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Films Headline News

Frantic Films VFX Takes on Dragonball: Evolution

Press Release from Frantic Films VFX

Hollywood, CA (April 13, 2009) -- Award-winning VFX studio Frantic Films VFX, a division of Prime Focus Group, has contributed 334 shots to the forthcoming feature film DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION from Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by James Wong, the movie releases in the U.S. nationwide on April 10, 2009 and stars Justin Chatwin, Emmy Rossum, Jamie Chung, and Chow Yun-Fat in the live-action film adaptation of the popular Japanese manga comic book series.

Film Headline News

57th Columbus International Film + Video Festival

57th Columbus International Film + Video FestivalColumbus, Ohio, USADeadline: July 1, 2009

The Film Council Of Greater Columbus is accepting entries for the 57th Columbus International Film + Video Festival. The CIF+VF is the oldest film festival in North America and is one of the most prestigious competitions in the world for documentary and instructional works. The Chris Award, which the festival bestows upon outstanding entries, is recognized worldwide as an indication of excellence and is highly sought after by producers and directors.

Kids Headline News

Penguins off to a Quick Start

Nickelodeon's newest hit, THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, was the number-one kids' show for the week and placed number three on all of basic cable with total viewers (behind only USA's WWE ENTERTAINMENT and NCIS).

Nickelodeon kicked off the second quarter on top, leading the competition with kids, tweens and total viewers. Additionally, Nick at Nite earned the week's top spot among Adults 18-49.

THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR highlights include:

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Call For Art Donations: My Favorite Toy

Writer and cartoonist Janet Hetherington is calling for art donations with the theme of "My Favorite Toy" for an online fundraising auction to benefit The Canadian Toy Testing Council (CTTC).

The CTTC is an independent, internationally respected, non-profit organization that welcomes everyone to come and play. Janet has been involved with the CTTC since the late 1990s, first serving as Editor of the annual TOY REPORT and now as an active participant on its volunteer Board as Director of the Literacy Program.

Series Headline News

Phineas and Ferb, LittleBigPlanet & Taratabong Win at Pulcinella Awards

The Pulcinella Awards 2009 were announced at the conclusion of Cartoons on the Bay on Sunday. The various Pulcinella Awards are presented in seven competing categories, including best series for preschool, children, tweens and young adults, educational programming, best pilot, cross-media project, interactive animation, short film, best character, TV series, European program and best soundtrack.

Festival Headline News

Red Stick Festival Announces Best of the Fest Competition Finalists

The Red Stick International Animation Festival has selected the finalists for its 2009 Best of the Fest Awards from among the more than 400 entries received. The festival will announce the winners in each category on the last day of the festival, Saturday, April 25, at noon in the Manship Theatre.

Red Stick, which will take place April 22-25 in downtown Baton Rouge's Arts District, received a record-breaking number of entries for its 2009 competition, with 421 films from 45 countries. The festival accepted entries from Aug. 1, 2008, through Jan. 2, 2009.

Business Headline News

Porchlight Names New CFO, Senior VP

PorchLight Ent. has appointed Courtney Colman to the company post of CFO and Don Mirisch as SVP.

As the chief financial officer, Colman will be responsible for overseeing PorchLight's finance, accounting, human resources and IT departments. Prior to joining PorchLight, Colman was exec VP of finance at First Look Studios, where she oversaw the finance, accounting and participation departments. Before First Look Studios, Colman held the position of CFO of Lieberman Research Worldwide, a market research company specializing in the entertainment sector.

Canada Headline News

Nelvana to Represent Mr. Men, Little Miss in Canada

Nelvana Enterprises has reached an agreement with Chorion to become the Canadian licensing agent for its MR. MEN and LITTLE MISS brand, to include merchandise such as apparel and accessories, toys and novelty items, as well as live stage shows and character appearances.

Based on the classic 1970s book series by British author Roger Hargreaves, the property has a global presence with both children and adults.

Nickelodeon Headline News

Nickelodeon Greenlights Third Season of Yo Gabba Gabba!

Nickelodeon has announced the pickup of a third season of the live-action preschool music series YO GABBA GABBA!. The network will commence production on 13 new half-hour episodes produced by The Magic Store and W!LDBRAIN in August in Los Angeles, Calif. YO GABBA GABBA!, created by Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz, is executive produced by Jon Berrett and Charles Rivkin.

YO GABBA GABBA! currently airs daily at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. (ET) on NOGGIN.

Disney Headline News

Disney Animator Jack Dunham Dies

Jack Dunham, an animator at Disney starting with SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, died a few weeks ago at the age of 98, reports CARTOON BREW.

Dunham worked at Universal on Oswald shorts before heading over to Disney in the mid-1930s, working as an inbetweener on SNOW WHITE. He moved into management and was a unit manager until 1947.

Dunham moved to Canada to work for the Associated Screen News in Montreal, later working in live action and animated commercials in Montreal and Toronto Canada.

