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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.

Headline News Genie In The House Poofing to Movies

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

Paris/London 12 May 2009. Award-winning independent producers Moi j'aime la television (MJTV) and Helion Pictures are making a trilogy of feature-length films based on their hit long-running television half hour comedy series GENIE IN THE HOUSE.

Headline News Masterclass with Pixar Artists

Masterclass with Pixar ArtistsMontreal, Quebec, CanadaJune 13-14, 2009

VanArts is proud to present a two-day intensive Masterclass in Montreal with Story Artist Matthew Luhn and Animator Andrew Gordon from PIXAR Animation Studios! This is a one-time special event to be held in Montreal.

Headline News Mary & Max, Muto Win at Stuttgart

MARY & MAX won the AniMovi prize at Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film, which concluded Sunday in Germany. Italian production MUTO won the Grand Prix. The complete list of winners is as follows:

International Competition

Grand Prix

State of Baden-Wuerttemberg and City of Stuttgart Grand Award of Animated Film with a cash prize of 15,000 EurosMUTOby Blu Italy 2008Production: Mercurio Film SRLWorld Sale: Mercurio Film SRL

International Promotion Award

Headline News Pinky and Perky Back for More

The hugely successful PINKY AND PERKY SHOW is continuing to pull in the viewers with repeats of the first series scheduled across the BBC in the coming months.

The show is scheduled in special double-bill slots on Sundays on the CBBC Channel at 7.35 that will run until 5th July. The pesky pair are also scheduled Monday to Friday at 3.10pm on CBBC, from 5th May until 29th May, as well as being featured on Transmission Impossible with Ed and Oucho on BBC 2, which starts on Saturday 16th May. The first series is also now available on DVD.

Headline News South Beach Animation Wraps Up, Announces Winners

The winners from this year's South Beach Animation Festival are:

Abstract, Avant-garde, ExperimentalEL RELOJERO (THE CLOCKMAKER'S REVELATION)Director Paula Froehle, Mexico

After DarkEX-ERGODirector Yolyanko William, Cuba

ComedyFOT-THE NEXT BIG THINGDirector Alex Dron, New Zealand

Honorable Mention -- GERALD'S LAST DAYDirector Justin Rasch, Shel Rasch, USA

EducationalTHROUGH THE VIRTUAL CELL

Headline News Green Lantern, Sucker Punch, Happy Feet 2 Now Coming in 2011

Following yesterday's news that Bradley Cooper is in line for the title character, Box Office Mojo is reporting that GREEN LANTERN has been pushed to 2011. Originally Warner Bros. had set Dec. 17, 2010 for its release, but now fans will have to wait until June 17, 2011. It is unclear whether this move will affect the start of shooting, which was set for September in Australia. Martin Campbell is directing the film.

Headline News Weta Opens Research Branch

Weta Digital is planning a branch dedicated to advanced computer graphics research called Transfx, reports VARIETY. VFXWorld reported in April that Sebastian Sylwan had joined Weta as head of research and development, and now he will oversee the new arm, which hopes to bridge the gap between R&D and production. Previously, Sylwan worked for Autodesk as senior industry manager for film and TV.

Headline News EA Redwood Shores Becomes Visceral

Electronic Arts Inc. announced that its EA Redwood Shores Studio has been renamed and rebranded Visceral Games. The newly named studio will focus on developing action games with state-of-the-art technology, visuals, audio, and gameplay. The studio is currently working on the highly anticipated games, DANTE’S INFERNO and DEAD SPACE: EXTRACTION, as well as two other unannounced titles.

Headline News Chorion Secures Olivia Deals

Press Release from Chorion

London, 5 May 2009: OLIVIA, the hit new pre-school animated series from leading family entertainment producer and distributor Chorion, is continuing its international rollout with more major broadcasters signing TV rights to the show.

Headline News The Rock to Head 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

PRODUCTION WEEKLY reports that Dwayne Johnson has been cast in Disney's live-action redo of 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, under helmer McG.

The studio reportedly hopes to make the film this year in Australia, and has put the project in fast-track.

The synopsis is as follows:

Headline News e-on Software Uncovers Vue 7.5

Press Release from e-on Software

April 29, 2009. Beaverton, Oregon: e-on software, maker of Vue, the leading solutions for natural 3D environments, today disclosed the new features available in its upcoming professional solutions, Vue 7.5 xStream and Vue 7.5 Infinite.

Headline News Breakthrough Licenses Jimmy in Asia, Australia

Press Release from Breakthrough Entertainment

TORONTO (April 27, 2009) -- Breakthrough Entertainment announced today that they have licensed the children's animated series, JIMMY TWO-SHOES, to Cartoon Network in Asia and Australia. The announcement was made today by Craig McGillivray, Sales Executive.

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