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Digital Headline News

Paramount's Spiderwick, Beowulf Coming to Habbo

Habbo and Paramount Pictures Digital Ent. today announced a licensing agreement to create virtual goods based on titles including THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES, BEOWULF and MEAN GIRLS. The deal will provide Habbo merchandising rights throughout the U.S. and Canada for all three properties. The partnership marks one of the first of its kind between a major motion picture studio and a virtual world commodity.

Nickelodeon Headline News

Nickelodeon Takes to the Seas and the Mall

Nickelodeon and Royal Caribbean Int'l, a cruise line owned and operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., have announced a new agreement to create the "Nickelodeon Family Cruise with Royal Caribbean." The first-ever Nickelodeon cruise will set sail on August 10, 2008, departing out of Miami, Fla., on an exclusive, seven-day Nickelodeon family summer vacation.

Series Headline News

Animalia and Penguin To Team on Books

Animalia Prods., PorchLight Ent. and publisher Penguin have entered into an international licensing agreement for the innovative new TV series ANIMALIA. The series is broadcast on PBS KIDS GO! in the U.S., BBC1 in the U.K., CBC in Canada and Network Ten in Australia.

Series Headline News

BRB Brings Angus & Cheryl to NATPE

BRB Internacional will present the first season of the animated series ANGUS & CHERYL at NATPE in Las Vegas this week. Currently being shown in several countries around the world -- including on Nickelodeon in Latin America and France, and 5th Channel in Russia -- the innovative 104x2 series in hi-def 3D and pop-up style will premier on RTL2 in Germany beginning in February and on UCV TV, Chile's oldest channel, soon.

Film Headline News

ARTimation Wants Student Films & Art

ARTimation Media Arts FestivalVancouver, CanadaMarch 1, 2008Deadline: Feb. 15, 2008

The Art Institute of Vancouver is hosting ARTimation Media Arts Festival. Taking place on March 1, 2008 from 12:00 to 8:00 pm at the Rocky Mountaineer Station in Vancouver, ARTimation will feature the areas of gaming, animation, visual effects, film, and recording arts -- all of which are creative programs offered at The Art Institute's Burnaby campus.

Brown Headline News

Gregg Joins Brown Bag's Canadian Outpost

Award-winning animation studio Brown Bag Films has announced that Alan Gregg, former VP of the kids division at Alliance Atlantis, has joined the company as VP, International Production. Working closely with Director of Development Gerald Murphy, Gregg will oversee the expansion of the company's development slate in both television and feature films with an emphasis on preschool, family and tween properties. He reports to Cathal Gaffney, Managing Director, and will be working out of the newly-opened Toronto office.

Headline News

El Chavo Premiere Tops Ratings

Spanish-language network Univision's premiere of its first-ever prime-time animated series, EL CHAVO: LA SERIE ANIMADA -- with Flash animation produced by Mexico City-based Anima Estudios -- captured the #1 spot among entertainment programming, excluding sports, among Adults 18-34 for its time period and saw double- and triple-digit audience gains in every other key demo, according to the Nielsen Fast Affiliate ratings.

* Univision captured the #3 spot among Teens 12-17 and Kids 2-11 for the Sunday 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm hour, beating out CBS, NBC and CW.

Headline News

Studio100 Inflated by Balloontoons

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 12:00am

Newly formed Studio100 Media NV & Co. KG, a subsidiary of Studio100 (Belgium), announced today that they have acquired extensive distribution rights to the animation series BALLOONTOONS (Russian title "Smeshariki") from German licensor FunGameMedia. The contract encompasses all broadcasting rights, including video on demand, databank and home video rights and extends to worldwide territories excluding the U.K., Ireland, U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, 12 GUS countries, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Serbia & Montenegro.

Headline News

Final Nominees for 2nd Elan Awards Announced

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 12:00am

The Producers of the Canadian Awards for the Electronic and Animated Arts announced the final nominees for their 2nd Annual Elan Awards. This year's awards show will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane (FAMILY GUY, AMERICAN DAD) at the Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts on Feb. 15, 2008.

The nominees are:

Best Feature-Length Animated Production* BARBIE AS THE ISLAND PRINCESS - Rainmaker Animation* BARBIE FAIRYTOPIA: MAGIC OF THE RAINBOW - Rainmaker Animation* MAX STEEL: COUNTDOWN - Rainmaker Animation

Series Headline News

Iron Kid To Escort BRB To NATPE 2008

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 12:00am

The cartoon series will be one of the outstanding properties the Spanish company BRB Internacional will present at the upcoming edition of NATPE, to be held at the end of this month in Las Vegas. On the strength of great audience success in both Latin America (where it is aired through Jetix Latin America) and the U.S. (where it's known as EON KID on Kids WB!), the series will premiere in open broadcasting in Portugal on TVI, which will air it every Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am, starting Feb. 2nd.

Digital Headline News

Autodesk & EA Introduce New Project Design Workshop in Canada

Autodesk and Electronic Arts have introduced a new project design workshop for Canada's first Masters for Digital Media (MDM) program at Great Northern Way Campus in Vancouver, British Columbia.

