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HIT to Rep Aardman Licensing & DVDs in U.S. & Canada

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 13, 2007 at 12:00am

Aardman Animations has hired HIT Ent. to handle licensing and DVD sales in the U.S. and Canada. With immediate effect, HIT will manage the rights of three properties, WALLACE & GROMIT, SHAUN THE SHEEP and AARDMAN CLASSICS.

Stephen Moore, COO, Aardman Animations said, "We are delighted at the prospect of partnering with HIT in the U.S. and Canada on these, our two most precious properties --their talent in managing top international brands will give SHAUN and WALLACE & GROMIT a great springboard for tremendous success."

Film Headline News

Animated Ten Commandments Coming to Theaters

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at 12:00am

American Cinema Int'l (aci-americancinemainternational.com) has announced that its animated feature, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, is set for a U.S. theatrical release on Oct. 19, 2007. The film will have its market debut during this year's American Film Market.

The CG feature is the first in a branded twelve-film series from Promenade Pictures, the family driven production and distribution outfit established by former studio head Frank Yablans. The film also marks the company's entry into the U.S. theatrical distribution arena.

Licensing Headline News

Ben 10 to Get Expanded Canadian Marketing

Cartoon Network Enterprises has enlisted Canadian agent Segal Licensing to beef up its BEN 10 marketing activities in Canada, reports KIDSCREEN. Segal will pursue licensing and promotional partnerships in a variety of categories to increase the brand's visibility and availability in the region.

BEN 10 products have been available in Canada since the spring, when Bandai America launched its line. Over the spring and summer, the initial offerings were augmented by D3 Publishers of America (interactive), SG Footwear, Pressman (games and puzzles) and Bell Sports.

Headline News

Captain Flamingo Lands On Jetix Programming Block

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at 12:00am

Breakthrough Animation has landed the Jetix programming block, which airs on Toon Disney, as the U.S. broadcast home for its comedy-adventure animated series CAPTAIN FLAMINGO.

Jetix has licensed all 52 half-hours (104x11) of the animated series aimed at kids 6-12, and 44 minutes of separate CAPTAIN FLAMINGO content produced especially for the Internet and the mobile platform, including story vignettes, original songs and more.

TV Headline News

Puff TV Catches Jay Jay Flight

iVOD preschool net Puff TV has inked an exclusive deal with PorchLight Ent. for its leading CGI series JAY JAY THE JET PLANE, according to KIDSCREEN. The agreement includes a number of European territories, as well as Canada. Puff will also develop interactive TV VOD games based on the property.

JAY JAY airs daily in the U.S. on PBS and Sprout TV, and is also available internationally in more than 50 countries.

Founded in 2005, Puff TV is the world's first iVOD TV channel dedicated to the infant and preschool market.

Headline News

Cuppa Coffee's Nerdland First Teletoon Pilot Project

Teletoon is seeking pitches for surreal, irreverent and hilarious cartoons for The Detour on Teletoon Pilot Project. Canadian producers are invited to submit proposals to produce a pilot in either English or French to be broadcast on The Detour on Teletoon, the network's popular teen/adult orientated programming block. TELETOON announces the first production to be greenlit by the Pilot Project is NERDLAND, a 22-minute, stop-motion comedy from Toronto-based Cuppa Coffee. More information on the Pilot Project and complete submission information can be found at corp.teletoon.com.

Series Headline News

Tobey Maguire Gears Up for Robotech

Tobey Maguire and Warner Bros. will be producing a live-action adaptation of the classic anime series ROBOTECH, reports the trades. Maguire looks to star in the potential blockbuster as well as produce via his Maguire Ent. production co.

The 1980's mecha series was produced by Harmony Gold USA and Tatsunoko Prods. The sci-fi series followed Earth's use of alien technology to engineer giant robots to help fight various alien invasions.

Headline News

Open Season Sequel Debuting on DVD

Sony Pictures Animation confirmed that it's making a sequel to OPEN SEASON, which will debut on DVD. Though the original film only took in a modest $190 million worldwide, it performed strongly on DVD, warranting a sequel. The studio hopes to have the project ready for release in 2009.

Animation Headline News

Vancouver Film School Announces Partnership with Joost

Vancouver Film School (VFS), the largest private post-secondary entertainment arts institution in Canada, announced today that it has partnered with Joost, the world's first broadcast-quality Internet television service, to deliver two channels of unique, award-winning student work.

Channel Headline News

Teletoon Launches Retro Specialty Channel

Teletoon Retro, a new digital specialty channel featuring classic cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny, The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, The Jetsons, Fat Albert, Tom & Jerry, Rocky and Bullwinkle and Superfriends, will premiere across Canada on Oct. 1, 2007 at 6:00 pm. The channel will be available as part of the Digital standard package on Bell ExpressVu, with additional carriers expected to be finalized by launch. Beginning today, Sept. 4, a special Teletoon Retro hour will air every evening at 7:30 pm ET/PT to promote the launch.

Awards Headline News

NYF 2008 In'l TV Broadcasting Awards Call For Entries

New York Festivals 2008New York, New York, USAJan 31, 2008Deadline: Sept. 17, 2007

New York Festivals is looking for the best and most creative work for the 2008 International Television Broadcasting Awards. Now in its 48th year, these awards recognize the world's most outstanding news, documentary, information and entertainment programming, as well as the best music videos, infomercials, promotion spots, openings and IDs.

