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Film Headline News

Portable Film Fest Indulging In Visual Feast

The Portable Film Festival is reaching out for viewers to indulge in an online visual feast of short film, music video, documentary and animation content. Every day a new film is featured on the site for masses to view free of charge. These films can additionally be uploaded onto any digital device -- iPod, 3G phone or PSP -- for your portable viewing pleasure. Traffic jams, malfunctioning elevators and Trans Siberian railways never looked so good.

Total Headline News

Total Drama Action Sold To Cartoon Network U.S.

Cake Distribution has sold FRESH TV's TOTAL DRAMA ACTION, the spinoff to TOTAL DRAMA ISLAND (TDI), to Cartoon Network U.S. TDI has been a hit on Cartoon Network's Thursday night line-up and has developed a substantial following both on-air and online.

Viewers on the program's interactive Web site have created more than two million unique avatars within three months of the series premiere.

Series Headline News

ER Secures Distribution Deal For New Episodes Of Transformers Animated

Entertainment Rights has secured distribution rights to the latest 13 episodes for the new TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED series, bringing the total number of episodes of the series currently available to 42 (42x22). The announcement follows on the heels of Cartoon Network in the U.S. having confirmed the commission of an additional 13 episodes for delivery in spring 2009.

Headline News

Peter & The Wolf Comes To U.S. DVD In December

The 2007 Academy Award Winner for Best Animated Short PETER & THE WOLF arrives on DVD December 9 from Magnolia Home Ent.

Based on the classic musical composition PETER AND THE WOLF by Sergei Prokofiev, this spellbinding new interpretation combines stop-frame model animation and state-of-the-art digital technology, along with a new orchestra recording to create a magical world in which little boys can find the strength and courage to overcome their fears.

Mipcom Headline News

Record Participation At MIPCOM 2008

The 24th MIPCOM recorded its highest attendance figure of all time, driven notably by an increase in attendance from the "METRIC" countries and regions (Middle East, Turkey, Russia, India and China), as well as Ukraine.

At the close of the market on October 17, MIPCOM 2008 totaled 13,588 participants, an increase of 1.6% over the 13,371 industry professionals who attended in 2007. A total of 4,519 companies from 103 countries registered, of which 1,779 were exhibitors. The number of international buyers grew by 7.2%, from 4,242 in 2007 to 4,573 this year.

Awards Headline News

67 Countries Vying for 2008 Foreign Language Film Oscar

A record 67 countries, including first-time entrant Jordan, have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 81st Academy Awards.

The 2008 submissions are:

Afghanistan, OPIUM WAR, Siddiq Barmak, director;Albania, THE SORROW OF MRS. SCHNEIDER, Piro Milkani and Eno Milkani, directors;Algeria, MASQUERADES, Lyes Salem, director;Argentina, LION'S DEN, Pablo Trapero, director;Austria, REVANCHE, Gotz Spielmann, director;Azerbaijan, FORTRESS, Shamil Nacafzada, director;

Series Headline News

Animation Collective, CANAL+ Family Have New Deals

New York-based Animation Collective and France's CANAL+ today announced a broadcast partnership on four animated series: THREE DELIVERY, ELLEN'S ACRES, JOLLY RABBIT and HTDT. Each of the original series was created by Larry Schwarz, founder and CEO of Animation Collective.

Cartoon Headline News

Thumbs Up for Thumb Wrestling Federation on Cartoon Network

THUMB WRESTLING FEDERATION: TWF is quickly pinning down broadcast deals around the world. Cartoon Network U.S., Spain, Italy, and Latin America have joined Cartoon Network Asia, Australia, and New Zealand in scooping up all four seasons of the successful live-action comedy series.

Headline News

The Sims 3 Now Available For Pre-Order

The Collector's Edition of THE SIMS 3, the next flagship PC game from THE SIMS Label, is now available for pre-order at select North American retailers including GameStop, Best Buy, Circuit City, Fry's Electronics, GameCrazy, EB Canada,,, and

Animation Headline News

AniMazing! Spotlight Open To Entries

AniMazing! Spotlight Open To EntriesFirst Deadline: December 29, 2008

AniMazing! Spotlight focuses exclusively on animated shorts, and offers every applicant personal comments on the work by an international panel of animation experts. The applicant may use these comments for promotional purposes as well as valuable edification and encouragement.

The first deadline is Monday, December 29, 2008.

Full details are available from and online at

Game Headline News

EA Opens New Studio In Austin, Texas For Game Development

Electronic Arts is opening a new studio, Pogo Austin, who have come together to build new games as part of the team. The Pogo Austin team will be joining EA's Bioware studio in Austin, Texas, USA.

The new studio will focus on creating family-friendly titles based on Hasbro properties. The initial team of 12 features a strong foundation of Austin natives who boast more than 108 years of collective game experience and have shipped titles at companies such as LucasArts, Aspyr Media, Acclaim, Amaze Ent., Human Code, Origin Systems and Family Time Interactive.

