Geographical Region: Asia

Headline News Toei Inks New Merchandising Deals in Latin America

Press Release from Toei Animation

LOS ANGELES -- July 7, 2009 -- Toei Animation has secured a number of Latin America-based licensees for DRAGON BALL Z, ONE PIECE and SAINT SEIYA, it was announced today by Eduardo Lucio, sales manager, Latin America.

Headline News Peanuts '60s Collection on DVD, Plus Knowing, Push & The Undead on DVD/Blu-ray

PEANUTS 1960S COLLECTION hits DVD July 7 along with DVD/Blu-ray releases of thrillers KNOWING, PUSH and THE UNDEAD, plus MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: Volume XV on DVD.

KNOWING on DVD and Blu-ray

Headline News 4Kids Has New Int'l Broadcast Deals for Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's

Press Release from 4Kids Entertainment, Inc.

NEW YORK (July 7, 2009) -- 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: KDE), the diversified children's entertainment and media organization, has reached agreements to license the television broadcast rights to the popular animated series "Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's" in a number of key territories, it was announced today by Brian Lacey, Executive Vice President, International, 4Kids Entertainment.

Headline News Head Gear Animation Works on Canada's First 3-D Ad

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".

Headline News Cartoon Network Partners with HP to Launch Toon Creators Awards

Press Release from Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network, the number one kids' channel in Asia Pacific, has partnered with HP to launch the inaugural Toon Creator Awards, an online animation contest for children, in July 2009. Open to kids aged 6-14, the contest provides a regional platform for young talent from Australia, India, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore to showcase their creativity through technology.

Headline News Oscar Winner Kunio Kato's Work Now on Crunchyroll

Kunio Kato's 2009 Academy Award-winning animated short film, LA MAISON EN PETITS CUBES, as well as his earlier work, THE DIARY OF TORTOV RODDLE are streaming today on Crunchyroll. More information can be found at:

http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/La_Maison_en_Petits_Cubes and http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/The_Diary_of_Tortov_Roddle.

Headline News Target Entertainment Sells Fluffy Gardens to GMTV/CiTV

Press Release from Target Entertainment Group

London: Target Entertainment Group, the international production and rights management company, has sold series one and two of the pre-school animation series FLUFFY GARDENS to GMTV/CiTV in the UK.

The broadcaster will air the series within its Fluffy Club block, which broadcasts at weekends on GMTV 6am to 7.25am. The Fluffy Club also broadcasts on The CiTV Channel and ITV4 during term time weekdays from 8.40am to 9.25am.

Headline News Weta Digital Buys Nuke License

Press Release from The Foundry

London, July 6th, 2009 -- Leading visual effects software developer, The Foundry (www.thefoundry.co.uk), today announced that Weta Digital, New Zealand's premier multi-award winning VFX studio, has purchased a site licence of Nuke to enhance its in-house pipeline.

Weta Digital was formed in 1993 by a group of young New Zealand filmmakers including Peter Jackson to create effects for his HEAVENLY CREATURES project.

Headline News Anifest India 2009

Anifest India 2009Mumbai, Maharashtra, IndiaAugust 13-16, 2009Deadline: July 31, 2009

The largest annual international animation festival held in India. Competitive categories for animation shorts. 1. Student Films 2. Independent professional films 3. Commissioned films 4. Films made by teachers/trainers.

Pre-selection jury of professional animators select films for screening and voting by the audience at a live session during the festival. No entry fee. DVD format only, duration in all categories should be under 10 mins.

Headline News Disney to Invest $452 Million on Hong Kong Disneyland

Disney is set to spend roughly $452 million to upgrade the underperforming Hong Kong Disneyland, per VARIETY.

The money will buy 30 new attractions and three new theme areas, increasing the total area of the park by 23 percent over five years. The Hong Kong government (and Disney) wants to boost attendance before a planned larger Disneyland opens in Shanghai in 2014.

"If there is no expansion, the attraction of the theme park will fall over time," government economist Helen Chan said at a media briefing to announce details of the expansion Tuesday.

Headline News Rushes SoHo Shorts Announces Official Selection

Press Release from Rushes

Los Angeles, Calif.-June 29, 2009 -- Rushes Soho Shorts Festival, hosted by the Ascent Media Group-owned post house Rushes, London, has announced the Official Selections for its 11th Year. United States filmmakers will be represented by two films, two broadcast designs and a music video.

