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Storm Hawks Launching On GMTV

Following a highly successful launch in the U.K. on digital television, Nerd Corps Entertainment's hit 3D animated series STORM HAWKS is heading over the dial to free-to-air broadcaster GMTV.

The 52 x half hour series will launch mid-March, starting with back to back episodes each weekday morning on GMTV's Action Stations block and simulcast on CITV.

This unique comedy/action-adventure series currently airs more than 25 times per week on Cartoon Network U.K., where it launched in August 2007.

Film Headline News

Dinner For Two From Emmy Award-Winning Animator

Conflicts between two people can sometimes lead to dire consequences: relationships are broken, innocent bystanders sometimes get hurt and there always is a possibility that violence will erupt.

The Responsibility Project and the National Film Board of Canada presents DINNER FOR TWO, an animated film short that brings these themes to life in the rawest of places -- the jungle.

Home Headline News

Horak Moving Up At Warner Home Video

Mark Horak has been named President, Warner Home Video North America, it was announced Tuesday by Ron Sanders, President, Warner Home Video.

Horak, who most recently served as Executive Vice President and General Manager, Worldwide Operations and New Packaged Media, Warner Home Video, will take charge of the division's North American operations, to include the US, Canada, and Mexico.

In addition, he will continue to oversee worldwide global sales process and category management and will continue to report to Sanders.

Film Headline News

Return From Hiatus: Parnassus

Terry Gilliam's THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS has recommenced shooting in Vancouver, VARIETY reports.

The film was put on hold after cast member Heath Ledger's death in New York on Jan. 22. Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law are all replacing Ledger for sections of the film.

The live-action section of the production had just been completed in London at the time of Ledger's death, with several weeks of bluescreen work in Canada about to begin.

Series Headline News

4Kids Inks More International Deals For Chaotic

4Kids Entertainment, has licensed its animated adventure series, CHAOTIC, to leading broadcasters in Europe, Australia and Asia, it was announced Tuesday.

Scheduled to launch in spring 2008, CHAOTIC has been acquired by TEN Network (Australia), RTBF (Belgium), SIC (Portugal), MNet (South Africa), and Kids Central (Singapore).

Produced in high definition, the series chronicles the adventures of two teenage boys who discover a fascinating trading card game that transports them into a multidimensional world of action and adventure.

Digital Headline News

AccessIT And Four Major Studios Announce Agreement

Access Integrated Technologies announced commitments from four major motion picture studios, including The Walt Disney Studios' Motion Pictures Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures, to provide movies to up to 10,000 digital cinema systems in the United States and Canada in conformance with the DCI specifications.

These commitments signal the official beginning of AccessIT's "Phase Two" Digital Cinema Program.

AccessIT intends to deploy up to 10,000 systems throughout the U.S. and Canada over the next three years.

Headline News

Promotion for Gareton At Warner Bros.

Marc Gareton has been promoted to Executive Vice President, International, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, it was announced Monday.

Gareton will report directly to Thomas Gewecke, President, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution.

As Executive Vice President, International, Gareton will continue his oversight of the studio's digital strategy, partnerships in digital services and emerging business activities outside of the US.

Series Headline News

HIV-Prevention Animated Shorts Off To Asia

The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) will now distribute THE THREE AMIGOS, a series of 20 animated Public Service Announcements designed to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS, throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

The ABU will distribute the series in multiple languages under its Media Awareness Exchange (MAE) banner to more than 120 broadcasters in 53 countries.

It could potentially reach an audience of more than 3 billion people.

The MAE involves a monthly satellite delivery mechanism of pro-social content to broadcasters across the region.

Disney Headline News

Monster Buster Nabbed By Toon Disney

Marathon Group's MONSTER BUSTER CLUB has been picked up by Toon Disney to air in the U.S. VARIETY reports.

French-based Marathon is the country's biggest TV animator, and has already sold three big franchises to the U.S.: TOTALLY SPIES!, TEAM GALAXY and MARTIN MYSTERY.

MONSTER BUSTER is Marathon's first CG animated series, complete with a big price tag for the first season: $21 million.