Series Headline News

Hot Wheels Vrooooming To TELETOON, Cartoon Network

Hot Wheels, Mattel's top vehicle property in the U.S., will be developed into a new animated television series. The new series, entitled HOT WHEELS: BATTLE FORCE 5, will feature CGI animation by Corus Ent's Nelvana and Nerd Corps Ent., and will premiere fall 2009 in Canada on TELETOON in the network's Sunday morning action block and on Cartoon Network in the U.S. as part of its Saturday morning lineup.

Animation Headline News

Alchemy Of Animation Panel Discussion

In celebration of the release of Don Hahn's latest book, THE ALCHEMY OF ANIMATION, Woodbury University and ASIFA-Hollywood are putting on a panel discussion hosted by author/producer Hahn. Hahn and his panel of colleagues from the past 20 years will share their insights into the highly creative and involved process of making animated films across a variety of mediums -- traditional, computer and stop-motion animation -- as reflected in THE ALCHEMY OF ANIMATION.

Series Headline News

Argentina's Encuadre Prepares Olocoons Feature

Animation studio Encuadre, who creates the TV series CITY HUNTERS for Fox Latin America, is working on a full-length animated feature tentatively called OLOCOONS, MISION A LA TIERRA with Mexico's Televisa and Antoni Sole's ABS Film of Spain, per VARIETY.

Production is expected to commence later this year, coinciding with the fifth seasons of OLOCOONS series on Televisia. A simultaneous release is planned in Argentina, Mexico and possibly other territories in 2010, according to Encuadre CEO Rosanna Manfredi.

Special Headline News

Indy 4 On DVD/Blu-ray, SpongeBob On DVD and The Ultimate Matrix On Blu-ray

INDY 4 is out now on DVD and Blu-ray, along with the DVD release of the new SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS special "WhoBob, WhatPants?", BOB THE BUILDER DVDs and The Ultimate Matrix Collection on Blu-ray.


The highest-grossing installment of the popular adventure franchise, with more than $780 million at the global box office, Paramount Pictures and Lucasfilm Ltd.'s INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL will make its anticipated debut on DVD and Blu-ray October 14.

Marvel Headline News

TELETOON Set To Become Home Of Marvel In Canada

TELETOON Canada Inc. and Marvel Animation have entered into a multi-year output deal that sees TELETOON become the home of Marvel Animation in Canada. Beginning in spring 2009, a broad spectrum of Marvel animated series will air on TELETOON networks in both English and French. The agreement sees Marvel deliver a minimum of 182 episodes of first-run animation for broadcast and includes rights for additional platforms including broadband, video-on-demand, mobile and other online opportunities.

Festival Headline News

Waterloo Offers Early Animation, Anime, Sita Sings The Blues

Celebrating the artistry of animated feature films, the Waterloo Festival showcase is one of the most comprehensive public exhibitions for animated feature films in the world. More ambitious than ever, the first titles revealed in the 2008 program span the gamut of animation and storytelling styles.

Series Headline News

Chorion's Olivia Gets Ready For Her World Debut

Chorion has signed a raft of major international broadcast partners for its brand new children's television series OLIVIA, based on the best-selling, award-winning book property.

Chorion has secured deals with TF1 in France, Nick Jr U.K., Treehouse in Canada, Danmarks Radio and The Walt Disney Company Latin America for the preschool animated series.

Series Headline News

Decode Engineers Sales For Animal Mechanicals

DECODE Enterprises has made a number of MIPCOM sales for new preschool series, ANIMAL MECHANICALS (40x11), produced by Halifax Film, and commissioned by CBC in Canada, where the series is one of the highest-rating preschool shows.

The Disney Channels in the U.K. and Asia; Radio-Canada, Discovery Latin America, Romania's HOP, EBS in Korea; Al-Jazeera Children Channel have all snapped up the series along with Prava I Prevodi, who acquired the title for Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro.

Series Headline News

Tricon Claims Sanctuary At MIPCOM

Toronto-based producer and distributor Tricon Films & Television has made further sales of 13x60 science fiction series SANCTUARY at MIPCOM 2008. Entertainment channel AXN has snapped up the series in a deal for Central Europe that includes Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania and Slovakia and in a further deal, Sci Fi Channel Asia has taken the series to air on its channels in more than 25 countries.

Advertising Headline News

Activision Gets New Chief Creative Officer

Activision Publishing has appointed Brad Jakeman as Chief Creative Officer, expected to join the company in early November 2008.

In this newly-created position, Jakeman will be responsible for leading global advertising, media, marketing and consumer research for all of Activision Publishing's franchises. Jakeman will report to Mike Griffith, President and CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc.

Education Headline News

Adoption of Qube! Continues At Universities and Schools Worldwide

PipelineFX's Qube! for Education continues to be adopted at a record pace by universities and schools around the world.

Production Headline News

Rainmaker Adds Development, Technology And Recruiting Executives

Rainmaker Ent. has promoted animation producer Jennifer Twiner-McCarron to Vice President of Production, Rainmaker Ent. Twiner-McCarron has been producer or exec producer on most of Rainmaker's films for the past eight years.

Warren Franklin, CEO of Rainmaker Ent. also announced that Kimberly Dennison has joined Rainmaker as Director of Development and Barbara Dawson has returned to the company as Director of Talent Relations and Recruiting, both newly-created positions. Tony Pelle has been promoted to Director of Technology, also a newly created post.