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EM Ent. And Comarex Extend Partnership

Within the terms of a new distribution contract, EM.Entertainment has extended its existing partnership with Comarex, a global distribution company. The relationship, which began in 2001, has been extended until 2011.

The agreement encompasses exclusive distribution rights within the TV and home entertainment sectors, as well as non-exclusive rights in merchandising on the Latin American market. In addition, Comarex will distribute Spanish-language versions of EM.Entertainment programs within the U.S. on a non-exclusive basis.

Series Headline News

Cookie Jar Sells Four New Properties To Major European Networks

With thousands of hours of series already airing across Europe, Cookie Jar Entertainment is set to bring its newest shows to France 5, RTE, Nickelodeon (Italy), ZDF, TiJi (France), SVT (Sweden) and Jetix.

Twenty six half-hour episodes of HURRAY FOR HUCKLE! will begin airing in Europe on Nickelodeon (Italy), France 5, ZDF (Germany), TiJi (France) and SVT (Sweden) in 2008. Based on the books by best-selling author Richard Scarry, HURRAY FOR HUCKLE! blends humor and learning by following the lives of six unforgettable characters who try to solve everyday life mysteries.

Television Headline News

Zoo Lane Animals Head For American Shores

PorchLight Home Entertainment has acquired the U.S. DVD distribution rights to the award-winning television program 64 ZOO LANE from Millimages U.K.

From the award-winning Belgium television producer and author An Vrombaut, 64 ZOO LANE currently airs on Nickelodeon Jr.'s Noggin network for preschoolers in the U.S. and the BBC in the U.K. The acquisition is part of an expanded and aggressive branding campaign in the U.S. that includes the April 28 release of six books from Hodder and Stoughton.

Charlie Headline News

Charlie And Lola Toys From Kids Preferred

CHARLIE AND LOLA, the world's most lovable -- and hilarious -- siblings, seen every day on TV's Playhouse Disney, are set to share their brand-new toys with young fans all across the country.

Kids Preferred will introduce a charming range of series-inspired plush dolls plus a handy doll case and distribute Penguin's enchanting paperback books designed to transport children to the wonderful world of CHARLIE AND LOLA, while helping to extend the fun of the standout TV show.

Series Headline News

BRB Presents The Latest Of The Imp At MIPTV

THE IMP, the most useless evil creature on TV, comes loaded with innovations for the MIPTV this week.

THE IMP series continues to be a stand out for sales: MTV Poland recently followed MTV Portugal's acquisition of the series, along with 2x2 TV Channel in Russia and Xeip Canal Once in Mexico.

The property celebrates its excellent audience ratings and great reception in the licensing world with the premiere of its official interactive website (www.theimp.tv ), that allows users to download free game and electronic postcards to mobile phones, PSPs or iPods.

Headline News

Two Manga Series Head to Italy And Germany

VIZ Media and The Licensing Machine, a new division of Panini U.K., announce the launch of the long awaited hit animated series DEATH NOTE and BLEACH in Italy and Germany.

For BLEACH, The Licensing Machine has acquired TV and home video rights for Italy, and home video rights for Germany. For DEATH NOTE, The Licensing Machine has acquired TV, home video and merchandising rights for Italy, and home video and merchandising rights for Germany.

Disney Headline News

Disney And CTC Media Conclude Licensing Deal

CTC Media, Russia's leading independent media company, has concluded a major, multi-year licensing agreement with The Walt Disney Company's international TV licensing arm, Disney-ABC International Television.

This agreement covers the licensing of features, live action series, animated series and made-for-TV movies for the CTC television network. The CTC Network -- the flagship of CTC Media -- is the fourth-most watched broadcaster in Russia with an average audience share of 11.3% in its wide target demographic (everyone aged 6-54) in 2007.

Show Headline News

HIT Signs Smartoonz Distribution Deal

HIT Entertainment announced a strategic distribution and co-production agreement with Smartoonz, a division of Zeppelin Animation to distribute and sell three of its pre-school television shows around the world.

HIT has acquired the distribution rights to LITTLE FABLES, an animated pre-school show targeting 2 to 5 year olds and will co-produce MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO and CLAY PLAY, both of which are slated for delivery in 2009. HIT has also secured first option rights on all future properties from Smartoonz.

Disney Headline News

Disney Channel Worldwide Acquires Timmy From Aardman

Disney Channel programmers from North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific have joined forces to acquire global rights for the stop-motion animated series TIMMY from the acclaimed UK production company Aardman Animations (WALLACE & GROMIT).

It is scheduled to premiere in 2009 on Playhouse Disney channels and programming blocks around the world. The announcement was made today by Gary Marsh, President, Disney Channels Worldwide.

Series Headline News

Chorion Introduces Olivia To Five

Leading family entertainment producer and distributor Chorion has signed a major deal with UK broadcaster Five for its brand new children's television series OLIVIA, based on the best-selling book property about a loveable pig.

In addition, Chorion has signed a number of new international pre-sales with ABC Australia, YLE Finland, SVT Sweden, NRK Norway and RUV Iceland for the pre-school animated series.

Headline News

Decode Ent. And Scrawl Studios Co-Develop RPG High

Leading kids and family entertainment specialist DECODE Ent., a production subsidiary of DHX Media, has signed its second Canadian-Singaporean collaboration with Scrawl Studios for new animated series RPG HIGH (working title). The companies have also recently co-produced CLANG INVASION with Hong Kong's Agogo, which is launching at MIP TV.

Production Headline News

Imira And Vooz To Collaborate On Myo & Ga

Imira Entertainment, Spain's leading production and distribution company specializing in youth programming, is joining forces with Korea's VOOZ Character Systems for a co-production deal signed at MIPTV.

