Walt Disney Home Ent. continues the popular WALT DISNEY TREASURES series with three new two-disc DVD sets, available today (Dec. 11.), for $32.99: THE ADVENTURES OF OSWALD THE LUCKY RABBIT, CHRONOLOGICAL DONALD, VOLUME 3 and DISNEYLAND: SECRETS, STORIES AND MAGIC.
Geographical Region: North America
Irish-produced 39x7 preschool series SLIM PIG has been sold to international preschool channel JimJam, which will be available across European cable and satellite platforms in December, with Africa and the Middle East to follow in 2008.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse, now famous for his role as McLovin in SUPERBAD, has joined the cast of Columbia's YEAR ONE, which is being produced by SUPERBAD's Judd Apatow, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Fellow thespians in talks to join the cast include Oliver Platt, David Cross, Vinnie Jones and Juno Temple.
Starring Jack Black and Michael Cera (JUNO, SUPERBAD), the biblical era comedy's plot is being kept secret. Written by Harold Ramis, Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, the film will be directed by Ramis as well.
Sundance Institute announced today the program of short films selected to screen at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. This year the Festival Short Film Program comprises 83 short films representing 17 countries from 5,107 submissions, from U.S. and international filmmakers. Submissions grew by more than 15% over last year. The 2008 Sundance Film Festival runs Jan. 17-27, 2008, with screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah.
The animated shorts include:
THE ADVENTURES OF BAXTER & MCGUIRE: "The Boss" by Mike Blum
Breakthrough Animation Inc. has received the go-ahead from TELETOON Canada and Jetix Europe to begin production on JIMMY TWO SHOES, a series about an enthusiastic 14-year-old kid who, through a series of missteps, falls into the weird world of Miseryville, where everything is designed to inflict torment on its inhabitants. The first season of the series, developed in collaboration with both broadcasters, is scheduled to air in early 2009.
12th Annual ASU Art Museum Short Film and Video FestivalTempe, Arizona, USAApril 12, 2008Deadline: Feb. 8, 2008
Koji Yamamura's FRANZ KAFKA'S A COUNTRY DOCTOR has won the Grand Prize at this year's I Castelli Animati festival in Rome. The other winners were:
* Special Jury Prize: MADAME TUTLI-PUTLI, Chris Lavis, Maciek Szczerbovski, Canada* Best First Work: FOG-NIEBLA, Emilio Ramos, Mexico* Best European Film: MARATHON, Kaspar Jancis, Estonia* Best Non-Narrative Film: BRUISED (BLAUWBLAUW), Sandy Claes, Daan Wampers, Belgium; WITH MY QUANTUM STROKE (MEET MIJN KVANTORSLAG), Pieter Vanluffelen, Belgium
Studio B Prods. has completed deals with Knowledge Network and SCN, two Canadian educational TV networks, for the animated short CLANCY WITH THE PUCK. Both broadcasters will air the short in high rotation, beginning Dec. 1, 2007. In addition, leading independent Canadian publisher Raincoast Books has shipped the hardcover picture book of the same name, which is packaged with a DVD of the film, into Canada and the U.S.
Entertainment Rights (ER) Plc, the U.K.-based media group specializing in the ownership of children's and family programming, characters and brands, has announced the appointment of Adam Selly as Head of Sales (excluding the U.S., Canada and Japan). In the newly created position, Selly will be responsible for generating and maximizing revenue across the ER group's entire television and home entertainment businesses, exploiting opportunities within existing successful markets and identifying new revenue streams in emerging markets.
Deluxe has entered into an agreement with Rainmaker Income Fund to acquire Vancouver-based Rainmaker Visual Effects and Rainmaker Post, along with Rainmaker's London vfx facility. It will not include the Rainmaker Animation division based in Vancouver, which will continue to belong to Rainmaker Ent.
The total purchase consideration will be payable as follows:
* $14 million in cash on closing;* $2.5 million by way of a promissory note due one year after closing;* $6 million earn-out based on revenue targets;
Singapore production house Big Communications will team with South Korean character design shop Sieun Design to bring one of the Seoul firm's brands to TV, reports C21 MEDIA from the Asia TV Forum. RPENG BINI ("Penguin & Bunny") will be launched next April at MipTV, according to Big Communications MD Vincent Lim, who also said the show's two penguin and rabbit characters have already been licensed in Asia.
