AG Properties, the television arm of rights management company American Greetings, and Canada's Decode Ent. have agreed to a co-production deal for SUPER BAD GUY, reports C21 MEDIA. The animated series that follows an unattractive but popular outcast superhero is aimed at tweens and will provide the company with its oldest-skewing property.
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Continuing its support of new talent in Canadian animation, Teletoon today announced the winners of the 2007 TELETOON Animation Scholarship. Eleven young animators will receive prizes totalling over $70,000, with four awards given in three categories.
In each category first-prize recipients are awarded $10,000, second place receives $7,000 and $5,000 goes to the third-place finalist. New this year, three filmmakers were awarded the Voter's Choice Award carrying a cash prize of $1,500. Winning films are currently available to view on The Detour at teletoon.com.
SPANGLISH star Paz Vega and SIN CITY siren Jamie King will play femme fatales in Frank Miller's adaptation of WILL EISNER'S THE SPIRIT, reports VARIETY. Vega takes the role of blade expert Plaster of Paris, while King will play the mysterious Lorelei.
The Lionsgate and Odd Lot Ent. production follows the title character as he goes from rookie cop to a masked hero, who rises from the dead to fight crime.
51st San Francisco International Film FestivalSan Francisco, California, USAApril 24 - May 8, 2007Deadline: Nov. 30, 2007
The San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) is a celebration of international and independent film that has brought progressive and discerning Bay Area film audiences together with the best films and filmmakers in the world since 1957.
Breakthrough Animation and 2-D Lab's children's animated series MY BIG BIG FRIEND (52x11) has won The Licensing Challenge, sponsored by License Global! at this year's MIPCOM Jr.
The Licensing Challenge is a pitching session that showcases the TV property with the highest licensing potential. The international jury included Leigh Anne Brodsky (Nickelodeon), Stan Clutton (Fisher Price), Anna Hewitt (BBC), Andrew Lane (Hasbro), John Lee (World World), and Richard Woolf (Jetix). The panelist of judges selected MY BIG BIG FRIEND from a short list of five entrants based on:
Amberwood Productions has announced that, following the most recent sales of THE SECRET WORLD OF BENJAMIN BEAR, including a DVD deal brokered by Porchlight Entertainment, the series has now been licensed in over 100 territories worldwide.
In making the announcement, Jonathan Wiseman, Vice President, Sales & Acquisitions at Amberwood said, "The series continues to generate meaningful sales worldwide and we are delighted that Benjamin is being so well-received."
The 39x30 (or 78x11) series was commissioned by Canada's Family Channel.
damnfx has delivered 12 minutes of character animation and vfx for SEA MONSTERS: A PREHISTORIC ADVENTURE. The large-format, stereoscopic film from National Geographic opened last Friday in a record number of IMAX, IMAX 3-D, Real D and other specialty theaters. The director is Sean MacLeod Phillips and the producers are Jini Durr, Lisa Truitt and Jack Geist.
EDGAR & ELLEN is set to premiere Sunday, Oct. 7th at 8:00 pm (ET) in two back-to-back episodes on Nicktoons Network (nicktoonsnetwork.com). The half-hour Halloween special, "Trick or Twins," will debut on Nickelodeon in October and air on Nicktoons Network Sunday, Oct. 28th at 8:30 pm (ET) preceded by an all new episode, "To the Moon/A Midsummer's Nightmare," at 8:00 pm (ET). The series will regularly air on Sundays at 8:00 pm (ET) on Nicktoons Network.
Vin Diesel and Paul Walker are in talks to headline the fourth installment of the FAST AND THE FURIOUS series, says THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT director Justin Lin and writer Chris Morgan will be returning for the Universal-produced film. Diesel is also set to produce via his Once Race Films with Neal Moritz.
The plot is on the QT, but fast cars are expected to pop up starting Spring 2008 in Los Angeles, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
Jeff Kirschenbaum is shepherding for Universal.
Rainmaker Ent. Inc. has chosen Rising Sun Research's cineSpace for color calibration at its Vancouver facilities. The cineSpace color management suite will be used across workstations and digital screening rooms throughout Rainmaker Visual Effects and Rainmaker Animation for monitor matching and digital film previews.
EM.Entertainment GmbH has acquired the European distribution rights to the new 26x30 comedy series ZEKE'S PAD. Created by Liz Scully and co-produced by Canada's Bardel Entertainment Inc., together with Leaping Lizard Productions Inc. and Avrill Stark Entertainment PTY. Ltd. (Australia), the CGI animated show targeted at 8- to 12-year-olds is financially backed by the Canadian Television Fund, Telefilm Canada, COGECO Program Development Fund and British Columbia Film. EM.Ent.
