PorchLight Ent. has partnered with Hidden City Games to create an animated television series and long-form film content based on the magical world of BELLA SARA horses. Under the agreement, PorchLight will have worldwide rights to the animated productions based on the BELLA SARA brand, and will simultaneously pursue feature and direct-to-DVD opportunities.
Geographical Region: South America
Building on STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE's enduring appeal, American Greetings Properties and Cookie Jar Ent. are continuing to fuel the brand's growth in 2009, both in the U.S. and internationally, with a slate of new product and entertainment launches.
Created and owned by American Greetings, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE has generated more than $2.7 billion in worldwide retail sales since the brand's re-launch in 2002, and it continues to be a favorite among young girls and parents.
Kid faves/superstars who've notched a spot among the A-list of nominees for coveted Kids' Choice Blimp trophies in Nickelodeon's 22nd Annual Kids' Choice Awards -- the kudos/mess-fest to be telecast live from UCLA's Pauley Pavilion Saturday, March 28 (8-9:30 p.m. ET/PT) -- include: Jennifer Aniston, Beyonce, Jack Black, Chris Brown, Jim Carrey, Miranda Cosgrove, Miley Cyrus, America Ferrera, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Vanessa Hudgens, The Jonas Brothers, Alicia Keys, George Lopez, Michael Phelps, Adam Sandler, Will Smith, Ben Stiller, Reese Witherspoon, Nat Wolff and Tiger Woods.
On May 15, 2009, famed Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon will follow the Path of Illumination in order to thwart the Illuminati's plot to commit unspeakable acts of violence in their quest to destroy the Vatican in Columbia Pictures' ANGELS & DEMONS.
Online moviegoers from seven countries will have the chance to follow their own path with the Angels & Demons Path of Illumination Contest on www.AngelsAndDemons.MSN.com.
Last purchased by Rede Record in Brazil, Mediatoon's THE GARFIELD SHOW is due for broadcast in 2009 in the U.K., Scandinavia, Spain, Germany, Italy, Australia/Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
Produced by Dargaud Media, THE GARFIELD SHOW is 52 episodes of 11 minutes shot in HD, about Garfield's day-to-day life, blending the modern look of CGI animation and familiar humor of the orange tabby cat.
4Kids Ent. has signed broadcast agreements with RTL2 (Germany) and Digiturk (Turkey) to air the first season of the CHAOTIC animated TV series, as well as agreements with TEN NetworkMBC (Middle East Broadcasting) and Rede TV (Brazil) to air the series' second season, entitled CHAOTIC: M'ARRILLIAN INVASION.
This follows the recent pickup of CHAOTIC's second season by TELETOON in Canada and Disney/Jetix Latin America.
Tim Sarnoff has resigned as president of Sony Pictures Imageworks amid a "smooth transition" for the Oscar-winning vfx division under the new Sony Pictures Digital Prods. (SPDP) umbrella formed last year. Sarnoff, who has led Imageworks since 2001, joined the company in 1997 as EVP and GM.
City Interactive has signed an agreement with Nintendo of America to develop and publish titles for the Nintendo DS and Wii.
City Interactive is an international video game publisher and developer. With a broad range of high-quality products for PC, handhelds and next-gen consoles, City Interactive aims to offer affordable games for casual and special interest gamers. With a presence in more than 40 markets on four continents, City Interactive has four in-house development studios located across Poland and Peru.
News reports say producer Charles H. Schneer, who worked with Ray Harryhausen on many of his special effects epics, has died at the age of 88 in Boca Raton, Florida. Schneer passed away on Jan. 21.
Schneer got his start at Universal, then worked with Sam Katzman's B-picture unit at Columbia, where he met Harryhausen while the special effects creator was working on his giant octopus feature IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA.
Anima Mundi 2009Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, BrazilJuly 10-26, 2009Deadline: March 25, 2009
The International Animation Festival of Brazil, Anima Mundi 2009 takes place from July 10 to 19 in Rio de Janeiro and from July 22 to 26 in Sao Paulo.
Submit your work for this year festival's edition. The deadline for entries is March 25.
Trades are reporting that frequent Tim Burton collaborator John August is set to write FRANKENWEENIE for Disney after penning graphic novel adaptation PREACHER for director Sam Mendes at Columbia.
Spain's Imira Ent. has scored a number of Spanish deals for ZDF Ent's live-action show H2O: JUST ADD WATER, which it represents in Spain, Portugal and Brazil.
