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Series Headline News

Amberwood Books Benjamin Bear in France, Brazil, Norway

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 14, 2006 at 12:00am

Amberwood Prods. announced that France Vision Services has licensed additional episodes of THE SECRET WORLD OF BENJAMIN BEAR to be broadcast on flights carried by Air France.

Jonathan Wiseman, vp, sales & acquisitions at Amberwood, said, "BENJAMIN BEAR continues to perform well in French-speaking territories and we are delighted by France Vision's continued support of the series."

THE SECRET WORLD OF BENJAMIN BEAR was commissioned by Canada's Family Channel. To date, the series (39x30, 78x11) has been licensed in more than 80 territories worldwide.

Effects Headline News

Entity FX Opens Vancouver Studio

Entity FX, creator of visual effects for motion pictures such as MIAMI VICE and THE AVIATOR and television series such as SMALLVILLE, has opened a new studio, providing full-service visual effects supervision and production in Vancouver, British Columbia. The new Canadian facility coincides with the expansion of Entity FX's U.S. operations in Los Angeles and will enhance the company's position in providing theatrical and episodic visual effects work in a market that topped more than $1 billion last year.

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Time to Enter PROMAX/BDA 2007

PROMAX/BDA 2007New York, New York, USAJune 13-14, 2007Deadline: Feb. 9, 2007

PROMAX/BDA 2007 is dedicated to advancing the role and effectiveness of promotion, marketing and broadcast design professionals in the electronic media. The event features various awards and sessions to keep professionals up-to-date on the latest trends and technology. For more information, visit www.promax.tv.

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Antonio Huab New HIT Ent. VP for Asia Pacific

Antonio Huab joins HIT Ent. as the new vp for Asia. Huab, a 15-year seasoned licensing and marketing exec in the entertainment industry, will be responsible for driving the Asia Pacific consumer products and TV distribution business out of HIT's recently opened office in Hong Kong.

Series Headline News

Geneon Releases Hellsing Ultimate OVA Series

Geneon Ent. (USA) Inc. has released HELLSING ULTIMATE OVA SERIES. Based on the popular and ongoing HELLSING manga series, HELLSING ULTIMATE OVA SERIES is completely reanimated in the original comic style the creator, Kouta Hirano intended.

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Nick Looking for Culturally & Ethnically Diverse, New Writers

The Nickelodeon Writing FellowshipBurbank, California, USAOct. 1, 2007Deadline: Feb. 28, 2007

Nickelodeon is offering writing fellowships in live-action and animated television to culturally and ethnically diverse, new writers. Participants will have hands-on experience writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas.

The program, developed to broaden Nickelodeon's outreach efforts, provides a salaried position for up to one year. The '07 - '08 cycle is tentatively scheduled to begin in Oct. 2007.

Studio Headline News

Canada Hockey Icon Bob Cole Cast in Studio B Short

One of Canadas most beloved sports personalities, Bob Cole, was in Studio B Prods. Inc. recently doing voice-over work for a new animated four-minute short the Vancouver studio is producing called, CLANCY WITH THE PUCK. Cole has been working on Canadas longest running hockey telecast since 1969, HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA, and is known and loved by millions.

Kids Headline News

Help Give Camp Ronald McDonald Kids Some Holiday Cheer

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, December 6, 2006 at 12:00am

Camp Ronald McDonald BenefitBurbank, California, USADec. 9, 2006

Camp Ronald McDonald is hosting a holiday party for kids with cancer. The event is looking for artist to come to the Warner Ranch and draw cartoons for the kids. The event will run from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Hollywood Way and Oak St. Please bring paper, pencils, pens, modelsheets, etc. Lunch, drinks and snacks will be provided. If you're interested in participating, call Art at (310) 397-1862.

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Midway's Happy Feet Videogame Shuffles Onto Store Shelves

Midway Games Inc. has shipped HAPPY FEET the videogame, licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Ent., for the PlayStation2, GameCube, Nintendo DS & Wii Game Boy Advance and personal computers.

Based on the Warner Bros. Pictures feature film, HAPPY FEET the videogame follows tapdancing penguin, Mumble, in his struggle to find his soul mate. Featuring the voices of Elijah Wood as Mumble and Brittany Murphy as Gloria, the videogame sees Mumble dance, bellysled and swim his way through Antarctica in his attempts to win Gloria's heart.

Series Headline News

VIZ Media Announces New Anime For 2006 Holiday Season

VIZ Media Llc. has announced a variety of anime offerings for the 2006 holiday season. These DVD volumes include new and recently released installments from series like SHONEN JUMP NARUTO, INUYASHA, FULL MOON, ZATCH BELL! and FLAME OF RECCA.

Animation Headline News

Jean Ann Wright Runs Animation Screenplay Lab

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at 12:00am

Animation Screenplay Lab Hollywood, California, USADec 3, 2006

Screenplay Lab will host Jean Ann Wright, who will discuss how animation writing is different from other kinds of screenwriting, kids, animation script length and format, writing for an existing series, comedy theory and gag structure and developing and pitching an original animation project for TV or film.

