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Entertainment Rights To Debut Kung Fu Magoo at MIPCOM

U.K.-based Entertainment Rights will be debuting KUNG FU MAGOO -- the latest in a long line of Mr. Magoo adventures -- at MIPCOM 2008 in Cannes, France.

Produced in conjunction with Mexico's Anima Estudios, Motion Toons and ER's Classic Media, KUNG FU MAGOO (1 X 80 minutes) brings back screen legend Quincy Magoo, and drops him into his biggest, baddest, bumblingest adventure yet. Audiences around the world have been craving a new Magoo adventure, and this time he's back with a martial arts twist to rid the world of evil villains -- and having a blast doing it!

Animated Headline News

NFB Presents Get Animated! -- Free Screenings Across Canada

October 28 is World Animation Day -- and Canada is getting animated. The National Film Board is celebrating this special day with a 13-city tour of Get Animated!, a series of free public screenings from the NFB's Oscar-winning animation studios.

Get Animated! will showcase new creations from Canada's public producer, for young and old, from October 22 to November 9, 2008. The NFB Web site provides complete details on this event, along with free streaming video of NFB animated shorts, at

October Headline News

MAXON to Showcase CINEMA 4D at October Events

MAXON Computer USA, a developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions and the developers of CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D, will participate in three animation and motion graphics events taking place this month -- Motion '08, October 12-15 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, Create Chaos '08, October 14-16 in Orlando, Florida, USA, and the Washington, D.C. tour stop of Adobe's Creative Suite 4 seminar series, October 16, highlighting the new capabilities of the popular software suite's latest release.

Super Headline News

Super U Animation Contest

Super U Animation ContestDeadline: October 30, 2008

Stop-motion, 3D, claymation, Flash or flip book. If it's animated, you could win $2,500.

Beginning in September 2008, Super U and (a.k.a Tetes a claques) will be presenting quarterly animation contests. A jury, including creator Michel Beaudet will be awarding a prize for the best of the best at the end of August 2009.

Series Headline News

Kristen Bell, Matt Lucas Join Astro Boy To Save Metro City

Kristen Bell and Matt Lucas have joined the cast of Imagi Studios' CG-animated motion picture ASTRO BOY.

Previously announced for the all-star cast were Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy and Eugene Levy with Freddie Highmore in the title role.

Kristen Bell, star of the hit television series HEROES, GOSSIP GIRL and VERONICA MARS, also recently headed the casts of such feature films as FANBOYS and FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL as well as starring with Meg Ryan in the upcoming comedy SERIOUS MOONLIGHT.

Series Headline News

DECODE Calls On Betty Banner, Party Planner

DECODE Ent. is expanding its development slate of innovative series for 8-12 year olds with BETTY BANNER, PARTY PLANNER (52x11). The aspirational and quirky 2D series is created by Canada's House of Cool, which will also work on the animation for the show.

In addition, DHX Media's distribution subsidiary DECODE Enterprises will handle international distribution and will be seeking broadcast partners for the series at MIPCOM 2008.

Digital Headline News

Five Studios Agree To Digital Cinema Upgrade

Digital Cinema Implementation Partners has entered into long term agreements with Twentieth Century Fox, Walt Disney Motion Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios and Lionsgate Films for the deployment of digital projection systems to nearly 20,000 movie theater screens across North America, including the AMC, Cinemark and Regal theatre chains.

Idea Headline News

Big Idea Appoints Mike Nawrocki Head of Creative And Development

Big Idea, Inc., an Entertainment Rights group company, has appointed VEGGIETALES co-creator, Mike Nawrocki, to VP Development. In this newly created position, Nawrocki will oversee all creative and production at the Big Idea studio, including the popular VEGGIETALES and 3-2-1 PENGUINS! series.

Headline News

Fremantle Sails Into MIPCOM With Captains Hook, Blackbeard And Nemo

The Fremantle Corporation's latest acquisition, FANTASTIC TALES, encompasses a spellbinding collection of six animated features produced as a Canada/EU co-production by Canadian production companies Kaleidoscope Ent. and Comet Ent. for worldwide distribution by Fremantle.

Headline News

ILM Suits Up for Iron Man

Industrial Light & Magic touted its work on IRON MAN at a recent press event in conjunction with today's DVD and Blu-ray release from Paramount Home Ent. Ben Snow (vfx supervisor), Hal Hickel (animation director) and Aaron McBride (vfx art director) were on hand to demo and discuss their work.

