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.
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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.
Mario Lopez hopes to revitalize the motion picture industry in Mexico with an animated film about an ancient Mayan myth, Uxmal, now 16 years in the making, reports CALAVERASENTERPRISE.COM.
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.
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."
Cuppa Coffee Studios has started production on the new comedy series LIFE'S A ZOO. The stop-motion package aimed at the 18+ crowd, includes its own Web channel.
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.
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.
Screenwriting Expo Screenplay CompetitionLos Angeles, California, USAOct. 24-28, 2007Deadline: Aug. 14, 2007
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 TelevisiÃ³ de Catalunya.