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Animator Hill Murdered in New Orleans Home

Independent filmmaker, Helen Hill, was shot to death in her New Orleans home on Jan. 4, 2007, reports ASSOCIATED PRESS. Hill's husband, physician Dr. Paul Gailiunas, was also injured in the attack. The couple had moved to the Faubourg Marigny area following the destruction of their home in the Mid-City section of the city as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

Police report that both were shot at their front door at approximately 5:30 am. No other details were made available.

Home Headline News

DIC Pacts Deal With AEC to Reach New Retail & Digital Channels

DIC Ent. inked a distribution deal with Alliance Ent. Corp. (AEC), a Source Interlink company through its NCircle Ent. division, for the home entertainment and non-exclusive digital rights in the U.S. and Canada for select animated and live-action titles in DIC's library. DIC properties will access for the new first time distribution at brick and mortar retail outlets, as well as options for delivery on digital platforms in the U.s. and Canada.

Cartoon Headline News

Cartoon Network Orders more Peppa Pig for U.S.

Cartoon Network has acquired the second season of PEPPA PIG, giving the English property a continued presence on the North American platform through 2007 & 2008.

The brand new season featuring new friends and storylines is in production. The award-winning PEPPA PIG will continue to air on Cartoon Network with an extended weekday slot from 10 minutes to 30 minutes, beginning in January and continuing throughout spring 2007.

Film Headline News

Imaginary Forces Designs Titles for We Are Marshall, Charlotte's Web

Imaginary Forces (IF) launches into the holiday season with main titles for WE ARE MARSHALL (opening Dec. 22) and CHARLOTTE'S WEB. IF creative director Karin Fong led the design effort working closely with directors McG on WE ARE MARSHALL and Gary Winick on CHARLOTTE'S WEB. Both projects required maintaining authenticity to the stories, but with vastly different design solutions.

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Edgar & Ellen Gives Pranks for Holidays

During the holiday season, Nicktoons Network is offering a new EDGAR & ELLEN, half-hour TV special, "Cold Medalists."

In "Cold Medalists," though they set out to sabotage their own town, Edgar and Ellen grudgingly team up with their nemesis, Stephanie Knightleigh, in the Nod's O-Limb-pics Winter Games. Together, they must defeat the rotten team from Smelterburg, bring the trophy to Nod's Limbs, and save their beloved sewers.

The special will air:* Saturday, Dec. 23, at 7:00 and 10:00 pm (ET) * Sunday, Dec. 24, at 7:00 and 10:00 pm (ET)

Canada Headline News

Ryan Larkin Resurfaces For MTV IDs

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 21, 2006 at 12:00am

Celebrated Canadian animator Ryan Larkin has created his first original material in almost 30 years exclusively for MTV. Nine months after MTV in Canada launched with a series of branding IDs inspired by Larkin's work, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker has created three, original, animated IDs for MTV. As a Christmas present to the elusive genius, Larkin's five-second bumpers will be the only channel IDs to air on MTV on Dec. 25-26, 2006.

Animation Headline News

NFB Animation Hothouse Call for Submissions

The National Film Board of Canada seeks submissions from emerging filmmakers (young and old), and artists intrigued by animation art, for the fourth edition of the Animation Hothouse. This years Hothouse runs from March 5-May 25, 2007, at the Animation Studio in Montreal. Six selected participants will direct a 30-second film, from creative inception all the way through final sound mix and video release in 12 intense weeks.

Submissions may come from across Canada and an artists fee will be paid.

Cartoon Headline News

Taffy Ent. Draws More Code Lyoko & Fantastic Four Deals

Taffy Ent., the worldwide distribution, brand management and entertainment company, has announced key sales for CODE LYOKO and FANTASTIC FOUR.

Jetix Latin America has committed to seasons three and four of CODE LYOKO, following the growing popularity of the first 52 episodes. The first and second seasons also air on Chile's national network TVN.

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Sesame Street's Grows In The Middle East

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 14, 2006 at 12:00am

Sesame Workshop and its partners in Egypt, Jordan and Palestine are committed to creating and providing positive media content for children in the Middle East through three localized SESAME STREET co-productions. These series, promoting girls' education, boys' empowerment and respect and understanding, will each be back in production or launching new shows in 2007.

Series Headline News

Amberwood Books Benjamin Bear in France, Brazil, Norway

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 14, 2006 at 12:00am

Amberwood Prods. announced that France Vision Services has licensed additional episodes of THE SECRET WORLD OF BENJAMIN BEAR to be broadcast on flights carried by Air France.

Jonathan Wiseman, vp, sales & acquisitions at Amberwood, said, "BENJAMIN BEAR continues to perform well in French-speaking territories and we are delighted by France Vision's continued support of the series."

THE SECRET WORLD OF BENJAMIN BEAR was commissioned by Canada's Family Channel. To date, the series (39x30, 78x11) has been licensed in more than 80 territories worldwide.

Effects Headline News

Entity FX Opens Vancouver Studio

Entity FX, creator of visual effects for motion pictures such as MIAMI VICE and THE AVIATOR and television series such as SMALLVILLE, has opened a new studio, providing full-service visual effects supervision and production in Vancouver, British Columbia. The new Canadian facility coincides with the expansion of Entity FX's U.S. operations in Los Angeles and will enhance the company's position in providing theatrical and episodic visual effects work in a market that topped more than $1 billion last year.

