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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

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.

Headline News Aardman's First Venture Into Pre-School Programming Proves a Hit

Press Release from Aardman Rights

Bristol, 17 June 2009. Leading independent distributor Aardman Rights is delighted to announce the hugely successful debut of its preschool property TIMMY TIME on CBeebies.

Headline News Cartoon Net Asia Pacific the New Home of Marvel

Press Release from Cartoon Network

Hong Kong, June 15, 2009 -- As part of a new output deal, Cartoon Network, the number one channel for kids in Asia Pacific, will become home to Marvel's universe of super-heroes in the region. The world's most recognizable and iconic denizens of the comic world will be powering their way onto the channel with the likes of the MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD, THE AVENGERS and THOR.

Headline News IMAX Signs Theatre Deal With Big Cinemas in India

Press Release from IMAX Corporation

TORONTO, June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - IMAX Corporation (NASDAQ: IMAX; TSX: IMX) and BIG Cinemas, a division of Adlabs Films Ltd, a Reliance ADA Group company and India's largest entertainment conglomerate, today announced an agreement to install IMAX's new digital projection system in BIG Cinemas' flagship IMAX(R) theatre in the heart of Mumbai. The installation is scheduled to be completed in July 2009, and will mark the first digital IMAX location in India.

Headline News Bekmambetov Talks Wanted 2, Jolie's Character to Come Back

WANTED director Timur Bekmabetov talked to Russian news website RIA NOVOSTI recently, and the helmer said they are making preparations for a sequel, and that they've found a way to bring back Angelina Jolie's character back to life (via

"In July we will start preparation for the film. I think in the late autumn or winter shooting will be performed. The shooting will take place in America, India and Russia," Bekmabetov said.

Headline News Summer of Anime Heats Up at Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will expand its three-month celebration of anime with a screening of the 2002 Oscar-winning animated feature "Spirited Away" on Friday, July 17, at 7:30 p.m., and "A Tribute to Animation Master Hayao Miyazaki" on Tuesday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. Both events will take place at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater and will include extended gallery hours for the Academy's ongoing exhibition "ANIME! High Art -- Pop Culture."

Headline News Frantic Films VFX Battles John Woo's Red Cliff

Press Release from Frantic Films VFX

Hollywood, CA (June 11, 2009) - Award-winning VFX studio Frantic Films VFX, a division of Prime Focus Group, has contributed a number of visual effects shots -- including one of the film's key naval battle scenes-for the John Woo-directed epic, "Red Cliff." The most expensive Chinese-language picture ever made, "Red Cliff" is a co-production of China Film Group, South Korea's Showbox Entertainment, Taiwan's CMC Entertainment group and Japan's Avex Entertainment, and hits Asian and European theaters in Jan. 2009.

Headline News Vue 3D Environment Competition Call for Entries

Press Release from e-on software

June 15, 2009. Beaverton, Oregon: e-on software, maker of the leading solutions for natural 3D environments, in association with Maxon, Pixologic, 3D Total, 3Dconnexion, Cornucopia3D and 3D World Magazine, today announced the fourth edition of the "Vue 3D Environment Competition", designed to showcase the capabilities of 3D technology for CG environments.

Headline News Breakthrough Hires New Sales Executive

Press Release from Breakthrough Entertainment

TORONTO (June 10, 2009) -- Toronto-based distribution company, Breakthrough Entertainment has brought in Kate Blank as its new sales executive. The announcement was made today by Nat Abraham, Head of Distribution.

Ms. Blank will be responsible for sales in the Asia Pacific region, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, and Africa.

Headline News CJ-7 Gets Toon Sequel

VARIETY reports that Stephen Chow is in works on an animated sequel to his sci-fi comedy CJ-7. Star Overseas Co. and state-owned China Film Group are funding the project. MCDULL director Toe Yuen will helm the new film, which will feature the same characters and actors as the original live-action production. Chow will exec produce the film, which will start production in September for a spring 2010 release in China.