Entertainment Headline News

DHX Combines With Entertainment One

DHX Media has entered into an agreement to combine its business operations with those of Entertainment One Limited. The deal has been recommended unanimously by the boards of directors of both DHX and E1 and values the total issued share capital of DHX at approximately $68 million Canadian representing $1.59 Canadian per share. The combined company will be listed on both AIM and the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Show Headline News

Mr. Men Show Gets Second Season

Following the successful premieres earlier this year of THE MR. MEN SHOW on Cartoon Network in the U.S. and Five in the U.K., Chorion's broadcast partners have committed to a second season of the animated sketch show. A further 52x11 minutes are in production for broadcast in 2009, bringing the total number of episodes available to 104.

Studio Headline News

Studio B Producer Pimm Dies

Earlier this week, Studio B lost producer Richard Pimm, who passed away on September 24, 2008. Pimm, 60, was a known animation producer throughout Canada and the world.

For more than 30 years, Pimm worked for many of the world's leading animation companies, including Nelvana, Disney and Lucasfilm. He also spent 12 years working as an overseas supervisor in Korea, Taiwan, China, Wales, Thailand and the Philippines, where he was the General Manager for Toon City.

Series Headline News

League Of Super Evil Threatens To Take Over Cannes

Nerd Corps' plan for ultimate global takeover (loosely disguised as a television show) continues to gain momentum, as THE LEAGUE OF SUPER EVIL prepares for launch at the MIPCOM Jr. screenings, and readies its online attack plan.

Season Headline News

Echo Bridge Goes Exotic

Following their recent purchase of Alliance Atlantis International Distribution, Echo Bridge Ent. has finalized a slate of international licensing agreements for animated children's series LUNAR JIM, DRAGON BOOSTER and ADVENTURES OF SINBAD.

Production Headline News

W!LDBRAIN Promotes Amy Capen

W!LDBRAIN Animation Studios has promoted Amy Capen to Head of Commercial and New Media Production. In her new position, Capen is charged with developing new business, recruiting creative and production talent as well as overseeing commercial and short form production. Capen will report to Marge Dean, General Manager, W!LDBRAIN Animation Studios.

Headline News

Digital Musings From the Editor:

VFXWorld Editor Bill Desowitz is in Canada this week, so I'm filling in on this week's musings. In this month's issue of "The Digital Eye," Alexandra Pasian explores how Softimage's recent educational initiative is helping to push boundaries in 3D. Catch the HEROES premiere on NBC this week? There's more villains and more VFX as Tara Bennett talks to vfx producer Mark Spatny about the explosive new season. And Peter "The Rizk" Rizkalla chats with Harmonix Art Director Ryan Lesser about ROCK BAND 2.

Annemarie MoodyNews Editor

Animation Headline News

Ottawa Animation Awards Announced

The Ottawa International Animation Festival came to an end with the highly anticipated closing ceremonies held Sunday night at the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau. Organizers announced the winners of the official competition during the ceremonies.

Animation Headline News

Ontario Industry Survey Reveals Picture Of VFX And Animation Economy

Computer Animation Studios of Ontario Association (CASO) President Neil Williamson announced the results of the first animation and vfx industry survey Thursday night at a reception held during the Ottawa International Animation Festival.

Show Headline News

Entertainment Rights Gets Home Video Rights To Frankenstein's Cat In U.K.

Entertainment Rights has secured the U.K. home entertainment rights to FRANKENSTEIN'S CAT. Produced by Mackinnon & Saunders, this (30x11) animated comedy series targets 6-9 year old children.

The show is currently one of the top rated shows on CBBC and follows a unique friendship between a girl, Lottie, who doesn't fit in, and a cat called Nine, whose body parts don't fit together properly. As part of the deal, ER has the option to distribute further series and spinoffs as the show develops.

Games Headline News

Nickelodeon Games Appoints Management Positions

The Nickelodeon Kids and Family Games Group, recently formed to provide its audiences with innovative gaming experiences, made several new key management appointments. David Bergantino has been named VP of Premium Games Production; Shaan Kandawalla, VP of Retail and Licensed Games; and Pete Banks, VP of Engineering. The announcements were made by Dave Williams, SVP and GM, Nickelodeon Kids and Family Games Group, to whom the team will continue to report.

Series Headline News

Animated Series Best Ed Gets Nutty Web Site

marblemedia Interactive and 9 Story Ent. have partnered to create an innovative Web site for the animated children's series BEST ED (52x11), produced and distributed by 9 Story. Fans can play in the world of best buddies Ed (a dog) and Buddy (a squirrel) when the BEST ED Web site launches in February 2009.