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Headline News Cartoon Network Asia Secures Rights to MixMaster2

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.

Headline News Ghost in the Shell's Oshii Assaults Live-Action

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.

Headline News VIZ Media Releases Trio of Ponyo Books

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.

Headline News TV-Loonland Shows Rock Asia with TV Placements for Key Brands

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.

Headline News Marvel Welcomes Theo Paphitis to International Advisory Board

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.

Headline News Half-Blood Prince Earns $104M in 24 Hours

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.

Headline News Indian Billionaire Invests $825M in DreamWorks

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.

Headline News Stan Lee, Hiroyuki Takei to Appear on VIZ Media's Comic-Con Schedule

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.

Headline News DECODE Enterprises Scores Asia & Australia Sales for Super Why

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.

Headline News NVIDIA Quadro Processors Propel 3D Design to New Heights for AutoCAD 2010 Users

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.

Headline News G.I. Joe, The Wiggles on DVD, Plus Haunting in Connecticut on DVD/Blu-ray

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

Headline News Hong Kong Phooey to Get Live-Action Take

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.

Headline News Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures' Comic-Con Agenda is Full of Firsts

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.

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 Breakthrough's Jimmy Two-Shoes Heads to Japan

Press Release from Breakthrough Entertainment

TORONTO (July 7, 2009) -- Breakthrough Entertainment has licensed television broadcast rights for JIMMY TWO-SHOES to Walt Disney Television International Japan. Twenty-six half-hour episodes are scheduled to premiere Fall 2009.

"The international response to JIMMY TWO-SHOES has been very gratifying," said Nat Abraham, Head of Distribution. "The fun and humor in the series continue to spread across all regions. We are delighted to have Disney Channel in Japan as part of the Jimmy family."

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 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.

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