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Anime Headline News

Anime Network Takes Seed in Sunflower State

Houston-based Anime Network has secured linear carriage in the state of Kansas with Sunflower Broadband and Eagle Communications, which adds three new markets to Anime Network's linear distribution. Anime Network will soon be available in Lawrence, Hays and Minneapolis, Kansas, just in time for the new semester to begin at universities across the state.

Digital Headline News

Yowza Digital Brings DinoSapien to Digital Life

If you've been wondering how those amazing looking dinosaurs have made it to the small screen in DINOSAPIEN, the new live-action/animated adventure series airing on Discovery Kids in the U.S., you can look to Toronto-based animation studio Yowza Digital. Yowza Digital is crafting the 3D animation and visual effects production on DINOSAPIEN, which premiered July 7 in the U.S., after its earlier debut on BBC Kids Canada.

Animation Headline News

BioWare Austin Taps morpheme for Game Development

The Austin, Texas, division of BioWare Corp. is integrating NaturalMotion's morpheme into its pipeline and will be using it to develop assets for several undisclosed next-generation game titles. morpheme is robust middleware designed to give developers and animators unprecedented creative control over the look of their final in-game animation by allowing them to author and preview blends, blend trees and transition graphs in realtime.

Series Headline News

Corus Networks Release Fall Schedule

Corus Ent. announced highlights from its 2007 fall schedules.

"Treehouse, Discovery Kids and YTV are with kids at every stage of their journey through childhood - from preschooler to tween to teen," said Scott Dyer, evp/gm, kids, Corus Ent. "This fall, we're doing what we do best: giving young Canadians great programming from around the world, from preschool shows that parents trust to entertaining live-action dramas to hit series, like SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, plus a slate of kid-friendly reality series."

Headline News

MySpace & TOKYOPOP Team Up to Premiere Four New Shows

MySpace and TOKYOPOP have partnered up to premiere four exclusive new shows based on TOKYOPOP's hit manga series I LUV HALLOWEEN, A MIDNIGHT OPERA, BIZENGHAST and RIDING SHOTGUN. Featuring music from the latest underground acts and cutting edge digital animation from Menfond Electronic Art, pilot episodes will air the week of July 16, 2007, with subsequent episodes running weekly thereafter. MySpace and TOKYOPOP are strategically launching a TOKYOPOP-branded profile (www.myspace.com/tokyopoptv) to host and deliver the shows to create a unique one-on-one relationship with MySpace users.

Show Headline News

PBS Revs Up Its First-Ever Animated Primetime Series

PBS is bringing an animated version of Tom and Ray Magliozzi's CAR TALK radio show to TV. Based on the hit NPR radio show, the as-yet-untitled animated 10x30 sitcom is targeted for summer 2008. Fans will be invited to submit title suggestions for the television show.

The show will focus on the âoff-airâ escapades of Tom and Ray Magliozzi (known to their listeners as Click and Clack, the Tappet brothers) as they try to fix cars, fend off disgruntled customers and seek out ways to do less and less work.

Series Headline News

Warner Bros. Acquires Movie Rights to Septimus Heap

HarperCollins Publishers announced that Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired the feature film rights to the seven-book fantasy series, SEPTIMUS HEAP. This bestselling series marks U.K. author Angie Sage's first foray into middle-grade fantasy.

SEPTIMUS HEAP: MAGYK, the first book in the series will be produced by Karen Rosenfelt (THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA) with Sage as exec producer.

Films Headline News

Frantic Films Set to Debut New Software at SIGGRAPH 2007

The software division of award-winning visual effects studio Frantic Films will be demonstrating an array of new software products at SIGGRAPH 2007. Along with a new version of Deadline, the company's popular render farm solution, Frantic Films will unveil several new developments at Booth #1720 throughout the conference, Aug. 7-9, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.

These new solutions designed for visual effects and animationProfessionals include:

Movie Headline News

Vermont's Springfield Wins Vote To Host Simpsons Movie Premiere

In a closely fought contest, Springfield, Vermont, has emerged as the winner of THE SIMPSONS MOVIE Hometown Movie Challenge. Twentieth Century Fox will roll out the âyellow carpetâ at Springfield, Vermontâs Springfield Theaters on July 21, 2007, for the premiere screening event of THE SIMPSONS MOVIE, where attendees will get the V.I.P. treatment and be among the first in the world to see the long-anticipated movie before it hits theaters.

Animation Headline News

Kahani World & Accel Animation Team Up For Animated Feature Films & DVDs

Kahani World Inc. in Canada and Accel Animation Studios in India have packed to produce three motion pictures and 11 direct-to-DVDs, which the parties hope to spin off into further opportunities in TV, mobile, new media & web formats. One of the largest motion picture deals in Indian animation, the parties toasted the deal at MIFA last month during Annecy, to mark the first international market where Indian animation companies had come together to present India's capabilities and accomplishments on the world stage.

