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Series Headline News

Argentina's Encuadre Prepares Olocoons Feature

Animation studio Encuadre, who creates the TV series CITY HUNTERS for Fox Latin America, is working on a full-length animated feature tentatively called OLOCOONS, MISION A LA TIERRA with Mexico's Televisa and Antoni Sole's ABS Film of Spain, per VARIETY.

Production is expected to commence later this year, coinciding with the fifth seasons of OLOCOONS series on Televisia. A simultaneous release is planned in Argentina, Mexico and possibly other territories in 2010, according to Encuadre CEO Rosanna Manfredi.

Special Headline News

Indy 4 On DVD/Blu-ray, SpongeBob On DVD and The Ultimate Matrix On Blu-ray

INDY 4 is out now on DVD and Blu-ray, along with the DVD release of the new SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS special "WhoBob, WhatPants?", BOB THE BUILDER DVDs and The Ultimate Matrix Collection on Blu-ray.

INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL On DVD And Blu-ray

The highest-grossing installment of the popular adventure franchise, with more than $780 million at the global box office, Paramount Pictures and Lucasfilm Ltd.'s INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL will make its anticipated debut on DVD and Blu-ray October 14.

Festival Headline News

Waterloo Offers Early Animation, Anime, Sita Sings The Blues

Celebrating the artistry of animated feature films, the Waterloo Festival showcase is one of the most comprehensive public exhibitions for animated feature films in the world. More ambitious than ever, the first titles revealed in the 2008 program span the gamut of animation and storytelling styles.

Series Headline News

Chorion's Olivia Gets Ready For Her World Debut

Chorion has signed a raft of major international broadcast partners for its brand new children's television series OLIVIA, based on the best-selling, award-winning book property.

Chorion has secured deals with TF1 in France, Nick Jr U.K., Treehouse in Canada, Danmarks Radio and The Walt Disney Company Latin America for the preschool animated series.

Series Headline News

Decode Engineers Sales For Animal Mechanicals

DECODE Enterprises has made a number of MIPCOM sales for new preschool series, ANIMAL MECHANICALS (40x11), produced by Halifax Film, and commissioned by CBC in Canada, where the series is one of the highest-rating preschool shows.

The Disney Channels in the U.K. and Asia; Radio-Canada, Discovery Latin America, Romania's HOP, EBS in Korea; Al-Jazeera Children Channel have all snapped up the series along with Prava I Prevodi, who acquired the title for Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro.

Series Headline News

Tricon Claims Sanctuary At MIPCOM

Toronto-based producer and distributor Tricon Films & Television has made further sales of 13x60 science fiction series SANCTUARY at MIPCOM 2008. Entertainment channel AXN has snapped up the series in a deal for Central Europe that includes Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania and Slovakia and in a further deal, Sci Fi Channel Asia has taken the series to air on its channels in more than 25 countries.

Marvel Headline News

TELETOON Set To Become Home Of Marvel In Canada

TELETOON Canada Inc. and Marvel Animation have entered into a multi-year output deal that sees TELETOON become the home of Marvel Animation in Canada. Beginning in spring 2009, a broad spectrum of Marvel animated series will air on TELETOON networks in both English and French. The agreement sees Marvel deliver a minimum of 182 episodes of first-run animation for broadcast and includes rights for additional platforms including broadband, video-on-demand, mobile and other online opportunities.

Advertising Headline News

Activision Gets New Chief Creative Officer

Activision Publishing has appointed Brad Jakeman as Chief Creative Officer, expected to join the company in early November 2008.

In this newly-created position, Jakeman will be responsible for leading global advertising, media, marketing and consumer research for all of Activision Publishing's franchises. Jakeman will report to Mike Griffith, President and CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc.

Education Headline News

Adoption of Qube! Continues At Universities and Schools Worldwide

PipelineFX's Qube! for Education continues to be adopted at a record pace by universities and schools around the world.

Headline News

Entertainment Rights To Debut Kung Fu Magoo at MIPCOM

U.K.-based Entertainment Rights will be debuting KUNG FU MAGOO -- the latest in a long line of Mr. Magoo adventures -- at MIPCOM 2008 in Cannes, France.

Produced in conjunction with Mexico's Anima Estudios, Motion Toons and ER's Classic Media, KUNG FU MAGOO (1 X 80 minutes) brings back screen legend Quincy Magoo, and drops him into his biggest, baddest, bumblingest adventure yet. Audiences around the world have been craving a new Magoo adventure, and this time he's back with a martial arts twist to rid the world of evil villains -- and having a blast doing it!

Animated Headline News

NFB Presents Get Animated! -- Free Screenings Across Canada

October 28 is World Animation Day -- and Canada is getting animated. The National Film Board is celebrating this special day with a 13-city tour of Get Animated!, a series of free public screenings from the NFB's Oscar-winning animation studios.

