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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.

Animation 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!

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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.

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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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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.

Animation 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.

Film 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

Show 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.

Films 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

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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.

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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.

Games 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.

Series 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.

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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:

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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.

Series 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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Ballistic Publishing Announces Expose 7

Press Release from Ballistic Publishing

Adelaide, South Australia - 27th April 2009 -- Ballistic Publishing is proud to announce the pinnacle of digital art with EXPOSE 7, the latest book in its groundbreaking series celebrating the Finest Digital Art in the Known Universe. With more art, more artists, and a judging panel unanimous in its praise for the remarkable standard of work, EXPOSE 7 showcases a talented community of digital artists and their inspirational art.

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KidsCo Welcomes The Wiggles

Press Release from KidsCo

London -- 23rd April 2009 -- KidsCo, the international children's channel owned by leading media companies NBC Universal, Cookie Jar Group and Corus Entertainment Inc., today announces that leading pre-school brand, THE WIGGLES is to launch on KidsCo, the home of entertaining and educational programming, in Western Europe.

Entertainment Headline News

Rick Eldridge Joins PorchLight's Board

Press Release from PorchLight Entertainment

Los Angeles -- April 20 -- Rick Eldridge has joined PorchLight Entertainment's Board of Directors, it was announced today by PorchLight's CEO, Bruce Johnson.

"With over 30 years in the entertainment business as a musician, producer, director and entrepreneur, Rick knows how to make projects happen," said Johnson. "PorchLight is moving in new directions and Rick gives us access to new people, places and ideas that can aid in our expansion."

Fund Headline News

Zeke's Pad Inks Deal with Radio-Canada

Press Release from Bardel Distribution

VANCOUVER -- Bardel Distribution has secured a broadcast deal for its newest CG series, ZEKE'S PAD with Radio-Canada. "We're happy to be working with Radio-Canada again", says CEO, Delna Bhesania. "ZEKE'S PAD is a wonderful fit for SRC's audience, and we're happy to have the show air in both of Canada's official languages."

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New Details on Beatles Rock Band Game

Press Release from MTV Networks

NEW YORK, April 16 -- Harmonix, the leading developer of music-based games, MTV Games, a part of Viacom's MTV Networks (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE:VIA.B), along with distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS), today revealed the first details surrounding THE BEATLES: ROCK BAND (http://www.thebeatlesrockband.com/) Limited Edition Premium Bundle which will include:

-- THE BEATLES: ROCK BAND software-- Hofner Bass controller: Large scale replica of the Bass famously used by Sir Paul McCartney

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