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Headline News Slumdog Millionaire, Marley & Me, Seven Pounds on DVD/Blu-ray, Plus Schoolhouse

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, MARLEY & ME and SEVEN POUNDS debut on DVD/Blu-ray, along with HANDY MANNY and SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK DVDs and THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK and PITCH BLACK on Blu-ray for the first time.

THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK on Blu-ray

Headline News New Deals Signed For Preschool Piggy Pals

National Geographic Television International finalized a raft of key new sales for its preschool animated series TOOT & PUDDLE (52 x 11), launched at MIPCOM in 2008.

Recent deals have been finalised with France 5, Cartoon Network Spain, SVT Sweden, TVB Hong Kong, RUV Iceland and Egyptian TV. These new sales join those made previously, which include Nickelodeon in the U.K., Germany, Australia and New Zealand, YLE Finland and TV2 Norway.

Headline News BBC Commissions Indie to make Kids Comedy Show

New independent production company, Everything Works, has been commissioned by Anne Gilchrist, Controller of CBBC to produce its first ever show.

Premiering on CBBC and BBC1 on March 30, the comedy show sees crazy animated monsters interacting with the real world in a series of 20 x 2 minute sketches.

STREET MONSTERS is a comedy sketch show with a difference. It stars an outrageous cast of monsters who wreak havoc on live-action streets. It's laugh-out-loud funny, silly, edgy, chaotic and totally and utterly unique.

Headline News D3Publisher Signs Videogame Agreement for The Secret Saturdays

D3Publisher has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Cartoon Network Enterprises, the global licensing and merchandising arm of the network, for videogames based on action-adventure series THE SECRET SATURDAYS. The first game based on THE SECRET SATURDAYS is scheduled to be released for console and handheld systems in Q4 2009.

Headline News Cartoon Network Unveils 19 New Projects, Including Peter Chung Feature

At its upfront, Cartoon Network unveiled 19 new programming ventures, including three new action-adventure and four new comedy animated series; six live-action "alternative" half-hour series; three original live-action and one CG-animated movie special; and two hour-long original, scripted live-action pilots. Coupled with 164 new half-hour episodes of returning comedy and action-adventure animated series, today's announcements represent the largest commitment to new content development in Cartoon Network history.

New Comedy and Action-Adventure Animated Series include:

Headline News Cartoon Network Partners with NBA

Cartoon Network announced a multifaceted partnership with the NBA to develop long- and short-form basketball-themed content across a wide variety of platforms, including online, mobile, VOD and on-air. Through this partnership and the network's alignment with Turner Sports, this announcement continues a long-standing relationship the NBA has had with Turner Broadcasting for over 25 years.

Headline News A Genius Coming To Your Screens Soon

The Ellipsanime studio has announced the launch of its animated series entitled GENIUS : the ultimate inventor with a long white beard and violet hat, based on the much-loved hero of the comic book series by Turk and De Groot, published by Le Lombard.

Each day, the brilliant inventor comes up with new ideas and concepts. He has a sidekick who features in all his adventures: the lazy, clumsy Basil, generally known to his master as "Disciple."

Headline News Matt's Monsters Announces New Sales, Annecy Selection

Alphanim's new 52x13 series MATT'S MONSTERS has secured new broadcasts of the series with Cartoon Network in Asia, RTP in Portugal and Noga Communications in Israel.

Co-produced by Alphanim, RAI Fiction and Torino-based animation studio Lanterna Magica, MATT'S MONSTERS is a 2D/Flash comedy starring boy-next-door Matt Average, an 8 year-old monster enthusiast who takes family business quite seriously and, as soon as homework is done, rushes to help out in his mom and dad's monster care agency.

Headline News Titmouse Execs Declare 'We Make Games!'

Titmouse Inc., the creative force behind METALOCALYPSE, one of Cartoon Network's highest rated Adult Swim animated-series, announced the creation of its own original game development studio, Titmouse Games.

Whether you know their name or not, you know their work. Animators at Titmouse are the masterminds behind cult favorites like AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER, AFRO SAMURAI and THE AMAZING SCREW ON HEAD.

Headline News Chilling Season Finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Introduces Cad Bane

The heroes of the Republic have repeatedly beaten back the assaults orchestrated by the evil Separatist forces, but an entirely new threat -- lethal mercenary Cad Bane -- will emerge from the shadows in "Hostage Crisis," the thrilling conclusion to the first season of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS, airing at 9 p.m. ET/PT Friday, March 20 on Cartoon Network.

Count Dooku seeks to spring a Separatist prisoner from Republic captivity, but his profile prevents him from getting close enough to set in motion his malevolent plan.

