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Brown Headline News

HIT Ent. Now Property Owners of Wobbly Land

London-based HIT Ent. has acquired the worldwide rights to WOBBLY LAND, a unique childrens property from Irish production company Brown Bag Films.

Created by Cat Little, the WOBBLY LAND story is set in a "fuzzy felt" world, a topsy turvy place that looks like a soft, bouncy play mat and where trees squeak when you hug them and houses are connected together by slides. The series celebrates play and encourages children to use their imagination to entertain and express themselves.

Production on the 26x5 series is due for completion in spring 2007.

Festival Headline News

DIY Book Festival Wants Your Indie Comics

2006 DIY Book Festival Los Angeles, California, USAOctober 7, 2006Deadline: September 25, 2006

The 2006 DIY Book Festival will host its fifth annual program celebrating the success of independent authors and publishers.

The DIY Book Festival will consider self-published or independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children's books, teenage, how-to, audio/spoken word, photography, art, comics, 'zines, fan fiction, poetry and e-books published on or after Jan. 1, 2004.

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Icon Animation’s Vitaminix Snapped Up By International Broadcasters

Barcelona-based Icon Animation has signed a raft of programming deals at MIPTV 2006 for its edu-tainment series VITAMINIX ( Panama free TV channel TV7 (Corp. Medcom), UEA cabsat channel E-Junior, TV Andorra and Digiturk in Turkey are the latest broadcasters to sign up for the animated healthy eating show aimed at kids. In addition, Icon Animation has signed an output deal with Al Sayyar Art Prod. for the Middle East and 33x26 animated series MIMI & MR. BOBO.

Season Headline News

Plaza Sésamo Heads Back In Studio For New Season

PLAZA SÉSAMO has begun production on its tenth season. Shooting in Televisa's San Angel studios, the new season focuses on Healthy Habits and includes original segments such as "Plaza Olimpiadas," in which well-known Mexican and Latin American athletes Ana Guevara, KiKin Fonseca and Fernando Platas encourage children and their families to lead a safe and balanced lifestyle through exercise and healthy eating habits. In "Cantando por una fruta," actor Adal Ramones hosts an AMERICAN IDOL parody-a singing contest starring fruit Muppets.

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TV2 Denmark Makes Major Commitment To DECODE Shows

DECODE Ent. has made a raft of sales to TV2 Denmark. Two innovative series created and co-produced with Aardman Animations, CHOP SOCKY CHOOKS and PLANET SKETCH have been acquired by the Danish broadcaster alongside DECODEs pre-school show THE SAVE-UMS.

Josh Scherba, sales exec at DECODE Ent., said, PLANET SKETCH is going from strength to strength and were confident that CHOP SOCKY CHOOKS will have a similar impact. THE SAVE-UMS! also continues to be popular, and its great to have three of our shows lined up for TV2s kids schedule.

Series Headline News

Toopy and Binoo Invade MIP-TV

Prix Jeunesse 2006 finalist TOOPY AND BINOO is invading MIP-TV. An original production from Canadas preschool broadcaster Treehouse, TOOPY AND BINOO is produced by Spectra Animation and distributed by Spectra International Distribution. The series has been airing for several months in both English and French.

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Taffy Ent. Signs Licensing Deal for SamSam

Taffy Ent. has signed a major licensing deal with Spin Master for debut show SAMSAM.

Launching at MIP-TV and represented by Taffy Ent., SAMSAM is a new comicbook based 3D animated television property produced by Bayard Jeunesse Animation in HD with a first season of 52x7. Toronto-based Spin Master Ltd. has been granted the master toy license for the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Spin Master will initially focus on figures, plush, role-play and activity toy categories as well as a range of its trademark Marshmallow foam furniture.

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Cookie Jar Nets Spider Riders

Cookie Jar Ent. enters the boys action arena with the launch of the 52 half-hour action-adventure series SPIDER RIDERS, a co-production between Cookie Jar Ent. and leading Japanese advertising agency, Yomiko. SPIDER RIDERS has made its debut at MIP-TV. Cookie Jar heads into the market with the companys first sale to TELETOON, Canadas all-animation channel, which will debut the series using an interesting mix of a movie premiere and weekly timeslots culminating in a daily strip show starting June 2006. animation is being produce by Japans Bee Train.

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Carrere Group Nabs Cotoons Rights

Carrere Group has obtained the international distribution rights to COTOONS. This animated series of 26 episodes is produced by Zone 3 in Canada and Film en Stock in France. Carrere Group will handle all television sales in the world, excluding the co-production territories Canada and France.

Kids Headline News

Nelvana's Jacob Two-Two Breaks onto AOL’s KOL

American kids on the AOL KOL service will now get the chance to watch Nelvana's JACOB TWO-TWO. As its first English-language U.S. distribution deal for this property, Nelvana took an unconventional approach by tapping the growing online medium to showcase its popular cartoon.

Kids Headline News

Nat Geo Kids Ups Michael Karsh to Manage Current Series & Development

National Geographic Television & Films (NGT&F) Kids programming and production unit has promoted Michael Karsh to manager, current series & development. Karsh will serve as the primary exec on several projects in various stages of development and production.