The series is about a secret club of 4-10 year olds who rumble an alien invasion in their town.

Friends Headline News

DVD Releases For March 4

101 DALMATIONS RE-RELEASED ON DISNEY DVD.

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment unleashes 101 of the world's most famous dogs when Walt Disney's original dog classic, 101 DALMATIANS: PLATINUM EDITION comes to DVD March 4 for a limited time.

This all-new two-disc Platinum Edition is a must-own for fans big and small, featuring beloved characters Pongo, Perdita, and their 99 puppies, as well as one of Disney's most deliciously evil villains of all time -- Cruella De Vil (ranked on American Film Institute's Best Villains of All Time List).

Kids Headline News

Voting Underway For Kids' Choice Awards

Animated films, video games and TV shows are among the nominees for Nickelodeon's 2008 Kids' Choice Awards, which kids can start voting on today.

Pop sensation and 2007 KCA winner Miley Cyrus and Nickelodeon's own The Naked Brothers Band will perform live at the awards show telecast from UCLA's Pauley Pavilion, March 29 (8 p.m. ET; tape delay PT) with host Jack Black.

Kids will be able to cast their vote online at www.nick.com/kca beginning Monday in 18 categories. Surprise awards also will be announced during the show.

Cartoon Headline News

Cartoon Net, Nelvana Support Bakugan

Following their recent U.S. announcement, Cartoon Network and Nelvana Enterprises have entered into a relationship to support their new anime property, BAKUGAN, the companies announced Friday.

Through the agreement, Cartoon Network will serve as the brand's licensing agent for the non-toy related categories across Europe and Africa.

Series Headline News

Sneak Peek Of The Third Manga

Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Nozomi Entertainment and Kadokawa Pictures USA are pleased to unveil a sneak preview of THE THIRD manga available from TOKYOPOP on March 11, 2008, at www.thethirdanime.com,the official site for THE THIRD: THE GIRL WITH THE BLUE EYE.

Also at www.thethirdanime.com, visitors can:

Preview sound and video clips, including those from next volume of the anime, VOL. 5: SHADOWS OF THE PAST, which streets on March 25;

Read about the series, its origin and characters;

Watch the series trailer; and

Headline News

Cable Nets Grabbing Unreleased Titles

Cable networks TNT, TBS, USA and FX have been buying up theatrical releases by the dozens in recent weeks, including a package of yet-unreleased Warner Bros. films 10,000 B.C., THE DARK KNIGHT, SPEED RACER to Turner Broadcasting's TNT and TBS, VARIETY reported Wednesday.

The Warners/Turner deal also includes released pictures like TMNT, ANT BULLY and I AM LEGEND.

Details and monies weren't discussed by the parties, but generally with prebuys, the network pays about 11 percent of the final domestic box office, capped at $250 million gross in U.S. theaters.

Films Headline News

Ridley Scott, Robert Rodriguez In I'VE SEEN FILMS Jury

I'VE SEEN FILMS International Short Film Festival 2008 will feature Ridley Scott (ALIEN, BLADE RUNNER, THELMA & LOUISE, GLADIATOR, AMERICAN GANGSTER), Robert Rodriguez (EL MARIACHI, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO, SIN CITY, GRINDHOUSE PLANET TERROR) and Maestro Ludovico Einaudi (DIARIO MALI, UNA MATTINA, LE ONDE, LA SCALA CONCERT, EDEN ROC, TIME OUT) as members of its International Jury.

The deadline to submit short films is March 17, 2008.

Headline News

Terminator Salvation: Coming May 2009

Warner Bros. announced Monday they will release TERMINATOR SALVATION: THE FUTURE BEGINS on Memorial Day weekend 2009, according to VARIETY.

Christian Bale stars as John Connor in the first of a three-picture arc that begins after Skynet has destroyed almost all humans in a nuclear holocaust. Connor leads a group of survivors to stop the machines.

Summer 2009 is still relatively open, but Twentieth Century Fox also has NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM II: ESCAPE FROM THE SMITHSONIAN opening May 22.

