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Zeke's Pad Inks Deal with Radio-Canada

Press Release from Bardel Distribution

VANCOUVER -- Bardel Distribution has secured a broadcast deal for its newest CG series, ZEKE'S PAD with Radio-Canada. "We're happy to be working with Radio-Canada again", says CEO, Delna Bhesania. "ZEKE'S PAD is a wonderful fit for SRC's audience, and we're happy to have the show air in both of Canada's official languages."

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New Details on Beatles Rock Band Game

Press Release from MTV Networks

NEW YORK, April 16 -- Harmonix, the leading developer of music-based games, MTV Games, a part of Viacom's MTV Networks (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE:VIA.B), along with distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS), today revealed the first details surrounding THE BEATLES: ROCK BAND (http://www.thebeatlesrockband.com/) Limited Edition Premium Bundle which will include:

-- THE BEATLES: ROCK BAND software-- Hofner Bass controller: Large scale replica of the Bass famously used by Sir Paul McCartney

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Activision Blizzard's March Quarter Looking Up

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 16 -- Due to the better-than-expected performance of its titles at retail, Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) announced today that its March quarter net revenues and earnings per diluted share are tracking ahead of the company's prior outlook. On February 11, 2009, the company provided an outlook for the March quarter of $860 million in GAAP net revenues and GAAP earnings per diluted share of $0.08. On a non-GAAP basis, on February 11, 2009, the company provided an outlook of $550 million in net revenues and earnings per diluted share of $0.03.

Software Headline News

Massive Hires Kevin Mannion, Former Legion CEO

Press Release from Massive Software

Auckland, NZ (April 16, 2009) -- Massive Software, developer of the Academy Award-winning 3D animation software for AI-driven characters, today announced the appointment of Kevin Mannion as VP Product Strategy and Israel Cooper as Director of Finance.

Series Headline News

Decode Boosts Presence in Israel with Programming Sales

Press Release from DECODE Enterprises

Toronto, London 15 April 2009. Leading kids and family entertainment specialist DECODE Enterprises, the distribution subsidiary of DHX Media Ltd., has boosted its presence in Israel with sales across its live action and animation catalogue totalling over 100 hours of programming.

Entertainment Headline News

Echo Bridge Appoints Yuen to VP, International Sales, Asia Pacific

Press Release from Echo Bridge Entertainment

NEEDHAM, MASS and LOS ANGELES, CA (April 14, 2009) -- Continuing its international expansion of sales operations, independent global distributor Echo Bridge Entertainment has appointed Natalie Yuen to the newly created position of Vice President, International Sales, Asia Pacific, effective immediately. The announcement was made today by Dan March, Executive Vice President, Echo Bridge Entertainment, to whom she will report.

Animation Headline News

AWN Discussion Forums - What's New? for April 13, 2009

This week in AWN's Forums, a member wants to know what's the term for when a cel of animation is mispainted? For example, Daffy's hands are yellow instead of black for a frame of animation. Maybe a glossary of little-used terms is in order. Besides AWN, which networking site works best for your professional needs? Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter? Or another? A member is looking for royalty-free vehicle models for Maya; anyone know where to find a site online that sells them? Anyone know how to pitch a show idea in Australia? A member has an idea.

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TV-Loonland's Leon Steps Out of the Savannah

TV-Loonland has closed a multitude of sales with broadcasters worldwide for its animated series LEON. Following the show's recent acquisition by German kids broadcaster SUPER RTL, CBBC in the U.K. and ABC in Australia, yet more high profile broadcasters have picked up the series co-produced by Studio Hari, TV-Loonland and France 3.

Nickelodeon Headline News

Nickelodeon Greenlights Third Season of Yo Gabba Gabba!

Nickelodeon has announced the pickup of a third season of the live-action preschool music series YO GABBA GABBA!. The network will commence production on 13 new half-hour episodes produced by The Magic Store and W!LDBRAIN in August in Los Angeles, Calif. YO GABBA GABBA!, created by Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz, is executive produced by Jon Berrett and Charles Rivkin.

YO GABBA GABBA! currently airs daily at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. (ET) on NOGGIN.

Features Headline News

Bedtime Stories, Despereaux & Day the Earth Stood Still on DVD/Blu-ray

BEDTIME STORIES makes its DVD debut two days after its Blu-ray bow, along with DVD/Blu-ray releases of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, plus volume three of BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE on DVD, Disney Animation Collection, volumes 1-3 on DVD, MAX FLEISCHER'S SUPERMAN on DVD and more.

