IGN UK reports via THE KOREA TIMES that Kwon Sang-woo is in talks to replace Stephen Chow as Kato in the GREEN HORNET feature. THE KOREA TIMES states that the actor passed an English audition for star Seth Rogen and director Michel Gondry. An official announcement is expected in a month. Kwon is a Korean heartthrob who has starred in over a dozen film and TV projects in Korea since moving from being a model.
Geographical Region: Asia
Former Warner Bros. TV exec Andrew Plotkin has stepped into the role of SVP of original programming at SyFy, reports VARIETY. He will report to Syfy original programming EVP and Universal Cable Prods. co-head of original content Mark Stern. Plotkin will work closely with Syfy's other SVP Erik Storey.
Plotkin takes the post that Tony Optican vacated to head FremantleMedia North America's scripted programming division.
Press Release from Calypso Animation Studios
Calypso Animation Studios (CAS) is pleased to announce the opening of a satellite offices in Bangalore and Chennai, India, headed by Project Manager Muthu A. Muthu is an expert at animation and project management and has over 10 years experience in the Indian animation market specializes in outsourced animation. The CAS Bangalore team will help orchestrate outsourced projects in Central and East Asia.
Press Release from Toei Animation Co. Ltd
TOKYO (July 28, 2009) -- Toei Animation Co., Ltd has set this year's Locarno International Film Festival to reveal the trailer of the 10th anniversary film ONE PIECE FILM STRONG WORLD. The festival will take place from August 5-15 in Locarno, Switzerland. ONE PIECE FILM STRONG WORLD as well as the 9th Film of ONE PIECE THE MOVIE, THE EPISODE OF CHOPPER are scheduled to screen on August 7 at 10:00PM.
Press Release from Autodesk
Shanghai, CHINA, July 28, 2009 -- The Animation Public Technical Service Platform of Shanghai (APTSP) has created China's first post-production training center, to grow high-end animation and post-production public services, train local talent and showcase innovative technology. APTSP offers complete, data-centric workflows that include Autodesk, Inc.'s (NASDAQ: ADSK) Autodesk Flame and Autodesk Inferno visual effects systems, Autodesk Smoke editorial finishing system, and Autodesk Lustre digital color-grading system.
Spirit Pictures has picked up the rights to novel KONG: KING OF SKULL ISLAND, a prequel to the better-known and oft-filmed KING KONG story, per VARIETY.
Press Release from DECODE Enterprises
Leading kids and family entertainment specialist DECODE Enterprises, the distribution subsidiary of DHX Media Ltd., has scored a major package deal with TG4, selling six of its animated series to the Irish channel.
Press Release from Microsoft Corp.
A renowned set of storytellers from some of the world's leading anime studios in Japan are about to take one of the most iconic franchises in science fiction and video games to a new level. Microsoft Corp., in collaboration with some of the most acclaimed anime creators, today unveiled a new project called "Halo Legends," which will bring the "Halo" franchise and its sweeping sci-fi saga to an entirely new medium, in the form of several original anime short films.
Press Release from Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network Asia Pacific announced today that it has secured the cable and satellite rights to broadcast MIXMASTER2, the hugely popular action adventure series, to over 91 million viewers across 25 Asia Pacific countries.
Cartoon Network's agreement with Sunwoo Entertainment, the producer and distributor of MIXMASTER2, marks a significant milestone for the Korean animation industry as it the first time that a local animation company has teamed up with an international broadcast network.
Anime director Mamoru Oshii (GHOST IN THE SHELL) will helm another live-action film, according to VARIETY. Breaking an eight-year hiatus from live-action, Oshii will make ASSAULT GIRLS, starring Oscar nominee Rinko Kikuchi (BABEL), Meisa Kuroki (ONE MISSED CALL FINAL) and Hinako Saeki (THE RING 2: SPIRAL).
The three women will play post-apocalyptic hunters of gigantic morphing creatures called sand whales.
Masters of Russian Animation Debuts Musical Rebirth in San FranciscoSan Francisco, California, USAAugust 15-16, 2009
Press Release from VIZ Media, LLC
San Francisco, CA, July 20, 2009 -- VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, will publish a series of new releases based on Ponyo, the new animated film from Studio Ghibli and Academy Award-winning director and world-renowned Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki.
