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Licensing Headline News

New Broadcasters For Zorro: Generation Z

BKN announced that several additional broadcasters have acquired the TV rights to its ZORRO: GENERATION Z property.

Telecinco and Clan TV/TVE in Spain, POP Channel in the U.K., ATV in Hong Kong, Star TV in Greece, SABC in South Africa, Solimac in Malaysia and TV7 in Bulgaria, have all signed up for this animated series (26x22) aimed at boys and girls ages 6 to 12.

Super Headline News

Super Why! Picked Up In U.K., Singapore, Korea

DECODE Enterprises, the distribution subsidiary of DHX Media, returned from MIPTV with a host of sales signed for Out of the Blue Enterprises' innovative, critically-acclaimed animated preschool show SUPER WHY!, including a deal with Nick Jr. in the U.K., the number-one rated commercial preschool channel from Nickelodeon U.K. DECODE Enterprises holds worldwide television rights to the series excluding the U.S.

Headline News

Leo Award Nominees Announced

The regional awards for excellence in film and television in British Columbia, Canada, The Leo Awards, announced their nominees on Wednesday. The awards will be given out at two ceremonies on May 23 and May 24 in Vancouver.

The Nominees for Best Animation Program or Series are:

BARBIE MARIPOSA: FAIRYTOPIA 4 (Luke Carroll, Tiffany J. Shuttleworth - Producers)BEING IAN (Blair Peters, Chris Bartleman - Producers)GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE (Chris Bartleman - Producer)JIBBER JABBER (David Bowes, Jim Corbett - Producers)

Digital Headline News

Call For Entries: PopVox Awards

The call for entries has commenced for the PopVox Awards, a people's choice awards event for the digital media industry. Submit potentially award-winning work for a chance to launch a new or existing project.

The categories are:--Best Digital Animated Short--Best Digital VFX--Best Game (Console/PC)--Best Game (Casual)--Best Mobile (Game)--Best Mobile (Application)--Best Digital Campaign--Best User Generated/Crowd-Sourced Content Site--Best Digital Score

Million Headline News

Grand Theft Auto IV To Break Records

When it is released on April 29, GRAND THEFT AUTO IV is set to sell some six million units worldwide in one week, per VARIETY.

That means $400 million in sales for publisher Take-Two Interactive, who is releasing the Rockstar Games title. Not only will that break the record Microsoft's HALO 3 set in 2007 with a one-week gross of $300 million, it could be the biggest debut ever for an entertainment product.

Video game publishers can accurately predict early game sales based on how many units retailers order.

Music Headline News

Jazz And Animation Collaboration

Equipped with the latest in animation, and a large jazz ensemble, students at Parsons the New School for Design and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music will take the stage at The New School's Theresa Lang Community and Student Center on May 4 to present "visual music works," where music and animation come together in new and compelling ways.

The event marks the culmination of the university's first studio course in Jazz and Animation, in which students created original work through an unusually high level of collaboration.

Film Headline News

Global Mechanic And The NFB Of Canada Shoot Stop Motion Film

Design-based boutique production company Global Mechanic and the National Film Board of Canada are in production on a new animated film. VIVE LA ROSE is a five-minute short set to a soulful version of the song by the same name.

The incredible emotional tone of the song was GM creative director and owner Bruce Alcock's initial inspiration for the film. Sung by legendary Newfoundland folksinger Emile Benoit when he was 92, this heartfelt recording was Benoit's last. The visual treatment includes beautifully rendered paintings and found objects animated in stop motion.

Series Headline News

Cartoons On The Bay: Pulcinella Awards 2008

Cartoons on the Bay, the International Festival on Television Animation organized by Rai Trade, in collaboration with Rai and Rai Fiction, has assigned the animation winners in Salerno, Italy.

International Jury of animation experts selected the winners from 40 submitted programs.

"For pushing social boundaries and tackling stereotypes in a wicked and irreverent way," the Best Television Series of the Year went to Canada's Cuppa Coffee Studios for RICK & STEVE: THE HAPPIEST GAY COUPLE IN ALL THE WORLD.

Advertising Headline News

Bonilla Named To New Position At Nickelodeon

Gary Bonilla has been hired to the new position of SVP of Creative Strategy for Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group.

The announcement was made by Leigh Anne Brodsky, President of Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products; and Russell Hicks, Executive Vice President and Executive Creative Director, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group, both to whom Bonilla will report.

Channel Headline News

Playhouse Disney Comes To Latin America

Disney and ESPN Media Networks Latin America announced the launch of their new Playhouse Disney Channel in Latin America, with programming especially designed for preschoolers, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Playhouse Disney Channel joins existing Disney Channel and Jetix cable channels, present in 19 countries in the region, to provide entertainment for the entire family.

As of June 1, 2008, Playhouse Disney Channel will be offered in the basic subscription package offered by Cablevision, Multicanal and Teledigital.

Game Headline News

Students Create Animated Game For Edgar & Ellen

Flashpoint Academy students just created JUGGLE MANIA, an online Flash-based video game using assets from the EDGAR & ELLEN special "Nobody's Fools" provided by Star Farm Productions.

The fan-inspired EDGAR & ELLEN series airs on Nicktoons. JUGGLE MANIA debuted on the EDGAR & ELLEN website on April 1 and has already had international entries from the United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, Holland, Belgium, Finland, Ireland and Canada.

