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Animation Headline News

ASIFA-Hollywood Calls for Annie Awards Entries

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, September 26, 2007 at 12:00am

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.

Awards Headline News

Webby Awards Adds Animation Category

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, September 26, 2007 at 12:00am

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.

Channel Headline News

Treehouse Challenged by Playhouse Disney

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.

Animation Headline News

Starz Opens State-of-the-Art Animation Studio in Toronto

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.

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Miller's Spirit Finds Its True Love

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at 12:00am

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.

Animation Headline News

Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor, Persepolis Win Ottawa

The Ottawa International Animation Festival comes to an end with the closing ceremonies held Sunday, Sept. 23, at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Organizers announced the winners of the official competition during the ceremonies. The festival attracted 1,500 industry pass holders from across Canada and around the world with a total attendance of more than 23,000. Although the final numbers are not officially in, there are strong indications that this year's Festival reached the highest attendance to date.

The winners are:

Film Headline News

Atopia Acquires North American Rights to The District!

Montreal-based Atopia Distribution has announced its acquisition of all North American rights to Aron Gauder's acclaimed Hungarian animated comedy THE DISTRICT! (NYOCKER!). The edgy animated social and political satire musical had its North American bow at the Toronto International Film Festival and went on to screen at 59 fests across the world, including Karlovy Vary, Rotterdam International, Philadelphia Film Festival, Austin Fantasticfest, Mar Del Plata, Melbourne International and Sitges, winning awards at no less than 13 of them.

Animation Headline News

Marc Davis Celebration To Showcase Canadian Women in Animation

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 12:00am

Some of the most talented women in animation will take the stage for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 11th Marc Davis Celebration of Animation. "Canadian Women in Animation," presented in cooperation with the National Film Board of Canada, will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Oscar nominees Janet Perlman, Caroline Leaf, Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis and Academy Award winner Torill Kove will introduce their short films, then participate in a group panel discussion moderated by animation critic Charles Solomon.

Super Headline News

Decode Acquires Distribution of Super Why

Decode Ent. augments its slate of third-party programming with the acquisition of worldwide TV distribution rights (excluding the U.S.) to Out of the Blue Ent.'s preschool literacy series SUPER WHY. The 65x22 show is a co-venture between BLUE'S CLUES producer Out of the Blue, co-founded by Angela C. Santomero and Samantha Freeman, and Decode. SUPER WHY is already airing on PBS in the U.S. and has also been picked up by Canada's CBC.

Canada Headline News

HIT to Rep Aardman Licensing & DVDs in U.S. & Canada

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 13, 2007 at 12:00am

Aardman Animations has hired HIT Ent. to handle licensing and DVD sales in the U.S. and Canada. With immediate effect, HIT will manage the rights of three properties, WALLACE & GROMIT, SHAUN THE SHEEP and AARDMAN CLASSICS.

Stephen Moore, COO, Aardman Animations said, "We are delighted at the prospect of partnering with HIT in the U.S. and Canada on these, our two most precious properties --their talent in managing top international brands will give SHAUN and WALLACE & GROMIT a great springboard for tremendous success."

Film Headline News

Animated Ten Commandments Coming to Theaters

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at 12:00am

American Cinema Int'l ( has announced that its animated feature, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, is set for a U.S. theatrical release on Oct. 19, 2007. The film will have its market debut during this year's American Film Market.

The CG feature is the first in a branded twelve-film series from Promenade Pictures, the family driven production and distribution outfit established by former studio head Frank Yablans. The film also marks the company's entry into the U.S. theatrical distribution arena.

Licensing Headline News

Ben 10 to Get Expanded Canadian Marketing

Cartoon Network Enterprises has enlisted Canadian agent Segal Licensing to beef up its BEN 10 marketing activities in Canada, reports KIDSCREEN. Segal will pursue licensing and promotional partnerships in a variety of categories to increase the brand's visibility and availability in the region.

BEN 10 products have been available in Canada since the spring, when Bandai America launched its line. Over the spring and summer, the initial offerings were augmented by D3 Publishers of America (interactive), SG Footwear, Pressman (games and puzzles) and Bell Sports.

Headline News

Captain Flamingo Lands On Jetix Programming Block

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at 12:00am

Breakthrough Animation has landed the Jetix programming block, which airs on Toon Disney, as the U.S. broadcast home for its comedy-adventure animated series CAPTAIN FLAMINGO.

