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Disney Headline News

Oswald Unleashed in Walt Disney Treasures Wave VII

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.

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McLovin Marks Year One

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.

Short Headline News

16 Short Toons to Screen at Sundance

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:


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Breakthrough Gets Green Light for Jimmy Two Shoes

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.

Special Headline News

I Castelli Animati Announces Winners

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

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Clancy, Puck Make Good in Canada

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 Headline News

Entertainment Rights Appoints New Kids Specialist

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.

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Deluxe Acquires Rainmaker Post and VFX Facilities

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;

Design Headline News

Big Deal Struck with Korean Studio

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.

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No Shilly-shally for Milly Molly

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.

Prime Headline News

India's Prime Focus Acquires Post Logic Studios & Frantic Films VFX

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.

Film Headline News

Brooklyn Int'l Film Festival Deadline This Friday!

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at 12:00am

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

Festival Headline News

2008 DIY Convention Gets More Intimate

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at 12:00am

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.

Series Headline News

Decode Deals Expand Asian Presence

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.

Effects Headline News

The Embassy Uses modo 301 for Terminus Short

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.

Films Headline News

NFB Films Win at interfilm Berlin

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.

Canada Headline News

International Screenwriters Unite in Support of WGA

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.

Licensing Headline News

Licensing Shop Opens Sesame

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.

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Scholastic Licenses Dragon

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.