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Franny's Feet March into Third Season

DECODE Ent.'s mega-hit FRANNY'S FEET begins its third season in the U.S. on Nov. 3, 2008 on PBS KIDS, when the eponymous star will embark on thirteen new adventures in Austria, Tibet, Israel, Africa, Great Britain, and ancient Greece and Egypt.

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Crack & Bonky Rampant in Latin America

3D characters CRACK & BONKY continue to win over the Latin American market with a roster of newly added licensees. Among those signing on are Doobalo S.A/ de C.V. (socks); PIC S.A. de C.V. (sleepwear, underwear) and Manny Distribuciones S.A. de C.V. (coin purses, nylon wallets, markers, retractable erasers, pencil sharpeners).

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Bardel Hires Haasz to Head New Home

Vancouver-based animation studio Bardel Ent. has expanded to Toronto, with the appointment of Sarah Haasz as their Director of Development. A long-time veteran of Corus Ent., Haasz spent ten years in the Original Programming Department of Corus Kids, where she worked as a production exec on over 1500 hours of original content for YTV, Treehouse TV and Discovery Kids Canada.

World Headline News

Banff World Television Awards Calls for Entries

Banff World Television Festival 2008Banff, Alberta, CanadaJune 8-11, 2008Deadline: Feb. 14, 2008

The four-day Banff World Television Festival combines a prestigious international program competition, the Banff World Television Awards, with a comprehensive conference agenda. Within this festival, production deals are secured and advanced, new business relationships are formed and future trends in the industry are identified and examined.

Game Headline News

Battlestar Galactica: Razor to Screen Theatrically

SCI FI Channel and Microsoft have joined forces to BRING BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: RAZOR, the new two-hour extended episode, to theaters on Nov. 12. The event is being managed by National CineMedia LLC.

Written by Michael Taylor and directed by Emmy nominee Felix Alcala, RAZOR tells the story of Lee Adama's (Jamie Bamber) first mission as commander of the Battlestar Pegasus and will reveal how Admiral Cain (Michelle Forbes) served her ship during the original Cylon attack on the Colonies.

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Nintendo Hires Two New EVPs

Nintendo of America has announced the hiring of two new exec vice presidents. Cammie Dunaway will serve as the company's new EVP, sales & marketing, reporting to President and CEO Reggie Fils-Aime, and Shigeyuki Takahashi will serve as EVP, special assignment, reporting to Chairman and CEO Tatsumi Kimishima. Both executives will work from Nintendo's new Silicon Valley offices in Redwood Shores, Calif.

Mipcom Headline News

NFB Scores Big at Record-Breaking MIPCOM

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) wrapped up MIPCOM 2007 -- the best-attended edition since the audiovisual market's founding -- with a rich array of sales of new animation, as well as titles from the board's extensive archives. Multi-award-winning MADAME TUTLI-PUTLI was snatched up by Canal + France, ARTE, and Swizerland's TSR. Canal + Spain and TSR also acquired the audience favorite SLEEPING BETTY, while YLE (Finland) bought three shorts from the NFB's TALESPINNERS children's collection: ASTHMA TECH, THE GIRL WHO HATED BOOKS and JAIME LO, SMALL AND SHY.

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Young Indiana Jones Debuts on DVD

The Emmy-award winning series THE ADVENTURES OF YOUNG INDIANA JONES made its long-awaited DVD debut on Oct. 23 (VOLUME ONE, $69.99) from Lucasfilm Ltd., CBS Home Ent. and Paramount Home Ent., with an impressive array of all-new bonus materials, which allow viewers to dig deeper into the real-life events behind young Indy's globe-trotting coming-of-age. THE ADVENTURES OF YOUNG INDIANA JONES was the first TV series to use digital production, pioneering processes that would pave the way for George Lucas' own STAR WARS prequels.

International Headline News

Bindass Aids AIDS Prevention

Bindass, India's new youth channel, will join in the campaign to prevent AIDS by playing the acclaimed THREE AMIGOS spots, a series of twenty award-winning PSAs designed to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. The channel will play the animated condom spots -- which feature three humorous characters who deliver the message that condoms are our friends or "amigos" -- ten times a day.

