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Channel Headline News

BabyTV Launches on Sky Mexico

Press Release from BabyTV

Mexico, June 2nd, 2009 -- Fox International's BabyTV has announced that it has launched on SKY Mexico, the leading supplier of Direct to Home (DTH) Pay-TV services in Mexico, with a localized Spanish-language channel. With this new launch BabyTV now reaches more than two million subscribers in Mexico alone.

Baby TV, the world's most widely distributed channel aimed at babies, toddlers and their parents, is now available on Sky Channel 324 in the Kids Mix as well the Fun, Movie City, HBO/MAX & UNIVERSE packages.

Series Headline News

Magna Home Ent. Joins the Australian Team for RollBots

Press Release from Amberwood Entertainment

Ottawa, June 2nd, 2009 -- Amberwood Entertainment today announced that it has concluded a DVD deal with Magna Home Entertainment for ROLLBOTS. The deal will see Magna release the first season of 26 half-hours across Australia and New Zealand following the broadcast on Network 10.

"We are delighted to have Magna join the ROLLBOTS team" said Jonathan Wiseman, Senior Vice President at Amberwood. "They have a proven track record in the region and have a strong campaign planned for ROLLBOTS."

Headline News

First Stereographic 3-D Developer Tools for the iPhone 3G

Press Release from Spatial View Inc/

TORONTO, CANADA -- June 1, 2009 -- Spatial View Inc., a leading developer of 3D image processing and autostereoscopic display technologies, today announced the introduction of Wazabee 3DeeInterlacing SDK and Wazabee 3DeeInterlacer to allow third party developers to create 3D games, applications and video content for the iPhone 3G. Combined with the Wazabee 3DeeShell and its current suite of applications, iPhone app developers will be able to create and view applications in vivid 3D.

Wars Headline News

From a Galaxy Far, Far Away to Teletoon - The Clone Wars this Fall

Press Release from TELETOON Canada

Toronto -- The battle for galactic freedom is coming to TELETOON Canada this Fall when STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS launches its eagerly anticipated second season on the Canadian animation network. Beginning in September, season one of Lucasfilm Animation's cutting-edge, computer-generated series will air on the network, along with the 2008 STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS feature film. Season two will follow later in the year. STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS will also launch on the French language TELETOON network this Fall.

Final Headline News

Jetsons, Bruce Almighty & Final Fantasy VII Come to DVD/Blu-ray

In home video releases for June 2, AIR FORCE ONE, BRUCE ALMIGHTY and ANACONDA make their way to Blu-ray, THE JETSONS '80s revival comes to DVD and FINAL FANTASY VII: ADVENT CHILDREN COMPLETE comes to Blu-ray along with the DVD debut of THE ZULA PATROL: ANIMAL ADVENTURES IN SPACE.

AIR FORCE ONE on Blu-ray

Headline News

More Animal Mechanicals for Decode Enterprises

Press Release from DECODE Enterprises

Toronto, 28 May 2008. Leading kids and family entertainment specialist DECODE Enterprises, the distribution subsidiary of DHX Media Ltd., is set to bolster its slate of dynamic preschool entertainment following a CBC commission for an additional 15x11' episodes of ANIMAL MECHANICALS from DHX production subsidiary Halifax Film.

Series Headline News

Italy's MediaSet Licenses RollBots from Amberwood

Press Release from Amberwood Entertainment

Ottawa, May 28, 2009 - Amberwood Entertainment is pleased to announce that MediaSet has acquired the Free TV and Home Entertainment rights for Italy to its new animated series ROLLBOTS.

"We are delighted to be working again with MediaSet," said Jonathan Wiseman, Senior Vice President at Amberwood. "They're a strong home for ROLLBOTS in Italy and a great addition to our broadcast partners to date".

Software Headline News

Cinnafilm Signs with ARRI

Press Release from Cinnafilm, Inc. and ARRI

Albuquerque, NM -- May 26, 2009, Cinnafilm, Inc., an engineering software firm dedicated to the development of powerful, reliable and intuitive film and video post production tools for creative professionals, today announced it has signed a multi-year, multi-million dollar global reseller agreement with ARRI, the world's leading manufacturer of professional motion picture equipment.

Series Headline News

WB to Expand Pucca Merch to U.S., Mexico

Warner Bros. Consumer Products is set to expand the PUCCA animated series' merchandise to the U.S., Canada and Mexico, reports VARIETY. The South Korean series originated on the internet and has a successful consumer products industry in Brazil.

