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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.

Brand 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 (, appointing John Collins as brand consultant for the property.

Licensing 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.

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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.

Series 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".

Entertainment 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.

Film 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.

Time 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.

Show 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.

Entertainment 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.

Super 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.

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!

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.

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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


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.