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Geographical Region: Asia

Headline News Universal Studios to Revamp King Kong Attraction

King Kong will re-emerge on the newly upgraded Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour in summer 2010 as a 4-D multi-sensory marvel, a new signature attraction for Universal Studios Hollywood.

The new King Kong attraction, based on the Oscar-winning 2005 Universal Pictures film, will combine thrilling visceral effects with the world's largest Surround Digital projection system to create a next-generation theme park experience.

Headline News Ponyo to Close L.A. Film Fest

Walt Disney Pictures' PONYO will close this year's Festival on Sunday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mann Village Theater. From the Academy Award-winning director and world-renowned Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki comes PONYO, a story inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale THE LITTLE MERMAID.

Headline News Cartoon Network Acquires League of Super Evil

Press Release from Cartoon Network

HONG KONG (May 18, 2009) -- Taking another step forward in its quest for global domination, the LEAGUE OF SUPER EVIL, a.k.a. L.O.S.E., will now air across Asia, thanks to a far-reaching deal with Cartoon Network.

Headline News Valkyrie, A Bug's Life, Batman 20th Anniversary on Blu-ray, Plus 24 & True Blood

Home video releases for May 19 include A BUG'S LIFE on Blu-ray, the 20th anniversary edition of BATMAN on Blu-ray, the DVD/Blu-ray release of VALKYRIE, ENEMY AT THE GATES and PAYCHECK on Blu-ray, two volumes of classic 1960s and '70s cartoons, season seven of 24 and season one of TRUE BLOOD on DVD/Blu-ray and more.

24 Season Seven on DVD and Blu-ray

Headline News Magnet Sticks with Red Cliff

Magnolia's genre arm Magnet Releasing has acquired the U.S. rights to John Woo's historical epic RED CLIFF, according to VARIETY. Magnet plans to release an edited version of the two-part film in the fall. The Chinese-lingo flicks have already earned $100 million in Japan. The film follows the events of the Battle of Red Cliffs during the ancient Three Kingdoms period in China.

Headline News CPLG Opens Office in Japan

Press Release from Copyright Promotions Licensing Group

Tokyo, Japan (May 13, 2009) -- Copyright Promotions Licensing Group (CPLG) continues to expand its international reach with the opening of CPLG Japan, the company's first office in Asia. As Managing Director of CPLG Japan, Hideki Kunugiyama will develop and grow the company's current licensing programs to include Asia.

CPLG Japan is the Japanese affiliate of the CPLG group of companies, recently acquired by Cookie Jar Entertainment.

Headline News Miike Cuts Thirteen Assassins

Cult director Takashi Miike is set to remake the samurai flick THIRTEEN ASSASSINS, reports VARIETY. U.K.-based Recorded Picture Co.'s Jeremy Thomas and Toshiaki Nakazawa (SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO) are producing. Based on Eiichi Kudo's 1963 film, the story centers on a group of 13 assassins who set out on a suicide mission to murder an evil warlord. Thomas' Hanway Films will broker sales. Toho has already secured rights for Japan.

Headline News Decode Scores Further Asian Deals For Kid vs Kat

Press Release from DECODE Enterprises

Toronto, London 13 May 2009. Leading kids and family entertainment specialist DECODE Enterprises, the distribution subsidiary of DHX Media Ltd., has scored further deals in Asia for KID VS KAT (52x11' / 26x22'), an animated series produced by Studio B Productions in association with YTV Canada and Jetix Europe.

Headline News Nick and Only Kidz Launch New Dora Range in India

Press Release from Nick India

Mumbai 4 May 2009: As kids merry make and enjoy their summer picnics and have loads of fun! It's also time for them to indulge in some shopping. Nick and Only Kidz announce the launch of a whole new range of Tableware and Back To School range with the most loved Nicktoon DORA THE EXPLORER!

Headline News Masterclass with Pixar Artists

Masterclass with Pixar ArtistsMontreal, Quebec, CanadaJune 13-14, 2009

VanArts is proud to present a two-day intensive Masterclass in Montreal with Story Artist Matthew Luhn and Animator Andrew Gordon from PIXAR Animation Studios! This is a one-time special event to be held in Montreal.

Headline News Star Wars The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes Comes to the Rescue this September

Press Release from LucasArts

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- May 11, 2009 -- Fans of the popular STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS TV series can continue the battle for galactic peace this September in an all-new videogame from LucasArts and Krome Studios. Based on the Cartoon Network series and collaborating directly with Lucasfilm Animation, STAR WARS THE CLONE WARS: REPUBLIC HEROES allows players to take up arms on behalf of the noble Galactic Republic, while pursuing the mysterious bounty hunter Cad Bane and combating the all-new Skakoan super villain Kul Teska.

Headline News South Beach Animation Wraps Up, Announces Winners

The winners from this year's South Beach Animation Festival are:

Abstract, Avant-garde, ExperimentalEL RELOJERO (THE CLOCKMAKER'S REVELATION)Director Paula Froehle, Mexico

After DarkEX-ERGODirector Yolyanko William, Cuba

ComedyFOT-THE NEXT BIG THINGDirector Alex Dron, New Zealand

Honorable Mention -- GERALD'S LAST DAYDirector Justin Rasch, Shel Rasch, USA


Headline News Star Trek Films, Original TV Show on Blu-ray, Plus Bond & Classic Disney Shorts

Classic STAR TREK series and films make their Blu-ray debut, plus the first season of CSI on Blu-ray, classic Disney animated shorts collections on DVD, GALAXY QUEST Deluxe Edition on DVD, THE GRUDGE on Blu-ray, LICENCE TO KILL and THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN on Blu-ray and more.

BLEACH Volume 16 on DVD

Headline News Chairman/CEO Leaves Imagi

Douglas Glen, the chairman and CEO of Hong Kong-based Imagi Intl. Holdings Ltd., has stepped down, according to VARIETY. Imagi is currently searching for a new chairman, while board member William Courtauld will serve as acting CEO. Glen plans to work as a consultant for the following six months. He joined the animation company at the end of 2006. While their he had overseen the troubled ASTRO BOY feature, which had to shut down production in January before Imagi secured additional funding.

Headline News Aflac Teams 'Up' With Disney-Pixar

Press Release from Aflac

COLUMBUS, Ga., May 6 -- Aflac today announced that the Georgia based insurance company has teamed "UP" with Disney-Pixar to produce a television commercial utilizing their unique brand of animation. The ad will feature movie characters from UP, Disney-Pixar's first ever 3-D film, and the Aflac Duck demonstrating how Aflac policies help protect you when injury or illness threatens to derail your dreams.

Headline News EA Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2009 Results

Press Release from Electronic Arts Inc.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced preliminary financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2009.

Fiscal Fourth Quarter Results (comparisons are to the quarter ended March 31, 2008)

Headline News Red Giant Studios Announces First Animated Short

Press Release from Red Giant Studios, LLC

San Francisco, CA, May 01, 2009 -- Red Giant Studios, LLC., a new animation and visual effects studio founded by Dalton Grant, Jr and Cindy Rangel, announces its plan to release its first CG-animated short, THE WAY TO HEAVEN, in July of 2009.