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Benjamin Bear Marks 100th Territory

Amberwood Productions has announced that, following the most recent sales of THE SECRET WORLD OF BENJAMIN BEAR, including a DVD deal brokered by Porchlight Entertainment, the series has now been licensed in over 100 territories worldwide.

In making the announcement, Jonathan Wiseman, Vice President, Sales & Acquisitions at Amberwood said, "The series continues to generate meaningful sales worldwide and we are delighted that Benjamin is being so well-received."

The 39x30 (or 78x11) series was commissioned by Canada's Family Channel.

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Edgar & Ellen Trick & Treat on Nicktoons

EDGAR & ELLEN is set to premiere Sunday, Oct. 7th at 8:00 pm (ET) in two back-to-back episodes on Nicktoons Network (nicktoonsnetwork.com). The half-hour Halloween special, "Trick or Twins," will debut on Nickelodeon in October and air on Nicktoons Network Sunday, Oct. 28th at 8:30 pm (ET) preceded by an all new episode, "To the Moon/A Midsummer's Nightmare," at 8:00 pm (ET). The series will regularly air on Sundays at 8:00 pm (ET) on Nicktoons Network.

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Diesel & Walker Fuel Fast and the Furious 4

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker are in talks to headline the fourth installment of the FAST AND THE FURIOUS series, says THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT director Justin Lin and writer Chris Morgan will be returning for the Universal-produced film. Diesel is also set to produce via his Once Race Films with Neal Moritz.

The plot is on the QT, but fast cars are expected to pop up starting Spring 2008 in Los Angeles, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

Jeff Kirschenbaum is shepherding for Universal.

Animation Headline News

Rainmaker Chooses cineSpace to Cover Color Calibration

Rainmaker Ent. Inc. has chosen Rising Sun Research's cineSpace for color calibration at its Vancouver facilities. The cineSpace color management suite will be used across workstations and digital screening rooms throughout Rainmaker Visual Effects and Rainmaker Animation for monitor matching and digital film previews.

Entertainment Headline News

EM.Ent. Picks Up Zeke's Pad

EM.Entertainment GmbH has acquired the European distribution rights to the new 26x30 comedy series ZEKE'S PAD. Created by Liz Scully and co-produced by Canada's Bardel Entertainment Inc., together with Leaping Lizard Productions Inc. and Avrill Stark Entertainment PTY. Ltd. (Australia), the CGI animated show targeted at 8- to 12-year-olds is financially backed by the Canadian Television Fund, Telefilm Canada, COGECO Program Development Fund and British Columbia Film. EM.Ent.

Licensing Headline News

Decode Steps Up Franny's Feet Licensing Campaign

Decode Ent. has inked a number of new licensing deals for its hit preschool property FRANNY'S FEET, including a deal with Allumination Filmworks for U.S. home entertainment and a further home entertainment agreement with Mediaway in Poland. Decode has also signed up a number of international licensing sub-agents through its representative, The Sharpe Company, including CPLG (Copyright Promotions) in France and Italy, Scandinavia's Alicom Licensing, IMC (International Merchandising Consultants) in Argentina and Korea's Asiana Licensing.

Reboot Headline News

ReBoot Storyline, Writers Chosen by Fans

Zeros 2 Heroes, in conjunction with Rainmaker Animation, announced a first for social networking when it revealed that fans of REBOOT have chosen who will reshape the storyline of the classic animated TV property that originally aired on ABC, YTV and Cartoon Network. In an unprecedented competition, REBOOT fans selected the plotline that they want to see developed into a web comic book property. This marks the first step in re-launching the property in advance of Rainmaker's upcoming trilogy of REBOOT theatrical feature films.

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Zimmer Twins Arrive on qubo

qubo announced a new partnership with Bejuba! Ent. and zinc Roe design, the creators of the ZIMMER TWINS, one of Canada's most popular kids' websites, to bring the award-winning property to American audiences on qubo.com. Winner of the 2007 International Interactive Emmy Award, the ZIMMER TWINS, Edgar and Eva, are animated characters featured in interactive cartoons that kids can create from scratch, modify and share with their friends in a rich, safe web environment.

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PorchLight Bringing Animalia to PBS

Continuing the national and international momentum for the new children's series, ANIMALIA, PorchLight Ent. has closed a deal with WETA, Washington, D.C. PBS station, which will present the series to the PBS stations nationwide.

WETA will bring the high-end CG animated series (40x26) to PBS stations for broadcast in the beginning in January 2008. The series brings Graeme Base's international best-selling picture book, ANIMALIA, to life and is produced by Burberry/Lux Monkey/DoubleBase Prods. in association with PorchLight Ent.

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New Broadcast Deals for Being Ian & Class of the Titans

Vancouver-based Studio B Productions has closed a deal with LUK Internacional for the fourth season of its quirky series for six- to 11-year-olds, BEING IAN. LUK now holds the broadcast rights to all 62 episodes of BEING IAN for Spain, Portugal and Andorra. The fourth season, which debuts on Canada's YTV this month, has Ian starting his own website, where he hosts movies and blogs that link directly to beingian.com, hosted by YTV.com.

Show Headline News

Oban Star-Racers Airs on Japan's NHK BS2

France's Sav! The World Productions has announced that its animated series OBAN STAR-RACERS will be broadcast in Japan on NHK BS2, the satellite channel of Japan's national channel. The show will air Saturday mornings beginning October 6, 2007.