Headline News Escape Studios Offers First Combined Nuke and Maya Training

Press Release from Escape Studios

Escape Studios has moved quickly to offer the industry's first combined Nuke and Maya training course to give any aspiring 3D visual effects artist the "must have" skills to pursue a career in the visual effects industry.

Headline News Street Fighter, Stargate Atlantis Season 5 on DVD/Blu-ray

Video releases for June 30 include STARGATE: ATLANTIS Season 5 on DVD and STREET FIGHTER: THE LEGEND OF CHUN-LI on DVD and Blu-ray.

STARGATE: ATLANTIS Season 5 on DVD

Headline News Design Festa Vol.30

Design Festa Vol.30Tokyo, JapanOctober 24-25, 2009Deadline: September 1, 2009

An international art event with over 8,500 artists attending!

Design Festa is a biannual international art event. Artists who have original work can participate with no restrictions. It is open to all artists from all over the world who want to exhibit their creative talent. For experimentation and an opportunity to take the next step in their artistic lives, this event is the place for artists to express their ideas freely!

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Headline News MySpace International to Cut 300 Employees

Press Release from MySpace

LOS ANGELES -- MySpace today announced its intent to restructure its international operations and refocus personnel around a smaller number of territories, while retaining a robust global consumer presence.

Headline News New Ponyo Trailer at Apple.com

Apple.com has a new trailer up for PONYO.

Choose your size and quality at Apple.com.

Already a box-office success in Japan, the story of a young and overeager goldfish named Ponyo (voiced by Noah Cyrus) and her quest to become human features an outstanding roster of voice talent, including Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Cloris Leachman, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin, Betty White and Frankie Jonas as Sosuke, a young boy who befriends Ponyo.

Headline News Leading 3-D Consortiums Team to Advance 3-D in the Home

Press Release from The 3D@Home Consortium

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The 3D@Home Consortium today announced that it has partnered with Korea's 3D Fusion Industry Consortium (3DFIC) to further the development and adoption of 3D technology in the home. The 3D@Home Consortium and 3DFIC will seal their formal Liaison agreement today at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., attended by officials from the Korean government, leading consumer electronics manufacturers and representatives from each respective 3D organization.

Headline News JimJam Takes To The Sky With Air New Zealand

Press Release from JimJam

London, Monday 22 June 2009: Global pre-school channel JimJam, a joint venture between HIT Entertainment and Chellomedia, today announced a deal with Air New Zealand to provide an exclusive bespoke pre-school children's channel for young air travellers.

Headline News Monster Distributes Secures HD Deal with M-Net

Press Release from Monster Distributes

Monster Distributes has just completed a package deal for 4 HD series with M-Net South Africa, including:

Animated series LIFEBOAT LUKE, 52 x 5 minutes, a search and rescue adventure series for kids 4-7 from Irish-based LTL Productions.

BEN & IZZY, 13 x half hour, a state-of-the-art CGI animation series (for ages 6-11) that follows the adventures of two kids: one from Jordan and one from the United States, and their genie friend, voiced by Lucy Liu, produced by Middle-Eastern based Rubicon.

Headline News SEGA Announces Promotions

Press Release from SEGA

SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON - (June 18, 2009) - SEGA of America, Inc., and SEGA Europe Ltd., today announced a series of management promotions that will further unite SEGA's global markets to drive growth.

Effective today, the longstanding leader of SEGA's videogame business, Mr. Naoya Tsurumi, will assume worldwide responsibility for SEGA's Consumer Business, incorporating SEGA of Japan, SEGA of America and SEGA of Europe.

Headline News Filming Begins on Inception in Japan

Christopher Nolan's INCEPTION has started filming in Tokyo, according to COMINGSOON.net.

The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy and Michael Caine and is set to open July 16, 2010.

The film is a contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind.

Headline News Nickelodeon Asia to Start ChinaToon Block

Nickelodeon Asia, in an effort to boost China's animation business, will launch ChinaToon next month, per VARIETY, a one-hour branded block dedicated to local cartoons.

Two acclaimed series will kick off the block on July 5: Creative Power Entertaining's PLEASANT GOAT AND BIG BIG WOLF and Zhejiang Zhongnan Group Animation Video's MAGIC WONDERLAND. ChinaToon will be broadcast in 13 territories across Asia.

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