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Media Headline News

Astral Media & Corus Ent. to Take Bite of TELETOON from Cookie Jar

Astral Media Inc. and Corus Ent. Inc. announced today (July 13, 2006) they would acquire the remaining 20% of the TELETOON network from the shareholders of The Cookie Jar Group.

Subject to the approval of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), this transaction will give Astral Media and Corus Ent. each an additional 10% ownership of TELETOON, bringing their individual ownership to 50% each. The price for this acquisition is approximately CDN $96 million.

Television Headline News

Lionsgate Buys South Park Distributor Debmar-Mercury

Lionsgate has acquired television distributor Debmar-Mercury Llc., which owns the distribution rights to SOUTH PARK. Debmar-Mercury will continue to operate, still headed by principals Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, under the Debmar-Mercury banner as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

World Headline News

Noodlesoup Renamed, Launches SuperNormal Series

Animation production company Noodlesoup Prods. has renamed itself World Leaders Ent. with the launch of the new animated series SUPERNORMAL, its first global co-production with U.K. TV leader Granada Television.

SUPERNORMAL is the story of Eric Normal, a special boy with no super powers, who attends Superhero Junior High School and befriends three of the less promising but stand-out members of the student body.

Digital Headline News

Digital Artists Snap to Grid

SNAP TO GRID: the UN-Juried ShowLos Angeles, California, USASeptember 14 - October 7, 2006Deadline: August 27, 2006

Los Angeles Center For Digital Art hosts third annual SNAP TO GRID: the UN-Juried Show. In its third annual exhibition of this kind participants each upload one image to be printed on high quality paper (8.5x11) and hung in a grid in our gallery. The show will be widely promoted and will include a reception for the artists.

Comedy Headline News

Giggleshorts Wants Your Funny Toons

Giggleshorts International Comedy Short Film FestivalToronto, Ontario, Canada October 2006 Deadline: August 31, 2006

Giggleshorts is the largest comedy short film festival in the world. Last year Gigglehsorts presented more than 200 short comedy , films, animations, spoofs, ads, etc. For more information, visit

Shows Headline News

Ex-FUNimation Execs Form Illumitoon Ent.

Three former execs from FUNimation have formed Illumitoon Ent. Ltd., dedicated to bringing exciting anime titles to the U.S. Formed in January 2006 in Fort Worth, Texas, the company focuses on acquiring exciting anime from Japan, with the emphasis on making them relatable for an American audience.

Of course, we always want to include the original Japanese tracks with our shows, for the serious anime fan, says Barry Watson, the companys president/ceo. Its just that we want it to be accessible and engaging for a mass audience as well.

Visual Headline News

Patlabor 2 Lands on DVD

Image Ent. Inc. and Bandai Visual USA Inc. have released the 1993 anime masterpiece PATLABOR 2 THE MOVIE on DVD.

PATLABOR 2 was directed by acclaimed director Mamoru Oshii (PATLABOR THE MOVIE, GHOST IN THE SHELL, JIN-ROH, AVALON), written by Kazunori Ito (.HACK//, AVALON), with music by Kenji Kawai (GHOST IN THE SHELL, AVALON, RINGU).

Effects Headline News

FrameFlow Contributes to Click VFX

Visual effects studio FrameFlows, including its US-based producers and international staff of artists based in Chennai, India, worked directly with the vfx team at Sony Pictures Imageworks to provide 3D tracking, wire removal, rotoscoping and compositing work on effects shots for CLICK from Columbia Pictures/Revolution Studios.

Series Headline News

Nick Says “Action!” to Ricky Sprocket – Showbiz Boy

Bejuba! Ent. Inc., Snowden Fine Prods. and Studio B Prods. Inc. have announced that RICKY SPROCKET SHOWBIZ BOY will air on Nickelodeon channels in the U.K., Australia, Latin America, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Scandinavia in the fall of 2007 and Nicktoons Network in the U.S. The series, created by Alison Snowden and David Fine, the Oscar-winning team behind BOB AND MARGARET, will be co-produced with Vancouvers Studio B Prods. Inc. and distributed by Bejuba! Ent. Inc.

Holiday Headline News

NBC Starts Live Action Version of Rankin-Bass Holiday Special

NBC viewers will get a new, live-action version of the Yuletide classic THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS, a heartwarming story about Santa Claus and a young boy who help each other believe in Christmas again, produced originally in stop-motion animation by Rankin-Bass.

Mobile Headline News

MTV Int'l’s First Made-for-Mobile Animations Debut Globally

MTV Networks International (MTVNI) debuted its first animated series of made-for-mobile shorts, WULFFMORGENTHALER. A co-production between MTVNI and the "Danish Duo" Mikael Wulff and Anders Morgenthaler, the series of 20 short animations is inspired by the famous WULFFMORGENTHALER comic strips of the same name. The witty, compelling animations are the perfect "snack-size" for mobile users wanting more.

WULFFMORGENTHALER underscores MTVNIs commitment to creating and providing users with breakthrough, original mobile content.

Design Headline News

Imaginary Forces Helps Design ‘Transformers’ Teaser

Entertainment and design company Imaginary Forces (IF) recently designed and animated the dynamic title reveal in the TRANSFORMERS teaser trailer. The teaser for the Michael Bay-directed film is online now at the official website,, and will play in theaters with Disney's PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST beginning July 7.

