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Series Headline News

Animation Collective, CANAL+ Family Have New Deals

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.

Animation Headline News

AniMazing! Spotlight Open To Entries

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.

Full details are available from bosumedia@yahoo.com and online at www.tooninanimation.net.

Animation Headline News

Additional International Speakers Chosen For AnimfxNZ

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.

Rocket Headline News

I Got A Rocket! Takes Off For Disney Channel U.K.

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.

Work Headline News

Introducing The New Loose Moose

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."

Headline News

Aardman Rights Takes Wallace & Gromit, Timmy On International Adventure

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.

Avatar Headline News

THQ Fires Up for the Final Showdown in Avatar: The Last Airbender

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.

Series Headline News

Chorion's Olivia Gets Ready For Her World Debut

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.

Advertising Headline News

Activision Gets New Chief Creative Officer

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.

Education Headline News

Adoption of Qube! Continues At Universities and Schools Worldwide

PipelineFX's Qube! for Education continues to be adopted at a record pace by universities and schools around the world.

Series Headline News

Jibber Jabber Out To Imagine More Territories

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 Headline News

AnimfxNZ Adds Digital Animation, 3-D Film And Vfx Additions To Speaker Line-Up

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.

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AnimfxNZ To Feature Into The Pixel Collection

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.

Headline News

Mark Eyers Promoted To VP of Content, Turner Ent. Networks Asia

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.

Game Headline News

Rokkan and 2K Games Dive Deep With BioShock

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.

Headline News

Bob Won't Stop Building For 10 Year Anniversary

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.

Marvel Headline News

Paramount To Continue Distributing Marvel Studios' Films

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.

Show Headline News

Mr. Men Show Gets Second Season

Following the successful premieres earlier this year of THE MR. MEN SHOW on Cartoon Network in the U.S. and Five in the U.K., Chorion's broadcast partners have committed to a second season of the animated sketch show. A further 52x11 minutes are in production for broadcast in 2009, bringing the total number of episodes available to 104.

Headline News

Dive Olly Gets Home Video Deal With Universal

DIVE OLLY DIVE!, the environmentally-conscious preschool series from Taffy Ent. and Mike Young Productions, will be released on DVD in the U.K., Germany, Italy, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Portugal, South Africa, Brazil and other selected territories by Universal Pictures International Ent. in 2009.

Headline News

Judge Bars Punitive Damages In Rings Suit

The estate of THE LORD OF THE RINGS author J.R.R. Tolkien lost a round in its ongoing dispute with New Line Cinema, per VARIETY (via THE ASSOCIATED PRESS). A judge has barred the estate from seeking punitive damages against the studio who brought the highly-profitable trilogy to the big screen.

Tolkien's heirs content that New Line did not pay them any royalties from the estimated $6 billion the films have grossed worldwide. The lawsuit seeks more than $150 million in compensatory damages based on breach of contract, fraud and other claims.

Visual Headline News

Visual Effects Society Welcomes Australia

The Visual Effects Society (VES) has welcomed Australia on board as an official section to the society that represents more than 1,700 visual effects and computer graphics professionals internationally.

Australia joins San Francisco, London and Vancouver to become the fourth VES section, cementing its status as a significant hub of business and professional excellence in visual effects, computer graphics and digital production for the entertainment industry.

Headline News

Loonland Signs Multi-Content Deal With ABC TV Australia

TV-Loonland has signed a multi-content deal with its long term partner ABC TV Australia. This deal seals the acquisition of top titles in TV-Loonland's programming slate, namely, the international hit THE OWL (52x1), the highly anticipated PAT & STAN (39x7), the hilarious RAYMOND (26x7) and preschool property PENELOPE (54x5).

ABC TV has also strengthened its broadcast commitment to award-winning LITTLE PRINCESS by picking up her two new seasonal specials in addition to the currently airing seasons one and two.

Framestore Headline News

Northern Lights, Cameras, Action!

Most U.K. companies looking to open a new office away from the din, pollution and brutal cost of living entailed by London might turn to a nice piece of greenbelt real estate, or perhaps one of the nearby provincial towns. Framestore, on the other hand, went to Iceland.

Festival Headline News

Shaun The Sheep And Flock Return To CBBC

CBBC has acquired a second season of Aardman Animations' SHAUN THE SHEEP. The 40x7 season starts shooting in early 2009, and Aardman has already secured a number of pre-sales for the show.

Among the broadcasters who have snapped up the latest adventures of Shaun are ABC Australia, TF1 France, WDR Germany, YLE Finland, SVT Sweden, DR Denmark and Noga in Israel.

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