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Portfolio Ent. Ups Rutherford to Director of Sales & Acquisitions

Portfolio Ent. has upped Jon Rutherford to director of sales and acquisitions, additionally responsible for sales in Europe, Latin America, the U.S. and Canada, as well as acquisitions for worldwide distribution.

"Jon is unstoppable," said Joy Rosen, founder/president, Portfolio Ent. "He has done a tremendous job cultivating new international relationships while conscientiously maintaining existing relationships with broadcasters and production companies."

Animation Headline News

Shaolin Kids Kicks Into China

China's Shanghai Fantasia Animation Co. Ltd. and France's Les Cartooneur Animation Co. are in talks with China Central Television (CCTV) to bring the international hit, SHAOLIN KIDS, to China in October after debuting abroad four years ago, reports XinhuaNet.com.

Budgeted at 40 million yuan ($5.2 million), the series follows three Chinese kids who use their superior kung fu skills to battle monsters.

The show is already a hit on TV3 in France and is garnering solid ratings in Germany and Canada as well.

Headline News

TitleMatch Signs Exclusive Deal with TMS Ent.

TitleMatch Ent, Group, a subsidiary of Protocall Technologies Inc. and developer of the world's first CSS-enabled DVD On-Demand system for retailers and etailers, announced completion of a distribution agreement for animation content from Tokyo-based TMS Ent. Ltd., a subsidiary of SEGA SAMMY Holdings Inc.

Game Headline News

Activision's Spider-Man 3 Game Unleashes the Power of the Black Suit Into Retail

Activision Inc. wants gamers to unleash their dark side in the SPIDER-MAN 3 videogame, timed to hit retail with the highly anticipated theatrical release of Sony Pictures Ent.'s Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios' SPIDER-MAN 3. Based on the famous Marvel characters, the game allows players to experience, for the first time, Spider-Man's mysterious black-suited persona, as well as his heroic red suit and battle villains in a massive New York City playground teeming with activity.

Festival Headline News

2007 New York Book Festival Call For Entries

2007 New York Book FestivalNew York, New York, USAJune 23, 2007 Deadline: May 25, 2007

The 2007 New York Book Festival will hold its annual program celebrating literature with a daytime festival in Central Park followed by an evening awards ceremony.

Shows Headline News

LACDA Seeking Digital Art

LACDA 2007 International Juried CompetitionLos Angeles, California, USAJune 5, 2007Deadline: May 27, 2007

LACDA is holding its annual juried competition for digital art and photography. Entrants submit three JPEG files of original work. All styles of 2D artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable. The competition is international, open to all geographic locations.

Animation Headline News

Sheridan Hosts Top Studios For Opening Of New Animation Center

Execs from some of the top animation and digital media studios in North America were on hand April 26, 2007, to officially open Sheridan Institute's new center for animation. The multi-million dollar facility is the latest milestone in Sheridan's 35-year history as a leading animation educator in Canada. Reps from Nelvana/Corus Ent., Disney DreamWorks Animation, CORE Digital Pictures, JibJab and many other studios were on hand for the official opening of the center.

Nickelodeon Headline News

Nickelodeon Part of New Theme Park In Dubai

Nickelodeon and United Arab Emirate-based Al Ahli Group (AAG) announced a long term partnership that will add Nickelodeon and its hit properties to the giant Al Ahli Park development underway in Dubai. Several Nickelodeon entities will become part of the park, which will open in 2011, including: SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Starfish, Dora the Explorer, Diego and BLUE'S CLUES, among others.

Kids Headline News

AOL Launches New Animated Kol Super Gliders

AOL's kids site, KOL (www.kol.com) debuted today (May 2, 2007) the KOL SUPER GLIDERS, a cartoon series based on KOL's mascots Ariel and Kiki -- two sugar gliders (marsupials) that live at the AOL headquarters in Dulles, Virginia. In the series, Ariel, the leader of the Sugar Gliders duo, and Kiki, the smart and bubbly, yet forgetful sidekick, are responsible for stopping evil schemes around the world.

Animation Headline News

Snyder to Lead Turner's Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media Division

Stuart Snyder will take the reigns of Turner Broadcasting System's newly aligned portfolio of cable networks, digital properties and entertainment businesses for kids and young adults.

Festival Headline News

PLATFORM Festival Announces New Media Lineup

PLATFORM International Animation Festival announces the new media and mobile devices selections, finalizing the complete lineup for competition debuting in Portland, Oregon, June 25-30, 2007. The festival competition will include categories covering commercial and independent films, student animation and films for new platforms, including indoor and outdoor installations, cell phones and internet. Winners of all the competitions will be announced during the closing ceremonies of the festival on June 30, 2007. In total, more than $50,000 will be awarded.

Animation Headline News

Breakthrough Animation Developing Primetime Animated Series

To meet what Breakthrough Animation Inc. perceives is a demand for primetime programming targeted to the 18-35 demographic, the Canadian studio has started development on two new animated properties, THE ORPHANAGE and FOOLZ 'N THE HOOD. Both series will be available for broadcast, broadband and mobile platform formats.

Education Headline News

Cookie Jar Education Ups Posacki & Purcell

Cookie Jar Education Inc., a leading publisher of educational materials and teaching aids, has promoted Roger Posacki to coo, while Tom Purcell comes on board as svp, finance.

Based in Greensboro, North Carolina, Cookie Jar Education is the educational arm of The Cookie Jar Group, owner of Carson-Dellosa Publishing and HighReach Learning.