Software Headline News

Deal for StateShift Announced

Conspiracy Entertainment Holdings, a developer, publisher and marketer of interactive entertainment software in North America and Western Europe, announced Tuesday that it has a publishing deal with Engine Software, a game developer based in the Netherlands, regarding the release of its STATESHIFT video game title in the American territories, including North and South America, and Mexico.

Media Headline News

EM.Entertainment And Studio100 Media Distribution Deal

EM.Entertainment GmbH and Studio100 Media have agreed an extensive co-operation running until the end of 2008 and covering international distribution of the wide-ranging EM.Entertainment rights portfolio within the TV, home entertainment and video on demand (VOD) sectors, the companies announced Tuesday.

The distribution partnership that EM.Entertainment agreed March 2007 with London-based media house Sparrowhawk Distribution Ltd. expires March 31, 2008 due to the takeover of the company by NBC Universal and its subsequent organizational restructuring.

Game Headline News

Second Annual Elan Awards Announced

Video game, animation and digital arts students, creators and bosses gathered Friday for the Second Annual Elan Awards in Vancouver.

FAMILY GUY creator Seth MacFarlane hosted, closing his performance with a singing "Stewie" act and won his first Elan.

Here are all the winners:

Animation Categories:

Best feature length animated production: BARBIE AS THE ISLAND PRINCESS (Rainmaker Animation, Jennifer Twiner-McCarron).

Licensing Headline News

Storm Hawks To Soar Onto Shelves

The high-flying transforming action of Nerd Corps Entertainment's original series STORM HAWKS will soon come to retail stores in the form of trading cards, toys, apparel, bedding and footwear.

The hit 3D action/comedy series is currently airing on Cartoon Network five days a week during the network's afternoon programming block.

Services Headline News

Eyetronics to Offer Mocap Services with Moven

Eyetronics announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Xsens to represent their Moven MoCap (motion capture) system.

Under the the terms of the agreement, Eyetronics will provide MoCap services via Moven and will also make the system available for purchase.

Eyetronics is an international provider of high resolution scanning services and animation-ready 3D models for feature films, television, commercials and computer games.

Headline News

USA Will Air All Indys

USA Network purchased the rights to air not only the newest Indiana Jones flick (INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL), but will air the three prequels before the film's theatrical release in May.

VARIETY reports the deal could cost the network $40 million, depending on CRYSTAL SKULL's (Paramount and Lucasfilm) domestic theatrical revenues.

The three previous Indiana Jones movies, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981), THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (1984) and THE LAST CRUSADE (1989) will be shown as a marathon to promote CRYSTAL SKULL.

Headline News

Nintendo Wants Solution to Piracy Problems

Nintendo of America Inc. wants the U.S. Trade Representative to encourage governments around the world to take a "more aggressive stance to combat piracy of Nintendo video games and systems."

China remains the primary manufacturer of pirated Nintendo DS and Wii games, Korea has emerged as the leader in distributing illegal game files over the Internet.

Brazil and Mexico remain saturated with counterfeit Nintendo software, and Paraguay and Hong Kong continue to serve as major transshipment points for global distribution of illegal goods.

Headline News

Dinosaur King to Expand to Canada, Sweden, Others

4Kids Ent. closed several deals with global broadcast partners to air the popular new animation series DINOSAUR KING.

The fantasy adventure series airs Saturday mornings on 4Kids TV (Fox) and is a combination of traditional cel and CGI animation.

After earning strong ratings since its Sept. 2007 premiere, DINOSAUR KING is now set for broadcast on YTV (Canada), Jetix (Latin America), TV2 (Denmark) and TV4 (Sweden) during the upcoming 2008-09 season.

Japan Headline News

Bakugan To Debut On Cartoon Network

The hit anime series BAKUGAN will make its U.S. debut Feb. 24 on Cartoon Network.

Airing first in Japan and Canada, the series follows the adventures of Dan and his fellow Battle Brawlers as they use strategy and skill to save the Earth from destruction.

BAKUGAN begins with kids around the world discovering cards with different characters.

They create a battle game with them, not realizing the cards correspond to an alternate universe called Vestroia, where Bakugan warriors are waging war.

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