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Headline News Echo Bridge Appoints Yuen to VP, International Sales, Asia Pacific

Press Release from Echo Bridge Entertainment

NEEDHAM, MASS and LOS ANGELES, CA (April 14, 2009) -- Continuing its international expansion of sales operations, independent global distributor Echo Bridge Entertainment has appointed Natalie Yuen to the newly created position of Vice President, International Sales, Asia Pacific, effective immediately. The announcement was made today by Dan March, Executive Vice President, Echo Bridge Entertainment, to whom she will report.

Headline News AWN Discussion Forums - What's New? for April 13, 2009

This week in AWN's Forums, a member wants to know what's the term for when a cel of animation is mispainted? For example, Daffy's hands are yellow instead of black for a frame of animation. Maybe a glossary of little-used terms is in order. Besides AWN, which networking site works best for your professional needs? Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter? Or another? A member is looking for royalty-free vehicle models for Maya; anyone know where to find a site online that sells them? Anyone know how to pitch a show idea in Australia? A member has an idea.

Headline News TV-Loonland's Leon Steps Out of the Savannah

TV-Loonland has closed a multitude of sales with broadcasters worldwide for its animated series LEON. Following the show's recent acquisition by German kids broadcaster SUPER RTL, CBBC in the U.K. and ABC in Australia, yet more high profile broadcasters have picked up the series co-produced by Studio Hari, TV-Loonland and France 3.

Headline News Nickelodeon Greenlights Third Season of Yo Gabba Gabba!

Nickelodeon has announced the pickup of a third season of the live-action preschool music series YO GABBA GABBA!. The network will commence production on 13 new half-hour episodes produced by The Magic Store and W!LDBRAIN in August in Los Angeles, Calif. YO GABBA GABBA!, created by Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz, is executive produced by Jon Berrett and Charles Rivkin.

YO GABBA GABBA! currently airs daily at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. (ET) on NOGGIN.

Headline News Bedtime Stories, Despereaux & Day the Earth Stood Still on DVD/Blu-ray

BEDTIME STORIES makes its DVD debut two days after its Blu-ray bow, along with DVD/Blu-ray releases of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, plus volume three of BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE on DVD, Disney Animation Collection, volumes 1-3 on DVD, MAX FLEISCHER'S SUPERMAN on DVD and more.

BEDTIME STORIES on DVD and Blu-ray

Headline News Rising Sun Denies Leaking Wolverine Online

Australian vfx company Rising Sun Pictures say they had nothing to do with X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE leaking online earlier this week. The ASSOCIATED PRESS reported Thursday that the company's name appears in a caption dated March 2 a few minutes into the leaked copy of the Twentieth Century Fox film.

Headline News Animation Events at San Francisco International Film Festival 2009

ASIFA-SF is co-presenting a program of short animated films at the San Francisco International Film Festival The program, called "A Thousand Pictures," features excellent unusual experimental animation for adults. PHOTOGRAPH OF JESUS by Laurie Hill from England is a comedy about unusual requests photography archives get including, "Please send me a photograph of Jesus." LI ES by Jonas Odell from Sweden illustrates three real stories (doozies!) concerning lies.

Headline News Scarygirl Game to Hit in April

April 2009 will see the launch of the online SCARYGIRL gaming site, based on Nathan Jurevicius's Scarygirl concept. The project has been produced by Passion Pictures Australia with financial assistance from the Film Victoria Digital Media Fund. The game has been designed and developed by Touch My Pixel with in-game Flash animation from Renmotion and has taken the dedicated and creative team 22 months to develop and complete.

Headline News fmx/09 Announces Program

fmx/conference presents and reflects upon the latest trends in an extraordinarily dynamic industry. And one trend can be seen very clearly throughout animation, visual effects, games and postproduction: story is king. Computer-generated imagery or effects are only effective to the degree that they serve a suspenseful and overwhelming narration. A few highlights from the conference (held May 5-8 in Stuttgart, Germany), include:

Headline News Water Goes Bananas at DMG and Fusion CI Studios

Fusion CI Studios and Department of Motion Graphics pooled talents recently to create this lively spot for New Zealand creative agency, Sugar and client, Fonterra. Fonterra's new "smart" water, Whole, leaps into the air then transforms itself into shape after shape -- first a brain, then a bridge, then bananas -- displaying a vigorous character and life of its own.

Headline News Aardman Rights Extends Timmy's International Tour

Aardman Rights has concluded a number of television and home entertainment pre-sales for its brand new preschool series TIMMY TIME.

Currently in production, the 52 x 10-minute series has already been pre-bought by CBeebies in the U.K. for debut in 2009 and it has been picked up by Disney Channels worldwide, including the US. ABC TV Australia, TF1 France, DRTV in Denmark, YLE Finland, NRK Norway and SVT Sweden have also committed to the broadcast rights to the show.

