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MySpace International to Cut 300 Employees

Press Release from MySpace

LOS ANGELES -- MySpace today announced its intent to restructure its international operations and refocus personnel around a smaller number of territories, while retaining a robust global consumer presence.

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U.S. Premiere of The Secret of Kells

U.S. Premiere of The Secret of KellsNew York, New York, USAJuly 18-19, 2009

NYICFF is honored to present the US Premiere of THE SECRET OF KELLS, the highly anticipated new animated masterpiece from the producers of KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS and TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE. Hailed by international critics as one of the most beautiful films of the year and winner of the audience award at the prestigious Annecy Animation Festival. The film blends fantasy and mythology, folding traditionally Celtic influences into a riot of color and detail that dazzle the eyes.

Animation Headline News

Academy Award Winner Chris Landreth to Speak at SIGGRAPH 2009

Press Release from SIGGRAPH

(Chicago, IL) - SIGGRAPH 2009 announces Academy Award winner Chris Landreth as a special guest speaker during this year's renowned Computer Animation Festival. Landreth will show his newest short film, THE SPINE, and share insights into the development, and psychologically-driven animation of the film's characters during a special discussion held on Thursday, 6 August.

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Inkheart, Waltz with Bashir on DVD/Blu-ray, Tom & Jerry Chuck Jones Collection

INKHEART, PINK PANTHER 2 and WALTZ WITH BASHIR make their DVD and Blu-ray debuts on June 23, 2009. Also out: TOM AND JERRY: THE CHUCK JONES COLLECTION on DVD.

INKHEART on DVD and Blu-ray

Cartoon Headline News

Cake Adds Live-Action to the Mix

Press Release from CAKE Entertainment

CAKE Entertainment is marking its strategic move into producing live-action with today's announcement of a live-action/CG hybrid tween comedy pilot for a series called CARTOON GENE (26 x 30"), co-produced with Galakids and TELETOON Canada. The move sees CAKE build on their existing experiences in this area, and reinforce their established position as a meeting place for a growing family of producers of high-end children's content.

Time Headline News

Aardman's First Venture Into Pre-School Programming Proves a Hit

Press Release from Aardman Rights

Bristol, 17 June 2009. Leading independent distributor Aardman Rights is delighted to announce the hugely successful debut of its preschool property TIMMY TIME on CBeebies.

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NFB and Shorefast Foundation E-Cinema in English Canada

Press Release from The National Film Board of Canada and the Shorefast Foundation

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, June 17, 2009 -- have reached a partnership to deliver Newfoundland's first e-cinema installation and the NFB's first English-language e-cinema partnership in Canada.

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Toons for Toddlers Expands with Two Additional Theatres in Canada

Press Release from Toons for Toddlers

TORONTO (June 17, 2009) -- Robyn Green-Ruskin, President of Sunflower Productions and Owner of the highly successful cinema series, "Movies for Mommies" today announced the addition of two more theatres to the Toons for Toddlers national program bringing the total number of screening locations to 18. The Kingsway Theatre in Toronto and The Magic Lantern Duggan Cinema in Camrose, Alberta have been added to the program starting this August.

Series Headline News

South African Deal for Amberwood's RollBots

Press Release from Amberwood Entertainment

Ottawa, June 16, 2009 - Amberwood Entertainment is pleased to announce that South Africa's M-Net has acquired the new animated series ROLLBOTS. The series is set to launch September 2009 on KTV, the broadcaster's kids' network.

"KTV is the ideal home for ROLLBOTS in South Africa." said Jonathan Wiseman, Senior Vice President at Amberwood. "They have been a great broadcast partner on other properties and we are excited to be working with them once again."

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Sesame Workshop, Discovery Kids Launch Original Show in Latin America

Press Release from Sesame Workshop

(MIAMI, FL and NEW YORK, NY; June 16, 2009) -- PLAZA SESAMO's beloved new friend Abby Cadabby is spreading her fairy wings and flying over to 3, 2, 1 VAMOS!, an original half-hour preschool program premiering on June 22 on Discovery Kids Latin America. 321 VAMOS will feature segments from beloved children's shows PLAY WITH ME SESAME and GLOBAL GROVER and introduce children in Latin America to BERT AND ERNIE'S GREAT ADVENTURES, Sesame Workshop's first all claymation series.