Interactive Headline News

Canada Dominates Interactive Emmy Awards

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners for the International Interactive Emmy Awards, organized for the second year in a row in Cannes, France in partnership with Reed MIDEM and hosted by actor Roger Bart (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, THE PRODUCERS).

Media Headline News

Decode Launches New Preschool Series From Halifax Film at MIPTV

Decode Ent. traveled to MIPTV 2007 with a brand new show, BO ON THE GO! The series has been commissioned by Canada's CBC and is produced by Decode's sister company in DHX Media Ltd., Halifax Film.

Employing motion-capture technology and CG, BO ON THE GO! promotes an active lifestyle and an active mind for preschoolers. It has been created by a dedicated group of artists, broadcasters and educators to instill a love of movement in children, as well as promote a more active lifestyle while linking their activity to a plot-driven story.

Visual Headline News

The Syndicate Creates Thrill Ride Invasion for Six Flags

The Syndicate has completed production on the first of a multi-spot commercial and branding package, "You Are Here," for Six Flags, the world's largest theme park company. The ad campaign broadens Six Flags' brand focus on family entertainment.

In a creative partnership with The Zimmerman Agency, The Syndicate's managing director Kenny Solomon and The Syndicate's director Ben Grossmann, developed the concept of an ordinary suburban neighborhood transformed into a theme park in an eruption of roller coasters, thrill rides, superheroes and costumed performers.

Animation Headline News

Charlie and Lola Wins at Cartoons on the Bay

Cartoons on the Bay has announced the winners of the Pulcinella Awards for this year. The awards in the international competition for television animation went to:

* TV Series for Infants -- CHARLIE AND LOLA -- U.K. (Tiger Aspect Prods.)

* TV Series for Children -- RUBY GLOOM -- Canada (Nelvana)

* TV Series for All Ages -- MINUSCOLO -- France (Futurikon)

* TV Series Action and Adventure -- THE SECRET SHOW -- U.K. (The Secret Show Ltd.)

* Pilots for TV Series -- MONSTER SAFARI -- U.S. (Nickelodeon)

Mobile Headline News

TELETOON Launches Video On Demand & Mobile TV Services

TELETOON will launch two new digital services, Video on Demand (VOD) on April 27, 2007, and Mobile TV on May 15. Building upon the recent re-branding of the network, TELETOON now offers a more flexible and far-reaching suite of services from traditional broadcast, across VOD and Mobile TV to the popular teletoon.com.

Awards Headline News

ACT Announces Awards of Excellence Nods

The Alliance for Children and Television (ACT) will honor Canada's top English language children's and youth programs at the 2007 Awards of Excellence Gala on May 31, 2007, at CBC's Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. The gala will be co-hosted by much-loved Kids' CBC host Patty Sullivan and Sid Bobb, who will also be joining Kids' CBC in the fall.

Mobile Headline News

Gameloft to Bring Shrek the Third to Mobile Gamers

Gameloft has signed a domestic and international licensing agreement with DreamWorks Animation to produce a mobile game based on the animated feature film, SHREK THE THIRD, in theaters May 18, 2007. SHREK THE THIRD, the mobile game, is scheduled for release across 170 operators in more than 75 countries, in conjunction with the movie.

The mobile game will closely follow the film's storyline of the film with appearances from all the main characters.

Series Headline News

BET Adds Three Toons to Lineup

At the up-front presentation of its fall 2007 lineup, BET announced the addition of three new animated TV series to the most ambitious slate of programming in its 26-year history.

Orlando Jones (MAD TV) and Ali LeRoi (EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS) have teamed up to create BUFU, an animated sketch comedy show in the tradition of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and SCTV. BUFU will premiere in fall 2007.

Creative Headline News

Adobe Ships Creative Suite 3

Adobe Systems Inc. announced the immediate availability of the highly-anticipated Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium and Standard editions and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium and Standard editions. This release of brand-new, tightly integrated, design and development software unites the best of Adobe and former Macromedia product innovation to provide designers and developers worldwide with a broad spectrum of creative options.

Series Headline News

Rintindumb Romps Back To Cannes With Raft Of Deals

Xilam's canine comedy RINTINDUMB (75 x 1 minute 30 seconds), featuring Lucky Luke's sidekick, the dumbest dog in the west, has been picked up by a raft of broadcasters at MIPTV. The animated series, which debuted in September on France 3, has been licensed to Mediaset (Italy), Dutch kids TV channel Z@pp, TV5 (France) and TeleQuebec Canada.

World Headline News

Banff World TV Festival Announces Nominees

The Banff World Television Festival, in partnership with Alberta Film, has announced the nominees for the Banff World Television Awards, the annual international television program competition, which this year attracted more than 800 entries across 20 categories.

The award winners will be announced at the 28th Banff World Television Awards Show, presented in partnership with CanWest MediaWorks, at the Fairmont Banff Springs, in Banff Canada, on June 11, 2007.

Headline News

Nelvana Brings a Rabbit & Defenders to MIPTV

Corus Ent. Inc.'s Nelvana Enterprises is bringing MY FRIEND RABBIT and DI-GATA DEFENDERS to MIPTV.

Based on Eric Rohmann's 2003 Caldecott Gold Medal-winning children's book, MY FRIEND RABBIT will be produced by Nelvana Studios and was commissioned by Treehouse, Corus' preschool broadcast service in Canada.

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