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Monsters vs. Aliens DVD to Include B.O.B. Short

The MONSTERS VS. ALIENS DVD and Blu-ray will arrive on Earth September 29, 2009 and will include the world premiere of the brand new 3D adventure B.O.B.'S BIG BREAK, starring everyone's favorite gelatinous hero.

DreamWorks Animation announced the short at an event in Roswell, New Mexico over the weekend. B.O.B., the breakout star of MONSTERS VS. ALIENS, patrolled the Roswell UFO Festival to protect the planet and keep an eye out for invading aliens.

Series Headline News

DECODE signs U.K. Licensing, DVD Partners for Grandpa in My Pocket

Press Release from DECODE Enterprises

Toronto, London 6 July 2009. DECODE Enterprises, the distribution subsidiary of DHX Media Ltd., today announces agreements with two major distribution and licensing partners that are expected to build on the UK success of Adastra Creative's GRANDPA IN MY POCKET. Warner Home Video UK has been appointed as DVD partner for the show's first season, and Brandzoo will now act as the live-action comedy brand's licensing agent.

Short Headline News

Kansas City FilmFest 2010

Kansas City FilmFest 2010Kansas City, Kansas, USAApril 14-18, 2010Deadline: August 15, 2009 (early)

All filmmakers, anywhere, are invited to submit your short or feature film -- drama, comedy, documentary, animation or experimental work. It must have been completed since January 1, 2008.

EARLY DEADLINE DATE: August 15, 2009 (Other deadlines: 10/1/2009, 11/15/2009. and 12/01/2009)

ENTRY FEES: Vary by short or feature and increase with each new deadline date

Exec Headline News

ABC Adds Some Gravity to Summertime Viewing

ABC has picked up 13 episodes of Fox TV Studios' adventure drama GRAVITY, starring Ron Livingston, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

The internationally-produced series takes place in the near future and is about eight astronauts from five countries who go on a mysterious six-year mission through the solar system.

Headline News

Blackmagic Design Releases Linux SDK for DeckLink, Multibridge and Intensity

Press Release from Blackmagic Design Inc.

San Jose, CA, USA -- June 30, 2009 -- Blackmagic Design Inc. today released support for software developers who want to use DeckLink, Intensity and Multibridge products on the Linux platform.

Support includes the software driver and an SDK for developers, and can be downloaded now from the Blackmagic Design web site, free of charge.

Software Headline News

Blackmagic Design Releases Software Update for all Videohub Routers

Press Release from Blackmagic Design Inc.

San Jose, CA, USA -- Blackmagic Design Inc. today released a major software update for all Videohub routers. Videohub 4.0 adds support for a revolutionary "button view" control screen that is designed to be easy to use on touch screen computers. Button view features an attractive design where users can choose from a number of icons of popular video equipment and the button layout is fully customizable.

Festival Headline News

Rushes SoHo Shorts Announces Official Selection

Press Release from Rushes

Los Angeles, Calif.-June 29, 2009 -- Rushes Soho Shorts Festival, hosted by the Ascent Media Group-owned post house Rushes, London, has announced the Official Selections for its 11th Year. United States filmmakers will be represented by two films, two broadcast designs and a music video.

Animation Headline News

The Spine Wins Best of Fest at Melbourne

Press Release from the National Film Board of Canada

Toronto, June 29, 2009 -- Chris Landreth's animated short THE SPINE, produced by the National Film Board of Canada in association with Copperheart Animation and C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures, was honoured with the Best of the Festival award -- the top prize -- at the 2009 Melbourne International Animated Festival on Sunday, June 28. Landreth received this same honour in 2005 for his Academy Award winning short RYAN.

Headline News

ZDF Extends Partnership with Jonathan M. Shiff Productions

Press Release from ZDF Enterprises

ZDF Enterprises and Jonathan M. Shiff Productions (JMSP) have prolonged the agreement they signed in 2002 for further 6 years. The creative collaboration between the companies has already proven its winning partnership in various internationally successful live action series such as "The Elephant Princess", "Wicked Science" and "H2O - Just Add Water". Under the terms of this agreement ZDF Enterprises will co-produce JMSP productions and taking charge of worldwide sales of all associated rights outside Australia and New Zealand.

Headline News

Street Fighter, Stargate Atlantis Season 5 on DVD/Blu-ray

Video releases for June 30 include STARGATE: ATLANTIS Season 5 on DVD and STREET FIGHTER: THE LEGEND OF CHUN-LI on DVD and Blu-ray.


Producers Headline News

MIPCOM's Focus on Producers Feature Groening & Jean

MIPCOM 2009 is introducing a new program of events designed specifically for international television producers. Titled "Rethinking the Production Business," the initiative will include a series of keynote addresses and conferences devoted to production, content screenings and a wide range of business-based matchmaking opportunities.

International Headline News

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.

Headline News

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.

Headline News

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.

Headline News

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.

Headline News

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."

Headline News

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.

Headline News

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