In an auction that concluded late Thursday, Columbia won the screen rights to FOUNDATION, the sci-fi trilogy by Isaac Asimov, per VARIETY. Roland Emmerich will direct the film.
Emmerich and Centropolis partner Michael Wimer are producing. FOUNDATION was originally published as a series of eight short stories in ASTOUNDING magazine in 1942 and is about humans scattered on planets throughout the galaxy living under the rule of the Galactic Empire.
Adness Ent. has finalized a broadcast licensing deal with TV Globo in Brazil for the live-action franchise, KAMEN RIDER DRAGON KNIGHT. The series, which follows the adventures of Kit Taylor as he journeys to find his missing father, will debut in the Fall 2009 television season.
Imira Ent. heads to NATPE with a raft of deals already in place for LOLA & VIRGINIA and VITAMINIX with U.S. and Latin American broadcasters.
Imira's hit animated series LOLA & VIRGINIA (52x12) has scored further deals with Canal Once in Mexico following Brazil's SBT renewal of the show. The Brazilian broadcaster has also picked up licensing and merchandising rights with New Star, taking home entertainment rights for the territory, and Quality Films picking up the home entertainment rights for Chile. LOLA & VIRGINIA is now seen in more than 100 territories worldwide.
The high-octane action of the world's most famous secret agent continues when QUANTUM OF SOLACE explodes onto Blu-ray and DVD this March from MGM and Fox Home Ent.
A worldwide box office phenomenon, QUANTUM OF SOLACE has broken countless records and scored among the top 20 film openings of all time in 67 international territories. Bond... James Bond remains one of the world's largest and most successful film franchises with 22 films to date.
IMAX Corporation and Rising Star Media, a joint venture between National Amusements, Inc. and Soquel Ventures, have agreed to install an IMAX theatre at Rising Star's KinoStar City multiplex at Mega Belyadacha regional mall in Moscow, Russia.
Pixar took home its fifth Golden Tomato Award from movie review aggregate site RottenTomatoes.com with WALL-E. The film scored the highest reviews (96 percent Tomatometer score) of any wide release of the year.
Documentary MAN ON WIRE won the 2008 Golden Tomato Award Winners for a limited release film with a 100 percent score.
2008 Category-Specific Golden Tomato Award Winners:
-- Documentary: MAN ON WIRE-- Foreign: THE BAND’S VISIT (Israel)-- Action/Adventure: THE DARK KNIGHT-- Animation: WALL-E
New York-based commercial production company Zero 2 Sixty (0:2:60) and their design, effects and post partner Guerilla FX (GFX), have signed director/cinematographer George Billard for exclusive U.S. spot representation and for the creation of interactive content.
CRASH+SUES has signed online editor/Smoke artist Mark Anderson to its talent roster.
Anderson joins the award-winning Minneapolis-based postproduction company after a 10-year stint at Avenue/Chicago. A graduate of Columbia College with a degree in Fine Arts, Anderson is also an experienced offline editor and DP, and worked in the capacity of sound engineer for Trackwork Orange from 1992-1994. His signing comes on the heels of CRASH+SUES recent restructuring and redesign as well as a campaign heralding the company's re-branding.
At the motion picture box office, there is one man who keeps showing that nobody does it better: Bond. James Bond.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures'/Columbia Pictures' QUANTUM OF SOLACE, the 22nd James Bond adventure, has taken in over $167.1 million to become the most successful Bond film of all time in North America, surpassing the $167 million grossed domestically by CASINO ROYALE. The film is still playing in 891 theaters in the United States.
Animacam, the Spain-based online international animation festival, closed its first edition on December 21 and announced the 11 winners for 2008.
Stephen Chow told THE ASSOCIATED PRESS that, in addition to dropping out as director of THE GREEN HORNET, he will only play Kato if his schedule allows.
Last week, Chow's departure from the director's chair was announced, but at the time, it appeared as if he would continue on as the superhero's sidekick. Columbia Pictures did not respond to the AP's email request for comment.
Electronic Arts has announced further details on a restructuring plan which will include consolidating facilities and reducing the work force.
EA expects the restructuring plan will result in annual cost savings of approximately $120 million and restructuring charges of approximately $55-$65 million over the next several quarters.
Stephen Chow has dropped out as director of THE GREEN HORNET over "creative differences," per VARIETY. He will still play Kato, however. Columbia Pictures and producer Neal Mortiz are in the process of finding a new director, hopefully before the end of the year, to keep the film on track to begin production in the spring.