BEDTIME STORIES on DVD and Blu-ray

Film Headline News

Rising Sun Denies Leaking Wolverine Online

Australian vfx company Rising Sun Pictures say they had nothing to do with X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE leaking online earlier this week. The ASSOCIATED PRESS reported Thursday that the company's name appears in a caption dated March 2 a few minutes into the leaked copy of the Twentieth Century Fox film.

Animation Headline News

Animation Events at San Francisco International Film Festival 2009

ASIFA-SF is co-presenting a program of short animated films at the San Francisco International Film Festival The program, called "A Thousand Pictures," features excellent unusual experimental animation for adults. PHOTOGRAPH OF JESUS by Laurie Hill from England is a comedy about unusual requests photography archives get including, "Please send me a photograph of Jesus." LI ES by Jonas Odell from Sweden illustrates three real stories (doozies!) concerning lies.

Game Headline News

Scarygirl Game to Hit in April

April 2009 will see the launch of the online SCARYGIRL gaming site, based on Nathan Jurevicius's Scarygirl concept. The project has been produced by Passion Pictures Australia with financial assistance from the Film Victoria Digital Media Fund. The game has been designed and developed by Touch My Pixel with in-game Flash animation from Renmotion and has taken the dedicated and creative team 22 months to develop and complete.

Animation Headline News

fmx/09 Announces Program

fmx/conference presents and reflects upon the latest trends in an extraordinarily dynamic industry. And one trend can be seen very clearly throughout animation, visual effects, games and postproduction: story is king. Computer-generated imagery or effects are only effective to the degree that they serve a suspenseful and overwhelming narration. A few highlights from the conference (held May 5-8 in Stuttgart, Germany), include:

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Water Goes Bananas at DMG and Fusion CI Studios

Fusion CI Studios and Department of Motion Graphics pooled talents recently to create this lively spot for New Zealand creative agency, Sugar and client, Fonterra. Fonterra's new "smart" water, Whole, leaps into the air then transforms itself into shape after shape -- first a brain, then a bridge, then bananas -- displaying a vigorous character and life of its own.

Show Headline News

Aardman Rights Extends Timmy's International Tour

Aardman Rights has concluded a number of television and home entertainment pre-sales for its brand new preschool series TIMMY TIME.

Currently in production, the 52 x 10-minute series has already been pre-bought by CBeebies in the U.K. for debut in 2009 and it has been picked up by Disney Channels worldwide, including the US. ABC TV Australia, TF1 France, DRTV in Denmark, YLE Finland, NRK Norway and SVT Sweden have also committed to the broadcast rights to the show.

Nickelodeon Headline News

New Deals Signed For Preschool Piggy Pals

National Geographic Television International finalized a raft of key new sales for its preschool animated series TOOT & PUDDLE (52 x 11), launched at MIPCOM in 2008.

Recent deals have been finalised with France 5, Cartoon Network Spain, SVT Sweden, TVB Hong Kong, RUV Iceland and Egyptian TV. These new sales join those made previously, which include Nickelodeon in the U.K., Germany, Australia and New Zealand, YLE Finland and TV2 Norway.

Nick Headline News

Nick Jr. Welcomes Preschoolers to Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom

This April, Nick Jr. will be opening the tiny doors to BEN AND HOLLY'S LITTLE KINGDOM, the latest preschool TV production from the creators of PEPPA PIG.

London-based animation company Astley Baker Davies have once again teamed up with E1 Kids UK (formerly Rubber Duck Entertainment) to produce the new animated TV series following the adventures of Princess Holly the Fairy and her best friend Ben Elf in a tiny kingdom hidden amongst the flowers and grass. The series will have its exclusive world premiere on Nick Jr. from Monday, April 6.

Series Headline News

Chorion Signs SPHE as Partner on Olivia

Family entertainment producer and distributor Chorion has appointed Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) as its international partner for its new preschool TV series, OLIVIA. This deal follows Chorion's appointment of SPHE as worldwide distribution partner on THE MR. MEN SHOW last year.

Television Headline News

Sony Pictures Unites Domestic, International Television Divisions

Sony Pictures Entertainment is uniting its domestic and international television divisions as part of its strategy to produce and distribute content on a worldwide basis.

The announcement was made by Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO, Michael Lynton, and Co-Chairman, Amy Pascal.

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