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Prime Headline News

India's Prime Focus Acquires Post Logic Studios & Frantic Films VFX

India-based Prime Focus Group has expanded its reach into North America with the acquisitions of Post Logic Studios and Frantic Films VFX. Terms were not disclosed and the structure of these acquisitions is yet to be finalized.

Frantic Films also operates live-action production/post-production facilities and a television commercial division that will not be a part of this acquisition, and will continue to operate independently out of Winnipeg and Toronto, Canada.

Film Headline News

Brooklyn Int'l Film Festival Deadline This Friday!

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at 12:00am

11th Brooklyn Int'l Film FestivalBrooklyn, New York, USAMay 30 - June 8, 2008Deadline: Nov. 30, 2007

The 11th Brooklyn International Film Festival lineup will include some 150 films selected from over 2,000 submissions. The festival will present more than 75 film programs at multiple venues throughout Brooklyn. BiFF's mission is to discover, expose, and promote independent filmmakers while drawing worldwide attention to Brooklyn as a center for cinema. For more information, visit

Festival Headline News

2008 DIY Convention Gets More Intimate

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at 12:00am

2008 DIY ConventionHollywood, California, USAJanuary 25, 2008Deadline: January 25, 2008

In its eighth year, the DIY Convention is taking a different turn by offering participants the chance to meet with people who actually know what it's like to take a project to the next level. You'll share a drink, a meal, a laugh and present a showcase or screening in front of people that matter.

Series Headline News

Decode Deals Expand Asian Presence

DECODE Enterprises has announced the sale of several series to India, Hong Kong and Thailand. The Disney Channel India has acquired CGI animation URBAN VERMIN, while Thailand's True Visions has acquired BO ON THE GO!, produced by DHX subsidiary Halifax Film, and hit preschool series FRANNY'S FEET. DECODE has also sold the first 13 episodes of SUPER WHY, a production of BLUE'S CLUES' producer Out of the Blue Enterprises and DECODE Ent., to ATV Hong Kong.

Effects Headline News

The Embassy Uses modo 301 for Terminus Short

The Embassy used modo 301 for TERMINUS, a new short film by director Trevor Cawood. The visual effects team made extensive use of modo 301's new painting, texturing and UV unwrap tools to create CG characters that represent various urban installments and materials, including a concrete column character, an airport baggage turnstile character and an information kiosk character.

Films Headline News

NFB Films Win at interfilm Berlin

Two films from the National Film Board of Canada were among the winners of the 23rd International Short Film Festival Berlin. Claude Cloutier's ISABELLE AU BOIS DORMANT/SLEEPING BETTY received the prize for Best Animation, while Chris Lavisand's MADAME TUTLI-PUTLI was awarded a Special Mention in the Best Short Fiction category.

Canada Headline News

International Screenwriters Unite in Support of WGA

Writers from around the world -- including Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, English and French Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico and France -- will take part in an International Day of Solidarity on November 28 in support of their striking WGA counterparts. The action was announced at the annual International Affiliation of Writers Guilds' meeting in Montreal, Canada.

Licensing Headline News

Licensing Shop Opens Sesame

Toronto-based The Licensing Shop has been named as the new licensing representative in Canada for Sesame Workshop beginning January 2008. Flagship show SESAME STREET reaches over 70% of Canadian households via PBS and other Workshop shows are available on Treehouse TV. Sesame Workshop will invest the proceeds it receives from the sale of Sesame products back into its educational projects for children around the globe.

Headline News

Scholastic Licenses Dragon

Scholastic Media has announced the first licensing deal for the stop-motion preschool series DRAGON, which was recently picked up for a second season on qubo. Aurora World, Inc., signed as the property's exclusive plush licensee, will produce plush in various sizes, backpacks, and pillows, as well as its world-famous mini-pet carriers. The DRAGON plush line is expected to hit shelves in early 2008 and will be available at specialty gift and retail outlets across the U.S. Suggested retail prices will range from $4.99 - $19.99.

Headline News

Dark Country Goes 3-D

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at 12:00am

With many theaters equipping themselves for 3-D in anticipation of James Cameron's AVATAR, Hyde Park Ent. and Stage 6 Films are jumping on the 3-D craze with the noir thriller THE DARK COUNTRY, reports VARIETY. PUNISHER star Thomas Jane will make his directing debut on the film, which will shoot in high-definition. A 2-D version will also be made.

