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Headline News TV-Loonland Commissions Two New Seasons of Raymond

Press Release from TV-Loonland

Munich/London, 8 June 2009 -- Following successful worldwide sales of the first Season, TV-Loonland and French broadcaster Gulli TV have commissioned a further two brand new Seasons of the hit animated comedy series RAYMOND. This sharp and quirky series is produced by Paris based production company Everybody on Deck, the addition of 52 hilarious new episodes of 7 minutes will complement the existing 26 episodes of the show.

Headline News Ludorum Licenses Chuggington to Playhouse Disney

Press Release from Ludorum

LONDON, June 8 -- Ludorum plc, a leading specialist in the creation of global pre-school childrens' IP, announced today that it has licensed CHUGGINGTON, its successful train based pre-school series, to Disney Channel for its Playhouse Disney programming block in the United States.

Headline News The Foundry Announces Management Buyout

Press Release from The Foundry

London, UK, 3rd June, 2009: Leading visual effects software developer, The Foundry (www.thefoundry.co.uk), whose software products have been used to make many of the past year's biggest motion pictures, today announced a management buyout for an undisclosed sum led by Advent Venture Partners.

Advent has backed The Foundry's management team, led by CEO Dr Bill Collis and the original founders, in a transaction that sees the sale of the shareholdings of previous investors, Wyndcrest Holdings.

Headline News Microsoft, Spielberg Introduce New Controller, Games at E3

Press Release from Microsoft Corp.

LOS ANGELES, June 1 -- The future of home entertainment has a new name: Xbox 360. Today, Microsoft Corp. opened the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) with a historic Xbox 360 briefing that rocked, tweeted, revved and awakened the world to a new era of fun and entertainment. In addition to premiering 10 exclusive new games, revolutionizing the way we watch TV, and making it easier than ever to connect to friends, Xbox also welcomed visionary filmmaker Steven Spielberg to introduce "Project Natal" and controller-free gaming.

Headline News Hyperfocal Design Releases New VHDRI Skies Collection

Press Release from Hyperfocal Design

Australia, SA, May 27th - Digital Art developer Hyperfocal Design offers its most ambitious product yet with its new "Very High Dynamic Range Skies" collection. The sky panoramas in VHDRI Skies weigh in at a huge 14,000 x 7,000 pixels with super high dynamic range - up to 17 stops. VHDRIs is the first product in what Hyperfocal plans to be its "V Series" of products, which will feature high resolution, super high dynamic range, and industry leading image quality.

Headline News Magna Home Ent. Joins the Australian Team for RollBots

Press Release from Amberwood Entertainment

Ottawa, June 2nd, 2009 -- Amberwood Entertainment today announced that it has concluded a DVD deal with Magna Home Entertainment for ROLLBOTS. The deal will see Magna release the first season of 26 half-hours across Australia and New Zealand following the broadcast on Network 10.

"We are delighted to have Magna join the ROLLBOTS team" said Jonathan Wiseman, Senior Vice President at Amberwood. "They have a proven track record in the region and have a strong campaign planned for ROLLBOTS."

Headline News Chorion Secures The World of Eric Carle Deals

Press Release from Chorion

London/New York, 1 June 2009: Leading family entertainment producer and distributor Chorion has signed a number of licensing deals for The World of Eric Carle in the US and Europe and has appointed a new agent, CPLG, for the property in Benelux.

Headline News UNESCO Chooses Dive Olly Dive for Worldwide Youth Educational Project

Press Release from The MoonScoop Group

LOS ANGELES, CA -- May 27, 2009 -- The MoonScoop Group, a leading worldwide distribution, brand management and entertainment company representing brands from some of the largest animation producers across the globe, announces today that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has selected DIVE OLLY DIVE!, the popular animated preschool series, to be part of the organization's new educational campaign to teach students about the richness of the world's underwater cultural heritage.

Headline News John Collins Appointed as Genie Consultant

Press Release from Moi j’aime la television and Helion Pictures

Paris/London 27 May 2009. Award-winning independent producers Moi j'aime la television (MJTV) and Helion Pictures are continuing to expand the reach of their hit Nickelodeon UK show GENIE IN THE HOUSE (www.genieinthehouse.com), appointing John Collins as brand consultant for the property.

