Zeros 2 Heroes, in conjunction with Rainmaker Animation, announced a first for social networking when it revealed that fans of REBOOT have chosen who will reshape the storyline of the classic animated TV property that originally aired on ABC, YTV and Cartoon Network. In an unprecedented competition, REBOOT fans selected the plotline that they want to see developed into a web comic book property. This marks the first step in re-launching the property in advance of Rainmaker's upcoming trilogy of REBOOT theatrical feature films.
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qubo announced a new partnership with Bejuba! Ent. and zinc Roe design, the creators of the ZIMMER TWINS, one of Canada's most popular kids' websites, to bring the award-winning property to American audiences on qubo.com. Winner of the 2007 International Interactive Emmy Award, the ZIMMER TWINS, Edgar and Eva, are animated characters featured in interactive cartoons that kids can create from scratch, modify and share with their friends in a rich, safe web environment.
Continuing the national and international momentum for the new children's series, ANIMALIA, PorchLight Ent. has closed a deal with WETA, Washington, D.C. PBS station, which will present the series to the PBS stations nationwide.
WETA will bring the high-end CG animated series (40x26) to PBS stations for broadcast in the beginning in January 2008. The series brings Graeme Base's international best-selling picture book, ANIMALIA, to life and is produced by Burberry/Lux Monkey/DoubleBase Prods. in association with PorchLight Ent.
Vancouver-based Studio B Productions has closed a deal with LUK Internacional for the fourth season of its quirky series for six- to 11-year-olds, BEING IAN. LUK now holds the broadcast rights to all 62 episodes of BEING IAN for Spain, Portugal and Andorra. The fourth season, which debuts on Canada's YTV this month, has Ian starting his own website, where he hosts movies and blogs that link directly to beingian.com, hosted by YTV.com.
France's Sav! The World Productions has announced that its animated series OBAN STAR-RACERS will be broadcast in Japan on NHK BS2, the satellite channel of Japan's national channel. The show will air Saturday mornings beginning October 6, 2007.
French broadcaster Canal+ has acquired all broadcast rights -- including pay TV, cable TV, Internet and mobile -- to distributor BRB Internacional's devilish animation series THE IMP. Canal+ will also act as the licensing agent in France.
Produced by Red Kite, Screen 21, and TVC, THE IMP (65x90) is a comedy produced in black-and-white HD3D targeted at young adults. Winner of the MIPCOM Jr. Licensing Challenge, THE IMP has been specifically designed to easily adapt to new multimedia formats, as well as to more traditional products such as toys, textile, stationery, etc.
Nelvana Enterprises has announced that it is producing 26 new episodes each of the animated series GROSSOLOGY and DI-GATA DEFENDERS. Both shows have developed a growing international fan base, which has helped to fuel the demand for additional episodes.
In fallout from a major restructure at Canada's Corus Entertainment, the company's director of original kids' productions, Bonita Siegel, and several members of her development team have been let go, reports KIDSCREEN. The realignment, announced Tuesday, has resulted in 53 job cuts across the company, and has raised concerns about the health of the kids channels' production and development departments.
The layoffs are rumored to include two additional development execs, which raises further questions about Corus's future plans regarding original commissions.
35th Annual Annie AwardsGlendale, California, USAFeb. 8, 2008Deadline: Oct. 5, 2007
Honoring outstanding achievements and excellence in the field of animation, awards will be presented in twenty-three categories, including best animated feature, home entertainment, short subject, television production, television commercial and videogame, as well as individual excellence in areas ranging from production design, character animation, character design, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, directing, music, and voice acting.
Webby Awards 2008New York, New York, USAJune 2008Deadline: Oct. 26, 2007
The Webby Film and Video Awards, the leading international honors for original film and video premiering on the Internet, has added 19 new categories, including Music, Sports, Technology, and Travel, as well as new technical categories recognizing excellence in editing, sound design, writing and use of animation.
Corus Entertainment's 24/7 preschool channel Treehouse will no longer be the only network of its kind in Canada when Astral Media's Family Channel launches Playhouse Disney at the end of November. The channel will feature programming from Disney, together with such original Canadian content as FRANNY'S FEET, THE SECRET WORLD OF BENJAMIN BEAR and KING.
U.S. media company Starz, LLC has announced the opening of one of Canada's largest studios and the appointment of veteran animation executive David Steinberg to run it. Initially the studio will have 150 employees, but it is expected to grow substantially as new projects begin production. The studio will produce computer-generated animated feature films and more.
