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Headline News The Bugs Are Back -- Erky Perky Season 3 In Pre-Production

The 3D animated children's series ERKY PERKY is in pre-production for a third season. The (26x11) episodes will again be a co-production from Ambience Ent. of Australia and CCI Ent. of Canada.

Season three of ERKY PERKY follows the hilarious adventures of two bumbling bugs on the hunt for food in and around an uncomfortably clean kitchen, but the two little bugs are now a little wiser to the ways of their nemesis Mad Margaret and her crew.

Headline News Jane Gould Named VP, Consumer Insights At Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group has named Jane Gould to the position of VP, Consumer Insights. The announcement was made by Ron Geraci, SVP, Research and Planning, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group, to whom Gould will report in New York.

Headline News Quantum Of Solace Shifts Post-Potter

More dust is settling after the HARRY POTTER push-back last week: Sony's QUANTUM OF SOLACE has been moved to a November 14 opening, per VARIETY.

The new James Bond flick had been slated to open November 7 with DreamWorks Animation's MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA, which for now has the weekend to itself. Bond titles have traditionally opened the weekend before Thanksgiving, but HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE was set to open November 21 -- it's now set for July 2009.

Headline News Autodesk Technology At The Beijing Olympics

Autodesk's entertainment and design software was used to create cutting-edge content for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Leading digital content creators relied on Autodesk technology to deliver Olympic projects as diverse as stadium visualizations and mascot design, to broadcast graphics and commercials for global brands.

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Headline News Cuppa Coffee Studios Launches Life's A Zoo.tv

Cuppa Coffee's highly touted stop motion comedy, LIFE'S A ZOO.TV is set to launch on TELETOON Canada's Detour Zone on September 1, 2008. Later in the year the SBS Australia premiere of the show is set to air. The show, which features a group of animals fighting for glory in a mansion in Saskatchewan, is aimed at the teens and up crowd and promises to deliver a hilarious new spin on the reality television genre.

Headline News Softimage Ships XSI 7 With New ICE Technology

Softimage has begun shipping SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7, the latest version of its professional 3D animation software for games, film and television. Along with many substantial new features, SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 is shipping with ICE, a transformative open platform designed to capture the infinitely creative vision of content producers. With a visual interface and an easy-to-use node-based programming model, users will be able to quickly create complex visual effects.

Headline News IMAX Records Q2 Loss, Looks To Future

IMAX Corporation today reported that it recorded a net loss per diluted share of $0.29 for the second quarter of fiscal 2008, compared to a net loss of $0.11 per diluted share for the second quarter of fiscal 2007.

At the same time, the company announced that the roll out of its IMAX Digital system technology launched as scheduled, with the successful delivery and installation of its first three digital projection systems at three AMC Entertainment theatres located in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area, during the second quarter.

Headline News Release Date For Strong Bad Premiere Game Episode Announced

"Homestar Ruiner", the first of five monthly STRONG BAD'S COOL GAME FOR ATTRACTIVE PEOPLE episodes, will premiere Monday, August 11. "Homestar Ruiner," from Telltale, will release on Nintendo's WiiWare download service in North and South America and worldwide on PC simultaneously. WiiWare availability for Europe, Australia and New Zealand will follow shortly.

Headline News DreamWorks Animation Reports Second Quarter 2008 Financial Results

For the quarter ended June 30, 2008, DreamWorks Animation reported total revenue of $140.8 million and net income of $27.5 million, a 37 percent drop from the same time period last year.

This equals a $0.30 per share on a fully diluted basis, compared to revenue of $222.5 million and net income of $61.8 million, or $0.60 per share on a fully diluted basis, for the same period in 2007.

Headline News NVIDIA Brings New World of Gaming to Notebook PCs

NVIDIA Corporation has unveiled a new era of notebook PC gaming, featuring advanced rendering and physics effects that will transform gaming beyond what consumers know today. Enabling this evolution is a new generation of notebook PCs equipped with NVIDIA's newest GeForce 9800M and 9700M GPUs and featuring NVIDIA's PhysX physics engine.

Headline News Wizards Seek Name Change

Syndicated epic fantasy series, previously known as WIZARD'S FIRST RULE, will officially launch as LEGEND OF THE SEEKER, it was announced Thursday at Comic-Con during a panel led by series executive producers Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert.

LEGEND OF THE SEEKER combines elements of fantasy, adventure, magic, mystery and romance, shot in New Zealand.

Headline News New Avatar Multiplayer Online Global Game In September

Fresh off of its highest-rated performance ever on TV, Nickelodeon will treat AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER fans to a unique experience this September with a brand-new, multiplayer global online game. In the game, AVATAR: LEGENDS OF THE ARENA, which will serve as a prequel story to the series, players can create their own AVATAR character and test their skills against players from around the globe in several 3D online arenas.

