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Cyber Group Studios, Timoon Animation Sign Co-Pro Agreement

Press Release from Cyber Group Studios and Timoon Animation

Annecy, June 10, 2009. At MIFA, Cyber Group Studios and Timoon Animation, subsidiary of Lagardere Entertainment, have inked two agreements: one relates to the coproduction of two TV animated series targeted to children aged 6 to 10, the second one refers to the international distribution and licensing of these series.

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Scrawl Studios, Planet Nemo Team for Animated Comedy Paranormalia

Press Release from Planet Nemo Animation and Scrawl Studios

9th June 2009, Annecy -- Singapore's Scrawl Studios and France's Planet Nemo are joining forces once again to co-develop PARANORMALIA, a 52 x 11-minutes 2D-animated adventure comedy for kids 8 to 12. After SILLY BITTY BUNNY, their most recent project together, comes the tale of another furry creature but with an altogether different temperament.

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HRA Launches New Workflow Software for Animated TV Series Production

Press Release from Hibbert Ralph Animation

ANNECY, FRANCE -- 8 June 2009 -- Hibbert Ralph Animation (HRA) today unveiled Redboard, a software-based system that enhances existing CG workflows by adding and integrating the skills of the traditional storyboard artist. Redboard improves communication and efficiency and increases confidence for directors and producers, while significantly reducing costs by minimising errors that might otherwise occur in later stages of the production.

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AWNtv Enters Graduation Nation

In celebration of the graduation season, AWNtv has put together a collection highlighting some of its best student shorts. Watch multi-award winning SEBASTIAN'S VOODOO. Open up CROCODILE JOURNALS. Visit AUSCHWITZ. Undress NAKEDYOUTH. Cuddle up with JUSTAPOSER. Have a RITE OF PASSAGE. Mark the TIME TO HARVEST. End with DOLL FACE.

Also don't miss the cool vids of the week --Tammy Dubinsky's HOLD THE MUSTARD, Mark Crawford's SEVEN DEADLY SINS, and Brandon Shakley's SCENIC VIEW.

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UNESCO Chooses Dive Olly Dive for Worldwide Youth Educational Project

Press Release from The MoonScoop Group

LOS ANGELES, CA -- May 27, 2009 -- The MoonScoop Group, a leading worldwide distribution, brand management and entertainment company representing brands from some of the largest animation producers across the globe, announces today that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has selected DIVE OLLY DIVE!, the popular animated preschool series, to be part of the organization's new educational campaign to teach students about the richness of the world's underwater cultural heritage.

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Aardman Secures Timmy Time Licensing Deals

Press Release from Aardman Rights

Bristol, 20 May 2009. Leading independent distributor Aardman Rights has concluded a number of new licensing deals for its brand new preschool series TIMMY TIME, which has made a hugely successful debut on CBeebies in the UK.

In Central and Eastern Europe, Regio is on board as toy partner for TIMMY TIME in Hungary where Minimax has the broadcast rights. Also One 2 Play is managing all rights to the property in ex-Yugoslavia.

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French Entrepreneur Starts Zagtoon Animation Production Company

Paris, 15th May 2009. Inspired by the worldwide success of animation giant Haim Saban (creator and producer of the mega-successful series POWER RANGERS amongst many others), passionate French entrepreneur Jeremy Zag announced today the creation of his media production company Univergroup and its subsidiary ZAGTOON. The holding company will oversee film and TV production and ZAGTOON will be dedicated to the production of animation programs for the international market.

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Annecy Unveils Lineup for June Fest

Annecy 2009 will feature several American animated features, including BATTLE FOR TERRA, CORALINE, MONSTERS VS. ALIENS and MARY AND MAX.

French, Irish and Belgian co-production BRENDAN AND THE SECRET OF KELLS was also chosen to compete. Check out the rest of the films here.

Selections for short films and TV shows were chosen last month.

Annecy is scheduled for June 8-13 with the MIFA held June 10-12.

Studios Headline News

AJA KONA 3 Provides Thunder for Norway's Storm Studios

AJA Video Systems' KONA 3 video capture and playback cards are an integral part of the post production workflow at Norwegian VFX and post facility Storm Studios. KONA 3 is AJA's top-of-the-line uncompressed capture card for SD, HD, Dual Link 4:4:4 HD and 2K formats for Apple Mac Pro systems.

Series Headline News

Matt's Monsters Announces New Sales, Annecy Selection

Alphanim's new 52x13 series MATT'S MONSTERS has secured new broadcasts of the series with Cartoon Network in Asia, RTP in Portugal and Noga Communications in Israel.

Co-produced by Alphanim, RAI Fiction and Torino-based animation studio Lanterna Magica, MATT'S MONSTERS is a 2D/Flash comedy starring boy-next-door Matt Average, an 8 year-old monster enthusiast who takes family business quite seriously and, as soon as homework is done, rushes to help out in his mom and dad's monster care agency.