Decode Ent. has inked a number of new licensing deals for its hit preschool property FRANNY'S FEET, including a deal with Allumination Filmworks for U.S. home entertainment and a further home entertainment agreement with Mediaway in Poland. Decode has also signed up a number of international licensing sub-agents through its representative, The Sharpe Company, including CPLG (Copyright Promotions) in France and Italy, Scandinavia's Alicom Licensing, IMC (International Merchandising Consultants) in Argentina and Korea's Asiana Licensing.
qubo announced a new partnership with Bejuba! Ent. and zinc Roe design, the creators of the ZIMMER TWINS, one of Canada's most popular kids' websites, to bring the award-winning property to American audiences on qubo.com. Winner of the 2007 International Interactive Emmy Award, the ZIMMER TWINS, Edgar and Eva, are animated characters featured in interactive cartoons that kids can create from scratch, modify and share with their friends in a rich, safe web environment.
Continuing the national and international momentum for the new children's series, ANIMALIA, PorchLight Ent. has closed a deal with WETA, Washington, D.C. PBS station, which will present the series to the PBS stations nationwide.
WETA will bring the high-end CG animated series (40x26) to PBS stations for broadcast in the beginning in January 2008. The series brings Graeme Base's international best-selling picture book, ANIMALIA, to life and is produced by Burberry/Lux Monkey/DoubleBase Prods. in association with PorchLight Ent.
Zeros 2 Heroes, in conjunction with Rainmaker Animation, announced a first for social networking when it revealed that fans of REBOOT have chosen who will reshape the storyline of the classic animated TV property that originally aired on ABC, YTV and Cartoon Network. In an unprecedented competition, REBOOT fans selected the plotline that they want to see developed into a web comic book property. This marks the first step in re-launching the property in advance of Rainmaker's upcoming trilogy of REBOOT theatrical feature films.
Vancouver-based Studio B Productions has closed a deal with LUK Internacional for the fourth season of its quirky series for six- to 11-year-olds, BEING IAN. LUK now holds the broadcast rights to all 62 episodes of BEING IAN for Spain, Portugal and Andorra. The fourth season, which debuts on Canada's YTV this month, has Ian starting his own website, where he hosts movies and blogs that link directly to beingian.com, hosted by YTV.com.
France's Sav! The World Productions has announced that its animated series OBAN STAR-RACERS will be broadcast in Japan on NHK BS2, the satellite channel of Japan's national channel. The show will air Saturday mornings beginning October 6, 2007.
French broadcaster Canal+ has acquired all broadcast rights -- including pay TV, cable TV, Internet and mobile -- to distributor BRB Internacional's devilish animation series THE IMP. Canal+ will also act as the licensing agent in France.
Produced by Red Kite, Screen 21, and TVC, THE IMP (65x90) is a comedy produced in black-and-white HD3D targeted at young adults. Winner of the MIPCOM Jr. Licensing Challenge, THE IMP has been specifically designed to easily adapt to new multimedia formats, as well as to more traditional products such as toys, textile, stationery, etc.
Nelvana Enterprises has announced that it is producing 26 new episodes each of the animated series GROSSOLOGY and DI-GATA DEFENDERS. Both shows have developed a growing international fan base, which has helped to fuel the demand for additional episodes.
In fallout from a major restructure at Canada's Corus Entertainment, the company's director of original kids' productions, Bonita Siegel, and several members of her development team have been let go, reports KIDSCREEN. The realignment, announced Tuesday, has resulted in 53 job cuts across the company, and has raised concerns about the health of the kids channels' production and development departments.
The layoffs are rumored to include two additional development execs, which raises further questions about Corus's future plans regarding original commissions.
35th Annual Annie AwardsGlendale, California, USAFeb. 8, 2008Deadline: Oct. 5, 2007
Honoring outstanding achievements and excellence in the field of animation, awards will be presented in twenty-three categories, including best animated feature, home entertainment, short subject, television production, television commercial and videogame, as well as individual excellence in areas ranging from production design, character animation, character design, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, directing, music, and voice acting.
Webby Awards 2008New York, New York, USAJune 2008Deadline: Oct. 26, 2007
The Webby Film and Video Awards, the leading international honors for original film and video premiering on the Internet, has added 19 new categories, including Music, Sports, Technology, and Travel, as well as new technical categories recognizing excellence in editing, sound design, writing and use of animation.
Corus Entertainment's 24/7 preschool channel Treehouse will no longer be the only network of its kind in Canada when Astral Media's Family Channel launches Playhouse Disney at the end of November. The channel will feature programming from Disney, together with such original Canadian content as FRANNY'S FEET, THE SECRET WORLD OF BENJAMIN BEAR and KING.
U.S. media company Starz, LLC has announced the opening of one of Canada's largest studios and the appointment of veteran animation executive David Steinberg to run it. Initially the studio will have 150 employees, but it is expected to grow substantially as new projects begin production. The studio will produce computer-generated animated feature films and more.
Sarah Paulson (TV's STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP) leads a host of newcomers joining the cast of Frank Miller's adaptation of Will Eisner's THE SPIRIT, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The other new additions include Dan Lauria, Stana Katic, Johnny Simmons and Louis Lombardi. They will join lead Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendes and Scarlett Johansson.