Action-adventure fans can enjoy a first look of the highly-anticipated epic fantasy series LEGEND OF THE SEEKER before its November 1 premiere weekend. Now, Disney-ABC Domestic Television is offering an extended preview of the nationally-syndicated series as a free download, exclusively available on the iTunes Store (www.itunes.com).
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The world of gladiators comes to life as the Roman Empire's most brutal fighters clash in the ultimate arena. Starz's new series, SPARTACUS, an entirely new twist on the ancient legend, will utilize virtual environments giving it a unique graphic novel look and style, along with a fresh narrative approach. Debuting exclusively on Starz, SPARTACUS will be produced by Starz Media with exec producers Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Joshua Donen.
SPARTACUS will begin production in early 2009, debuting on Starz and its suite of channels later in the year.
Entertainment Rights has secured distribution rights to the latest 13 episodes for the new TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED series, bringing the total number of episodes of the series currently available to 42 (42x22). The announcement follows on the heels of Cartoon Network in the U.S. having confirmed the commission of an additional 13 episodes for delivery in spring 2009.
Nicktoons Network and branded entertainment company Big Tent Ent. announce the U.S. broadcast debut of the first official DOMO short form series. Nicktoons Network began rolling out the 26x2 new stop-motion shorts featuring the Japanese viral sensation DOMO and friends earlier this month. The shorts will air run of schedule daily, with a new short premiering each week. Earlier this year, the DOMO animated shorts launched successfully across Nickelodeon's international channels in Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand.
Animation Collective has new broadcast sales for its new animated comedy, JOLLY RABBIT. The series has been acquired by the BBC in the U.K. to air on CBBC, and ABC TV in Australia. The 52x11 series was also recently picked-up by Canal+ Family in France.
THUMB WRESTLING FEDERATION: TWF is quickly pinning down broadcast deals around the world. Cartoon Network U.S., Spain, Italy, and Latin America have joined Cartoon Network Asia, Australia, and New Zealand in scooping up all four seasons of the successful live-action comedy series.
Dan Smiczek has joined Ring of Fire as Head of CGI/Visual Effects Supervisor. He will be working in collaboration with owners and partners Creative Director Jerry Spivack, Executive Producer John Myers and their producing team, overseeing and supervising 3D, animation and visual effects.
New York-based Animation Collective and France's CANAL+ today announced a broadcast partnership on four animated series: THREE DELIVERY, ELLEN'S ACRES, JOLLY RABBIT and HTDT. Each of the original series was created by Larry Schwarz, founder and CEO of Animation Collective.
AniMazing! Spotlight Open To EntriesFirst Deadline: December 29, 2008
AniMazing! Spotlight focuses exclusively on animated shorts, and offers every applicant personal comments on the work by an international panel of animation experts. The applicant may use these comments for promotional purposes as well as valuable edification and encouragement.
The first deadline is Monday, December 29, 2008.
Aimee McCammon, general manager of Park Road Post Production will give a keynote at this year's AnimfxNZ conference.
Additional speakers include Jeff Barnes (CafeFX), Laurel Walker (Universal), Dan Sarto (ANIMATION WORLD NETWORK), and Carolyn Giardina (THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER), who bring additional international perspectives on VFX and Animation to the conference.
Taffy Ent. has sold its new Emmy Award-winning I GOT A ROCKET! animated kids' and family series to Disney Channel in the U.K., Scandinavia and Emerging Markets. The 52x11' comedy series is scheduled for an early 2009 debut.
Loose Moose Productions, the new incarnation of the London based, stop-motion, puppet and CG animation company, was created following Ken Lidster's departure to work on a feature film at Laika in Portland, Oregon. The new company was launched with an array of established and young talent, including four new directors.
Referring to the new line up, Executive Producer Glenn Holberton said, "The injection of new directors and designers has created a real buzz and sense of purpose, galvanizing the whole team."
Aardman Rights, the newly created division of award-winning Aardman Animations has concluded a number of pre-sales for its two new animated series WALLACE & GROMIT IN A MATTER OF LOAF AND DEATH and TIMMY TIME.
