Giorgio Stock has been promoted to exec VP and managing director, Disney Channels, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and will lead The Walt Disney Company's portfolio of kid-focused, family inclusive television channels including Disney Channel, Playhouse Disney, Disney XD and Cinemagic, in the territory. He will also serve as a Disney representative on the board of SRTL, Disney's joint venture with RTL Group.
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Paramount and Marvel have moved THOR again, this time from June 16, 2011 to May 20, 2011, according to multiple news sources.
ROPEOFSILICON.com reports that the date is now two weeks after SPIDER-MAN 4's release from Columbia.
Casting rumors include Josh Hartnett as either the winged-helmeted hero or his nemesis Loki, as well as Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hiddleston, Alexander Skarsgard, Liam Hemsworth and Joel Kinnaman, according to DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD DAILY. Nikki Finke also reports that she's told Natalie Portman is top choice to play the female lead.
FitzRoy Media has new licensing agent appointments in France, Brazil and The Philippines for its leading U.K. girls' brand SECRET WINGS, in addition to new licensing deals in two territories.
BLG, Brand Licensing Group of Sao Paulo, recently named licensing agents in Brazil for Secret Wings, have secured their first licensee for notebooks and stationery-related items, Sao Domingos. Fitz Roy's agents in The Philippines, Empire Int'l Merchandising Corp., has signed new licensee Asian Business Paper & Printing Corp. for notebooks and stationery-related items in the region.
The first feature-length film from 3D Entertainment's filmmakers Jean-Jacques and Francois Mantello (the Mantello Brothers), OCEANS 3D - INTO THE DEEP (working title), has been acquired by Wild Bunch, a Paris-and London-based sales, distribution and production outfit.
The film is set to become the first ever documentary to be both filmed and released in Digital 3D. The deal marks the first collaboration between the two companies. Under the terms of the agreement, 3D Entertainment retains the rights (all-media) for the U.S. and Canada.
The nominees for the third annual ELAN Awards were announced Wednesday at a press conference. The awards will be given out April 25 at the Fairmount Hotel Vancouver. Tom Kenny will host.
The 3rd Annual ELAN Awards opened the online voting for their three Honorary Awards on IGN.com and your vote is needed to determine the winners.
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall are set to leave Universal Pictures, per VARIETY, and will have a first-look deal at Columbia Pictures that starts April 1.
The frequent Steven Spielberg collaborators, who started their company in 1991, will be at Columbia for an 18-month term. Their last Universal film was THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM.
The Savannah Film Festival, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, is accepting entries for the 2009 festival, to be held Oct. 31-Nov. 7. Featuring the best in independent, innovative and influential film from around the world, the annual festival presents a full range of cinematic creativity from both award-winning professionals and emerging student filmmakers. Features, documentaries, professional and student shorts, both live action and animated, will be considered. All entries must be postmarked by July 6.
3ality Digital, a developer of advanced live-action 3D entertainment technologies, has named Gari Ann Douglass to the post of Chief Operating Officer.
Ahead of the MIPTV market, The Jim Henson Company has finalized a new slate of broadcast deals for its animated preschool property SID THE SCIENCE KID.
Michael Brandt and Derek Haas have been hired by New Line Cinema to turn Richard Doetsch's upcoming novel THE THIRTEENTH HOUR into a screenplay, according to VARIETY. Michael De Luca is producing.
Brandt and Haas (WANTED, 3:10 TO YUMA), recently adapted Robert Ludlum's THE MATARESE CIRCLE for MGM and director David Cronenberg and likely will star Tom Cruise along with Denzel Washington. They are also working on a new BEVERLY HILLS COP installment for Eddie Murphy and director Brett Ratner at Paramount.
Diego Lerner has been named president, The Walt Disney Company, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
Ten teams from animation programs spanning North America will engage in a "24/4" cartoon-creating competition prior to the start of the fifth Kalamazoo Animation Festival International (KAFI) scheduled for May 14-17 in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Earning spots in the competition for the 2009 "Cartoon Challenge" are four- and five-person teams from:
-- San Jose State University in California.-- College for Creative Studies in Detroit.-- Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.-- South Dakota State University.
Columbia Pictures and Neal Moritz's Original Films are in final discussions for a contemporary version of TOTAL RECALL, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
The 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi action film was directed by Paul Verhoeven and based on Philip K. Dick's story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale," which explores Dick's favorite topic of reality vs. delusion.
DECODE Enterprises, the distribution subsidiary of DHX Media, has scored further deals for its property FRANNY'S FEET (52x22 or 104x11) including sales into new territories.
Disney Channel U.K. has licensed season three and renewed its commitment to the first two seasons. In addition, Italy's RAI has picked up all three seasons with RTV Slovenia renewing season one and TV3 Catalunya in Spain and IRIB in Iran acquiring seasons one and two. The deal with RAI was brokered through Gary Kallenbach.
Don Mattrick, SVP of Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft, will deliver a keynote address at the inaugural Game Developers Conference Canada (GDC Canada). Mattrick leads the Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE and Games for Windows businesses at Microsoft.
Michel Gondry is in negotiations to direct Columbia Pictures' THE GREEN HORNET, starring Seth Rogen and Stephen Chow. The screenplay is by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, who will also executive produce. Neal H. Moritz will produce the film through his Original Film production company. The film will begin shooting this summer and is set for release June 25, 2010. The film will also be exec produced by Michael Grillo.
Chow dropped out as director in December, but is still a part of the project, playing sidekick Kato.
Hasbro will retain rights through 2017 to make toys and games based on new Marvel and Columbia Pictures theatrical releases and on Marvel's globally popular portfolio of superhero brands, including franchises such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Avengers, X-Men, Thor and Captain America.
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.
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.