Imira Entertainment, Spain's leading production and distribution company specialising in youth programming, has signed a deal to co-produce new 3D HD series Escape Hockey which is created by Enne Entertainment Studios in Spain and has been nominated for a prestigious Pulcinella Award in the cross-media category.
Special Event: MIP-TV
Press Release from Moonscoop
Paris, 22 April 2009 -- Moonscoop, the worldwide brand management and entertainment company representing properties from some of the leading animation producers across the globe, has scored a double deal with Disney Channels South East Asia for preschool series DIVE OLLY DIVE! and CHLOE'S CLOSET.
11,500 entertainment content producers, distributors, digital media and advertising executives from 105 countries, gathered in Cannes this week, saying that the television industry may have changed forever, as the global economic situation and a blurring of lines between television and newer mobile, web and IPTV players, re-draws the entertainment map.
Independent production company Calon TV has been commissioned to produce a comedy puppet talent show for the BBC's children's network CBBC.
theskonkworks incorporated has formed a strategic alliance with Starz Animation Toronto to provide TV series development, production and other services for the Canadian studio.
theskonkworks President Michael Carter will be introducing the new relationship with Starz Animation Toronto to the international television community at the MIPTV market in Cannes, France, this week.
Dutch brand management and media company Telescreen has acquired the exclusive worldwide rights of PINKELTJE. The deal excludes the original books, as owned by copyright holder Unieboek Publishers in The Netherlands. The deal was made between Telescreen and the shareholders of the former rights holder Deja Vu BV during MIPTV in Cannes. Telescreen acquired 100 percent. of the shares.
Electronic Arts and Starz Media's Film Roman are starting production on an animated movie based on DANTE'S INFERNO. The feature-length project will expand on the story in EA's new, game coming out for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in 2010.
Turner Broadcasting is bringing a range of programming from its popular young adult animation brand Adult Swim to this year's MIPTV. With over 350 hours of content available to third-party broadcasters, Turner Broadcasting's sales slate includes cult shows ROBOT CHICKEN, AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE, TIM AND ERIC and METALOCALYPSE.
The Jim Henson Company and BIG Communications are showcasing their new CG animated series DINOSAUR TRAIN at this year's MIPTV market. DINOSAUR TRAIN is produced by The Jim Henson Company with Singapore's BIG acting as co-producer and with the participation and assistance of the Singapore Media Development Authority.
Portfolio Ent. suits up for MIPTV with HOOD, an original, cross-platform, half-hour animated comedy-adventure series about the exploits of a secret global organization of exceptional teens who don super-charged hoodies to defend the Earth from all manner of weirdness and danger. Working with TELETOON Canada to develop the series, Portfolio Ent. is also exploring the use of innovative digital content to support and enhance the super-powered show.
Toon Boom Animation Inc. has announced two new outstanding innovations: Toon Boom Animate Pro builds upon Animate's feature set and delivers also 2D-3D integration as well as scanning options and full compositing capabilities with 50 built-in special effects. Toon Boom Manager provides full tracking capabilities to monitor the production progress in real time.
Toon Boom Animate Pro and Manager are integral parts of the new modularized Harmony Solution, which is ideal for creating traditional, paperless and cut-out animation, all integrated in a network environment.
Televix Ent. has secured several broadcast deals for Amberwood's ROLLBOTS in Central and South America.
Televix presented the series to regional broadcasters at NAPTE 2009 and deals have been finalized with Medcom TV in Panama, Televicentro in Nicaragua and ZAZ, a Pay-TV broadcaster operated by MVS Networks covering Spanish speaking Latin America.
Additional terrestrial deals are expected to follow at MIPTV 2009.
Independent TV production company Calon TV has secured the distribution rights to its back catalogue of award-winning children's animation.
Studio manager Lynne Stockford has been appointed to manage international sales following the reversion of the distribution rights from S4C International
The list of programs includes such TV hits as the BAFTA-winning HANA'S HELPLINE, which is currently screened on Five; Welsh language classic SALI MALI; '80s favorite WIL CWAC CWAC, UNDER MILK WOOD and the feature film THE PRINCESS AND THE GOBLIN.
