At MIPCOM, MoonScoop announced a new deal that will bring an additional 45 episodes of CODE LYOKO to Cartoon Network. This deal brings the total number of episodes for the show to 97 half-hours. A second season of 26x30 launched last month.
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Spike TV has made the biggest film licensing deal in its 22-year history with its purchase of the exclusive rights for all six of STAR WARS films for six-years, reports VARIETY. The serious coin Spike will pay is between $65-70 million, which is about $15 million more than most insiders expected the films to sell for. A bidding war between Spike, NBC Universal's USA Network and Sci Fi Channel and Turner's TBS and TNT drove up the price. Key to the deal is that Spike will have the first network window for REVENGE OF THE SITH in April 2008.
Free Storm TrainingVenice, California, USANovember 14-18, 2005Deadline: October 21, 2005
Digital Domain will be offering a free one-week Storm class. This software was used in conjunction with SESI Houdini to create natural phenomena and environmental effects on such films as AEON FLUX, STEALTH, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW and XXX.
Vancouvers Studio B announced the delivery of new BEING IAN episodes to YTV. The horror spoof, Scream Because I Know What You Did To That Psycho Last Summer, airs on YTV on Oct. 19, at 6:00 pm ET/PT as part of YTVs Halloween programming.
Hallmark Channel and its parent company Hallmark Cards have teamed with ka-chew! to create an on-air vignette campaign designed to promote the retailer's "Hauntington U.S.A. Keepsake Collection," a special decorative collection that celebrates the fun spirit of Halloween. The vignette campaign was conceived and developed by Hallmark Channel's Sponsorship Solutions Unit and produced by ka-chew!, which has created two, 30-second spots to air exclusively on Hallmark Channel throughout October. This campaign marks the only on-air promotion that the ornament collection will receive this year.
In its first long-term commitment to digital cinema, 20th Century Fox has reached an agreement to supply its feature films to digital cinema projection systems deployed by Christie/AIX, a unit of Access Integrated Technologies (AccessIT). For Fox, this will include an increasing number of feature films from 20th Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, 20th Century Fox Animation and Fox Searchlight Pictures production units.
Taffy Ent. has signed a deal with Korean-based Sunwoo Ent. to distribute Sunwoo's hot new anime style series, MIXMASTER: THE KING OF CARDS. The deal will call on Taffy to manage worldwide rights (excluding Asia) for the series in all categories including television, home entertainment, licensing, merchandising, master toy, Internet as well as both online and mobile trading card games. The multi-platform deal was unveiled at MIPCOM and MIPCOM Jr. this week.
Free Houdini TrainingVenice, California, USANovember 7-11, 2005 Deadline: October 21, 2005
Digital Domain will be offering a free one-week Houdini class. Attendees must have experience at a production level with 3D programs such as Maya, Softimage or 3ds Max. Student Project reels are acceptable as well. Some exposure to Houdini is a plus.
eDIT 8. The Filmmakers Festival, which took place Oct. 9-11 in Frankfort, Germany, enjoyed an increased participation of almost 50% over the previous year, a fact that could clearly be seen in the full theaters. In addition to the 2,300 professional visitors there were 350 guests from the media industry, politics and business, along with 130 international speakers and around 120 accredited journalists.
Pesky and Bejuba! Ent. and Studio B Prods. have begun production on the animated series, THE AMAZING ADRENALINI BROTHERS! Created by U.K.-based Pesky, this seven-minute formatted series of 26 half-hours is aimed at kids 6-12 and will air on ITVs prime Saturday morning slot, CITVs Ministry of Mayhem. The series is also set to debut on YTV in Canada, and on Cartoon Network. Bejuba! Ent. holds television distribution rights with Studio B holding digital rights to the series.
On New Year's Eve 2005, CLASS OF THE TITANS, an original animated series produced by Studio B, will launch on the Canadian specialty network, TELETOON. Studio B is in post-production on 26x22 episodes of the action-adventure series with distribution partner Nelvana. Studio B and Nelvana will launch this new series at MIPCOM Jr. in France.
This November, Toonami in the U.K. will begin airing a new 40-episode KONG animated series and a 74-minute animated movie from BKN New Media.