Licensing Headline News

Canal+ Brings The Imp to France

French broadcaster Canal+ has acquired all broadcast rights -- including pay TV, cable TV, Internet and mobile -- to distributor BRB Internacional's devilish animation series THE IMP. Canal+ will also act as the licensing agent in France.

Produced by Red Kite, Screen 21, and TVC, THE IMP (65x90) is a comedy produced in black-and-white HD3D targeted at young adults. Winner of the MIPCOM Jr. Licensing Challenge, THE IMP has been specifically designed to easily adapt to new multimedia formats, as well as to more traditional products such as toys, textile, stationery, etc.

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Corus Pares Down Workforce in Restructure

In fallout from a major restructure at Canada's Corus Entertainment, the company's director of original kids' productions, Bonita Siegel, and several members of her development team have been let go, reports KIDSCREEN. The realignment, announced Tuesday, has resulted in 53 job cuts across the company, and has raised concerns about the health of the kids channels' production and development departments.

The layoffs are rumored to include two additional development execs, which raises further questions about Corus's future plans regarding original commissions.

Canada Headline News

Nelvana To Produce New Episodes of Grossology, Di-Gata

Nelvana Enterprises has announced that it is producing 26 new episodes each of the animated series GROSSOLOGY and DI-GATA DEFENDERS. Both shows have developed a growing international fan base, which has helped to fuel the demand for additional episodes.

Animation Headline News

ASIFA-Hollywood Calls for Annie Awards Entries

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, September 26, 2007 at 12:00am

35th Annual Annie AwardsGlendale, California, USAFeb. 8, 2008Deadline: Oct. 5, 2007

Honoring outstanding achievements and excellence in the field of animation, awards will be presented in twenty-three categories, including best animated feature, home entertainment, short subject, television production, television commercial and videogame, as well as individual excellence in areas ranging from production design, character animation, character design, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, directing, music, and voice acting.

Awards Headline News

Webby Awards Adds Animation Category

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, September 26, 2007 at 12:00am

Webby Awards 2008New York, New York, USAJune 2008Deadline: Oct. 26, 2007

The Webby Film and Video Awards, the leading international honors for original film and video premiering on the Internet, has added 19 new categories, including Music, Sports, Technology, and Travel, as well as new technical categories recognizing excellence in editing, sound design, writing and use of animation.

Channel Headline News

Treehouse Challenged by Playhouse Disney

Corus Entertainment's 24/7 preschool channel Treehouse will no longer be the only network of its kind in Canada when Astral Media's Family Channel launches Playhouse Disney at the end of November. The channel will feature programming from Disney, together with such original Canadian content as FRANNY'S FEET, THE SECRET WORLD OF BENJAMIN BEAR and KING.

Animation Headline News

Starz Opens State-of-the-Art Animation Studio in Toronto

U.S. media company Starz, LLC has announced the opening of one of Canada's largest studios and the appointment of veteran animation executive David Steinberg to run it. Initially the studio will have 150 employees, but it is expected to grow substantially as new projects begin production. The studio will produce computer-generated animated feature films and more.

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Miller's Spirit Finds Its True Love

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at 12:00am

Sarah Paulson (TV's STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP) leads a host of newcomers joining the cast of Frank Miller's adaptation of Will Eisner's THE SPIRIT, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The other new additions include Dan Lauria, Stana Katic, Johnny Simmons and Louis Lombardi. They will join lead Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendes and Scarlett Johansson.

Animation Headline News

Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor, Persepolis Win Ottawa

The Ottawa International Animation Festival comes to an end with the closing ceremonies held Sunday, Sept. 23, at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Organizers announced the winners of the official competition during the ceremonies. The festival attracted 1,500 industry pass holders from across Canada and around the world with a total attendance of more than 23,000. Although the final numbers are not officially in, there are strong indications that this year's Festival reached the highest attendance to date.

The winners are:

Film Headline News

Atopia Acquires North American Rights to The District!

Montreal-based Atopia Distribution has announced its acquisition of all North American rights to Aron Gauder's acclaimed Hungarian animated comedy THE DISTRICT! (NYOCKER!). The edgy animated social and political satire musical had its North American bow at the Toronto International Film Festival and went on to screen at 59 fests across the world, including Karlovy Vary, Rotterdam International, Philadelphia Film Festival, Austin Fantasticfest, Mar Del Plata, Melbourne International and Sitges, winning awards at no less than 13 of them.

Animation Headline News

Marc Davis Celebration To Showcase Canadian Women in Animation

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 12:00am

Some of the most talented women in animation will take the stage for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 11th Marc Davis Celebration of Animation. "Canadian Women in Animation," presented in cooperation with the National Film Board of Canada, will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Oscar nominees Janet Perlman, Caroline Leaf, Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis and Academy Award winner Torill Kove will introduce their short films, then participate in a group panel discussion moderated by animation critic Charles Solomon.

Super Headline News

Decode Acquires Distribution of Super Why

Decode Ent. augments its slate of third-party programming with the acquisition of worldwide TV distribution rights (excluding the U.S.) to Out of the Blue Ent.'s preschool literacy series SUPER WHY. The 65x22 show is a co-venture between BLUE'S CLUES producer Out of the Blue, co-founded by Angela C. Santomero and Samantha Freeman, and Decode. SUPER WHY is already airing on PBS in the U.S. and has also been picked up by Canada's CBC.

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