Vooz Co. launched PUCCA on the internet in 2000 as a short Flash series about the young daughter of a Chinese restaurant owner who falls in love with a 12-year-old ninja. The series then got a place on Disney XD.

Autodesk Headline News

Alioscopy Autostereoscopic 3-D Displays Join Autodesk Gallery and Showrooms

Press Release from Alioscopy USA

SAN FRANCISCO -- Alioscopy USA, a 3D visualization technology provider, today announced that its innovative 42" LCD autostereoscopic 3D display is now a part of the design collection in the prestigious Autodesk Gallery at One Market in San Francisco, California. Built to celebrate the design process of its customers, the Autodesk Gallery at One Market features more than 20 different exhibits that highlight the vast range of inspiring designs, from cathedrals to giant LEGO dinosaurs.

Headline News

eyeon Fusion Used Extensively on Dragonball: Evolution

Press Release from eyeon Software

Toronto: May 26, 2009... Fusion, the award-winning compositing application from eyeon Software, played a key role in creating the visual effects for Twentieth Century Fox's DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION, directed by James Wong.

Winnipeg-based Frantic Films VFX contributed 334 visual effects shots to the film, with VFX supervisors Chad Wiebe and Mike Shand overseeing the work from the company's Vancouver and Winnipeg facilities, respectively.

Animation Headline News

Ontario Gov't Provides Starz with C$23M for Gnomeo & Juliet

Press Release from Starz Media, LLC

TORONTO, May 26 - Starz Animation Toronto today announced that it has received $22.975 million in funding under the Government of Ontario's Next Generation of Jobs Fund. Premier Dalton McGuinty attended the press conference where he indicated the funds have been allocated to Canada's leading feature length animation film studio to stimulate economic growth and to contribute to a competitive workplace for the next generation of Ontarioworkers.

Show Headline News

USA Network to Show Land of the Lost Vignettes

USA Network will air a series of customized vignettes from Universal Pictures' upcoming LAND OF THE LOST, per COMINGSOON.net.

The spots will use footage from the film, and debut as part of the network's "Character Uncovered" branding initiative.

The series of 30 to 40 second vignettes will show star Will Ferrell as he takes viewers through Q&As and anecdotes about his LAND OF THE LOST character, discredited scientist Rick Marshall. The spots will show three of the film's themes: dinosaurs, the slow-moving reptiles known as Sleestak and paleontology.

Festival Headline News

Downtown Film Fest - L.A. - 2009 Call for Entries

Downtown Film Fest - L.A.Los Angeles, California, USAAugust 12-22, 2009Deadline: July 15, 2009

The second annual Downtown Film Festival - Los Angeles (DFFLA), the only dedicated film festival in the historic core of the Entertainment Capital of the World, will be held August, 12-22, 2009. The festival doubles in size to 10 days from last year's inaugural event with a series of film screenings of Hollywood, independent and classic films, lectures, panel discussions, exhibits, and parties and receptions, all celebrating downtown L.A.'s renaissance.

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.

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.

Animation Headline News

Ottawa Animation Fest Entry Deadline Approaching

Animators have just a few more days to get their applications in to North America's biggest animation festival.

Thousands of animators, students and studio executives will flock to the Canada's capital from October 14-18 to take part in the 2009 Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF). It's a five-day whirlwind of screenings, presentations, parties and the Television Animation Conference (Oct. 14 and 15).

Film Headline News

Cordell Barker's Runaway picks up Audience Prize at Cannes

Montreal, May 22, 2009 -- It was announced in Cannes that the National Film Board of Canada's animated short RUNAWAY by Cordell Barker has won the Petit Rail d'Or for Best Short Film. The award is presented annually by a group of cinephile railwaymen in attendance at Cannes, and is a testament to audiences' appreciation. RUNAWAY screened to full houses as part of International Critics' Week.

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.

Movie Headline News

Half-Blood Prince, Transformers Footage to Debut at MTV Movie Awards

Press Release from MTV

NEW YORK, May 20 -- The wait is over! MTV will give movie fans an exclusive first look at two of this summer's hottest movie releases during the "2009 MTV Movie Awards." Viewers will be treated to scenes from the surefire blockbusters "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" as stars from both casts will reveal the never-before-seen clips.

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