Headline News

Carl2 Heads South To HBO Latin America

CARL2 (CARL SQUARED), Portfolio Ent.'s clone-themed animated comedy series for tweens, will make its Latin American debut on HBO Latin America in October 2007. HBO Latin America acquired the first two seasons of CARL2, totaling 39 half-hour episodes, for broadcast in Spanish and Portuguese.

The sale was brokered by Portfolio Ent.'s Latin American agent, Katherine O'Brien of KO Film Distribution.

Mattel Headline News

Mattel Inks Deal with Amberwood for RollBot Toys

Amberwood Ent. announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Mattel, Inc. to produce toys and other products based on the 3D animated action-comedy series ROLLBOTS (26x30). The series is in full production and was commissioned by Canada's YTV, a division of Corus Ent. Inc.

Headline News

Mediatoon Properties in Demand Around the Globe

International licenser and distributor Mediatoon has signed new deals for several of its popular properties, including TWO OF A KIND -- SPIROU & FANTASIO; TIME JAM -- VALERIAN & LAURELINE; YAKARI; and THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN.

SPIROU & FANTASIO (26x30), which has received top ratings on France's M6, has been sold to companies in Switzerland (TSR), Netherlands (Z@pp), Norway (NRK), French Canada (Radio Canada) the Middle East (Al Jazeera), Belgium (VRT and RTBF), Morrocco (2M), Germany (RTL 2) and Israel (Noga).

Anime Headline News

ADV Films & Geneon Announce Strategic Alliance

ADV Films and Geneon Ent. (USA) announced a new distribution agreement. Beginning Oct. 1st, ADV Films will be Geneon Ent. USA's sole distributor. ADV Films will handle all sales and distribution duties for the combined catalog as well as certain marketing functions.

Headline News

Xilam Cements Distribution Deal with Cake

French animation company Xilam has allied with the U.K.'s Cake Distribution to handle English-speaking territories, reports C21 MEDIA. The alliance with Cake, which is headed by Xilam's former exec VP of business development, Ed Galton, will have the London-based distributor handling sales to all English-speaking markets, including the U.K., Ireland, the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Game Headline News

GDC Calls for Lecture, Poster Submissions

2008 Game Developers ConferenceSan Francisco, California, USAFebruary 18-22, 2008Deadline: Oct. 1, 2007

Game Developers Conference provides educational, networking, and business opportunities for game development professionals driving the $11 billion videogame industry. It is the main global forum where programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals and others involved in the development of interactive games gather to exchange ideas, network and shape the future of the industry.

Headline News

Activision Selects REALVIZ Movimento

Activision has selected REALVIZ Movimento as its facial capture solution of choice for a forthcoming movie-based game. Movimento is a state-of-the-art video-based motion capture solution, "Powered by SMART," REALVIZ' automatic 3D tracking engine.

REALVIZ Movimento offers the capability to capture the motion of any non-rigid object (humans, animals) in post-production, from synchronized image sequences with total flexibility:

* Starting from two cameras to as many as required* Cameras can be fixed or moving.

Headline News

Young Indiana Jones to Debut on DVD

The Emmy-award winning series THE ADVENTURES OF YOUNG INDIANA JONES makes its long-awaited DVD debut on Oct. 23 (VOLUME ONE) from Lucasfilm Ltd., CBS Home Ent. and Paramount Home Ent., with an impressive array of all-new bonus materials, which allow viewers to dig deeper into the real-life events behind young Indy's globe-trotting coming-of-age. THE ADVENTURES OF YOUNG INDIANA JONES was the first TV series to use digital production, pioneering processes that would pave the way for George Lucas' own STAR WARS prequels.

Effects Headline News

Rainmaker Elevates Marianne O'Reilly to Lead Visual Effects

Marianne O'Reilly, an eight-year veteran of Rainmaker Visual Effects, has been elevated from exec producer to president of the burgeoning division. Previously, Warren Franklin served as president of the division, but was elevated to CEO of Rainmaker Ent. (parent company of Rainmaker Animation, Rainmaker Post and Rainmaker Visual Effects) last July when Mainframe was acquired.

Effects Headline News

Encore Hollywood Brings on VFX Whiz Black

Emmy-winning Visual Effects Supervisor and Flame artist R. Edward Black, whose skills include on-set visual effects supervision, compositing, visual effects production, graphic design and animation, has joined Encore Hollywood. Black will join the visual effects team working on the television series HOUSE, and will also be available for other television, feature film, commercial and music video assignments.

Producers Headline News

Mendes Now Femme Fatale for Miller's Spirit

Frank Miller has cast Eva Mendes (GHOST RIDER) as femme fatale Sand Saref in his screen adaptation of Will Eisner's THE SPIRIT, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Saref was The Spirit's teenager lover until the couple was ripped apart by the death of Sand's father at the hands of Spirit's uncle.

Cast already includes Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and Gabriel Macht (upcoming WHITEOUT). Additionally, MATRIX's Bill Pope has been hired to bring the comic book world to life as the cinematographer.

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