Sarah Paulson (TV's STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP) leads a host of newcomers joining the cast of Frank Miller's adaptation of Will Eisner's THE SPIRIT, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The other new additions include Dan Lauria, Stana Katic, Johnny Simmons and Louis Lombardi. They will join lead Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendes and Scarlett Johansson.
The Ottawa International Animation Festival comes to an end with the closing ceremonies held Sunday, Sept. 23, at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Organizers announced the winners of the official competition during the ceremonies. The festival attracted 1,500 industry pass holders from across Canada and around the world with a total attendance of more than 23,000. Although the final numbers are not officially in, there are strong indications that this year's Festival reached the highest attendance to date.
The winners are:
Montreal-based Atopia Distribution has announced its acquisition of all North American rights to Aron Gauder's acclaimed Hungarian animated comedy THE DISTRICT! (NYOCKER!). The edgy animated social and political satire musical had its North American bow at the Toronto International Film Festival and went on to screen at 59 fests across the world, including Karlovy Vary, Rotterdam International, Philadelphia Film Festival, Austin Fantasticfest, Mar Del Plata, Melbourne International and Sitges, winning awards at no less than 13 of them.
Some of the most talented women in animation will take the stage for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 11th Marc Davis Celebration of Animation. "Canadian Women in Animation," presented in cooperation with the National Film Board of Canada, will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Oscar nominees Janet Perlman, Caroline Leaf, Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis and Academy Award winner Torill Kove will introduce their short films, then participate in a group panel discussion moderated by animation critic Charles Solomon.
Decode Ent. augments its slate of third-party programming with the acquisition of worldwide TV distribution rights (excluding the U.S.) to Out of the Blue Ent.'s preschool literacy series SUPER WHY. The 65x22 show is a co-venture between BLUE'S CLUES producer Out of the Blue, co-founded by Angela C. Santomero and Samantha Freeman, and Decode. SUPER WHY is already airing on PBS in the U.S. and has also been picked up by Canada's CBC.
Eyetronics will expand its high resolution scanning services to Canada. The first satellite office will open in Montreal in September, with plans to roll out further expansion to Toronto and Vancouver in 2008.
Aardman Animations has hired HIT Ent. to handle licensing and DVD sales in the U.S. and Canada. With immediate effect, HIT will manage the rights of three properties, WALLACE & GROMIT, SHAUN THE SHEEP and AARDMAN CLASSICS.
Stephen Moore, COO, Aardman Animations said, "We are delighted at the prospect of partnering with HIT in the U.S. and Canada on these, our two most precious properties --their talent in managing top international brands will give SHAUN and WALLACE & GROMIT a great springboard for tremendous success."
American Cinema Int'l (aci-americancinemainternational.com) has announced that its animated feature, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, is set for a U.S. theatrical release on Oct. 19, 2007. The film will have its market debut during this year's American Film Market.
The CG feature is the first in a branded twelve-film series from Promenade Pictures, the family driven production and distribution outfit established by former studio head Frank Yablans. The film also marks the company's entry into the U.S. theatrical distribution arena.
Cartoon Network Enterprises has enlisted Canadian agent Segal Licensing to beef up its BEN 10 marketing activities in Canada, reports KIDSCREEN. Segal will pursue licensing and promotional partnerships in a variety of categories to increase the brand's visibility and availability in the region.
BEN 10 products have been available in Canada since the spring, when Bandai America launched its line. Over the spring and summer, the initial offerings were augmented by D3 Publishers of America (interactive), SG Footwear, Pressman (games and puzzles) and Bell Sports.
Breakthrough Animation has landed the Jetix programming block, which airs on Toon Disney, as the U.S. broadcast home for its comedy-adventure animated series CAPTAIN FLAMINGO.
Jetix has licensed all 52 half-hours (104x11) of the animated series aimed at kids 6-12, and 44 minutes of separate CAPTAIN FLAMINGO content produced especially for the Internet and the mobile platform, including story vignettes, original songs and more.
iVOD preschool net Puff TV has inked an exclusive deal with PorchLight Ent. for its leading CGI series JAY JAY THE JET PLANE, according to KIDSCREEN. The agreement includes a number of European territories, as well as Canada. Puff will also develop interactive TV VOD games based on the property.
JAY JAY airs daily in the U.S. on PBS and Sprout TV, and is also available internationally in more than 50 countries.
Founded in 2005, Puff TV is the world's first iVOD TV channel dedicated to the infant and preschool market.