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Animation Headline News

Ottawa Animation Awards Announced

The Ottawa International Animation Festival came to an end with the highly anticipated closing ceremonies held Sunday night at the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau. Organizers announced the winners of the official competition during the ceremonies.

Animation Headline News

Ontario Industry Survey Reveals Picture Of VFX And Animation Economy

Computer Animation Studios of Ontario Association (CASO) President Neil Williamson announced the results of the first animation and vfx industry survey Thursday night at a reception held during the Ottawa International Animation Festival.

Show Headline News

Entertainment Rights Gets Home Video Rights To Frankenstein's Cat In U.K.

Entertainment Rights has secured the U.K. home entertainment rights to FRANKENSTEIN'S CAT. Produced by Mackinnon & Saunders, this (30x11) animated comedy series targets 6-9 year old children.

The show is currently one of the top rated shows on CBBC and follows a unique friendship between a girl, Lottie, who doesn't fit in, and a cat called Nine, whose body parts don't fit together properly. As part of the deal, ER has the option to distribute further series and spinoffs as the show develops.

Games Headline News

Nickelodeon Games Appoints Management Positions

The Nickelodeon Kids and Family Games Group, recently formed to provide its audiences with innovative gaming experiences, made several new key management appointments. David Bergantino has been named VP of Premium Games Production; Shaan Kandawalla, VP of Retail and Licensed Games; and Pete Banks, VP of Engineering. The announcements were made by Dave Williams, SVP and GM, Nickelodeon Kids and Family Games Group, to whom the team will continue to report.

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Breakthrough Licenses Betty, Dudley

Breakthrough Ent. has closed several broadcast deals for its children's programming with broadcasters, heading into this year's MIPCOM.

ATOMIC BETTY, season three (26x30), has been licensed to Cartoon Network Latin America and THE ADVENTURES OF DUDLEY THE DRAGON (65x30) has been licensed to APTN in Canada.

Series Headline News

Animated Series Best Ed Gets Nutty Web Site

marblemedia Interactive and 9 Story Ent. have partnered to create an innovative Web site for the animated children's series BEST ED (52x11), produced and distributed by 9 Story. Fans can play in the world of best buddies Ed (a dog) and Buddy (a squirrel) when the BEST ED Web site launches in February 2009.

World Headline News

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King In Stores November 13

Blizzard Ent.'s WORLD OF WARCRAFT: WRATH OF THE LICH KING, the second expansion for its award-winning subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), will arrive in stores on November 13 in North America, Europe, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Russia, and November 14 in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand.

The expansion will be available in Korea and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau on November 18. Details regarding the launch of WRATH OF THE LICH KING in mainland China will be announced at a later date.

Special Headline News

Speed Racer, Chuck and Beetlejuice On DVD/Blu-ray (September 15, 2008)

Flashy SPEED RACER zooms onto DVD and Blu-ray, plus vfx-heavy TV shows CHUCK and PUSHING DAISIES debut their first seasons on DVD.


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Activision Publishing Acquires U.K. Game Developer FreeStyleGames

Activision Publishing has acquired FreeStyleGames, a U.K.-based video game developer specializing in music-based games.

This acquisition represents the latest step in Activision Publishing's strategy to expand its global leadership position in the music-based genre. The company established the genre with the GUITAR HERO franchise, which has sold more than 22 million units worldwide. FreeStyleGames is currently developing localized downloadable content for the GUITAR HERO franchise, as well as a yet to be announced new, intellectual property in the music genre.

Total Headline News

Total Drama Returning In New Series

Cake Distribution and FRESH TV have signed a new worldwide distribution deal for FRESH TV's TOTAL DRAMA ACTION series -- the sequel to their animated reality series TOTAL DRAMA ISLAND. The new deal brings all the drama to a wider market than TOTAL DRAMA ISLAND.

FRESH TV's original series became a breakout success on TELETOON, drawing a strong audience in a growing list of markets, both on-air and online, and can currently be seen on the Cartoon Network in the U.S.

Nickelodeon Headline News

Ricky Sprocket Gears Up For International Stardom

Executive production and distribution company, Bejuba! Ent., has secured Ricky Sprocket's rise to global stardom with sales of the namesake animated comedy series, RICKY SPROCKET -- SHOWBIZ BOY, to 29 new international territories through a deal with Nickelodeon. The series is co-produced by Studio B Productions, a subsidiary of DHX Media Ltd., and Snowden Fine Animation in association with Bejuba! Ent.

Game Headline News

Chaotic Hits Online Milestones, Comes Back To TV

Chaotic, the collectible trading card game that enables players to battle opponents in person and online, has developments across all three of its platforms:

Chaotic is back on the small screen, with the fall season beginning Saturday, September 13 on FOX and The CW. In CHAOTIC: M'ARRILLIAN INVASION, a new series debuting on FOX, Tom and Kaz delve deeper into Chaotic, confronting freaky new Creatures, uncovering strange new locations and scanning awesome new BattleGear and Mugic. But their games take a shocking, turn when a mysterious new tribe is accidentally unleashed.