Headline News Scrawl Studios, Planet Nemo Team for Animated Comedy Paranormalia

Press Release from Planet Nemo Animation and Scrawl Studios

9th June 2009, Annecy -- Singapore's Scrawl Studios and France's Planet Nemo are joining forces once again to co-develop PARANORMALIA, a 52 x 11-minutes 2D-animated adventure comedy for kids 8 to 12. After SILLY BITTY BUNNY, their most recent project together, comes the tale of another furry creature but with an altogether different temperament.

Headline News Disney XD Heads to Japan

Disney XD will launch in Japan in August, according to VARIETY.

The re-branded Toon Disney has been airing in the U.S. since December and in France since April. Offering animation and live-actions shows specifically aimed toward boys 6-14, the Japanese debut marks the third territory for the channel.

Disney XD will replace Japan's Toon Disney on Sky PerfecTV! And Sky PerfecTV! e2 satellite platforms, cable and broadband TV. Viewers will get the new channel with no new applications or payments.

Headline News TV-Loonland Commissions Two New Seasons of Raymond

Press Release from TV-Loonland

Munich/London, 8 June 2009 -- Following successful worldwide sales of the first Season, TV-Loonland and French broadcaster Gulli TV have commissioned a further two brand new Seasons of the hit animated comedy series RAYMOND. This sharp and quirky series is produced by Paris based production company Everybody on Deck, the addition of 52 hilarious new episodes of 7 minutes will complement the existing 26 episodes of the show.

Headline News Ludorum Licenses Chuggington to Playhouse Disney

Press Release from Ludorum

LONDON, June 8 -- Ludorum plc, a leading specialist in the creation of global pre-school childrens' IP, announced today that it has licensed CHUGGINGTON, its successful train based pre-school series, to Disney Channel for its Playhouse Disney programming block in the United States.

Headline News Lucasfilm and GenArts Expand Partnership

A new strategic partnership has been reached between Lucasfilm and GenArts, the makers of software plug-ins for Autodesk Flame and Inferno and Avid editing products such as Sapphire.

The plan is to not only broaden GenArts software and composting technology across all media, including TV, animation and videogames, but to also penetrate every Lucasfilm division as well. While Lucasfilm already has a strategic alliance with Autodesk, CTO Richard Kerris told VFXWORLD that it is not this deep. And this marks the first such studio agreement for the Boston-based GenArts.

Headline News Pirate Hacks FUNimation, Steals Pirate-Themed Show

FUNimation servers have been hacked. Under a deal with Toei Animation, Fuji Television, and Shueisha, FUNimation Ent. began an online simulcast of the series ONE PIECE on May 30 at 9:00 pm CDT, just one hour after its premiere on Japan's Fuji Television. However, the company has now been forced to remove the series from the Net due to piracy. Within the last 24 hours, the company's servers were hacked and an unknown individual posted the most recent episode online. FUNimation said in a release "as a direct result of this illegal act, all U.S.

Headline News Nintendo Introduces New Social Entertainment Experiences at E3 Expo

Press Release from Nintendo

LOS ANGELES -- For decades, Nintendo has endeavored to provide the most creative and immersive experiences in the world of video games and to lead the industry in new directions. At its media briefing in advance of the E3 Expo, the video game industry's premier trade show, Nintendo announced products for social entertainment that stretch far beyond the current notion of what a video game can be, all while continuing to provide avid gaming fans with the challenges and thrills they desire.

Headline News Grudge Director to Helm Japan's First 3-D Film

Takashi Shimizu has started filming THE SHOCK LABYRINTH, Japan's first digital 3-D film, per VARIETY.

Shimizu directed the Japanese THE GRUDGE series and the two American remakes. LABYRINTH will be distributed by Asmik Ace Ent. in Japan in October 2009.

The story is based on a popular scare house attraction at the Fuji-Q High Land amusement park near Mt. Fuji and is about a group of teens who take a friend to an old hospital that turns out to be a horrific labyrinth. The film will be shot at the actual attraction.