Animation Headline News

Hacker Attack Brings Down Animation Websites

By Joe Strike | Tuesday, March 28, 2006 at 12:00am

At the tail end of 2005, a computer hacker calling himself "the Persian Fox" began attacking hundreds of U.S. websites, including scores run by animation companies.

You keep abusing, Islams almighty Prophet with disgusting and disgraceful cartoons using excuses of freedom of speech reads the onscreen message (including the misplaced comma) that replaced the sites regular content. The majority of sites hacked, however, have no connection to the recent uproar over Danish cartoons belittling Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.

Dark Headline News

SCI FI Channel Premieres Original Miniseries Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King

The SCI FI Channel is premiering the original two-part, four-hour hour fantasy/adventure miniseries, DARK KINGDOM: THE DRAGON KING, with Part I on March 27, 2006, and Part II on March 28 at 9:00 pm. Based upon the epic tale that inspired J.R.R. Tolkien's LORD OF THE RINGS, the miniseries rebroadcasts Part I on March 28 at 6:57 p.m. and Part II the same night at 11:00 p.m., as well as on March 29 at 1:00 am and 7:00 pm

Film Headline News

Mukta Arts & Film City Open Film School in Mumbai

Subhash Ghai's Mukta Arts and Film City have launched the Whistling Woods Intl. film school on the Film City campus in Mumbai, reports VARIETY. The school will begin classes in July and has a teaching staff that includes Bollywood actors Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi, helmers Ghai, Shyam Benegal and Aruna Raje.

Work Headline News

A52 Creates All-Season VFX for Toyota Tundra Spot

A52 detailed its visual effects work for a new broadcast spot from Partizan director Olivier "Twist" Gondry, ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi Los Angeles and Toyota Motor Sales, USA Inc. The:30 spot titled THROW IT IN THE TUNDRA debuted recently in the heartland of the U.S., and will air in other regions in the weeks ahead.

Series Headline News

Africa’s First 3D Animated Series Premieres March 25

MAGIC CELLAR, a 3D series of 20 animated shorts will premiere on the South African Broadcasting Corp. (SABC 2) on March 25, 2006. More than 300 under-privileged children will participate in one-hour nationally-televised special to launch the series.

Animation Headline News

Cartoons on the Bay Announces Short List & First Winners

Cartoons on the Bay, the international competition on television animation, hosted in Positano, Italy from April 5-9, 2006, and organized by Rai Trade, has grown steadily over the last 10 years and announces a record number of 340 entries sent in for this years competition. The 40 titles short-listed to compete come from 13 countries. The U.S. leads this year with seven programs, the U.K., Italy and France follow with five each and Spain, Canada, Germany and Korea each with three. Other countries taking part include Japan, Finland, Belgium, plus first time competitors Slovenia and Iran.

Services Headline News

RCN Launches Boomerang Cartoons on Its New Digital Vision Lineup

RCN Corp., a leading provider of triple play cable, high-speed Internet and phone services, announced that Boomerang, the 24-hour classic animation network from Turner Broadcasting, will now be featured in its New York City (RCN Channel 186) and Philadelphia (RCN Channel 147) new digital lineups. These additional launches complete RCN's roll out of the network in all of RCN's markets.

Boomerang offers classic cartoons like THE JETSONS, JABBERJAW, SNAGGLEPUSS, TOM & JERRY, THE SMURFS and more than 4,000 episodic half-hours of classic cartoons, primarily by Hanna-Barbera.

Anime Headline News

FUNimation Develops Anime Programming Block Distributed by OlympuSAT

FUNimation Ent. announced today (March 23, 2006) that it has developed a two-hour anime block for syndication, composed of programming from the FUNimation Channel, distributed by OlympuSAT and available to broadcasters nationwide. CoLours TV Network, available as part of DISH Network's basic satellite TV package, will be the first broadcaster to carry the block.

The FUNimation Channel a 24-hour digital network featuring programming of top-rated anime brands from Japan.

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PROMAX Awards Deadline Fast Approaching

PROMAX&BDA 2006New York, New York, USAJune 20-22, 2006Deadline: March 26, 2006

PROMAX&BDA 2006 is dedicated to advancing the role and effectiveness of promotion, marketing and broadcast design professionals in the electronic media. The event features various awards and sessions to keep professionals up-to-date on the latest trends and technology. For more information, visit

Animation Headline News

TELETOON's Student Scholarship Joins Ottawa Animation Fest

TELETOON announced an expanded partnership with the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) in support of the TELETOON Canadian Student Animation Scholarship. The program gives finalists and winners exposure with a screening of their films during the festival. TELETOON has been associated with the OIAF as a festival partner since the networks inception, in 1997.

Design Headline News

Concept Designers James Clyne and Neville Page Join Gnomon

Concept design luminaries James Clyne and Neville Page will be teaching two new courses at Gnomon School of Visual Effects during the spring 2006 term, which begins April 3. Clyne has developed and will teach Environment Workflow Techniques, while Pages course is Character Workflow Techniques. Both courses are five weeks in length.

Films Headline News

Films By Jove Launches Animated Soviet Propaganda Series

Films by Jove has begun delivery of the much anticipated ANIMATED SOVIET PROPAGANDA series. The unique anthology is based on more than three dozen anti-American, anti-German, anti-British, anti-Japanese, anti-Capitalist and anti-Imperialist animated shorts produced by the Soviets from 1924-1984.