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WIA Los Angeles Annual Meeting

WIA Los Angeles Annual MeetingBurbank, California, USAJune 16, 2009

Place: Cartoon Network in Burbank, CA, Roof Top (Sweaters/jackets are recommended. No high or spiky heels, please.)

Time: 6:30 Check-in and Networking7:00 WIA Business7:30 One World Giving

Donation: Student Members $5. Members $10. Guests $15. All fees are donations to our new One World Giving Fund.

RSVP: No later than Friday, June 12th via Space is limited. RSVP early.

Super Headline News

Cartoon Network Acquires League of Super Evil

Press Release from Cartoon Network

HONG KONG (May 18, 2009) -- Taking another step forward in its quest for global domination, the LEAGUE OF SUPER EVIL, a.k.a. L.O.S.E., will now air across Asia, thanks to a far-reaching deal with Cartoon Network.

Moonscoop Headline News

Moonscoop Scores Sales in Latin America, Caribbean

Press Release from Moonscoop

Paris, 18 May 2009 -- Moonscoop, the worldwide brand management and entertainment company representing properties from some of the leading animation producers across the globe has scored a raft of TV sales for its hit series in Latin America and the Caribbean, in advance of the LA Screenings.

Entertainment Headline News

KidScreen Promotes Jocelyn Christie

Press Release from Brunico Communications Ltd.

Toronto, Canada -- May 12, 2009 -- Brunico Communications Ltd. is pleased to announce that Jocelyn Christie has been promoted from Editor and Director of Events to Publisher of KIDSCREEN, a high-profile B2B brand, which serves the children's entertainment industry with an esteemed trade publication that's been in print for 13 years, the world's largest event for international kids business executives (KidScreen Summit), a daily e-newsletter and a robust community-centric website.

Headline News

Decode Scores Further Asian Deals For Kid vs Kat

Press Release from DECODE Enterprises

Toronto, London 13 May 2009. Leading kids and family entertainment specialist DECODE Enterprises, the distribution subsidiary of DHX Media Ltd., has scored further deals in Asia for KID VS KAT (52x11' / 26x22'), an animated series produced by Studio B Productions in association with YTV Canada and Jetix Europe.

Film Headline News

Mary & Max, Muto Win at Stuttgart

MARY & MAX won the AniMovi prize at Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film, which concluded Sunday in Germany. Italian production MUTO won the Grand Prix. The complete list of winners is as follows:

International Competition

Grand Prix

State of Baden-Wuerttemberg and City of Stuttgart Grand Award of Animated Film with a cash prize of 15,000 EurosMUTOby Blu Italy 2008Production: Mercurio Film SRLWorld Sale: Mercurio Film SRL

International Promotion Award

Headline News

Hit Appoints Jakks Pacific Master Toy Licensee For Timmy Time, Shaun the Sheep

HIT Ent. has named U.S. toymaker JAKKS Pacific, Inc. as master toy licensee for Aardman Animation's TIMMY TIME and SHAUN THE SHEEP for the U.S. and Canada. Under the agreement, JAKKS has rights to manufacture and market a full line of products for both properties including plush, electronic learning toys, figures, and playsets. JAKKS may also produce stationery activity sets, craft activity sets, and musical instruments.

Marvel Headline News

Springs Creative Gets Licensing Partnership With Marvel for Spider-Man

Springs Creative Products Group has entered into a licensing agreement with Marvel Entertainment, Inc. for the Spider-Man brand. This agreement will allow Springs Creative Products Group, LLC to incorporate Spider-Man and the classic characters from the Spider-Man comic book series -- including Black Cat, Electro, Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin and Rhino -- into their lines of retail fabrics and craft kits.

Headline News

The Simpsons Get 'Stamping Ovation' to Tune of 1 Billion Stamps

A "stampede" of one billion SIMPSONS stamps began escaping from America's 34,000 Post Offices and infiltrated the nation's mailstream following the issuance of THE SIMPSONS stamps and postal cards on Thursday.

Films Headline News

South Beach Animation Wraps Up, Announces Winners

The winners from this year's South Beach Animation Festival are:

Abstract, Avant-garde, ExperimentalEL RELOJERO (THE CLOCKMAKER'S REVELATION)Director Paula Froehle, Mexico

After DarkEX-ERGODirector Yolyanko William, Cuba

ComedyFOT-THE NEXT BIG THINGDirector Alex Dron, New Zealand

Honorable Mention -- GERALD'S LAST DAYDirector Justin Rasch, Shel Rasch, USA


Star Headline News

Star Trek Films, Original TV Show on Blu-ray, Plus Bond & Classic Disney Shorts

Classic STAR TREK series and films make their Blu-ray debut, plus the first season of CSI on Blu-ray, classic Disney animated shorts collections on DVD, GALAXY QUEST Deluxe Edition on DVD, THE GRUDGE on Blu-ray, LICENCE TO KILL and THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN on Blu-ray and more.

BLEACH Volume 16 on DVD

Animation Headline News

Masterclass with Pixar Artists

Masterclass with Pixar ArtistsMontreal, Quebec, CanadaJune 13-14, 2009

VanArts is proud to present a two-day intensive Masterclass in Montreal with Story Artist Matthew Luhn and Animator Andrew Gordon from PIXAR Animation Studios! This is a one-time special event to be held in Montreal.

Animation Headline News

Disney/Pixar Vancouver to Open

THE HOLLWYOOD REPORTER is saying that Disney/Pixar is set to open a new animation studio in Vancouver this fall to work on the company's specialty projects. Ed Catmull told the trade that the small studio would create short-form animation for theme parks, DVDs, TV and theatrical exhibition.

Series Headline News

Chorion Secures Olivia Deals

Press Release from Chorion

London, 5 May 2009: OLIVIA, the hit new pre-school animated series from leading family entertainment producer and distributor Chorion, is continuing its international rollout with more major broadcasters signing TV rights to the show.

Entertainment Headline News

9 Story Appoints Liliana Vogt as New Development Executive

Press Release from 9 Story Entertainment

TORONTO, CANADA, April 27, 2009 -- Toronto-based production studio 9 Story Entertainment today announced that children's programming producer Liliana Vogt has been named Vice President, Development for the award-winning animation, production and distribution company.

Game Headline News

Gamer Doc Video Games Names Bill Noah First Area Developer in North Carolina

Press Release from Gamer Doc

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., April 28 -- Gamer Doc, the retail video game store franchise that delivers a new and interactive customer experience, today announced that Bill Noah has joined the area developer team, where he will direct store development in the city of Raleigh and the surrounding area. Gamer Doc currently has area developers for Northern Virginia, Atlanta, Miami, St. Petersburg and Orlando, Florida, Orange County, California, and in the Toronto and Philadelphia metro areas.