Get Animated! will showcase new creations from Canada's public producer, for young and old, from October 22 to November 9, 2008. The NFB Web site provides complete details on this event, along with free streaming video of NFB animated shorts, at nfb.ca/getanimated.

Production Headline News

Rainmaker Adds Development, Technology And Recruiting Executives

Rainmaker Ent. has promoted animation producer Jennifer Twiner-McCarron to Vice President of Production, Rainmaker Ent. Twiner-McCarron has been producer or exec producer on most of Rainmaker's films for the past eight years.

Warren Franklin, CEO of Rainmaker Ent. also announced that Kimberly Dennison has joined Rainmaker as Director of Development and Barbara Dawson has returned to the company as Director of Talent Relations and Recruiting, both newly-created positions. Tony Pelle has been promoted to Director of Technology, also a newly created post.

Series Headline News

Jibber Jabber Out To Imagine More Territories

Bejuba! Ent. has new international agreements for animated children's series, JIBBER JABBER going into MIPCOM 2008. JIBBER JABBER is a YTV Original Series, Northwest Imaging and FX and Jibber Jabber Toons Ltd. Production.

JIBBER JABBER (13x30), has been sold to KIKA Germany, Jetix (Latin America), TRT (Turkey), E-Vision (Middle East), RTP (Portugal), Noga (Israel), ABC (Australia) and Al Jazeera Children's Channel.

Headline News

Backyardigans Live! Tale of the Mighty Knights Stages New Performances

Nickelodeon and Broadway Across America have announced additional performances of THE BACKYARDIGANS LIVE! TALE OF THE MIGHTY KNIGHTS throughout 2008 and into 2009. The national touring production will visit 30 new venues beginning October 7 in Champaign, Illinois, USA and stopping in Los Angeles; St. Louis; Salt Lake City; and Seattle; among other top markets.

Effects Headline News

Cinesite Creates Photoreal Talking Dogs For Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Cinesite completed more than 700 visual effects shots on BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA, including CG muzzles for eleven different breeds of dog. Cinesite was the largest single supplier of effects to the film and created the most advanced talking animal effects to ever hit the cinema screen.

October Headline News

MAXON to Showcase CINEMA 4D at October Events

MAXON Computer USA, a developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions and the developers of CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D, will participate in three animation and motion graphics events taking place this month -- Motion '08, October 12-15 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, Create Chaos '08, October 14-16 in Orlando, Florida, USA, and the Washington, D.C. tour stop of Adobe's Creative Suite 4 seminar series, October 16, highlighting the new capabilities of the popular software suite's latest release.

Super Headline News

Super U Animation Contest

Super U Animation ContestDeadline: October 30, 2008

Stop-motion, 3D, claymation, Flash or flip book. If it's animated, you could win $2,500.

Beginning in September 2008, Super U and TAC.tv (a.k.a Tetes a claques) will be presenting quarterly animation contests. A jury, including TAC.tv creator Michel Beaudet will be awarding a prize for the best of the best at the end of August 2009.

Series Headline News

Kristen Bell, Matt Lucas Join Astro Boy To Save Metro City

Kristen Bell and Matt Lucas have joined the cast of Imagi Studios' CG-animated motion picture ASTRO BOY.

Previously announced for the all-star cast were Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy and Eugene Levy with Freddie Highmore in the title role.

Kristen Bell, star of the hit television series HEROES, GOSSIP GIRL and VERONICA MARS, also recently headed the casts of such feature films as FANBOYS and FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL as well as starring with Meg Ryan in the upcoming comedy SERIOUS MOONLIGHT.

Idea Headline News

Big Idea Appoints Mike Nawrocki Head of Creative And Development

Big Idea, Inc., an Entertainment Rights group company, has appointed VEGGIETALES co-creator, Mike Nawrocki, to VP Development. In this newly created position, Nawrocki will oversee all creative and production at the Big Idea studio, including the popular VEGGIETALES and 3-2-1 PENGUINS! series.

Series Headline News

DECODE Calls On Betty Banner, Party Planner

DECODE Ent. is expanding its development slate of innovative series for 8-12 year olds with BETTY BANNER, PARTY PLANNER (52x11). The aspirational and quirky 2D series is created by Canada's House of Cool, which will also work on the animation for the show.

In addition, DHX Media's distribution subsidiary DECODE Enterprises will handle international distribution and will be seeking broadcast partners for the series at MIPCOM 2008.

Digital Headline News

Five Studios Agree To Digital Cinema Upgrade

Digital Cinema Implementation Partners has entered into long term agreements with Twentieth Century Fox, Walt Disney Motion Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios and Lionsgate Films for the deployment of digital projection systems to nearly 20,000 movie theater screens across North America, including the AMC, Cinemark and Regal theatre chains.

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