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Cuppa Coffee Sees Double Nod to Nerdland Pilot

Cuppa Coffee Studios is celebrating what promises to be the "Year of the Nerd" now that the pilot episode of Nerdland has been selected as a finalist at two prestigious animation festivals: the Annecy International Film Festival and Cartoons on the Bay's Pulcinella Awards.

This represents the third nomination for the Canadian studio in the past four years at the Pulcinella Awards, having won previously for RICK AND STEVE and A VERY BARRY CHRISTMAS. The studio also won the Grand Prix award at Annecy for Best Educational Film with the pilot for SUPERWHY? in 2000.

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Annecy 2009 Slate Announced

The official selection for Annecy 2009 has been announced; among the 40 short films are a few hot titles, including WALLACE & GROMIT: A MATTER OF LOAF AND DEATH and PES' WESTERN SPAGHETTI.

Among the TV series in consideration is an episode of Nickelodeon's THE MIGHTY B!.

Click here to view the full selection list.

Film Headline News

Waltz with Bashir Art Director to Speak Feb. 23

David Polonsky, the art director of the acclaimed Oscar-nominated animated feature WALTZ WITH BASHIR, will talk and show clips from the film at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23 at Santa Monica College's Academy of Entertainment & Technology.

His talk will kick off SMC's spring entertainment industry speakers series, called the Mary Pickford Series, which features a wide range of speakers representing virtually all aspects of the business.

Series Headline News

Fiends Invade Nicktoons

Toothy fiends, giant cats, exploding pigeons, screaming vegetables, and hungry mailboxes -- your television will never be the same. Independent animator Amy Winfrey's popular web series MAKING FIENDS is now also a full length television series on the Nicktoons network. MAKING FIENDS debuted on Nicktoons in October 2008, and is currently the channel's highest rated original program. Episodes air every Saturday at 12 p.m. ET. A special marathon featuring all the television episodes will be airing on February 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET.

Films Headline News

Annecy 2009 Call for Projects

Annecy 2009 Call for ProjectsDeadline: February 15, 2009

The Creative Focus is strengthening its support to projects for animation films At Annecy 2009. Discovering and promoting projects for animated films has always been central to the Creative Focus and has become a top priority.

After a very promising start in 2008, Annecy is renewing its four Calls for Projects in 2009, adapted especially to the different categories concerned:

Animation Headline News

ASIFA U.K.'s Pat Raine Webb Passes Away

ASIFA U.K. President Pat Raine Webb died Friday. Webb was an AWN contributor, animation festival regular, freelance researcher, writer and programmer in animated film with more than 30 years in the animation industry.

Webb passed away on Friday on a London bus of a severe heart attack, and is survived by her longtime companion Margot Grimwood.

Show Headline News

Shaun the Sheep Wins International Emmy

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 36th International Emmy Awards Monday night at a gala event held in the New York Hilton, hosted by award-winning stage and screen actor Roger Bart, currently leading in Mel Brooks' new Broadway musical, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN.

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Sesame Workshop Producer Arlene Sherman Passes Away

Longtime Sesame Workshop producer Arlene Sherman has died. Sherman spent more than 30 years with the organization, starting out as a Production Coordinator and moving up to Co-Executive Producer for SESAME STREET.

Short Headline News

Bolt Not Flashing On Glago's Guest

AWN has learned that GLAGO'S GUEST, the latest short from Walt Disney Animation Studios and helmed by BOLT co-director Chris Williams, will not play with BOLT when it opens.

The short, experimenting in smoke and hair animation and the studio's first stereoscopic 3-D CG short, had long been scheduled to play in front of BOLT, coming November 21, but Disney said Wednesday it was pulling GLAGO'S GUEST.

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Peter & The Wolf Comes To U.S. DVD In December

The 2007 Academy Award Winner for Best Animated Short PETER & THE WOLF arrives on DVD December 9 from Magnolia Home Ent.

Based on the classic musical composition PETER AND THE WOLF by Sergei Prokofiev, this spellbinding new interpretation combines stop-frame model animation and state-of-the-art digital technology, along with a new orchestra recording to create a magical world in which little boys can find the strength and courage to overcome their fears.

Series Headline News

Dive Olly Discovers Second Season, New Producers

DIVE OLLY DIVE!, the environmentally-conscious preschool series from Taffy Ent. and Mike Young Productions U.K. (MYP), has added two new co-producers, Atlantyca Ent. and Studio 100, as it begins production on a second season. Twenty-six new half hour episodes (52x11) aimed at preschool audiences, have been ordered by Taffy Ent. following continuous great ratings for season one and new international licensing deals.