Headline News New Deals Signed For Preschool Piggy Pals

National Geographic Television International finalized a raft of key new sales for its preschool animated series TOOT & PUDDLE (52 x 11), launched at MIPCOM in 2008.

Recent deals have been finalised with France 5, Cartoon Network Spain, SVT Sweden, TVB Hong Kong, RUV Iceland and Egyptian TV. These new sales join those made previously, which include Nickelodeon in the U.K., Germany, Australia and New Zealand, YLE Finland and TV2 Norway.

Headline News Nick Jr. Welcomes Preschoolers to Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom

This April, Nick Jr. will be opening the tiny doors to BEN AND HOLLY'S LITTLE KINGDOM, the latest preschool TV production from the creators of PEPPA PIG.

London-based animation company Astley Baker Davies have once again teamed up with E1 Kids UK (formerly Rubber Duck Entertainment) to produce the new animated TV series following the adventures of Princess Holly the Fairy and her best friend Ben Elf in a tiny kingdom hidden amongst the flowers and grass. The series will have its exclusive world premiere on Nick Jr. from Monday, April 6.

Headline News Chorion Signs SPHE as Partner on Olivia

Family entertainment producer and distributor Chorion has appointed Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) as its international partner for its new preschool TV series, OLIVIA. This deal follows Chorion's appointment of SPHE as worldwide distribution partner on THE MR. MEN SHOW last year.

Headline News Sony Pictures Unites Domestic, International Television Divisions

Sony Pictures Entertainment is uniting its domestic and international television divisions as part of its strategy to produce and distribute content on a worldwide basis.

The announcement was made by Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO, Michael Lynton, and Co-Chairman, Amy Pascal.

Headline News DECODE Takes Grandpa In My Pocket On Worldwide Tour

DECODE Enterprises, the distribution subsidiary of DHX Media Ltd., has scored a hat-trick of deals for Adastra Creative's GRANDPA IN MY POCKET following hot on the heels of a second series commission from CBeebies in the U.K. Canada's TVO, Australia's ABC TV and Al Jazeera Children's Channel have all scooped up the live-action with visual effects kids' show.

Headline News MJTV Launches Licensing Division

Independent French production company Moi j'aime la television (MJTV) is launching its own in-house licensing division and has appointed Alexandre Mayaud as consultant.

This move reflects the company's growth into new areas and its plans to further exploit its key brands across merchandising and other media including music and book publishing, videogames and educational language learning toys.

Headline News Chorion Celebrates The Very Hungry Caterpillar's 40th

Family entertainment producer and distributor Chorion has signed a raft of licensing deals for The World of Eric Carle on the eve of the 40th anniversary on March 20, 2009 of THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR, the brand's most iconic character.

Headline News Moonscoop Scores Worldwide Deals for Ava Riko Teo

Moonscoop has scored a raft of international sales for its unique preschool series AVA RIKO TEO (65x7). The animated paper cutout show is a co-production with Character Plan, France 5 and EBS.

Italy's Rai 3, Al Jazeera Children's Channel in the Middle East, Disney Australia, MTV3 Finland, Israel's HOP, Venevision and CEE channel JimJam have snapped up the show which is the second highest-rated on EBS in Korea and rates number one on France 5 out of all co-produced series.

Headline News Mandvi, Toub and Curtis to Join The Last Airbender

Aasif Mandvi, Shaun Toub and Cliff Curtis have joined the cast of M. Night Shyamalan's THE LAST AIRBENDER for Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies. Shyamalan, Sam Mercer and Frank Marshall are producing with principal photography to begin mid-March 2009.

The casting of THE LAST AIRBENDER has come under significant scrutiny, as Caucasian actors were hired in initially for the main characters, who in the animated series are of Asian descent and culture.

Headline News Wild Bunch Acquires International Rights to Oceans 3D

The first feature-length film from 3D Entertainment's filmmakers Jean-Jacques and Francois Mantello (the Mantello Brothers), OCEANS 3D - INTO THE DEEP (working title), has been acquired by Wild Bunch, a Paris-and London-based sales, distribution and production outfit.

The film is set to become the first ever documentary to be both filmed and released in Digital 3D. The deal marks the first collaboration between the two companies. Under the terms of the agreement, 3D Entertainment retains the rights (all-media) for the U.S. and Canada.

Headline News Into the Pixel 2009 Submissions Open

Submissions for the annual Into the Pixel art exhibition are open for the 2009 exhibit. Now in its sixth year, this is the only juried digital art exhibition that brings together experts from the fine art world and the interactive entertainment industry.

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