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.
Geographical Region: North 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).
4Kids Ent. has signed broadcast licensing agreements with several global broadcasters, including Mexico's Televisa, for the license of their animated series VIVA PINATA.
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.
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.
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.
Zula USA, producer of ZULA PATROL, has completed a DVD and home entertainment deal with Liberation Ent., C21 MEDIA reports. The agreement for the computer-animated series covers all English-speaking markets, with distribution set to begin by spring 2008.
Canada's Corus Ent. Inc., parent company of Nelvana and its YTV and Treehouse channels, has announced its fourth-quarter and year-end financial results, led by continued revenue growth from its broadcasting businesses.
TV-Loonland has secured a raft of new content deals for its cross-platform series THE OWL (52x1), which was recently picked up by the BBC.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Celebrating the launch of McDonald's BEE MOVIE Happy Meal promotion, McDonald's, DreamWorks Animation SKG and Conservation International have joined together to encourage kids to have fun, learn, get outside and take action to "Bee Good to the Planet."
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.
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 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.
Chris Robinson, aka the Animation Pimp, will appear at the Ottawa International Writers Festival to get intimate with his new book. Robinson will also get the inside stories on THE SIMPSONS in a one-on-one conversation with author Chris Turner.
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.
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).