Game Headline News

EA Releases NFL Head Coach, Puts Face to NBA Live 07, Tunes Up for Madden

In the world of sports gaming, Electronic Arts has released the first 3D sports strategy game, NFL HEAD COACH, announced that Tracy McGrady will be the new face of NBA LIVE 07 and reveals the 35 songs that will be featured in MADDEN NFL 07.

NFL HEAD COACH¸ a new franchise from the EA SPORTS brand is now in stores and challenges gamers to manage every aspect of a professional football team and build their franchise from the ground up into a perennial powerhouse.

Awards Headline News

William Shatner to Host Canadian Gaming & Animation Awards

William Shatner will host the first year of the Canadian Awards for the Electronic and Animated Arts (CAEAA 2006) on Sept. 14, 2006, in Vancouver. Producers of the show say Canada is long overdue according to most animation and videogaming professionals, as Canada has earned worldwide recognition as a leader in videogame development and animation.

Animation Headline News

UTV Signs $14 Million From PorchLight & Mike Young Prods.

UTV Software Communications Ltd.s Animation division in India has signed up new deals worth $14 million, which includes a co-production with PorchLight on new animated feature film, as well as an animation services and a co-production agreement with Mike Young Prods. and Taffy Ent.

Effects Headline News

Red Carpet Rolled Out for the Movies: Stunts & Effects Expansion Pack

Activision Inc. and Lionhead Studios have shipped THE MOVIES: STUNTS & EFFECTS EXPANSION PACK to retail stores nationwide. Building on THE MOVIES' critically acclaimed gameplay, THE MOVIES: STUNTS & EFFECTS EXPANSION PACK gives players the tools to turn ordinary scripts into blockbuster films with the addition of stuntmen, visual effects, a variety of dangerous stunts, a movie-making toolset, impressive new sets and an innovative "Freecam Mode" that allows players to adjust the camera location, angle, field of view and path.

Headline News

Geneon Releases Kannazuki No Miko, Strawberry Marshmallow, Elemental Gelade

In the past month, Geneon Ent. has released new volumes of KANNAZUKI NO MIKO, STRAWBERRY MARSHMALLOW and ELEMENTAL GELADE on DVD.

Love, loss and friendship collide with spectacular and devastating results as three young students imbued with heavenly powers struggle to realize their own potential in KANNAZUKI NO MIKO VOLUME TWO: LUNAR PRIESTESS. As the prophecy reveals itself, the three friends feel the strain of their destinies more and more, as their burgeoning gifts and world-shaking powers conflict with the emotional rollercoaster of adolescence.

Time Headline News

Canada Day Cookout Kicks Off YTV’s July Lineup

This Canada Day, Saturday, July 1 from 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm, Ian Kelly (BEING IAN) is throwing the biggest bash of the summer with all of YTVs favorite Canadian cartoon pals.

With original animation created by Studio B Prods., CCI Ent., 9 Story Ent. and Breakthrough Animation in collaboration with YTVs On-Air Promotions department, characters from YTV series introduce their own shows in all-new exclusive content.

Cancer Headline News

CG Feature To Help Cure Cancer

Lord Prods. Llc. and Strategic Dreamers Llc., in conjunction with JC2 Animated Ent., are in production on the CG animated film titled, THE LEGEND OF SECRET PASS, for which a percentage of its proceeds will go to cancer research. The fully funded film is set for release in 2008.

Set in the American southwest, THE LEGEND OF SECRET PASS will follows the magical clash between the animal and human worlds when a young Native American boy must win the help of the Thunderbirds of Native American folklore to overcome a wicked spirit and ancient evil.

Festival Headline News

VES Festival to Highlight Shorts and Other Special Programs

The 2006 Festival of Visual Effects will feature a lineup of revolving showcases highlighting the creativity of digital visual effects artists from the earliest pioneers to the latest innovators. These four different programs will complement the previously announced schedule of panels and presentations being held at this year's Festival, July 6-8, at the famed Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California. Each program will be scheduled at least once per day and will be shown at the Steven Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian Theatre complex.

Game Headline News

Sprint, Cingular & Amp'd To Judge New Mobile Game Competition

LivePitch OnStageSeattle, Washington, USAJuly 13, 2006Deadline: June 30, 2006

Sprint, Cingular and Amp'd Mobile are set to judge the first ever LivePitch OnStage game competition at the Mobile Game Conference. Game developers and publishers are invited enter their new games, demos or concepts to score an opportunity to pitch live onstage before a panel of judges who can actually make a difference in their game's future. Think of it as AMERICAN IDOL for mobile game development.

Visual Headline News

Mecha Master Yutaka Izubuchi Comes to Anime Expo

Bandai Visual USA Inc. will be highlighting its presence at the 15th annual Anime Expo being held July 1-4, 2006, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, with a rare U.S. appearance of legendary anime mecha designer Yutaka Izubuchi. Bandai Visual USA will also be showcasing the anime masterpiece PATLABOR 2 THE MOVIE limited edition DVD that will be released by Bandai Visual USA and Image Ent. on July 11.