Bejuba! Ent. has just secured the rights to the Lupus Films, PPC and Monumental Productions' 78 x 7 preschool series THE HIVE. The series is slated to begin delivery second quarter next year (2010).
Spanish creative factory Zinkia has produced a new animated special, POCOYO AND THE SPACE CIRCUS (1 x 25), which is to be unveiled to international buyers at MIPTV.
In POCOYO AND THE SPACE CIRCUS, which premiered to critical acclaim over the Christmas holidays on TVE1 (Spain), Pocoyo and his friends are visited by a group of extraterrestrial circus aliens. Pocoyo experiences his first trip to the circus and finds himself embroiled, with his friends, in a wild adventure to help the aliens and to ensure that the show goes on.
Alchemy Television Group and Spain's Drimtim Ent. will produce a four-hour miniseries about the life of Ben Hur, according to VARIETY.
ABC will air the project as a limited series, but no date has been set. Alchemy and Drimtim will also shop the project about the renegade ancient Roman hero around to other territories at next week's MIPTV.
David Wyler, son of William Wyler, the director of the 1959 version of BEN-HUR, is exec producing with Simon Vaughan at Alchemy and Roger Corbi at Drimtim.
Independent TV production company Calon TV has secured the distribution rights to its back catalogue of award-winning children's animation. Studio manager Lynne Stockford has been appointed to manage international sales following the reversion of the distribution rights from S4C International.
The list of programs includes such hits as the BAFTA-winning HANA'S HELPLINE, which currently airs on Five; Welsh language classic SALI MALI; '80s fav WIL CWAC CWAC, UNDER MILK WOOD and the feature film THE PRINCESS AND THE GOBLIN.
The first co-production deal between Canada's Cookie Jar Entertainment, a global independent producer of children's entertainment, and South Africa's biggest animation studio, Clockwork Zoo, will use the Toon Boom pipeline to produce PETER PEPPER'S PET SPECTACULAR. The 26-episode half-hour show is based on the immensely popular book of the same name by the hottest family in children's content, mother-son duo Betty and Mickey Paraskevas (MAGGIE AND THE FEROCIOUS BEAST, JUNIOR KNOLL).
Independent French production company Moi j'aime la television (MJTV) is launching its own in-house licensing division and has appointed Alexandre Mayaud as consultant.
This move reflects the company's growth into new areas and its plans to further exploit its key brands across merchandising and other media including music and book publishing, videogames and educational language learning toys.
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.
TV-Loonland has a raft of TV deals worldwide with prestigious broadcasters for its multi-formatted property, PAT&STAN. Along with short formats and a half hour comedy special available, the 39x7 PAT & STAN series is currently in production with new episodes to be presented at upcoming MIPTV.
Paul Johnson, Television Division Director at Reed MIDEM, the Paris-based organizer of international exhibitions and conferences, is to leave the company in mid-March for a new career opportunity to be announced shortly.
Johnson was appointed Reed MIDEM's Television Division Director in April 2003 and was responsible for the company's MIPTV, MIPCOM, MIPDOC and MIP Junior events. He oversaw the launch of the MIPTV Content 360 initiative, the introduction of the International Digital Emmy Awards and the digitization of screenings at MIPDOC and MIP Junior.
Digital creators, interactive agencies and producers will have until January 19, 2009 to enter into the cross-media international competition, Content 360. The 46th MIPTV will be held in Cannes, France, from March 30-April 3, 2009.
Reed MIDEM and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (I.A.T.A.S.) announced the launch of the fourth International Digital Emmy Awards (I.D.E.A.), to take place at MIPTV (March 30-April 3, 2009 Cannes, France). The call for entries runs until January 12, 2009.
The International Digital Emmy Awards are recognizing excellence in content created and designed for viewer interaction and/or delivery on a digital platform (i.e. interactive TV, mobile, internet, etc.) originating outside of the United States.