Headline News Chorion Secures New Mr. Men and Little Miss Deals

Press Release from Chorion

London, 27 May 2009: Leading family entertainment producer and distributor Chorion has secured a raft of new TV and licensing deals for its MR. MEN AND LITTLE MISS brand on the eve of Licensing Expo 2009.

Headline News Amberwood Secures Australian Broadcaster for RollBots

Press Release from Amberwood Entertainment

Ottawa, May 26, 2009 - Amberwood Entertainment has secured a terrestrial broadcast deal for the new ROLLBOTS animated TV series with Australia's Network Ten. The series will air four times a week and premiere Monday, September 28, 2009.

"We are very excited to be working with Network Ten," said Jonathan Wiseman, Senior Vice President at Amberwood. "They are a leading Australian broadcaster and an ideal home for ROLLBOTS".

Headline News Imira Entertainment Scores new TV, Licensing Deals

Press Release from Imira Entertainment

Barcelona, 26 May 2008: Imira Entertainment, Spain's leading production and distribution company specialising in youth programming, has boosted its reputation for representing live action entertainment rights with a raft of new broadcast, home entertainment and merchandising deals for ZDF Entertainment's shows H2O: JUST ADD WATER and THE ELEPHANT PRINCESS alongside further deals from its established animation library.

Headline News Sebastian's Voodoo Wins NFB Online Short Film Competition

Tom Perlmutter, Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the National Film Board of Canada, today awarded the prize for the 5th NFB Online Short Film Competition to Joaquin Baldwin. His film SEBASTIAN’S VOODOO was honored at the Short Film Corner in the presence of Jerome Paillard, Executive Director of the Marche du Film of the Cannes Film Festival.

Headline News Aardman Secures Timmy Time Licensing Deals

Press Release from Aardman Rights

Bristol, 20 May 2009. Leading independent distributor Aardman Rights has concluded a number of new licensing deals for its brand new preschool series TIMMY TIME, which has made a hugely successful debut on CBeebies in the UK.

In Central and Eastern Europe, Regio is on board as toy partner for TIMMY TIME in Hungary where Minimax has the broadcast rights. Also One 2 Play is managing all rights to the property in ex-Yugoslavia.

Headline News Pinky and Perky to Star in CD Rom Game

Press Release from PPC Enterprises

PPC Enterprises has revealed that phenomenally successful porcine pair Pinky and Perky are due to appear in their very own CD Rom game from Avanquest -- one of the biggest publishers of computer games in the UK.

Headline News Novel Appoints Stella Projects as Horrid Henry's Agent

Press Release from Novel Entertainment

Oxford, 19 May 2009. Leading independent producer Novel Entertainment is further expanding the reach of its hit property HORRID HENRY, appointing Stella Projects as licensing agent for the brand in Australia and New Zealand.

Headline News Cartoon Network Acquires League of Super Evil

Press Release from Cartoon Network

HONG KONG (May 18, 2009) -- Taking another step forward in its quest for global domination, the LEAGUE OF SUPER EVIL, a.k.a. L.O.S.E., will now air across Asia, thanks to a far-reaching deal with Cartoon Network.

Headline News AWN Discussion Forums - What's New? for May 18, 2009

This week in AWN's Forums, a member wants to know the pros and cons on hosting your own site vs. paying someone to host the site for you. A student would like guidance as to portfolio requirements for MA in Animation at SCAD. Someone wants to pitch an animation series in Australia and is looking for places to do so.

As well as, tools for teaching animation, the business of animation and, as always, brand-new stuff to check out in show and tell!

Headline News Decode Scores Further Asian Deals For Kid vs Kat

Press Release from DECODE Enterprises

Toronto, London 13 May 2009. Leading kids and family entertainment specialist DECODE Enterprises, the distribution subsidiary of DHX Media Ltd., has scored further deals in Asia for KID VS KAT (52x11' / 26x22'), an animated series produced by Studio B Productions in association with YTV Canada and Jetix Europe.

Headline News McDonald's Partners for Fox Film Slate

Press Release from McDonald's

OAK BROOK, Ill., May 13 -- McDonald's and Twentieth Century Fox today announced their new global partnership surrounding the studio's highly anticipated calendar of blockbuster movies through 2010. The multi-faceted partnership offers something for everyone, including never-before-seen technology and animation; innovative Happy Meal toy collections; and restaurant promotions in thousands of restaurants worldwide.

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