Disney Headline News

Playhouse Disney Announces Programming Lineup

Playhouse Disney, the new multiplex channel from Family Channel launching November 30, 2007, today announced its programming lineup for the fall 2007 and winter 2008 seasons. The channel will offer exclusive, first-run programs from Disney together with celebrated Canadian series to create an environment of fun and learning for younger children.

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Marathon Media Making Many Deals

France's Marathon Media has concluded several new deals for its leading kids shows MONSTER BUSTER CLUB, FAMOUS FIVE ON THE CASE and TOTALLY SPIES, reports C21 MEDIA.

MONSTER BUSTER CLUB (52x56), which was pre-sold to Super RTL in Germany, has been picked up by RTVE (Spain), RTV (Slovenia), RTE (Ireland), LNK (Lithuania), Arabic network MBC, Radio Canada and Denmark's TV2. Additional negotiations are in progress in the U.S., Italy, Turkey, Singapore, South Africa and Brazil.

Mobile Headline News

Namco & Sprint Celebrate Popeye Coming to Cell Phones

Celebrating today's first-time launch of Popeye on mobile phones, Namco Networks and Sprint announced a sweepstakes to promote Namco Networks' latest mobile game to consumers nationwide.

Film Headline News

BloodSpell Animation Web Series Spawns Feature Film

In 2006, Web animation viewers watched as beautiful swordswomen battled on a pyrotechnic chessboard. A gladiator with a steam-powered arm fled an army of wraiths. A sorcerer and an angel fought atop a cliff overlooking a fantasy city.

This was BLOODSPELL, the animated epic released online last year and downloaded by more than 100,000 visitors worldwide. Now, the "punk fantasy" has spawned an 84-minute feature film.

Effects Headline News

Rainmaker Wins Gemini for Stargate Atlantis

Rainmaker Visual Effects' lead team on STARGATE ATLANTIS has won "Best Visual Effects" awards at the 22nd Annual Gemini Industry Awards. Their efforts were rewarded for work on "No Man's Land," the season three premiere episode of STARGATE ATLANTIS (SCI FI Channel). The other nominees in the category were ABOVE AND BEYOND and THE GREAT CANADIAN POLAR BEAR ADVENTURE.

Kids Headline News

Corus Restructuring Continues

Canada's Corus Entertainment has put together a new children's team following a restructuring last month in which 53 employees were let go, reports C21 MEDIA. The kids division, which oversees YTV and Treehouse, was hardest hit by the shake-up.

In the new arrangement, veteran Nelvana exec Jocelyn Hamilton will move from her post as VP of creative development to be the new VP of content for Corus Kids Television, overseeing content for Nelvana Studios, as well as Treehouse, YTV and Discovery Kids Canada.

Universal Headline News

Nelvana Inks Home Entertainment Deal with Universal

Universal Studios Home Ent. Canada and Nelvana Enterprises announced today a seven-year sales services agreement with a potential two-year extension, beginning in fall 2007. The terms of the deal will see Universal manufacture, market and sell five properties on DVD for Nelvana Enterprises in Canada, including JANE AND THE DRAGON, GROSSOLOGY, DI-GATA DEFENDERS, RUBY GLOOM and a feature-length FRANKLIN movie. In all, the deal represents more than 150 episodes.

Films Headline News

CG Land of Boo To Reach Out Globally

ZEA ZOO AND THE LAND OF BOO: AN URBAN FAIRY TALE, a property that has enjoyed international success as an online ebook, will be made into a 3D animated short, producer Family Friendly Films, LLC has announced.

Based on a popular children's poem, ZEA ZOO AND THE LAND OF BOO has targeted the under-served urban youth/family markets, creating branding as a positive youth/family-friendly favorite.

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Portfolio Seeking Third-Party Content

Canada's Portfolio Ent. is hoping to vastly expand its catalogue, with its next properties likely coming from the gaming world, according to C21 MEDIA. The company's goal is to add as many as 700 episodes to its offerings in the next six to 12 months through acquisitions from producers. Portfolio currently distributes more than 1,000 episodes of primarily animated series, including CARL2 (65x30).

Studios Headline News

EA To Acquire BioWare Corp. and Pandemic Studios

Electronic Arts Inc. announced an agreement with Elevation Partners to acquire VG Holding Corp. -- the owner of both BioWare Corp. and Pandemic Studios. This acquisition gives EA a strong competitive position in key genres in interactive entertainment: action, adventure and role-playing games.