Press Release from TV-Loonland
TV-Loonland has inked various deals with high profile TV broadcasters in Asia. LEON (52 x 3 Minutes), multi-formatted property PAT & STAN (39 x 7 Minutes, A 30-minute Special and 350 Shorts) and RAYMOND (78 x 7 Minutes) have all found new TV homes and are set for launch across the Asian continent this coming Autumn.
In the Land of the Rising Sun, Disney Japan has secured TV rights for the much sought after and truly unique LEON and Cartoon Network Japan has added quirky comedy series RAYMOND to its programming line-up.
Press Release from Marvel Entertainment, Inc.
NEW YORK -- Marvel Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: MVL), a global character-based entertainment and licensing company celebrating the 70th anniversary of its founding in 1939, announced today the addition of Theo Paphitis to the company's International Advisory Board. Comprised of business leaders from key international growth markets, the Advisory Board works with Marvel executives to explore opportunities for expanding the presence of the Marvel brand and key character franchises in international markets.
HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE earned $104 million in its first day of release worldwide, making it the best first 24 hours for franchise to date. The sixth POTTER film made $58.2 million in the U.S. alone.
Nearly 40% of HALF-BLOOD's first day receipt came via its record breaking $22.2 million earned during midnight showings.
This weekend the film will expand to 4,275 theaters in the U.S., making its worldwide theater count near 15,000 in 64 markets.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER is saying that Indian billionaire Anil Ambani has invested $825 million in DreamWorks Studio. The new movie production house will find Steven Spielberg, Stacey Snider and Ambani as partners. The board will consist of Spielberg, Snider, Reliance's Amitabh Jhunjhunwala and Alan Levine, current JPMorgan entertainment advisor and former Sony Pictures CEO.
Press Release from VIZ Media, LLC
San Francisco, CA, JULY 14, 2009 -- VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, is proud to welcome comic book and manga legends Stan Lee and Hiroyuki Takei for a very special series of appearances at the 2009 Comic-Con International, taking place July 23-26 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA.
Press Release from DECODE Enterprises
Toronto, 14 July 2009. Leading kids and family entertainment specialist DECODE Enterprises, the distribution subsidiary of DHX Media Ltd., is bringing the award-winning, literacy-based series Super WHY! to new preschool audiences across Asia and Australia, signing deals Tooniverse in Korea, TV 12 Singapore, Astro TVIQ for Malaysia and Indonesia, Thailand's True Visions and Nickelodeon Australia.
Press Release from NVIDIA Corporation
SANTA CLARA, CA-July 14, 2009 -- NVIDIA Corporation today announced that the NVIDIA Quadro line of professional solutions is now optimized for Autodesk AutoCAD 2010. Coupling industry-leading graphics capabilities with specially built AutoCAD performance drivers, Quadro processors enable design professionals to create and interact with more complex 3D product designs. Starting at under $100, NVIDIA Quadro solutions offer AutoCAD users maximum productivity at every price point.
Home video releases for July 14 include season 1.1 of G.I. JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO on DVD, BOB THE BUILDER, THE WIGGLES and THOMAS & FRIENDS DVD releases, plus the Blu-ray debut of a CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON / CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER / HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS trilogy set plus the DVD/Blu-ray bow of THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT.
BOB THE BUILDER: BUILT FOR FUN on DVD
Alcon Ent. is moving forward with a live-action/animated take on HONG KONG PHOOEY, per VARIETY, with Alex Zamm to direct David A. Goodman's script.
Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove of Alcon will produce with Brett Ratner and Jay Stern. Goodman is an exec producer of FAMILY GUY.
PHOOEY was a 1970s Hanna-Barbera animated TV series about a police station janitor who becomes a dog with mystical powers.
Press Release from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Animation greats Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter and directors Robert Zemeckis and Tim Burton will take part in their first ever Comic-Con at the San Diego Convention Center July 23-24. The filmmakers will be on hand to help Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures showcase a wide-ranging roster of upcoming films, including 3D juggernauts ALICE IN WONDERLAND, TRON and DISNEY'S A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and animated gems THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, PONYO and the TOY STORY trilogy.
Press Release from Head Gear Animation
Head Gear Animation, Due North Communications and Dairy Farmers of Canada, have recently worked together to launch Canada's first 3D advertising campaign for the cinema. They will play with the trailers before the feature 3D movies. The 3D commercials are a continuation of the award-winning five-second "Milk Dots" campaign, for which Head Gear has created over 100 different "dot-spots".