As part of the 20-month MDM program, the workshop will equip students with techniques to plan and manage digital media projects in their academic and professional careers.

Canada Headline News

Fifi and the Flowertots Takes Root in Canada

Leading preschool entertainment producer HIT Ent., on behalf of Chapman Ent., has made arrangements with major Canadian television, toy and apparel companies to bring the international hit series FIFI AND THE FLOWERTOTS to Canada for the first time.

Starting Feb. 25th, FIFI will air on Canada's Treehouse Monday through Friday and will be featured prominently on Treehouse's website ( with games and activities.

Atomic Headline News

Breakthrough Brings Atomic & Flamingo Back to NATPE

Breakthrough Entertainment heads to NATPE with new episodes of some of their returning highly rated, hit television series. The announcement was made today by Tanya Kelen, Head of Distribution, Breakthrough Ent. Inc.

Motion Headline News

Vicon's FK Extreme MoCap System Gains Momentum

Vicon's low-cost motion capture system, FK Extreme, has been gaining momentum with continually growing system sales to both entertainment and educational facilities worldwide. FK Extreme was first introduced at last year's Game Developer's Conference.

Animation Headline News

Animation Block Party Wants Your Shorts

Animation Block Party 2008Brooklyn, New York, USAJuly 25-27, 2008Deadline: June 4, 2008

Animation Block Party 2008 is now open for submissions. 2008 ABP prizes include copies of Adobe After Effects, Toon Boom Studio, Boinx I-Stop Motion, designer bags from Crumpler, subscriptions to ANIMATION MAGAZINE, DVDs and a special production grant for the winner of best student film.

Film Headline News

Savannah Film Fest Calls for Entries

Savannah Film Festival 2008Savannah, Georgia, USAOct. 25 - Nov. 1, 2008Deadline: June 16, 2008

The Savannah Film Festival is hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design and accepts professional and student films. Competition categories include animation, documentary feature, documentary short, narrative feature, narrative short and student. To be eligible for the student competition, entrants must be enrolled in an academic institution or have completed their film while enrolled.

Business Headline News

9 Story Adds Two New Execs

Canadian-based production and animation studio 9 Story Ent. heads into 2008 with the addition of two new senior executives. Jill Fraser has been named VP, Business Affairs and Krista Barron, Manager Production Finance. The two will report directly to Steve Jarosz, VP and COO, 9 Story Ent.

As VP, Business Affairs, Fraser will be responsible for legal and business affairs matters for all areas of 9 Story's operations. Barron will be responsible for administration and certifications relating to tax credits, film agency and other domestic funding on all 9 Story productions.

Film Headline News

Enter Your Films in the Woods Hole Film Fest

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 12:00am

17th Woods Hole Film FestivalCape Cod, Massachusetts, USAJuly 26 - Aug. 2, 2008Deadline: May 1, 2008

The 17th Woods Hole Film Festival is one of the premiere independent film festivals in New England and is dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging filmmakers, with a special section for filmmakers from New England. Held each summer on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the Woods Hole Film Festival is seeking film and screenplay entries. More information can be found at or by emailing

Headline News

Storm Hawks Soars onto DVD

Cartoon Network's top-rated 3D animated series STORM HAWKS is flying onto DVD in two separate volumes on Jan. 15 from Sony Pictures Home Ent. Created by Nerd Corps Ent., STORM HAWKS -- HAWKS RISE AGAIN and STORM HAWKS -- TALES FROM THE ATMOS present the story of five mismatched teens and their strange furry sidekick, as they defend the people of Atmos against an evil oppressor. Armed with transforming flying motorcycles, they dog-fight the worst villains ever to hit the skies.

Films Headline News

Persepolis Doesn't Advance in Foreign Language Oscar Race

Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 80th Academy Awards. But not PERSEPOLIS, the acclaimed animated feature from France about growing up in Iran during the '70s and '80s, directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. However, PERSEPOLIS is still for Best Animated Feature.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

* Austria, THE COUNTERFEITERS, Stefan Ruzowitzky, director* Brazil, THE YEAR MY PARENTS WENT ON VACATION, Cao Hamburger, director

Marvel Headline News

Iron Man Gets More Support

Three high-profile promotional partners have joined with Paramount Pictures and previously announced partner LG Electronics to publicize Marvel Studio's upcoming IRON MAN, reports KIDSCREEN. Audi will have a sports car featured in the movie, Burger King will mount a QSR promo at locations worldwide, and 7-Eleven will offer IRON MAN Slurpee cups at its 6,000 locations in the U.S. and Canada. More than 100 licensees worldwide have been signed by Marvel. The film is scheduled for release in the U.S. on May 2.

Production Headline News

Year One Finds Female Lead

Olivia Wilde, who has had roles in ALPHA DOG and TURISTAS, will play Jack Black's love interest in Harold Ramis' biblical comedy YEAR ONE, reports VARIETY. The cast of the Columbia production also includes Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Oliver Platt, David Cross, Vinnie Jones, Juno Temple and June Raphael.

Judd Apatow and Ramis are producing with Owen Wilson exec producing. Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg adapted Ramis' story into a script.

Production has begun in New Mexico and Louisiana.