VOOZ Character Systems, a specialist in character branding and creators of hit property PUCCA, and Imira are to co-develop and co-finance a brand new 3D animated series: MYO & GA: THE LIFE OF A HERO.

Entertainment Headline News

Lionsgate Jumps Into Agreement With LeapFrog

Lionsgate has entered into an agreement with LeapFrog Enterprises, a leading developer of technology-based learning products, and rights holder and producer Chris D'Angelo, to develop, produce and distribute multiple direct-to-DVD feature films.

The deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Executive VP of Marketing and Family Entertainment Anne Parducci and Wendy Jaffe, Executive Vice President Legal and Business Affairs, Acquisitions and Co-Productions.

Entertainment Headline News

VIZ And Manga Sign Distribution Deal

VIZ Media and Manga Entertainment, an entertainment company specializing in the marketing and distribution of Japanese animation, announced an exclusive DVD distribution deal for the UK and Ireland beginning in April 2008.

On April 28, Manga Entertainment (a division of Starz Media) will begin distributing in the UK and Ireland a wide range of DVD titles based on VIZ Media's successful top selling licensed manga series.

Series Headline News

Neptuno Close Deal With Disney Latin America

In the lead-up to the 2008 edition of the MIP TV festival, Spanish production company Neptuno Films has announced Disney Channel Latin America has acquired the cable TV rights for their new pre-school series ZOO MIX (104 x 3'), an entertaining exploration of the world of animals.

This acquisition enables Disney Channel Latin America to offer their youngest viewers a high-quality series that will familiarize children with different animal species.

Headline News

Em.Entertainment Agrees To VOD

EM.Entertainment has secured an extensive co-operation in the VOD sector with Berlin-based CLA (Content Licensing Agency), Europe's largest VOD digital distribution service provider.

Within the scope of the agreement, CLA will operate on behalf of EM.Entertainment to market and distribute extensive program packages to broad coverage VOD portals in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Headline News

Xilam's Cat Got The Cream

The fat blue cat starring in Xilam's slapstick animated series OGGY AND THE COCKROACHES (200 x 7 or 65 x 30), is set for fame and notoriety following a raft of licensing and multi-platform deals.

Xilam has concluded a deal with specialist plush manufacturer Jemini, which is to produce 12 different toys based on the colorful, comic characters featured in OGGY AND THE COCKROACHES. The plush toys will be launched in France in June 2008.

Headline News

Classic And New Licensing For Andy Pandy And Bill And Ben

BILL AND BEN and ANDY PANDY, two television favorites from the early 1950s, are being re-launched on merchandise to target both current fans of the show and the nostalgia market.

Still enjoying renewed success as part of BBC Television's CBeebies line-up, the programs originally aired as part of the BBC's "Watch With Mother" schedule in the days of black-and-white television.

Books Headline News

Chatterbox Penelope Headed To France

TV-Loonland has secured a deal with France 5, for the preschool series, PENELOPE (54 x 5), in addition to key broadcaster signings, including DR TV Denmark and Hop! Channel Israel.

PENELOPE is a well-established brand in Japan on NHK with a full licensing and merchandising program comprising of more than 24 licensing deals concluded by the TV series' producer Nippon Animation.

Speed Headline News

Speed Racer Laps Competition With Additional Licensees

New licensing deals continue to pour in as Speed Racer Enterprises prepares for the launch of the new animated television series SPEED RACER: THE NEXT GENERATION on Nicktoons Network, Nickelodeon's 24-hour animation network, on May 2, 2008.

The following companies are joining the blue-chip roster of licensees for both SPEED RACER: THE NEXT GENERATION and the classic SPEED RACER animated television series:

Entertainment Headline News

Entertainment Rights Secures Rights To Shelldon

Entertainment Rights has signed worldwide distribution rights (excluding Thailand and with shared representation in Japan and Korea) for the CG animated (26 x 30) series SHELLDON produced by Shellhut Entertainment.

The agreement sees ER acquiring worldwide rights across all forms of TV, digital media, home entertainment, music, licensing and merchandising and all other media.

Licensing Headline News

Not Lazy In Preparing For MIP TV

Since the implementation of the European sales office in January this year, LazyTown has logged a slew of new sales and licensing deals across the territory.

In Austria Germany and Switzerland, LazyTown has secured licenses with SIGG Switzerland, Trade Mark Collections LTD, Euromic A/S, and across multi-territories, a deal with Original Buff headwear.

In the UK and Ireland, licenses are now in place with William Lamb Footwear for all children's footwear and with Zap Ltd for soft furnishings.

Series Headline News

Bakugan Continues World Domination

The BAKUGAN craze continues as the hit anime series is now ready to air on a number of Cartoon Network channels internationally, Nelvana Enterprises announced today in advance of MIPTV.

The action-adventure series aimed at boys aged 6 to 11 is already a broadcast and consumer products phenomenon in Japan and Canada, and premiered on Cartoon Network in the U.S. on February 24.

Licensing Headline News

Deal For Taffy Ent. And Atlantyca Ent.

Just weeks after announcing the launch of a new dedicated licensing division, Milan-based Atlantyca Entertainment has been named the exclusive licensing and merchandising agent in Italy for three of Taffy Ent.'s most popular children's brands, CODE LYOKO, GROWING UP CREEPIE and DIVE OLLY DIVE!

Under the agreement, Atlantyca will secure and manage the licensing and merchandising programs throughout Italy for each brand and explore opportunities in all key licensing categories, including toys and games, apparel, accessories, collectibles, stationery, and packaged goods.

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