Written by Tab Murphy (TARZAN), the story follows a couple, played by Ron Perlman (HELLBOY) and Lauren German (HOSTEL: PART II), whose honeymoon trip turns into a nightmare.

Film Headline News

Tiburon Film Fest Deadline Nears

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at 12:00am

Tiburon International Film Festival 2008Tiburon, California, USAMarch 13-21, 2008Deadline: Dec. 1, 2007

The 7th Annual Tiburon International Film Festival (TIFF), a showcase for independent films and filmmakers from around the world, will be held March 13-21, 2008 in Tiburon, CA. Submissions are open to all genres of film: Fiction, documentary, short, animation, experimental, student, children, sports, and music video, from any nation in the world.

Headline News

CNE, KellyToy Partner on Amusement Park Products

Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) has announced a partnership with KellyToy USA to create plush, sporting goods and novelty items based on the network's portfolio of hit properties including BEN 10, FOSTER'S HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS, THE GRIM ADVENTURES OF BILL & MANDY, CAMP LAZLO, MY GYM PARTNER IS A MONKEY, ED, EDD AND EDDY and THE POWERPUFF GIRLS. Available in spring 2008 in the U.S. and Canada, the products will be distributed to amusement park game redemption centers, amusement shops and amusement cranes throughout North America.

Game Headline News

Halo 3, BioShock Lead Video Game Award Nods

Spike TV's "Video Game Awards" returns this year with a 5th anniversary celebration that will honor the year's greatest achievements in gaming. This year, HALO 3 and BIOSHOCK lead the way, with seven nominations apiece, including Game of the Year.

Spike TV's 2007 "Video Game Awards" tapes Friday, Dec. 7th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will premiere Sunday, Dec. 9th (9:00-11:00 pm, ET/PT).

Headline News

More Deals for Cuppa Coffee’s Bruno

Cuppa Coffee Studios has inked more deals with international broadcasters for its growing BRUNO & THE BANANA BUNCH brand. The studio has deals either signed or at an advanced stage of negotiation for Scandanavia, Portugal, the Middle East, both English- and Spanish-speaking U.S., Korea, Holland and French-speaking Canada. Julie Fox at Paris-based AWOL is handling the sales, as well as lining up prospective home video deals for the same territories.

Headline News

Josh Lucas Hearts Tell-Tale

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at 12:00am

Scott Free Prods. has tapped Josh Lucas (POSEIDON) to headline TELL-TALE, a contemporary spin on Edgar Allan Poe's THE TELL-TALE HEART, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Michael Cuesta will direct the psychological thriller.

The loosely inspired adaptation will find Lucas as a single father, who, after having a heart transplant, is compelled to find the killer of the donor before he is murdered himself.

Film Headline News

SXSW Holds Texas High School Film Competition

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at 12:00am

Texas High School Film CompetitionAustin, Texas, USAMarch 7-15, 2008Deadline: Dec. 20, 2007

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival is conducting the Texas High School Film Competition. This will be the fourth year for this very popular program, which is now a regularly featured component of the film festival, scheduled March 7-15, 2008 in Austin, TX.

Film Headline News

LA Film Festival Calls for Entries

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at 12:00am

2008 Los Angeles Film Festival Los Angeles, California, USAJune 19-29, 2008Deadline: Jan. 11, 2008

The Los Angeles Film Festival features world premieres, including independent films and major studio releases, tribute screenings, free outdoor movies, celebrity-filled red carpets, VIP parties and more. Drawing a diverse audience of more than 60,000 attendees, the festival offers interactive programming, family-friendly events and more than 75 features and 60 short film screenings from around the world.

Channel Headline News

BabyFirstTV Launches in Southern Climes

BabyFirstTV, the 24/7 commercial-free educational and child development channel for babies, toddlers and their parents, has entered Central America and the Caribbean through carriage agreements with CTV Telecom (Panama) and Columbus Communications Trinidad. CTV will take the feed in Spanish, while Columbus will offer it in English. The distribution of the Spanish feed augments distribution which is also utilized by operators in the U.S.

Headline News

Cartoon Network Names Chief Content Officer

Veteran television executive and producer Robert Sorcher has been named chief content officer for Cartoon Network, where he will be responsible for driving the network's overall content development strategy, including original series, acquisitions, long form and special events. Along with managing the team of content executives, he will also oversee production and Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank.