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Headline News Kid vs. Kat Debuts on Disney XD on Saturday

Disney XD is set to premiere the KID VS KAT, a new animated series, its regular timeslot on Saturday, February 21 at 9 a.m. The 26-episode series, about a 10-year-old boy who is at war with his sister's evil cat, is created by Rob Boutilier and produced by Studio B Productions.

Headline News Ubisoft and Midway Partner to Publish Wheelman

Midway Games has entered into a strategic relationship with Ubisoft to publish WHEELMAN, the open-world driving game starring action-film star Vin Diesel as an expert driver for hire.

Ubisoft will handle sales, marketing, and distribution of the title in North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Austria, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Midway will continue to direct the development of the title and retains all future rights to the franchise and will sell the title in all other European territories.

Headline News Taffy Ent. Completes Deal with Wiesner Products for Dive Olly Dive

The MoonScoop Group's Taffy Ent. has new apparel and footwear deals with Kids With Character and Wiesner Products, Inc., respectively. The new licensing agreements are focused on DIVE OLLY DIVE!, the environmentally-conscious preschool series from Taffy Entertainment and Mike Young Productions that airs on PBS Sprout in the U.S.

Headline News Cuppa Coffee in Zoo Discussions

Cuppa Coffee is in discussions with a U.S. distribution and media company to utilize their mock-reality animated comedy show LIFE'S A ZOO.TV as a cross platform brand.

Cuppa Coffee President Adam Shaheen said, "ZOO has a huge appeal for the 18-34 demographic who are also consumers of music. The brand speaks to the ROBOT CHICKEN generation who like smart, irreverent and edgy humor and also consume indie music -- LIFE'S A ZOO offers all that."

Headline News Rising Sun Seeks New CEO

Rising Sun Pictures has commenced the search for its next CEO as it enters a new growth phase. Current CEO Didier Elzinga will be stepping back after five years at the helm, and 13 years in total with the company, to spend more time on other projects.

Didier said, "After being entrusted with the direction of this innovative company for five years, I am excited and confident in the future, knowing our current leadership team is strong and ready to grow to take RSP forward."

Headline News PorchLight and Hidden City Games to Ride Together

PorchLight Ent. has partnered with Hidden City Games to create an animated television series and long-form film content based on the magical world of BELLA SARA horses. Under the agreement, PorchLight will have worldwide rights to the animated productions based on the BELLA SARA brand, and will simultaneously pursue feature and direct-to-DVD opportunities.

Headline News Autodesk Helps Shape Movie Magic

This year's most celebrated movies feature groundbreaking work created by artists at movie studios and visual effects boutiques all over the world. Throughout the film production pipeline--from film set to theater screen -- many of these artists rely on Autodesk digital filmmaking tools. For the 14th consecutive year, every film nominated for the Best Visual Effects Academy Award (THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, IRON MAN and THE DARK KNIGHT) was shaped with Autodesk technology.

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Headline News Guardians of Ga'Hoole Add Voice Cast

Village Roadshow and Animal Logic's GUARDIANS OF GA'HOOLE will feature voices from Jim Sturgess, Geoffrey Rush, Rachael Taylor and David Wenham, per VARIETY.

Currently in production in Australia, the animated feature is being directed by Zack Snyder. Warner Bros. will distribute.

Animal Logic CEO Zareh Nalbandian is producing with Donald De Line, Deborah Snyder, Lionel Wigram and Bruce Berman with Dana Goldberg exec producing and Wesley Coller associate producing.

Headline News Nickelodeon Announces 2009 Kids' Choice Award Nominees

Kid faves/superstars who've notched a spot among the A-list of nominees for coveted Kids' Choice Blimp trophies in Nickelodeon's 22nd Annual Kids' Choice Awards -- the kudos/mess-fest to be telecast live from UCLA's Pauley Pavilion Saturday, March 28 (8-9:30 p.m. ET/PT) -- include: Jennifer Aniston, Beyonce, Jack Black, Chris Brown, Jim Carrey, Miranda Cosgrove, Miley Cyrus, America Ferrera, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Vanessa Hudgens, The Jonas Brothers, Alicia Keys, George Lopez, Michael Phelps, Adam Sandler, Will Smith, Ben Stiller, Reese Witherspoon, Nat Wolff and Tiger Woods.

Headline News The World Says Wow! Wow! to Wubbzy!

Animated preschool hit WOW! WOW! WUBBZY! continues to wow children around the globe, setting new viewership benchmarks on Nick Jr. domestically, garnering high ratings in multiple markets and picking up distribution in additional key global territories.

The Emmy Award-winning WUBBZY is now being shown on HOP! TV in Israel and Al Jazeera Children's Channel in the Middle East, both of which recently launched. WOW! WOW! WUBBZY! was also an instant hit on Super RTL in Germany when it debuted in late September.

Headline News Mediatoon's Garfield Lazy No More

Last purchased by Rede Record in Brazil, Mediatoon's THE GARFIELD SHOW is due for broadcast in 2009 in the U.K., Scandinavia, Spain, Germany, Italy, Australia/Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

Produced by Dargaud Media, THE GARFIELD SHOW is 52 episodes of 11 minutes shot in HD, about Garfield's day-to-day life, blending the modern look of CGI animation and familiar humor of the orange tabby cat.

Headline News Clone Wars Heads to Cartoon Networks Around the Galaxy

Lucasfilm Animation's STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS will debut internationally on 23 different feeds of Cartoon Network in 19 languages on Feb. 13.

The show, which is wrapping up its run on the U.S. Cartoon Network before heading over to TNT, will air in Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Southeast Asia (Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore) and Taiwan starting Feb. 13.

Headline News Pinky and Perky Hit the Stage

After proving a massive hit on the small screen, pesky porkers Pinky and Perky are set to transfer their unique brand of anarchic fun to the theatre in a brand new live action extravaganza.

PPC Enterprises, which holds M&L rights in the brand, has revealed that Pinky and Perky will be brought to the stage in 2010/2011 courtesy of leading West End theatre production company Fiery Light.

Headline News Update on KidScreen Summit

The 10th annual KidScreen Summit is shaping up to be one of the largest yet, with a record-setting two-thirds of attendees coming from outside the U.S. This gives delegates unprecedented access to the hottest producers and the most powerful broadcast execs from around the world.

The integrated conference format of keynote speeches, practical sessions and workshops is designed to help attendees network with top decision-makers and reconnect with old colleagues and business partners.

Headline News Madagascar 2, Oliver & Co., Space Buddies & Fear(s) of the Dark Hit DVD/Blu-ray

FEAR(S) OF THE DARK came out Monday, with MADAGASCAR 2 hitting DVD/Blu-ray shelves on Friday. Tuesday releases include a MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER volume, AFRO SAMURAI: RESURRECTION, the 20th anniversary edition of OLIVER & COMPANY, direct-to-DVD SPACE BUDDIES and more.

AFRO SAMURAI: RESURRECTION on DVD and Blu-ray

Headline News Fox Picks Narnia Up From Where Disney Left Off

Twentieth Century Fox has picked up THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER after Disney decided a month ago to pass on the franchise, according to VARIETY.

Fox had first dibs on the project as it has a shared Fox Walden marketing and distribution label with Narnia's owner, Walden Media. Budget and script details are being worked out, but Fox is currently developing the film and is hoping to start shooting at the end of summer. A holiday 2010 release is being eyed through the Fox Walden label. Director will be Michael Apted.

Headline News Aardman Secures Licensing Deals for Timmy Time

Aardman Rights has secured a number of key new licensing partners for its new preschool property TIMMY TIME. Currently in production, the 52x10 stop-motion animated series has 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 U.S.

Headline News Sam Raimi's Legend of the Seeker Gets Second Season

LEGEND OF THE SEEKER has been picked up for a second season on Tribune Broadcasting stations, about one third of the stations the first-run syndicated drama runs on, per VARIETY.

Filmed in New Zealand and based on Terry Goodkind's SWORD OF TRUTH book series, SEEKER has gotten a decent 2.0 average household rating in its run so far. Disney and Sam Raimi are producing the series, filling a niche in the kitschy fantasy-action genre that peaked in the late 1990s with shows like HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEY and XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS.

Headline News First Tintin Film Starts Production in Los Angeles

Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures Ent. have announced the start of principal production in Los Angeles on the 3D motion-capture film THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: SECRET OF THE UNICORN, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Jamie Bell (BILLY ELLIOT, DEFIANCE) as Tintin, the intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure, and Daniel Craig (QUANTUM OF SOLACE, DEFIANCE) as the nefarious Red Rackham.

Headline News Sound Editors Honor Ben Burtt, Announce 2009 Nominees

The Motion Pictures Sound Editors have announced the nominees for the 2009 Golden Reel Awards, to be presented Feb. 21 in Los Angeles. The Career Achievement Award recipient will be Ben Burtt.

Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR Animation in a Feature Film

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Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR in a Foreign Feature Film

Headline News Oscar Nominations: Bolt, Kung Fu Panda and WALL-E Get Best Animated Feature Nods

BOLT, KUNG FU PANDA and WALL-E are the nominees for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Nominations for the 81st Academy Awards were announced today (Thursday, January 22) by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis and Oscar winner Forest Whitaker.

Headline News Oscar Nominations: Benjamin Button, Dark Knight and Iron Man Get VFX Oscar Nods

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, THE DARK KNIGHT and IRON MAN were nominated for the Oscar for Achievement in Visual Effects.

Nominations for the 81st Academy Awards were announced today (Thursday, January 22) by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis and Oscar winner Forest Whitaker.

Headline News Sundance Animated Shorts Winners: Lies, Western Spaghetti & I Live in the Woods

The 2009 Sundance Film Festival announced Wednesday the jury prizes in shorts filmmaking based on outstanding achievement and merit. The Sundance Film Festival runs January 15-25, 2009 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Full awards will be announced the evening of January 24 at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at the Park City Racquet Club.

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