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Antonio Huab New HIT Ent. VP for Asia Pacific

Antonio Huab joins HIT Ent. as the new vp for Asia. Huab, a 15-year seasoned licensing and marketing exec in the entertainment industry, will be responsible for driving the Asia Pacific consumer products and TV distribution business out of HIT's recently opened office in Hong Kong.

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Time to Enter PROMAX/BDA 2007

PROMAX/BDA 2007New York, New York, USAJune 13-14, 2007Deadline: Feb. 9, 2007

PROMAX/BDA 2007 is dedicated to advancing the role and effectiveness of promotion, marketing and broadcast design professionals in the electronic media. The event features various awards and sessions to keep professionals up-to-date on the latest trends and technology. For more information, visit

Series Headline News

Geneon Releases Hellsing Ultimate OVA Series

Geneon Ent. (USA) Inc. has released HELLSING ULTIMATE OVA SERIES. Based on the popular and ongoing HELLSING manga series, HELLSING ULTIMATE OVA SERIES is completely reanimated in the original comic style the creator, Kouta Hirano intended.

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Nick Looking for Culturally & Ethnically Diverse, New Writers

The Nickelodeon Writing FellowshipBurbank, California, USAOct. 1, 2007Deadline: Feb. 28, 2007

Nickelodeon is offering writing fellowships in live-action and animated television to culturally and ethnically diverse, new writers. Participants will have hands-on experience writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas.

The program, developed to broaden Nickelodeon's outreach efforts, provides a salaried position for up to one year. The '07 - '08 cycle is tentatively scheduled to begin in Oct. 2007.

Studio Headline News

Canada Hockey Icon Bob Cole Cast in Studio B Short

One of Canadas most beloved sports personalities, Bob Cole, was in Studio B Prods. Inc. recently doing voice-over work for a new animated four-minute short the Vancouver studio is producing called, CLANCY WITH THE PUCK. Cole has been working on Canadas longest running hockey telecast since 1969, HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA, and is known and loved by millions.

Kids Headline News

Help Give Camp Ronald McDonald Kids Some Holiday Cheer

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, December 6, 2006 at 12:00am

Camp Ronald McDonald BenefitBurbank, California, USADec. 9, 2006

Camp Ronald McDonald is hosting a holiday party for kids with cancer. The event is looking for artist to come to the Warner Ranch and draw cartoons for the kids. The event will run from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Hollywood Way and Oak St. Please bring paper, pencils, pens, modelsheets, etc. Lunch, drinks and snacks will be provided. If you're interested in participating, call Art at (310) 397-1862.

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Midway's Happy Feet Videogame Shuffles Onto Store Shelves

Midway Games Inc. has shipped HAPPY FEET the videogame, licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Ent., for the PlayStation2, GameCube, Nintendo DS & Wii Game Boy Advance and personal computers.

Based on the Warner Bros. Pictures feature film, HAPPY FEET the videogame follows tapdancing penguin, Mumble, in his struggle to find his soul mate. Featuring the voices of Elijah Wood as Mumble and Brittany Murphy as Gloria, the videogame sees Mumble dance, bellysled and swim his way through Antarctica in his attempts to win Gloria's heart.

Series Headline News

VIZ Media Announces New Anime For 2006 Holiday Season

VIZ Media Llc. has announced a variety of anime offerings for the 2006 holiday season. These DVD volumes include new and recently released installments from series like SHONEN JUMP NARUTO, INUYASHA, FULL MOON, ZATCH BELL! and FLAME OF RECCA.

Animation Headline News

Jean Ann Wright Runs Animation Screenplay Lab

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at 12:00am

Animation Screenplay Lab Hollywood, California, USADec 3, 2006

Screenplay Lab will host Jean Ann Wright, who will discuss how animation writing is different from other kinds of screenwriting, kids, animation script length and format, writing for an existing series, comedy theory and gag structure and developing and pitching an original animation project for TV or film.

Music Headline News

Northeastern University Needs Shorts for Visual Music Marathon

Visual Music Marathon 2007Boston, Massachusetts, USAApril 28, 2007Deadline: Jan. 22, 2007

Northeastern University is hosting the 2007 Visual Music Marathon, to be held as part of the Boston Cyberarts Festival. The marathon will include screenings of new and historic works that reflect the theme of the event and a live video component. Approximately 30 minutes of programming will be selected for national cablecast on the Harmony Channel, available to subscribers of digital cable on the Comcast and Cox networks.

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Jetix Europe Acquires Urban Vermin

Jetix Europe has acquired the European pay TV rights to the action-comedy URBAN VERMIN. DECODE Ent.'s CGI series will air on all Jetix Europe Channels starting autumn 2007.

Jetix Europe has also acquired TV distribution (with the exception of France), home video and consumer product rights to the series for Europe. Buena Vista Int'l Television is to service the distribution of television rights to URBAN VERMIN and will launch the 22x26 series at MIP-TV in April 2007.

Series Headline News

Finale of Epic Anime Series Inuyasha Airs Dec. 1 on YTV

The popular Japanese anime series, INUYASHA, finishes off this Friday, Dec. 1, 2006, at 9:00 pm, as YTV airs the series finale in Bionix, YTV's anime programming block. It promises to be a cliff-hanging end to the 167-episode series that combines ancient Japanese folklore, epic storylines and blazing action. Fans don't need to worry, as the series will continue to air every Friday night in repeats.