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Casper The Friendly Ghost Celebrates 60 Years In 2009

2009 marks the 60th anniversary of CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST and Classic Media, an Entertainment Rights group company, is gearing up for the big celebration with the launch of an expanded licensing program for The Official Ambassador of Halloween. CASPER products across key categories, including apparel, DVDs, music, digital content, games and social expressions will begin to roll out to retail in time for Halloween.

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Loyalkaspar Spreads Wachovia's Message With Six Digital Spots At L.A. Live

Take a stroll along L.A. Live, the new entertainment district in downtown Los Angeles, and you'll likely see the new six spot image campaign for Wachovia, directed and designed by New York design/production house Loyalkaspar via ad agency Mullen, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.

The campaign can currently be seen on kiosks, HD monitors, JumboTrons and various multimedia billboards throughout the new $2.5 billion project.

Digital Headline News

Advertising and the Art of Digital Cinema

Advertising and the Art of Digital CinemaNew York, New York, USAJune 5, 2008

IRIDAS will join an illustrious group of companies on June 5, 2008 at a special event for the advertising industry presented by Simpson Films (SFI). Vision Research, makers of the Phantom camera; post facility Company 3; editing houses Version2 and Cut+Run; and IRIDAS will join Young and Rubicam and other leading New York ad agencies at SFI's studios in Long Island City.

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Join The Kung Fu Panda Party at McDonald's

Celebrating the debut of McDonald's KUNG FU PANDA Happy Meal promotion, McDonald's, DreamWorks Animation and Conservation International are creating Panda-mania worldwide by inviting kids and families to a one-of-a-kind KUNG FU PANDA party.

Beginning June 6 through July 3 at McDonald's restaurants in North America, and then rolling out across the globe, McDonald's KUNG FU PANDA Happy Meal program features exclusive characters from DreamWorks Animation's upcoming KUNG FU PANDA film.

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Click & Clack's As The Wrench Turns Premieres July 9 On PBS

Tom and Ray Magliozzi, the didactic duo whose voices grace the NPR airwaves on the ever-popular radio show "Car Talk," are moving themselves into the world of animation with the all-new primetime series CLICK & CLACK'S AS THE WRENCH TURNS, premiering Wednesday, July 9, 2008, 8-9 p.m. ET on PBS.

Series Headline News

New Tween Animated Series My Life Me Greenlighted

TV-Loonland and Canadian-based company, CarpeDiem Film & TV will start production on their new animated series MY LIFE ME (52x11). Canadian kids broadcaster, Teletoon Canada and French broadcasters, France 2 and Canal J, are backing this co-production. TV-Loonland will handle all international distribution rights in all media including L&M.

The project was co-created by J.C. Little, Cindy Filipenko and rising manga star Svetlana Chmakova, who found success with the top selling Tokyopop comic book hit DRAMACON.

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Sid the Science Kid Comes to Home Video Through NCircle Ent.

The Jim Henson Company has signed with NCircle Ent. as the home video distributor of the company's new animated preschool science-readiness series, SID THE SCIENCE KID, currently in production on 40 half-hour episodes and scheduled to debut on the PBSKids preschool block on September 1, 2008. NCircle will exclusively handle all home video and digital formats in the U.S. and Canada.

Entertainment Headline News

Lionsgate Secures Distribution Rights To Little Tikes

Lionsgate has entered into a distribution agreement with leading consumer entertainment products company MGA Ent. for the popular Little Tikes brand. The deal was announced Thursday by Lionsgate Exec VP of Marketing and Family Entertainment, Anne Parducci.

Idea Headline News

VeggieTales Celebrates 15 Years

Big Idea, an Entertainment Rights group company, is celebrating VEGGIETALES' 15th anniversary in 2008 with an expanded licensing and merchandising campaign. The anniversary program will be led by a commemorative DVD release of WHERE'S GOD WHEN I'M S-SCARED?, new licensed product and an all-new VEGGIETALES Live Show beginning to roll out to consumers this summer.

Series Headline News

Geronimo Stilton Animated TV Series Pre-Sold In Canada

Taffy Ent. has closed its first broadcast presales deal for the new animated kids' TV series GERONIMO STILTON with Radio-Canada. The animated series, now in production, is produced by Atlantyca Ent. and Moonscoop Productions, in association with Mike Young Productions.

The new show, based on the popular children's chapter book series of the same name, is scheduled to air during the 2009-2010 season.

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2008 Leo Awards Honor Animated Jibber Jabber

The new CG animated TV series, JIBBER JABBER, which will air this September on YTV, walked away with four out of five possible wins in the animation category at the prestigious Leo Awards this past weekend.

The series, currently airing on Canal J in France has already won international acclaim as one of their top animated series.

The STORM HAWKS episode "Calling All Domos" won for Best Direction/Storyboarding (Rav Grewal, Jean Lacombe, Steve Ball, Colin Lorimer).