JUGGLE MANIA was designed for children ages 6-12 and will be on the EDGAR & ELLEN website (www.edgarandellen.com) all through April.

Awards Headline News

JerryTime!, 30 Second Bunnies Among Webby Nominees

In keeping with its famous five-word acceptance speech limit, The 12th Annual Webby Awards nominees unveiled this week can be summed up simply as: "More power to the people."

From sharing opinions and ideas with millions worldwide to impacting global affairs to just being funny and entertaining, many of the nominees reveal how people are going online to reshape politics and re-energize the democratic process.

Online Film & Video: Best Use Of Animation Or Motion Graphics:

--30-Second Bunnies Theatre (Starz/Angry Alien)

Film Headline News

The Sea, Hot Dogs And Film

Coney Island Film FestivalConey Island, New York, USASeptember 26-28, 2008Deadline: July 3, 3008

indiefilmpage.com and Coney Island USA present the Eighth Annual Coney Island Film Festival September 26-28, 2008 at Sideshows by the Seashore and The Coney Island Museum in the historic Brooklyn neighborhood Coney Island, New York.

Entry categories: Feature, Short, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, Experimental, Silent Film, Animation, Music Video.

Regular Deadline April 25, 2008 (postmarked) $25 entry fee

Production Headline News

New Digital Studio For Imageworks India In Chennai

Imageworks India launched a new digital production studio in Chennai, India today, according to THE HINDU BUSINESS LINE.

Imageworks is part of Sony Pictures Imageworks, and will have more than 90 employees at the full production studio working with their counterparts in Culver City and Novato, California and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

"We plan to integrate the workforce in different centers as a single unit," said Tim Sarnoff, President of Sony Pictures Imageworks.

Series Headline News

Three New Shows For Germany's ZDF

Within the scope of the existing long-term framework contract, EM.Entertainment has concluded an agreement with German public broadcaster ZDF, committing to three new animation series.

The agreement includes the 3D animated preschool series ZIGBY -- based on HarperCollinsChildren's Books' wildly popular literary character Zigby, the 'zebra who trots into trouble'.

The story centers on the adventures of Zigby, who has a lively imagination and comes up with offbeat ideas -- getting him and his and his friends in trouble.

Series Headline News

BRB Presents The Latest Of The Imp At MIPTV

THE IMP, the most useless evil creature on TV, comes loaded with innovations for the MIPTV this week.

THE IMP series continues to be a stand out for sales: MTV Poland recently followed MTV Portugal's acquisition of the series, along with 2x2 TV Channel in Russia and Xeip Canal Once in Mexico.

The property celebrates its excellent audience ratings and great reception in the licensing world with the premiere of its official interactive website (www.theimp.tv ), that allows users to download free game and electronic postcards to mobile phones, PSPs or iPods.

Series Headline News

Four New Licensing Deals For Belgium's Studio100 From MIPTV

Belgian Studio100 has finalized several deals this week at MIPTV. They include:

SUPER MEGA HYPER PETS

Amberwood Productions announced it has concluded a co-production agreement with Belgium's Studio100 on a new animated series, SUPER MEGA HYPER PETS.

Produced entirely in HD, the 2D digitally animated action comedy series of 26 half hour episodes (52x11) is targeted at 4 to 6 year olds.

Headline News

Zinkia Licenses Pocoyo To Mexico

POCOYO is powering his way through Latin America. The little blue chap, who stars in the multi-award winning pre-school series, has secured himself quality air time, lots of shelf space and a high profile, following a major TV and licensing deal inked Tuesday in Cannes, by Zinkia (Spain) and Mexican media company Grupo Televisa.

Zinkia has partnered with leading Latin American broadcaster Televisa, who will handle all TV and licensing rights for POCOYO in Mexico. The CG animated series will debut this summer on Televisa.

Game Headline News

Cookie Jar Launches Magi-Nation Online Game

Following a successful open beta testing period, Cookie Jar Entertainment, announced the official live launch of the highly anticipated free-to-play online adventure game MAGI-NATION: BATTLE FOR THE MOONLANDS on Tuesday.

Fans can register for BATTLE FOR THE MOONLANDS and begin playing the game at www.magi-nation.net.

Studio Headline News

Digital Video Arts Moves Into New Studio

Post-production house Digital Video Arts has moved into their new 15,000 square foot facility in Jacksonville, Florida, USA.

The new studio is state-of-the-art for the company's work in broadcast film production, post-production, still photography and music composition.

It houses a HD screening room with seating for 24, a bistro-style bar and lounge, two art gallery halls and a patio overlooking a pond and wildlife preserve.

Headline News

Return To The Great White North - Animated Style

Animax Entertainment announces the launch of the primetime animated comedy, BOB AND DOUG, in January 2009 on Global TV in Canada. This long-awaited 22x26 series features the hilarious animated adventures of the McKenzie brothers in the Canadian town of Maple Lake and beyond, and will be available at MIP TV 2008.

Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas executive produce and are the starring voices of the show. Dave Thomas heads up the writing team. Worldwide rights, excluding Canada, are now available.

Headline News

Imaginary Forces Creates Whimsical End Titles For Nim's Island

Entertainment and design studio Imaginary Forces (IF) recently completed the animated end titles for the Fox Walden fantasy adventure, NIM'S ISLAND. The film stars Academy Award winner Jodie Foster, Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin and Gerard Butler and premieres in theaters nationwide today.

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