Million Headline News

Shrek The Third Crosses $600 Million Global Threshold

DreamWorks Animation's SHREK THE THIRD's cumulative worldwide gross now surpasses the $600 million mark. The historic U.S. opening of SHREK THE THIRD -- the largest domestic debut ever for an animated film -- was duplicated in many key territories around the world, with #1 animated openings of all time in such countries as the U.K. (where it remains at the top of the box office charts for the second week of release), Russia, Korea, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Singapore and others.

Friends Headline News

HIT Ent. Names New Licensing Agent In Turkey

HIT Ent. has appointed Sinerji, one of Turkey's leading licensing agencies, to represent HIT's internationally renowned preschool properties THOMAS & FRIENDS, BOB THE BUILDER and BARNEY & FRIENDS across Turkey.

THOMAS & FRIENDS and BARNEY & FRIENDS is broadcast on the Show TV, Turkey's terrestrial broadcaster, reaching more than 18 million households.

Creative Headline News

Adobe Ships Creative Suite 3 Production Premium and Master Collection

Adobe Systems Inc. announced the immediate availability of Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection software. Adobe Production Premium CS3 is the comprehensive collection of integrated cross-platform post-production software tools, helping video professionals deliver stunning results for film, broadcast, DVD, web and mobile devices. Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection combines 12 of Adobe's new design and development products in a single box.

Headline News

HIT Restructures EMEA Consumer Products Group

HIT Ent. has made a number of key changes to its U.K./European consumer products business following the recent appointment of Peter Byrne as evp of worldwide consumer products.

Katie Rollings fills the newly created position of vp of international marketing responsible for all strategic brand planning, marketing, retail development and creative services covering the entire international region.

Jon Owen is now vp of EMEA (Europe, the Middle East & Africa) consumer products responsible for all U.K. and EMEA licensing operations.

Game Headline News

Transformers: The Game Rolls out to Retail Stores

TRANSFORMERS: THE GAME from Activision under license from HPG, the licensing division of Hasbro, has shipped to retail stores in the U.S. Timed to coincide with the theatrical release of the TRANSFORMERS live-action feature film from DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures, the game allows players to experience the unstoppable power and massive scale of the Autobots and Decepticons in an epic battle for Earth.

Headline News

Lord of the Rings, Toy Story Lead USA Today Impact List

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, USA TODAY has compiled a list of the 25 top movie milestones of the past 25 years. Topping the list is Peter Jackson's Tolkien epic LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, which won 17 Oscars and brought in a box office gross of more than $3 billion. TOY STORY followed right behind at #2 for launching 3D animation on the big screen.

Documentary Headline News

Early Deadline Nears for Big Sky Documentary Film Fest

2008 Big Sky Documentary Film FestivalMissoula, Montana, USAFeb. 14-20, 2007Deadline: Oct. 20, 2007

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is one of the premier venues for nonfiction film in the American West. The festival will screen 100 films, including world and U.S. premieres, classics, rare and experimental works on Montana's largest screen at the historic Wilma Theater in downtown Missoula, Montana. In addition to seven days of screenings, many public and VIP events including panel discussions, galas, receptions and networking roundtables.

Anime Headline News

Heroes' James Kyson Lee To Host Anime Access' Anime Expo Coverage

Anime Network has announced that HEROES star James Kyson Lee will guest host its popular original series, ANIME ACCESS, which gives viewers a virtual backstage pass to anime's hottest events. This time the ANIME ACCESS crew heads to Long Beach, California, to go behind the scenes of North America's largest anime convention, from June 29 through July 2, 2007.

Headline News

George of the Jungle Kicks Off Summer Premieres on TELETOON

TELETOON in Canada unveils six brand new shows launching this July, including the world premiere of the new GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE animated TV series, as well as the animated reality show, TOTAL DRAMA ISLAND, IGGY ARBUCKLE and BAKUGAN. On Friday, June 29, 2007, viewers may catch a special sneak-peek of four of the new summer shows beginning at 4:00 pm.

TELETOONâs special summer programming block airs weekday mornings 8-11:00 am.

Series Headline News

The Imp Invades Canada

BRB Internacional has inked a deal to bring its animated series, THE IMP, in Canada on YTV, which acquired the English-language rights for television, video-on-demand and online. The series is a co-production between Red Kite Animations, Screen 21 and TVC. The series is broadcast in the U.S. on Cartoon Network, Japan on Disney and Spain on Televisió de Catalunya.

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