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Lost on Blu-ray, Friday the 13th on DVD/Blu-ray, Plus Family Guy & Tom and Jerry

Home video releases for June 16 include the DVD/Blu-ray debut of FRIDAY THE 13TH (2009), as well as five previous installments on DVD and Blu-ray. LOST seasons one and two make their Blu-ray bow, as does SPACEBALLS and GHOSTBUSTERS to Blu-ray. Throw in some FAMILY GUY, THE TRANSFORMERS, TOM AND JERRY, THOMAS & FRIENDS and GARFIELD DVDs, and you have a party!

FAMILY GUY Volume 7 on DVD

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Animated Films at the Los Angeles Film Festival, June 18-28

Animation, comics, graphic novels, and anime will take center stage at Film Independent's 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival. This year's festival, held June 18-28, will feature a wide variety of options for graphic arts fans, highlighted by the U.S. debut of the award winning animated feature PONYO, written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

Design Headline News

SIGGRAPH Curated Art Presents Generative Fabrication

(Chicago, IL) -- Design and Computation is brought to the forefront in the SIGGRAPH 2009 Curated Art Gallery -- Generative Fabrication -- an exploration of non-linear and natural processes in design and digital fabrication.

Film Headline News

Disneynature Adds OceanWorld 3-D to Its Slate of Theatrical Releases

Disneynature has acquired the North American and Mexican distribution rights to the exciting new underwater film "OceanWorld 3D," the first feature-length nature documentary ever filmed and released in 3D, it was announced today by Jean-Francois Camilleri, executive vice president and general manager for Disneynature, and Francois Mantello, chairman of 3D Entertainment.

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SIGGRAPH Juried Art Gallery Explores Nature and Technology Connections

From synthetic worlds and post-apocalyptic futures to human labs and digitally stimulated plants, BioLogic: A Natural History of Digital Life takes both a serious and playful look at what happens when nature and technology combine. This juried exhibition showcases recent projects by eleven artists representing ten countries. All of the projects are kinetic, most are interactive, and many are large installations that immerse the viewer in fantastic environments of quivering tendrils, singing strands of hair, and fuzzy, cloud-like surfaces that respond when stroked.

Cartoon Headline News

TWF Preps for Latin America Launch

Press Release from Animation Collective

THUMB WRESTLING FEDERATION: TWF, the wildly popular kids' TV series, continues to wrestle its way through Latin America, announcing today that it has picked up a new team of broadcasters. TWF will be hitting the airwaves on Cadena Tres in Mexico, RedeTV! in Brazil, Telemundo in Puerto Rico, America TV in Peru, Televisora Hondurena in Honduras, Red Uno in Bolivia, and Ecuavisa in Ecuador. TWF has already found success in Latin America on Cartoon Network, where it will continue to air.

International Headline News

Chocolate Liberation Front Takes First Bite

Press Release from Chocolate Liberation Front

Melbourne, June 10 -- Award-winning Australian and Canadian producers form cutting-edge independent production company, Chocolate Liberation Front, which will create and produce high-quality and innovative multiplatform projects for the international marketplace.

Entertainment Headline News

Cookie Jar Hires Gwen McCauley as VP Distribution/Sales Operations

Press Release from Cookie Jar Entertainment

TORONTO, CANADA (June 9, 2009) Cookie Jar Entertainment has hired Gwen McCauley as VP Distribution/Sales Operations for Canada. Based in Cookie Jar's Toronto headquarters, McCauley will develop and distribute programming that fits with Cookie Jar's brand and broadcaster needs. She will also lead all sales efforts throughout Canada including television pre-sales and library and home video entertainment. McCauley will report to Tom Mazza, EVP and Head of Worldwide TV.

Disney Headline News

Ludorum Licenses Chuggington to Playhouse Disney

Press Release from Ludorum

LONDON, June 8 -- Ludorum plc, a leading specialist in the creation of global pre-school childrens' IP, announced today that it has licensed CHUGGINGTON, its successful train based pre-school series, to Disney Channel for its Playhouse Disney programming block in the United States.

Animation Headline News

Animarte 2009 Call for Entries

Animarte 2009 Call for EntriesDeadline: September 30, 2009

The 4th Animarte - International Animation Festival is receiving submissions until September 30, 2009. Animarte is open to animated and mixed media shorts with a duration of 15 minutes or less. There is no entry or registration fee and all animation techniques are accepted.

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