Series Headline News

DECODE Adds Martha Speaks To MIPCOM Line-up

DECODE Enterprises is bringing a diverse range of programming for all ages to MIPCOM 2008, including debut show MARTHA SPEAKS, from Studio B Productions and WGBH Boston. Also on its market slate are new episodes of established shows alongside brand new programming from DHX Media's production subsidiaries and third party producers.

Brand Headline News

4Kids Entertainment Brings On The RollBots

Amberwood Ent. has appointed 4Kids Ent. as the worldwide merchandise licensing agent and marketing brand manager for its new animated TV series, ROLLBOTS. 4Kids will manage global licensing opportunities, working closely with all licensees of the ROLLBOTS brand, including recently signed master toy licensee Mattel.

ROLLBOTS, a CG animated action-comedy with 26 episodes currently in production, features perfectly round robots with arm and leg appendages that retract, allowing them to roll at extreme speeds on roller-coaster-like tracks through their world, Flip City.

Digital Headline News

Snap to Grid: the UN-Juried Exhibit

Snap to Grid: the UN-Juried ExhibitLos Angeles, California, USAOctober 9-November 1, 2008Deadline: September 30, 2008

Show your work at our gallery in the Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts's Un-Juried Competition: Snap to Grid in the exhibit's second year.

Series Headline News

TV-Loonland's RAYMOND Starts His First Term

TV-Loonland has completed the first round of deals for its animated comedy series RAYMOND (26x7). Broadcasters confirmed include ABC Australia, M-NET South Africa, VOOM HD/Animania USA, DR TV Denmark, RTBF Belgium, Noga Communications Israel, PTS Taiwan and Truevisions Kids Thailand.

RAYMOND is also set to take to the skies with Air France (France Vision Service) and Malaysian Airlines (Inflight Productions) onboard for Inflight Entertainment programming.

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Activision Blizzard Two-for-One Stock Split Now Effective

Activision Blizzard, Inc. announced today that its two-for-one stock split is effective and its common stock will begin trading today on a split-adjusted basis. As a result of the stock split, there are approximately 1.3 billion shares of Activision Blizzard's common stock issued and outstanding.

Activision Blizzard maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Romania, Australia, Chile, India, Japan China, South Korea and the region of Taiwan.

Animation Headline News

Showcase Of SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival

The Los Angeles Professional Chapter of ACM SIGGRAH will present the world's best animation and visual effects in a special showcase version of the SIGGRAPH Conference's Computer Animation Festival on September 9. This special edit reel of feature work, art, science, broadcast and games is brought to us by Computer Animation Festival Chair, Jill Smolin.

Digital Headline News

Total Immersion Brings Augmented Reality To Arizona Science Center's New Exhibit

Fireworks aren't just for the Fourth of July. Total Immersion has created an augmented reality experience for a new permanent gallery called "My Digital World," which opened on September 1 at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. And for the engaged visitor, the payoff is almost incendiary.

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Peanuts Animator and Director Bill Melendez Dies at 91

Bill Melendez, considered a pioneer in animation and best known for bringing the PEANUTS characters to life, died early Tuesday morning September 2 at St. John's hospital in Santa Monica, California. He was 91.

With his trade mark handle bar mustache, Melendez was a talent whose unique style and distinct sense of humor inspired a generation.

Melendez began his career at Walt Disney Studios. As a young animator he worked on PINOCCHIO, FANTASIA, BAMBI, DUMBO and classic Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck cartoons.

Music Headline News

MTV Networks Int'l Launches First Music/Kids International HD Service

MTV Networks International (MTVNI) has launched first international high definition service dedicated to music and kids, MTVNHD (MTV Networks High Definition). The 24-hour English-language channel will premiere on Monday, 15 September 2008 and will be available in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Poland and Sweden.

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Ricky Schroder To Tame Hellhounds

Ricky Schroder will direct HELLHOUNDS for the Sci Fi Channel, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Set in 500 B.C., Kleitos (Scott Elrod) battles the hellhounds of Hades to rescue his love from the Underworld and bring her back to life.

The film, with a script by Paul A. Birkett, will be CG- and vfx-heavy. Shooting starts this weekend in Romania. Canada's Muse Ent. and Romania's S.C. Studiourile Media Pro are co-producers. Muse's Michael Prupas will exec produce with RHI Ent.'s Robert Halmi Sr. Robert Halmi Jr. will handle distribution.

Shorts Headline News

21 Animated Shorts Now Available On iTunes

Short film distributor Shorts International has released THE ANIMATION COLLECTION OF SHORTS to the iTunes Store in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.

The 21 animated shorts are in a variety of styles, from traditional hand-drawn cartoons to state-of-the-art computer graphics, in widely ranging moods, from serious to satirical so that anyone could get animated.