Jetix has licensed all 52 half-hours (104x11) of the animated series aimed at kids 6-12, and 44 minutes of separate CAPTAIN FLAMINGO content produced especially for the Internet and the mobile platform, including story vignettes, original songs and more.

TV Headline News

Puff TV Catches Jay Jay Flight

iVOD preschool net Puff TV has inked an exclusive deal with PorchLight Ent. for its leading CGI series JAY JAY THE JET PLANE, according to KIDSCREEN. The agreement includes a number of European territories, as well as Canada. Puff will also develop interactive TV VOD games based on the property.

JAY JAY airs daily in the U.S. on PBS and Sprout TV, and is also available internationally in more than 50 countries.

Founded in 2005, Puff TV is the world's first iVOD TV channel dedicated to the infant and preschool market.

Headline News

Cuppa Coffee's Nerdland First Teletoon Pilot Project

Teletoon is seeking pitches for surreal, irreverent and hilarious cartoons for The Detour on Teletoon Pilot Project. Canadian producers are invited to submit proposals to produce a pilot in either English or French to be broadcast on The Detour on Teletoon, the network's popular teen/adult orientated programming block. TELETOON announces the first production to be greenlit by the Pilot Project is NERDLAND, a 22-minute, stop-motion comedy from Toronto-based Cuppa Coffee. More information on the Pilot Project and complete submission information can be found at

Series Headline News

Tobey Maguire Gears Up for Robotech

Tobey Maguire and Warner Bros. will be producing a live-action adaptation of the classic anime series ROBOTECH, reports the trades. Maguire looks to star in the potential blockbuster as well as produce via his Maguire Ent. production co.

The 1980's mecha series was produced by Harmony Gold USA and Tatsunoko Prods. The sci-fi series followed Earth's use of alien technology to engineer giant robots to help fight various alien invasions.

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Open Season Sequel Debuting on DVD

Sony Pictures Animation confirmed that it's making a sequel to OPEN SEASON, which will debut on DVD. Though the original film only took in a modest $190 million worldwide, it performed strongly on DVD, warranting a sequel. The studio hopes to have the project ready for release in 2009.

Animation Headline News

Vancouver Film School Announces Partnership with Joost

Vancouver Film School (VFS), the largest private post-secondary entertainment arts institution in Canada, announced today that it has partnered with Joost, the world's first broadcast-quality Internet television service, to deliver two channels of unique, award-winning student work.

Channel Headline News

Teletoon Launches Retro Specialty Channel

Teletoon Retro, a new digital specialty channel featuring classic cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny, The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, The Jetsons, Fat Albert, Tom & Jerry, Rocky and Bullwinkle and Superfriends, will premiere across Canada on Oct. 1, 2007 at 6:00 pm. The channel will be available as part of the Digital standard package on Bell ExpressVu, with additional carriers expected to be finalized by launch. Beginning today, Sept. 4, a special Teletoon Retro hour will air every evening at 7:30 pm ET/PT to promote the launch.

Awards Headline News

NYF 2008 In'l TV Broadcasting Awards Call For Entries

New York Festivals 2008New York, New York, USAJan 31, 2008Deadline: Sept. 17, 2007

New York Festivals is looking for the best and most creative work for the 2008 International Television Broadcasting Awards. Now in its 48th year, these awards recognize the world's most outstanding news, documentary, information and entertainment programming, as well as the best music videos, infomercials, promotion spots, openings and IDs.

Headline News

Carl2 Heads South To HBO Latin America

CARL2 (CARL SQUARED), Portfolio Ent.'s clone-themed animated comedy series for tweens, will make its Latin American debut on HBO Latin America in October 2007. HBO Latin America acquired the first two seasons of CARL2, totaling 39 half-hour episodes, for broadcast in Spanish and Portuguese.

The sale was brokered by Portfolio Ent.'s Latin American agent, Katherine O'Brien of KO Film Distribution.

Mattel Headline News

Mattel Inks Deal with Amberwood for RollBot Toys

Amberwood Ent. announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Mattel, Inc. to produce toys and other products based on the 3D animated action-comedy series ROLLBOTS (26x30). The series is in full production and was commissioned by Canada's YTV, a division of Corus Ent. Inc.