Animation Headline News

Animation Events at San Francisco International Film Festival 2009

ASIFA-SF is co-presenting a program of short animated films at the San Francisco International Film Festival The program, called "A Thousand Pictures," features excellent unusual experimental animation for adults. PHOTOGRAPH OF JESUS by Laurie Hill from England is a comedy about unusual requests photography archives get including, "Please send me a photograph of Jesus." LI ES by Jonas Odell from Sweden illustrates three real stories (doozies!) concerning lies.

Animation Headline News

fmx/09 Announces Program

fmx/conference presents and reflects upon the latest trends in an extraordinarily dynamic industry. And one trend can be seen very clearly throughout animation, visual effects, games and postproduction: story is king. Computer-generated imagery or effects are only effective to the degree that they serve a suspenseful and overwhelming narration. A few highlights from the conference (held May 5-8 in Stuttgart, Germany), include:

Animation Headline News

theskonkworks, Starz Animation Announce Affiliate Agreement

theskonkworks incorporated has formed a strategic alliance with Starz Animation Toronto to provide TV series development, production and other services for the Canadian studio.

theskonkworks President Michael Carter will be introducing the new relationship with Starz Animation Toronto to the international television community at the MIPTV market in Cannes, France, this week.

Animation Headline News

Animation Mentor to Release eBook, Webinar

Ideal for people who love animation and enjoy learning about the art of animation, ANIMATION TIPS AND TRICKS, Volume II-2009 Edition takes it to the next level by offering budding animators a wealth of career advice, real-life insight on the working life of an animator in addition to valuable tips on everything from making a demo reel, making a scene, acting, bringing characters to life, workflow, and a whole lot more.

Features Headline News

Slumdog Millionaire, Marley & Me, Seven Pounds on DVD/Blu-ray, Plus Schoolhouse

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, MARLEY & ME and SEVEN POUNDS debut on DVD/Blu-ray, along with HANDY MANNY and SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK DVDs and THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK and PITCH BLACK on Blu-ray for the first time.

THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK on Blu-ray

Series Headline News

Dino Train Signs Deal with Norway at MIPTV

The Jim Henson Company and BIG Communications are showcasing their new CG animated series DINOSAUR TRAIN at this year's MIPTV market. DINOSAUR TRAIN is produced by The Jim Henson Company with Singapore's BIG acting as co-producer and with the participation and assistance of the Singapore Media Development Authority.

Team Headline News

Portfolio, Teletoon Zip Hood Into Development

Portfolio Ent. suits up for MIPTV with HOOD, an original, cross-platform, half-hour animated comedy-adventure series about the exploits of a secret global organization of exceptional teens who don super-charged hoodies to defend the Earth from all manner of weirdness and danger. Working with TELETOON Canada to develop the series, Portfolio Ent. is also exploring the use of innovative digital content to support and enhance the super-powered show.

Production Headline News

Cookie Jar's Peter Pepper's Pet Spectacular Greenlit

Cookie Jar Ent.'s new series, PETER PEPPER'S PET SPECTACULAR has been greenlit for production in 2009. This is the first Canadian-South African animation co-production where the work will not be subcontracted outside of either country. The co-production between Canada's Cookie Jar Ent., a global independent producer of children's entertainment, and Clockwork Zoo, South Africa's biggest animation studio, is scheduled to air on CBC.

Headline News

Decode and Sprout to Explore the Mighty Jungle

DECODE Enterprises has signed a major U.S. deal for new puppet series MIGHTY JUNGLE (46 x 11), produced by Halifax Film. Sprout, the first 24-hour digital cable and satellite preschool network available in over 47 million U.S. homes, has acquired the series, which is set to debut on Friday, April 24 at 5:30 p.m. ET as part of a special week of programming in celebration of Earth Day. Sprout is a joint venture among Comcast Corporation, HIT Ent., Sesame Workshop and PBS.

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Cake Gets Stoked to CANAL+, TPS Jeunesse

Following hot on the heels of the news that CAKE Ent. has sold Fresh TV Inc.'s new animated surf comedy STOKED (26 x 22) to Cartoon Network USA, the kids' entertainment specialists have announced that the show has a double platform with CANAL+ and TPS Jeunesse.

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AMC and RealD Announce 3-D Partnership

AMC Entertainment will add up to 1,500 RealD 3-D screens to its circuit in the United States and Canada.

The rollout of RealD 3-D-enabled screens has already begun with new screens added monthly at AMC locations. This agreement brings RealD's 3-D network to nearly 8,000 total committed screens worldwide with approximately 2,600 RealD 3-D screens installed today.

Nickelodeon Headline News

New Deals Signed For Preschool Piggy Pals

National Geographic Television International finalized a raft of key new sales for its preschool animated series TOOT & PUDDLE (52 x 11), launched at MIPCOM in 2008.

Recent deals have been finalised with France 5, Cartoon Network Spain, SVT Sweden, TVB Hong Kong, RUV Iceland and Egyptian TV. These new sales join those made previously, which include Nickelodeon in the U.K., Germany, Australia and New Zealand, YLE Finland and TV2 Norway.

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