Headline News Family Guy Creators Win Suit Against Wish Upon a Star Publisher

A U.S. judge ruled Monday that FAMILY GUY creator Seth MacFarlane and producers did not infringe copyright laws when they parodied "When You Wish Upon a Star" in a 2003 episode, REUTERS reports.

Music publisher Bourne Co., who owns the U.S. rights to the song made famous in the Disney animated feature PINOCCHIO, sued Fox Broadcasting Co. in 2007 for copyright breach, saying the show's parody "I Need a Jew" was a thinly-veiled copy of the music from " When You Wish Upon a Star," just with "new anti-Semitic lyrics" that did damage to the original.

Headline News Imira Consolidates Lola & Virginia Presence in Iberia

Imira Ent. has strengthened the presence of its hit property LOLA & VIRGINIA in Spain and Portugal with a series of renewals and new broadcast deals. In Spain, TVE has renewed the pay TV rights for a further two years and will continue to air the series on its main channel La 2 and Clan TV. In a separate deal, Nickelodeon has acquired pay TV rights for Spain and Portugal.

Headline News Punisher: War Zone, Plus Early Debuts of Twilight (Saturday) & Bolt (Sunday)

March 17 releases include the DVD/Blu-ray debut of PUNISHER: WAR ZONE, plus AZUR & ASMAR, the second through fourth seasons of A PUP NAMED SCOOBY DOO, two volumes of THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN and season one of THE ZETA PROJECT on DVD. Saturday, March 21 brings the DVD bow of TWILIGHT and the Blu-ray release of BOLT.

AZUR & ASMAR: THE PRINCES' QUEST on DVD

Headline News Open Development Call for Batman: Brave and Bold Flash Game

Open Development Call for Batman: Brave and Bold Flash GameDeadline: March 27, 2009

Warner Bros. Animation and Mochi Media, in association with DC Comics, are having a casting call for developers to submit ideas for creating a new Flash game as a promotional brand extension for Warner Bros. Animation's hit animated series BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD (www.braveandthebold.com), airing Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network.

Headline News Rod Gilchrist, Cartoon Art Museum Exec Director, Passes Away

Anyone who believes cartoons are just idle doodlings never met Rod Gilchrist.

For the past 11 years, Gilchrist was cheerleader, town crier and fan No. 1 of the provocative, wacky world of art embodied by SNOOPY, BIZARRO, IRON MAN and every other comic strip or book that made you laugh or shout with excitement.

Headline News Week-long Ben 10 Specials Lead to 1-Hour Season Finale March 27

Cartoon Network presents an entire action-packed week of BEN 10 March 23-27. Experience favorite BEN 10 ALIEN FORCE episodes every day after school with a two-hour "Best of BEN 10" block from 3-5 p.m. (ET, PT).

Headline News Pinocchio, Transporter 3 on DVD/Blu-ray, Howard the Duck on DVD & South Park

PINOCCHIO's 70th anniversary edition hits DVD and Blu-ray today, March 10, along with a four-film BATMAN anthology on Blu-ray, SOUTH PARK (12th season) on Blu-ray for the first time, HOWARD THE DUCK on DVD for the first time, SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK and TRANSPORTER 3 on DVD/Blu-ray and an edition of WOODY WOODPECKER favorites on DVD.

ALL-STAR SPORTS DAY! on DVD

Headline News Secret of Kells, Tomm Moore & BAC Films Win at Cartoon Movie

The 2009 winners of the Cartoon Movie Tributes were announced Thursday in front of the 620 participants in Lyon.

Best European Director: Tomm Moore (Ireland) for THE SECRET OF KELLSBest European Distributor: BAC Films (France)Best European Producer: Cartoon Saloon (Ireland)/Les Armateurs (France)/Vivi Film (Belgium) for THE SECRET OF KELLS

Headline News This Week's Animation Trivia Quiz for March 9, 2009

Test your skills and challenge your brain with AWN's Animation Trivia Quiz. Check out the latest installment from quizmaster Karl Staven, an accomplished independent animator and head of the Animation Department at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Anime cartoon emotional conventions are a little different than some that we are used to in U.S. animation and comics. We will describe drawn anime visual shortcuts, all you have to do is match it to the emotion that it is associated with.

Headline News Production Starts on Live-Action Ben 10 Movie

Production has commenced on BEN 10: ALIEN SWARM, a new live-action movie based on the hit animated series BEN 10 ALIEN FORCE that will premiere on Cartoon Network in fall 2009. The live-action movie will have principal photography in Atlanta, Georgia.

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