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Asylum VFX And Anonymous Create A Collage For Canon

The Asylum VFX team, Anonymous' Andrew Douglas, Grey New York, 10 photographers, 300 football players, and 70,000 photos all aid in creating a picture perfect world for Canon U.S.A's digital camera line.

The creative process was inspired by flipbook animation. The spot created a unique methodology in both live-action and post that used a hardware/software pipeline combination of Canon, Adobe Lightroom, Avid, Final Cut, and Inferno.

Work Headline News

Data Design Interactive Open Office In Florida

Video game developer and publisher Data Design Interactive has opened a U.S. office in Sarasota, Florida.

The purpose of opening this new studio is to help provide the correct creative atmosphere required to work effectively on today's projects. The emphasis has been placed on providing both a natural and open work environment with sunshine 320 days of the year, a central location, a ten minute walk to the ocean and a two-hour drive to Walt Disney World in Orlando.

Total Headline News

Total Drama Island Pushing The Boat Out In 2008

After a phenomenal first season on Teletoon in 2007, making a splash in the top three for children ages 2-11, this new year will see TOTAL DRAMA ISLAND, the unique interactive animated reality show, wade into international waters on a grand scale with more major announcements soon to come.

Cake Distribution has licensed TOTAL DRAMA ISLAND to CANAL + Family, France, Jetix Benelux, Noga Israel, Digiturk Turkey, Salmon Russia and Diema of Bulgaria for 2008-2009 broadcast.

Series Headline News

ADV Films And Crunchyroll.com Bring Welcome To The N.H.K. To The Web

ADV Films and Crunchyroll will bring fan-favorite series WELCOME TO THE N.H.K. to the Internet. ADV Films is the number one producer-distributor of anime outside of Japan and Crunchyroll is the leading destination for Asian content on the Internet.

In a progressive campaign to leverage digital promotion, ADV has made the first two installments of the 24 episode series available for at www.crunchyroll.com. Two additional episodes will be added each Thursday over the next five weeks.

Film Headline News

New Terminator Flick Starts Shooting Up New Mexico

Principal photography for TERMINATOR SALVATION: THE FUTURE BEGINS, starring Sam Worthington and Christian Bale, is now underway in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

TERMINATOR SALVATION: THE FUTURE BEGINS is directed by McG from a script by Michael Ferris and John Brancato. It is a Halcyon Company film from Mortiz Borman Production and a McG Film.

McG will write a production blog on the movie's official site: http://rss.warnerbros.com/terminatorsalvation/.

Animation Headline News

Industry Night at Max the Mutt Animation School

Industry Night at Max the Mutt Animation SchoolToronto, Ontario, CanadaMay 29, 2008

Industry night features the work of graduating students. At 5:30 p.m., Jean LaChance of Toon Boom, worldwide leader in animation software and the tool of choice for Disney, Fox, Nelvana and Mercury Filmworks, will give a 40-minute demonstration of Storyboard Pro, Pencil Check Pro and Digital Pro. This year, for the first time our students used Toon Boom Storyboard Pro and Digital Pro to make their final films.

Licensing Headline News

North American Licensing Agent Named For Martha Speaks

Lindberg Licensing & Promotions has been named the exclusive licensing agency for MARTHA SPEAKS by WGBH Boston and Studio B Productions, a subsidiary of DHX Media.

Lindberg Licensing & Promotions will develop the MARTHA SPEAKS licensing and merchandising program in North America, targeting kids 4 to 8 years old, across key categories including: toys, interactive, apparel, accessories and more.

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Action! Extraterrestrials! Strippers! AWNtv This Week

With the new "Indiana Jones" hitting theaters this week, AWNtv gets into the action/adventure mood as well. This exciting playlist is your ticket to adventurers, superheroes, barbarians, car chases, Vikings, giant Hello Kitty robots, and avenging dust bunnies!

Two new films from the talented Ivan Rusev!

When life gives you lemons, punch it in the face -- enter the world of GREY.

Look to the skies! Slap yourself on the head -- EXTRATERRESTRIALS is here.

Licensing Headline News

Lola & Virginia Continue To Head Around The World

Imira Ent. is heading to next month's Licensing International Show with further deals signed for international hit property LOLA & VIRGINIA. Following hot on the heels of partnerships with Italy's RAI Trade, Panini and Virgin Play (Nintendo DS game), Imira has scored additional broadcast, home entertainment, licensing and interactive deals in territories worldwide.

Wild Headline News

Wild Canary Media Opens Its Doors In Burbank

Richard Marlis, the former exec VP of Hollywood-based ka-chew/Klasky-Csupo, and Carmen Italia, an advertising and marketing exec and founder of Italia Partners, announced the opening of Wild Canary Media today, based in Burbank, California, USA.

Joining Marlis and Italia at Wild Canary are executive producer of animation Liz Seidman, directors Paul DeMeyer and Gary Johns and producer Chris Hutchison. Heading up the CG animation team are CGI supervisor Bryan Blevins and lead TD artist James Parks. Spearheading the broadcast entertainment business is Mark Pinsker.

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