Turner Broadcastings boys action animation channel will air the U.K. premiere of KONG THE ANIMATED SERIES on Nov. 1, at 6:00 pm. The movie, KONG: KING OF ATLANTIS, will have its U.K. premiere during Toonamis popular Destination: Friday block on Nov. 11, at 5.30 pm. It will have its network premiere on Cartoon Network on Nov. 19.
B Wooding Media (BWM), acting as agent for Bardel Distribution, has sold three animated features, DRAGONS: FIRE & ICE, DRAGONS: THE METAL AGES and SILVERWING: THE MOVIE TRILOGY, to Toon Disney in the U.S. for a fall 2005 debut.
The DRAGONS movies will be featured in the popular Jetix block at 7:00 pm, and will be supported with cross promotions in fall 2005 and fall 2006 through retail partners Megabloks and Lions Gate Ent.
Its a Wrap Student Video and Animation FestKingwood, Texas, USANovember 12, 2005Deadline: October 21, 2005
Kingwood College is seeking student submissions in animation or video for the upcoming Its a Wrap Student Video and Animation Fest, at Kingwood College. Submissions are due Oct. 21, must be recent works (completed after September 2004) and under 10 minutes. Winning entries will be showcased at the Nov. 12 event.
Jewish Animation CelebrationToronto, Ontario, CanadaJanuary 2006Deadline: November 11, 2005
The Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) is hosting its Jewish Animation Celebration. The short film and video show is entering its third year and celebrates Jewish culture, tradition, art and community. Its open to all kinds of animation, classical cels, paint, cutouts, Flash, 3D, puppets, etc. Entries total running time must not exceed 10 minutes. For more information, visit www.awn.com/tais.
The Palm Beach International Film Festival 2006Palm Beach, Florida, USAApril 20-27, 2006Deadline: February 1, 2006
The tweens of Nickelodeons ALL GROWN UP hit the road with their moms to explore America in a one-hour special R.V. HAVING FUN YET? that aired Monday, Oct. 10, 2005, at 8:00 pm on Nickelodeon. The family fun arrives on home video and DVD today (Oct. 11).
The newest Acrobat edition of Animation World Magazine is now online and ready for you to download. For June, the mag put its focus on independent animation. Kicking off a three-part series, Joe Strike spoke with famed animation historian and filmmaker John Canemaker about his early career and how he got into animation. Marisa Materna peers into a reporters crystal ball to see if the future of animation lies in independent studios. Joe Strike also surveys the animation landscape in New York City to see how independent artists are building business in the Big Apple.
Jules Borkent has been promoted to vp, programming, Nickelodeon International, responsible for coordinating Nickelodeon's global programming and acquisitions strategy, with a particular emphasis on working with our local programming heads to coordinate and develop pan-regional deals for Nickelodeon's 13 localized channels across Europe.
Autodesk Inc. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Alias for $182 million in cash. This acquisition will grow Autodesk's expertise and offerings for the design of consumer products and automotive, as well as in the media and entertainment markets. The merger brings the chief 3D software applications 3ds Max and Maya under one roof. Autodesk anticipates that the transaction will close within the next four to six months.
Performer, singer, songwriter and Smurf voice over actor Hamilton Camp (aka Bob Camp and Hamid Hamilton Camp) died on Oct. 2, 2005, after a fall outside his Hancock Park home in Los Angeles, at the age of 70. The cause of death is still being determined, said his son, Hamilton Camp Jr.
USA has greenlit a third season of its hit series, THE 4400, reports the trades. With a premiere set for summer 2006, the 13 new episodes will go into production the beginning of the new year.
The sci-fiers second season with the #1 summer cable series with adults 18-49, beating out THE CLOSER and THE SHIELD. The five-episode first season received an Emmy nomination for miniseries.
Spurred by positive industry acceptance of their digital cinema funding plan, Access Integrated Technologies Inc. (AccessIT) and Christie Digital Systems USA Inc. (Christie) strengthened the commitment to their Digital Cinema Framework, removing provisions that had originally allowed either party to terminate their agreement by Sept. 30. The companies viewed the move as an expression of their long-term pledge to the innovative template they designed for funding a nationwide rollout of theater-based digital systems.
SportsBlast, a producer of animated content for the Internet and traditional media, in partnership with Turner Broadcasting, announced the upcoming release of its animated series THE KELLYS. This special series of extended episodes was launched on NASCAR.com in conjunction with the MBNA NASCAR Race Points 400 at Dover International Speedway on Sept. 25.