Singapore-based Scrawl Studios' MILLY MOLLY has been presold to worldwide broadcasters including Australia's ABC, Canada's TV Ontario, Portugal's Aquaris & Auqris (Radiotelev) and Hong Kong's ATV World, according to C21 MEDIA. The coproduction between Scrawl and Australia's Beyond Distribution has previously sold to Nickelodeon Australia and deals are pending with Finland's YLE, Norway's NRK and France's TPS Jeunesse.
India-based Prime Focus Group has expanded its reach into North America with the acquisitions of Post Logic Studios and Frantic Films VFX. Terms were not disclosed and the structure of these acquisitions is yet to be finalized.
Frantic Films also operates live-action production/post-production facilities and a television commercial division that will not be a part of this acquisition, and will continue to operate independently out of Winnipeg and Toronto, Canada.
Korea-based Iconix Ent. has closed deals with networks in Italy, Spain, the Middle East and Mexico for its Asian hit PORORO THE LITTLE PENGUIN, reports C21 MEDIA.
11th Brooklyn Int'l Film FestivalBrooklyn, New York, USAMay 30 - June 8, 2008Deadline: Nov. 30, 2007
The 11th Brooklyn International Film Festival lineup will include some 150 films selected from over 2,000 submissions. The festival will present more than 75 film programs at multiple venues throughout Brooklyn. BiFF's mission is to discover, expose, and promote independent filmmakers while drawing worldwide attention to Brooklyn as a center for cinema. For more information, visit wbff.org.
2008 DIY ConventionHollywood, California, USAJanuary 25, 2008Deadline: January 25, 2008
In its eighth year, the DIY Convention is taking a different turn by offering participants the chance to meet with people who actually know what it's like to take a project to the next level. You'll share a drink, a meal, a laugh and present a showcase or screening in front of people that matter.
DECODE Enterprises has announced the sale of several series to India, Hong Kong and Thailand. The Disney Channel India has acquired CGI animation URBAN VERMIN, while Thailand's True Visions has acquired BO ON THE GO!, produced by DHX subsidiary Halifax Film, and hit preschool series FRANNY'S FEET. DECODE has also sold the first 13 episodes of SUPER WHY, a production of BLUE'S CLUES' producer Out of the Blue Enterprises and DECODE Ent., to ATV Hong Kong.
Music-based game developer Harmonix, MTV Games, and distribution partner Electronic Arts have announced the arrival of ROCK BAND SPECIAL EDITION BUNDLE for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 at retail stores across America.
The Embassy used modo 301 for TERMINUS, a new short film by director Trevor Cawood. The visual effects team made extensive use of modo 301's new painting, texturing and UV unwrap tools to create CG characters that represent various urban installments and materials, including a concrete column character, an airport baggage turnstile character and an information kiosk character.
Marvel Ent., Inc. announced today that it has named Segal Licensing as its new licensing representative in Canada. Segal will oversee all sales, retail, merchandising and marketing of the Marvel brand in the strategically important market.
Two films from the National Film Board of Canada were among the winners of the 23rd International Short Film Festival Berlin. Claude Cloutier's ISABELLE AU BOIS DORMANT/SLEEPING BETTY received the prize for Best Animation, while Chris Lavisand's MADAME TUTLI-PUTLI was awarded a Special Mention in the Best Short Fiction category.
Writers from around the world -- including Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, English and French Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico and France -- will take part in an International Day of Solidarity on November 28 in support of their striking WGA counterparts. The action was announced at the annual International Affiliation of Writers Guilds' meeting in Montreal, Canada.
Toronto-based The Licensing Shop has been named as the new licensing representative in Canada for Sesame Workshop beginning January 2008. Flagship show SESAME STREET reaches over 70% of Canadian households via PBS and other Workshop shows are available on Treehouse TV. Sesame Workshop will invest the proceeds it receives from the sale of Sesame products back into its educational projects for children around the globe.
Scholastic Media has announced the first licensing deal for the stop-motion preschool series DRAGON, which was recently picked up for a second season on qubo. Aurora World, Inc., signed as the property's exclusive plush licensee, will produce plush in various sizes, backpacks, and pillows, as well as its world-famous mini-pet carriers. The DRAGON plush line is expected to hit shelves in early 2008 and will be available at specialty gift and retail outlets across the U.S. Suggested retail prices will range from $4.99 - $19.99.