Music Headline News

Northeastern University Needs Shorts for Visual Music Marathon

Visual Music Marathon 2007Boston, Massachusetts, USAApril 28, 2007Deadline: Jan. 22, 2007

Northeastern University is hosting the 2007 Visual Music Marathon, to be held as part of the Boston Cyberarts Festival. The marathon will include screenings of new and historic works that reflect the theme of the event and a live video component. Approximately 30 minutes of programming will be selected for national cablecast on the Harmony Channel, available to subscribers of digital cable on the Comcast and Cox networks.

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Jetix Europe Acquires Urban Vermin

Jetix Europe has acquired the European pay TV rights to the action-comedy URBAN VERMIN. DECODE Ent.'s CGI series will air on all Jetix Europe Channels starting autumn 2007.

Jetix Europe has also acquired TV distribution (with the exception of France), home video and consumer product rights to the series for Europe. Buena Vista Int'l Television is to service the distribution of television rights to URBAN VERMIN and will launch the 22x26 series at MIP-TV in April 2007.

Series Headline News

Finale of Epic Anime Series Inuyasha Airs Dec. 1 on YTV

The popular Japanese anime series, INUYASHA, finishes off this Friday, Dec. 1, 2006, at 9:00 pm, as YTV airs the series finale in Bionix, YTV's anime programming block. It promises to be a cliff-hanging end to the 167-episode series that combines ancient Japanese folklore, epic storylines and blazing action. Fans don't need to worry, as the series will continue to air every Friday night in repeats.

Imax Headline News

Happy Feet Taps Another Strong IMAX Performance

HAPPY FEET: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE carried momentum from its record-breaking opening weekend with a strong performance through the Thanksgiving holiday, posting the highest grossing second weekend ever in IMAX theaters for a DMR release. On 79 IMAX screens, the 3D-animated feature made at Animal Logic contributed an impressive $2.25 million of the film's weekend total of $37 million. The cumulative domestic IMAX total now stands at approximately $6 million, with the film's overall domestic total topping $100 million.

Mattel Headline News

Mattel Claims Ownership of MGA Bratz Doll

Mattel Inc., home to the Barbie doll, is now claiming that it owns MGA Ent. Inc.'s rival Bratz doll, part of a new legal fight over a toy that has stripped the toy giant of a chunk of anticipated Barbie sales, according to the WALL STREET JOURNAL.

In court papers filed in U.S. District Court, Central California, on Nov. 20, 2006, (obtained by the WALL STREET JOURNAL), Mattel claims ownership to the Bratz empire because its former employee, named Carter Bryant, conceived the doll while he worked as a Barbie designer.

Anime Headline News

New York Comic Con Allows Fans to Vote for the American Anime Awards

American Anime AwardsNew York, New York, USAFeb. 24, 2006Deadline: Jan. 31, 2007

The New York Comic Con will host the first-ever American Anime Awards. The awards ceremony will take place at the New Yorker Hotel in midtown Manhattan.

The American Anime Awards celebrates Japanese animation (anime), which has grown into a global entertainment phenomenon. The awards showcase the very best anime to make its way to North America and the winners will be chosen by anime fans themselves.

Game Headline News

Dark Age of Camelot Among EA's November Lineup

Highlighting its November lineup of game titles, Electronic Arts released two new DARK AGE OF CAMELOT (DAOC) in North America. LABYRINTH OF THE MINOTAUR, the MMORPG's 7th expansion, is being released in conjunction with the epic fantasy game's 5th anniversary. The new expansion is available both as a stand alone product via digital distribution and as part of the new DARK AGE OF CAMELOT: 5TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION. Developed by EA Mythic (formerly Mythic Ent.), the titles are available for the PC and require an internet connection to play.

Nickelodeon Headline News

MTV Networks International Ups Mark Levine & Pooja Midha

MTV Networks International has promoted Mark Levine to svp, Nickelodeon marketing & communications, in an expanded role to drive Nickelodeon's continued business growth and kids'-first brand proposition around the world. Pooja Midha also has been promoted to vp, marketing, reporting to Levine.

Canada Headline News

Rainmaker Receives BC's Top Exporter Award in New Media & Ent.

Rainmaker received the top award in the New Media & Ent. category at the 2006 BC Export Awards ceremony held Nov. 10 at the annual Awards Gala held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Rainmaker was recognized among 24 finalists who exemplify the value of B.C.'s export economy. The award, accepted by Rainmaker ceo Warren Franklin, was presented by Blair Reekie, president, The Eyes Multimedia Prods.

Headline News

WHV Releases Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 4

With the Nov. 14, 2006, release of LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION VOLUME FOUR and LOONEY TUNES SPOTLIGHT COLLECTION VOLUME FOUR (Warner Home Video, $64.92 and $26.99) viewers can shout "Andale! Andale! Arriba! Arriba!"

Television Headline News

Radical Sheep & Treehouse Developing Stella and Sam Animated Series

Toronto-based Radical Sheep Pros. will development for Treehouse a new children's property, STELLA AND SAM, based upon the STELLA and SAM book series by acclaimed writer/illustrator Marie-Louise Gay.

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