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Headline News Porchlight Ent. Promotes Shea Fontana To Vice President, Children's Programming

Press Release from PorchLight Entertainment

Los Angeles -- April 13, 2009 -- Shea Fontana has been upped to Vice President, Children's Programming, it was announced today by Bruce Johnson, company President & CEO. In this new position, her responsibilities will expand to include the development, production and acquisition of all genres of children's programming for PorchLight Entertainment.

Blogs Cartoons on the Bay: A Different Bay, A Different Festival

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 10, 2009 at 10:15am

Cartoons on the Bay debuted in their new, more post-MIPTV friendly location. Now held in the three towns of Rapallo, Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino, the festival is just one jaw-droppingly stunning ride away from Cannes. What a place!

Headline News MyToons Shuts Down

Online animation site MyToons has been shut down. The company laid off between 20 and 27 people in January (according to blog TechCrunch), and have now closed their doors.

The company sent out emails to their store sellers informing them of the close, and their site (http://www.mytoons.com/) is effectively shut down as well, with the page leading to a cartoon bouncer with the words, "MyToons has closed. Thank you for all your support." at the top.

Headline News Phineas and Ferb, LittleBigPlanet & Taratabong Win at Pulcinella Awards

The Pulcinella Awards 2009 were announced at the conclusion of Cartoons on the Bay on Sunday. The various Pulcinella Awards are presented in seven competing categories, including best series for preschool, children, tweens and young adults, educational programming, best pilot, cross-media project, interactive animation, short film, best character, TV series, European program and best soundtrack.

Headline News Cartoon Network Asia Adds to Lineup

Cartoon Network Asia has announced a lineup of new cartoons that will be joining its current roster of animated shows.

Along with current shows BEN 10, BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE and STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS, these new cartoons will include original series L.O.S.E., JIMMY TWO SHOES, MATT'S MONSTERS and CREEP SCHOOL and familiar favorites such as THE GARFIELD SHOW and season two of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS.

Headline News Digital Anarchy Announces 3D Object Creation Software for Adobe Photoshop

Digital Anarchy has released a new 3D design tool for use in Adobe Photoshop. Co-developed with Zaxwerks Inc, 3D Invigorator for Photoshop allows artists to easily create incredibly complex 3D objects, logos and text.

"The product has long been known as the best 3D title creator and logo modeler for any 2D visual designer or special effects artist," said Zax Dow, president of Zaxwerks. "I have wanted to offer this kind of control to the Photoshop community for a long time, and Digital Anarchy is the company to do this for us."

Headline News Brandissimo! Promotes Top Management Team

Brandissimo! promoted of two executives to better manage the company's continued growth in its online games and virtual worlds business.

Executive Vice President and General Manager Andy Babb was named president. Vice President Josh Fisher was promoted to executive producer and senior vice president of content. Additional promotions and new staff members will be announced in the next few weeks.

Headline News Star Wars: The Clone Wars to Get Enhanced

Cartoon Network will premiere STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS: DECODED, a full slate of 22 enhanced episodes from season one of the CG-animated series from creator George Lucas and Lucasfilm Animation. Using text windows to provide in-the-moment insights into all aspects of the sweeping galactic conflict -- from trivia to background on characters and storylines -- STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS: DECODED enhances each episode with exclusive content created by the Lucasfilm Animation talent responsible for the show itself.

Headline News Bedtime Stories, Despereaux & Day the Earth Stood Still on DVD/Blu-ray

BEDTIME STORIES makes its DVD debut two days after its Blu-ray bow, along with DVD/Blu-ray releases of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, plus volume three of BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE on DVD, Disney Animation Collection, volumes 1-3 on DVD, MAX FLEISCHER'S SUPERMAN on DVD and more.

BEDTIME STORIES on DVD and Blu-ray

Headline News New Season of Thumb Wrestling Federation Hits the Ring Saturday

Fans of the down and dirty wrestling parody THUMB WRESTLING FEDERATION: TWF are gearing up for this Saturday's new season premiere. Featuring new characters, matches and the usual over-the-top thumbtastic action, season three of the hit show will debut April 4 on Cartoon Network during the popular Saturday morning "Crush Zone" block.

Headline News ToonUp Snippets Offers Animated Cartoon Characters for PowerPoint

Multi-media company ToonUp Snippets has released its new product, ToonUps, a series of animation, templates and art for Microsoft PowerPoint presentations.

ToonUps enables business speakers, trainers, teachers and others to easily turn static PowerPoint slides into humorous presentations that engage the audience and make materials more memorable.

Headline News Disney Animator Jack Dunham Dies

Jack Dunham, an animator at Disney starting with SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, died a few weeks ago at the age of 98, reports CARTOON BREW.

Dunham worked at Universal on Oswald shorts before heading over to Disney in the mid-1930s, working as an inbetweener on SNOW WHITE. He moved into management and was a unit manager until 1947.

Dunham moved to Canada to work for the Associated Screen News in Montreal, later working in live action and animated commercials in Montreal and Toronto Canada.

Headline News Thomas & Friends Celebrates with Easter Retail Promotions

HIT Ent. is lining up its biggest retail promotion ever for THOMAS & FRIENDS this Easter.

THOMAS & FRIENDS has launched at Hamley's as part of the famous toy store's Cartoon Crazy promotion with themed in-store activity and a special THOMAS & FRIENDS-themed window. The promotion showcases new product lines from TOMY, Golden Bear and RC2 as well as in-store competitions to win tickets to Thomas Land as part of the U.K. theme park's first anniversary celebrations. The promotion runs until May 11 in Hamley's Regent Street and Dumfries, Ireland stores.

Headline News April Fool's Day Programming on Boomerang

This April 1, spend a primate-packed day with Boomerang as the commercial-free network celebrates "Ape-Reel Fool's Day." The big star of the day is everyone's favorite fun-loving (and well-dressed) gorilla, Magilla. Debuting in 1964, THE MAGILLA GORILLA SHOW chronicles Magilla's antics in Mr. Peeble's Pet Shop. This classic cartoon will air in three-hour blocks on Wednesday, April 1, at 9 a.m. (ET) and 5 p.m. (ET), and again overnight at 2 a.m. (ET).

Headline News Stars Come out for Slimy Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday

Stars Beyonce, Will Smith, Vanessa Hudgens, Jack Black, Selena Gomez, The Jonas Brothers, Jesse McCartney and Miley Cyrus captured the coveted orange Blimp trophies at Nickelodeon's 22nd Annual Kids' Choice Awards live telecast, Saturday, March 28.

Headline News Cake Gets Stoked to CANAL+, TPS Jeunesse

Following hot on the heels of the news that CAKE Ent. has sold Fresh TV Inc.'s new animated surf comedy STOKED (26 x 22) to Cartoon Network USA, the kids' entertainment specialists have announced that the show has a double platform with CANAL+ and TPS Jeunesse.

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."

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