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.
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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.
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.
HIT Ent. has acquired worldwide rights to the popular girls' publishing property, RAINBOW MAGIC, and plans to create a television format of the books, as well as launch a range of consumer products.
Introduced in the U.K. in 2003, RAINBOW MAGIC, aimed at girls 5-9, is a collection of more than 60 books, which follows the magical adventures of Kirsty and Rachel and their interactions with different groups of fairies and other creatures in Fairyland. A publishing phenomenon, RAINBOW MAGIC has sold 10 million copies in more than 20 languages worldwide.
Taffy Ent. will pull into MIPTV with new deals for animated series FANTASTIC FOUR and BOBBY'S WORLD.
Taffy Ent. has signed a U.K. deal for FANTASTIC FOUR, the animated series based on Marvel's superhero franchise. GMTV has acquired the program for its weekend children's strand, Toonattik, which airs on ITV1 and CITV.
In separate deals, the series has also been snapped up by TV Globo in Brazil, MRTL in Hungary and Fox Video for Europe and Latin America.
5th Annual International Student Film Festival HollywoodNorth Hollywood, California, USANov. 14-18, 2007Deadline: Aug. 31, 2007
The International Student Film Festival Hollywood offers student filmmakers from all over the world a unique opportunity to gain the recognition of film industry leaders, creating career development opportunities in their home countries as well as in the U.S. For more information, visit www.isffhollywood.org.
Chicago International Children's Film Festival 2007Chicago, Illinois, USAOct. 18-28, 2007Deadline: May 31, 2007
As part of its new expanded speaker format, SIGGRAPH 2007 has named Glenn Entis, chief visual officer of Electronic Arts (EA), as the first of three featured speakers. Entis will speak about recent accomplishments and upcoming challenges for interactive graphics in videogames at the 34th International Conference & Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques being held Aug. 5-9 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego.
Eric Johnson has been cast in the title role of SCI FI Channel's action-adventure series, FLASH GORDON. Produced by Reunion Pictures, this modern day retelling of the classic comic strip franchise will begin production in May with an eye toward an August 2007 premiere. RHI Ent. will be distributing the series internationally.
2007 DIY Book FestivalLos Angeles, California, USAOct. 2007Deadline: Sept. 25, 2007
The 2007 DIY Book Festival will host its fifth annual program celebrating the success of independent authors and publishers.
The DIY Book Festival will consider self-published or independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children's books, teenage, how-to, audio/spoken word, photography, art, comics, 'zines, fan fiction, poetry and e-books published on or after Jan. 1, 2005.
Andrew Berman, a 20-year veteran of the entertainment industry has returned to TMS Ent. as evp/gm of TMS Ent. USA Inc. TMS Ent. Ltd. (TMS), is an affiliate of videogame giant SEGA Corp. in Japan and is one of the largest and most prolific anime producers and distributors in the world today.
Berman oversees the North American operations for TMS. His responsibilities include sales and marketing of an expansive animation library, as well as further expanding the existing business of TMS and SEGA Corp. relating to entertainment programming.
Gameloft has partnered with Sprint to launch a trio of award-winning 3D games to Sprint customers. Gamelofts slate of hit titles includes REAL SOCCER 3D, MIDNIGHT BOWLING 3D and MIDNIGHT POOL 3D.
The games are part of Gamelofts expanding catalog of original licenses and strong 3D offerings. The company upholds its commitment to 3D by continuing to provide consumers with the latest selection of enhanced high definition games. 3D, with an increase in file size, allows for realistic, immersive gameplay.
Accel Transmatic Ltd. announced that Accel Animation Studios, a division of the company in India engaged in 3D animation content development and visual effects, has formed a strategic alliance with a Los Angles-based LongTale InterNational, to develop, co-produce and distribute animation movies for the global market.
The Trivandrum-based studio would produce 133 episodes of a series based on the THIRUKKURAL stories that LongTale would distribute to global audiences.
During the past six months, more than 100 additional post-production facilities around the globe have adopted Autodesk Inc.'s film and television solutions running on the Linux operating system. The Autodesk Linux-based systems provide digital artists and editors with increased speed and interactivity.
Visual effects company Artifex Studios has teamed up with Insight Film and Starz Media for the new action television series, PAINKILLER JANE, starring Kristanna Loken (TERMINATOR 3, BLOODRAYNE), which debuts April 13 at 10:00 pm on SCI FI Channel. Artifex is creating all the visual effects and promises some stunning digital tricks for this new 22-part, one-hour series.
Sierra College 2007 Scollies Animation and Video FestivalRocklin, California, USAApril 28, 2007Deadline: April 9, 2007
The Sierra College 2007 Scollies Animation and Video Festival invites films from Sierra College students, people of all ages from the Sierra College community and from high school students in the Sierra College district.
Continuing to accelerate its worldwide marketing and branding objectives across its multiple divisions, Donna Hardwick has joined PorchLight Ent. in the newly created post of vp, marketing and promotions. Hardwick is responsible for the marketing and branding strategies on a multileveled corporate, divisional and product platform, including the company's major children's brands, JAY JAY THE JET PLANE, TUTENSTEIN and ANIMALIA, scheduled to debut on public television next year.
The National Film Board of Canada has launched the Hothouse 4 website at www.nfb.ca/hothouse, which includes a regular behind-the-scenes podcast series.
Hothouse is a NFB project that encourages new talent, provides an A-Z experience in professional animation filmmaking and re-imagines ways of making animation: ways that are faster, more flexible and that celebrate the shortest of short forms. Eight emerging filmmakers spend 12 weeks at the NFB Animation studios in Montreal to create 30-second films on the theme "A Chance Encounter."
Tahoe Reno International Film Festival (T-RIFF) 2007Lake Tahoe & Reno, Nevada, USAOct. 24-28, 2007Deadline: May 31, 2007
The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) announced its worldwide call for entries for the 2007 Festival taking place Sept. 19-23, 2007, in Canadas capital.
Entity FX has named Tricia Pifer to the newly formed position of head of production. Pifer's industry experience spans more than a decade working with entertainment companies such as Jim Henson Prods. and ABC. She joined Entity FX in 2004.
"Tricia plays an important role day to day at Entity FX," stated Kymber Lim, exec producer, Entity FX. "Her detailed knowledge of scheduling, staffing and coordination ensures that our projects deliver smoothly, efficiently and on time. She is in tune with the artists, and she keeps things fun."
Universal Pictures Int'l Ent. has just bought the international DVD rights to the first 52-episode season of BERNARD. This deal for producer BRB Internacional represents the first time that the Spanish company has entered into such a wide-ranging alliance covering so many countries. Universal has also acquired mobile rights to BERNARD in the U.K.
Canadian animation production and distribution studio, 9 Story Ent., has started production on two new children's animated properties, a comedy, BEST ED, and an action/comedy, FUTZ! In addition, the company will complete production on additional episodes of four critically-acclaimed animated series: PEEP AND THE BIG WIDE WORLD (Season 3), MAX AND RUBY (Season 3) POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER (Season 2) and SKYLAND (Season 1).