Wallace & Gromit’s new half hour adventure is currently in production for BBC One at Aardman’s Bristol studios with delivery expected this autumn. Aardman has secured pre-sale deals at MIPCOM with broadcasters around the globe including: ABC TV Australia, M6 France, Super RTL Germany, YLE Finland, NRK Norway, Zapp Netherlands and SVT Sweden.
THQ has released AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER -- INTO THE INFERNO, based on the hit animated Nickelodeon television series. AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER -- INTO THE INFERNO is now available for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and Nintendo Wii for the suggested retail prices of $29.99 (Wii) and $19.99 (PlayStation 2 and Nintendo DS). The game is also scheduled to be made available for Nintendo DS on November 24, 2008.
Chorion has signed a raft of major international broadcast partners for its brand new children's television series OLIVIA, based on the best-selling, award-winning book property.
Chorion has secured deals with TF1 in France, Nick Jr U.K., Treehouse in Canada, Danmarks Radio and The Walt Disney Company Latin America for the preschool animated series.
Activision Publishing has appointed Brad Jakeman as Chief Creative Officer, expected to join the company in early November 2008.
In this newly-created position, Jakeman will be responsible for leading global advertising, media, marketing and consumer research for all of Activision Publishing's franchises. Jakeman will report to Mike Griffith, President and CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc.
PipelineFX's Qube! for Education continues to be adopted at a record pace by universities and schools around the world.
Bejuba! Ent. has new international agreements for animated children's series, JIBBER JABBER going into MIPCOM 2008. JIBBER JABBER is a YTV Original Series, Northwest Imaging and FX and Jibber Jabber Toons Ltd. Production.
JIBBER JABBER (13x30), has been sold to KIKA Germany, Jetix (Latin America), TRT (Turkey), E-Vision (Middle East), RTP (Portugal), Noga (Israel), ABC (Australia) and Al Jazeera Children's Channel.
Digital animation, effects, animation and games conference AnimfxNZ has announced additional speakers in a line-up that already includes Academy Award winners and visionaries from the creative digital industries. The addition of Harrison Ellenshaw, David Scammell, Joshua Greer and Patrick von Sychowski gives the conference specialists in the latest cinematic technologies including 3D cinema, digital film and effects.
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), and AnimfxNZ will take the 2008 Into the Pixel art exhibition on its first trip south of the equator this November.
The collection of fine art from the video game industry will be on exhibit during the AnimfxNZ show, November 14-16, 2008. During the show, the organizers will hold a silent auction for four of the most popular pieces in the collection with proceeds going to charity.
Turner Entertainment Networks Asia has promoted Mark Eyers to the new position of Vice President for Content. In his new role, Eyers will oversee all aspects of TENA's content business, including scheduling, acquisitions, programming operations, presentation, original production & development and new brands/business initiatives.
BIOSHOCK for the PlayStation 3 needed a promotional site that did justice to its intense graphics and compelling storyline. The team of designers, motion/3D artists, and developers at ROKKAN, a bicoastal, full-service interactive agency, created an online experience as gripping and immersive as the critically acclaimed game itself.
Santa Barbara-based Foothill Ent. is bringing a whole new entourage to MIPCOM this year courtesy of MY MOMTOURAGE & ME (26x25).
HIT Ent. has launched a yearlong campaign in the U.K. to mark the 10th anniversary of BOB THE BUILDER, the successful and popular preschool property. Bob's 10th anniversary campaign will feature DVD specials, events, new ranges of consumer products and a highly anticipated follow up album and music video.
2009 will also herald a new programming look as BOB moves into CG animation for the first time and is set for broadcast in late 2009.
Paramount Pictures will distribute Marvel Studios' next five self-produced feature films on a worldwide basis.
The deal, an extension of the original agreement made by Brad Grey when he arrived as CEO and Chairman of Paramount, includes theatrical distribution in foreign territories previously serviced by Marvel through local distribution entities (Japan, Germany, France, Spain and Australia/New Zealand). This new worldwide distribution pact capitalizes on Marvel and Paramount’s successful efforts with IRON MAN, which has grossed $574 million worldwide for Marvel.