News

FlickerLab and Gonzoft Television Animation Merge

Press Release from FlickerLab

NEW YORK, NEW YORK and COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - October 5, 2009 – In the wake of a successful eighteen-month partnership designed to launch Gonzoft Television Animation’s live animation software in the U.S., FlickerLab and Gonzoft have agreed to merge. FlickerLab, LLC will formally announce the new company at MIPCOM, the world’s entertainment content market, in Cannes France, October 5, where they will also present a range of products. The new company will operate from both New York and Copenhagen.

Special Headline News

Special Agent Productions Opens Boutique Animation Studio in San Francisco

SPECIAL AGENT PRODUCTIONS has opened a new boutique animation studio in San Francisco offering a host of streamlined services to meet the production demands of the new economy and the digital age.

Headline News

Rhino Opens in Los Angeles

Press Release from Rhino

Rhino (formerly RhinoFX) is pleased to announce the launch of its new Los Angeles-based studio. The recent move expands Rhino's reach and follows 18 months of integrating the company's Connecticut, New York and Tel Aviv offices; transforming it into the Rhino-Gravity Group with offices around the globe. The expanded company will closely collaborate internally on various projects, as well as take a two pronged approach; focusing on film and television projects as a VFX vendor and also serving as an outsourcing solution to the larger houses in the area.

Series Headline News

CCI Entertainment, Motionworks GmbH, and Nickelodeon Germany Team Up on Artzooka!

Press Release from CCI Entertainment

Toronto (October 4, 2009) CCI Entertainment, MotionWorks and Nickelodeon Germany have partnered up to produce the first local version of the live action / cgi blended series Artzooka! The local language episodes will feature Nils Bomhoff as the German host, who embodies all that is Artzooka! The property will also launch with a localized website and an extensive grassroots marketing campaign that will be executed across Germany.

Artists Headline News

Meteor Studios Reaches Deal With Former Employees

By Matt Kapko | Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 12:34pm

Meteor Studios, a Montreal-based effects house that went bankrupt in 2007, has reached an agreement to back pay at least some of the money owed to more than 100 visual effects artists who worked for the company, Variety reports.

Headline News

Bandai Scores Licensing Deal For Tinga Tinga Tales

By Matt Kapko | Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 9:43am

Press Release from Bandai

Classic Media, which owns and manages a portfolio of some of the world’s leading family and pop-culture entertainment brands, today announces that Bandai has been appointed the master toy partner for its new produced-in-Africa preschool animated series Tinga Tinga Tales.  Bandai will create a broad range of toy product based upon the brand and is expected to launch its range in the UK in late 2010.

Productions Headline News

Kipany Productions Launches New Division

By Matt Kapko | Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 9:28am

Press Release from Kipany Productions

Kipany Productions has launched a new commercial and film-specific division, Kipany Pictures. Headed by Vice President/Executive Producer Melissa Levins, the company features an international roster of top creative and emerging talent, and is currently producing its inaugural project; a series of web spots for Rite Aid.

Media Headline News

VIZ Media Snags License for Vampire Knight

By Matt Kapko | Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 9:14am

VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced that it has acquired the domestic TV, Home Entertainment, Streaming, DTO, and Merchandising rights to the hit VAMPIRE KNIGHT animated series.