Headline News Alice Found Not In Wonderland, But In Australia

Director Tim Burton has found his Alice for a big-budget ALICE IN WONDERLAND pic from Disney, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

Australian actress Mia Wasikowska is in final negotiations to star as the title character in Burton's take on the Lewis Carroll fantasy novel, ending a long search.

Linda Woolverton (THE LION KING) penned the script for the film, produced by longtime Burton collaborator Richard Zanuck, former Disney chair Joe Roth and Jennifer and Suzanne Todd.

Headline News Original Bert And Ernie Claymation Series Debuts On Sesame Street Season 39

THE GREAT ADVENTURES OF BERT AND ERNIE, produced by Sesame Workshop, German public broadcaster NDR and Kika, and UK Five's preschool block Milkshake, will debut on SESAME STREET in the U.S. this August.

Available for acquisition, the five-minute segments were originally created for international broadcast focuses on friendship, understanding and respecting differing perspectives, and resolving conflict. Viewers will see best buddies, Bert and Ernie, like never before as they travel beyond their apartment at 123 Sesame Street and into a world of adventure and exploration.

Headline News Official Selections At Ottawa International Animation Festival Announced

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) has announced the films that have been invited to compete in this year's event happening September 17-21 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Headline News Postman Pat Continues To Deliver Sales Results All Around The World

Entertainment media company Entertainment Rights' internationally successful pre-school series POSTMAN PAT has launched on China's national television network, China Central Television (CCTV). ER also announces a number of key international broadcast agreements for the brand new series -- POSTMAN PAT: SPECIAL DELIVERY SERVICE (SDS).

Headline News Trouble For Jonze's Wild Things

LOS ANGELES TIMES writer Patrick Goldstein's blog paints a troublesome picture for the upcoming big screen feature WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE from Warner Bros.

Dave Eggers' script, from the classic children's book by Maurice Sendak, received good early reviews. The $80-million film was filmed in 2006 in Australia, originally slated for an October 2008 release, pushed back to fall 2009 and has now disappeared off the schedule.

Headline News An Israeli And A Lebanese Win Big At Bitfilm Festival

The Internet audience has made its decision after two months, and the Bitfilm Festival Awards are official. Ninety-one films from 25 countries competed for Bitfilm Awards in six categories. More than 130,000 people from 146 countries visited the Bitfilm Festival online.

Winners:

3D Space -- Computer Generated 3D Animations

First Place (2,000 Euros): OUR WONDERFUL NATURE by Tomer Eshed (Israel/Germany)Second Place: DO PENGUINS FLY by Alban Lelievre (France)

Headline News NBA All-Star James Gets Game On With Nickelodeon's The Big Green Help

Four-time NBA All-Star LeBron James is teaming up with Nickelodeon's The Big Green Help pro-social campaign this month in a brand-new online mini-game, LEBRON JAMES: WORLDWIDE BIG GREEN BIKE-A-THON! that features James.

Available now on www.biggreenhelp.com, players are asked to help a bike-riding LeBron avatar deliver green tips across the globe to rack up points and progress to the next level of play. In addition to the game, James will appear in a The Big Green Help public service announcement airing throughout the summer.

Headline News DECODE Ent. Wins Order For Third Season Of Franny's Feet

DECODE Ent. has followed recent major deals for hit preschool series FRANNY'S FEET with a third season commission from Family Channel, an Astral Media network.

The Canadian broadcaster has ordered a further 26x11 minutes, bringing the total to (104x11 or 52x22), and will air the new season on its Playhouse Disney and Family channels.

Recent deals for the property have seen the television series acquired by PBS Kids Sprout, following excellent ratings for the show in the U.S. on THIRTEEN/WNET where it airs daily, and in the U.K., a sale to the Disney Channel.

Headline News WALL-E Blasts From Outer Space For All Major Gaming Systems

THQ announced WALL-E, the video game based on the highly-anticipated Disney-Pixar film, has shipped into retail outlets throughout North America for Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP, Nintendo DS, Games for Windows, Mac and mobile phones.

Headline News Exim To Represent Chorion's Mr. Men & Little Miss In Latin America

Chorion has entered into an agreement with Exim Licensing Group for representation of its MR. MEN & LITTLE MISS publishing-based brand for merchandising and promotions in Latin America, the Caribbean and Hispanic Puerto Rico.

Exim Licensing Group, a leader in the Latin America licensing world, represents many leading entertainment industry companies and brands, including WWE, Discovery Channel, United Media, MGM, American Greetings, DIC Ent,, Nelvana, Pokemon and HIT Ent.

Headline News Dive Olly Dive Helps Rebuild Schools In China

A CG-animated feature film LITTLE HAPPY SUBMARINES set the first example in China on how the animation industry can give back to their audiences. This film, co-produced by U.S. and U.K.-based Mike Young Productions and China-based Global Digital Creations Holdings Limited was released in over 260 Digital Cinema Multiplexes across China during the June 1 Children's Day weekend, and received overwhelming box office response.

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