A new series featuring animated versions of porcine puppets Pinky and Perky , who first appeared on the BBC in 1957, will be unveiled by Granada Int. next April at MIPTV, report KIDSCREEN and C21 MEDIA. THE PINKY AND PERKY SHOW (52x13), aimed at kids aged 6-11, was commissioned by CBBC and France 3 and co-produced by Pinky & Perky Enterprises, Method Films and DQ Entertainment. Granada has picked up worldwide distribution rights (excluding the U.K, and France) and subsidiary ITV DVD has secured the home entertainment rights. The debut DVD will be released in 2008.
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4Kids Ent. Inc. has appointed Jennifer Askin to the position of Manager, International Broadcast and Digital Sales, in which capacity she will oversee the marketing of worldwide new-media platforms for 4Kids Ent.'s extensive program catalogue. In addition, she will be responsible for securing traditional media sales for television in the Netherlands, Belgium, Turkey, Poland, the Ukraine, Belarus, all countries in Central Asia, South Africa and Africa.
Kahani World Inc. in Canada and Accel Animation Studios in India have packed to produce three motion pictures and 11 direct-to-DVDs, which the parties hope to spin off into further opportunities in TV, mobile, new media & web formats. One of the largest motion picture deals in Indian animation, the parties toasted the deal at MIFA last month during Annecy, to mark the first international market where Indian animation companies had come together to present India's capabilities and accomplishments on the world stage.
Calon has sold BIG TATTIE, its first animated series for mobile media, to leading mobile distributor, Player X. Additionally, S4C has commissioned Calon to make 20 shorts of a BIG TATTIE for its Rugby World Cup coverage.
Vooz Co. Ltd., the creator of the love messenger character Pucca, is branching out to the kids market this year with the new series MYO & GA, which combines adventure, fantasy, slap stick comedy and an environmental message. The series sees the world through the eyes of Ga, the sea turtle.
Vooz presented 2:30x7 episodes of the short animation during the 2007 MIPTV and upon garnering positive feedback from television and new media industries, has decided to develop the idea as a larger co-production.
Create Media Ventures and Foothill Ent. announced that they have secured a BBC commission for their new children's animation series, ICONICLES.
Aimed at the 4-6 audience, ICONICLES features an enchanting troupe of iconic animal characters who spring to life in their own digital world, appearing in comedic animated stories, games and musical interludes. Akin to an animated variety show, ICONICLES has been developed both as a participatory television series (with the narrative stories linked by a live-action host) and as an interactive off- and online experience.
York International's new emphasis on new media licensing positioned it uniquely to partner with the wide range of emerging Internet and satellite based entities registered for MIPTV. CEO Tanya York explained, "Our library is great for home video, but as the new technologies take over, we are now in a perfect position to assist our clients with Internet and new media based content needs."
Flying Bark Prods. Pty. Ltd. in Autralia has joined forces with A Stark Production to establish a new company -- A Stark Ent. A Stark Ent., which comes under the umbrella of Flying Bark Prods. and will be responsible for creating and developing independent projects in children's entertainment programming.
Icon Animation, a leading production and distribution company in Spain specializing in youth programming, has followed a slew of recent deals for its popular girl-skewed show, LOLA & VIRGINIA, with a sale to TV2 Norway at MIPTV.
Decode Ent. traveled to MIPTV 2007 with a brand new show, BO ON THE GO! The series has been commissioned by Canada's CBC and is produced by Decode's sister company in DHX Media Ltd., Halifax Film.
Employing motion-capture technology and CG, BO ON THE GO! promotes an active lifestyle and an active mind for preschoolers. It has been created by a dedicated group of artists, broadcasters and educators to instill a love of movement in children, as well as promote a more active lifestyle while linking their activity to a plot-driven story.
MIPTV 2007 in Cannes April 16-20 seems to be off to a bright airy start, partly in thanks to the warm weather and the ever-increasing exhibition space for participants. If you are a MIP regular and think you pretty much know where to find everyone, look again. Many animation exhibitors have moved out of the crowded, yet easy access of the bottom floor of the Palis and are spread out to huge new exhibition halls and tents on the roof of the Riviera or across from the structure along the croisette.
Nickelodeon has partnered with media content company, Chorion, to present OLIVIA, a new children's animated television series based on the best-selling books by acclaimed author/illustrator Ian Falconer.
The new CGI series (52x11 and one 44 minute special) will be animated by Academy Award-nominated Irish animation studio Brown Bag Films. Nick Jr. will present 26 half-hour episodes in the U.S. and sales for the international territories will be made at MIP this month.
Xilam's canine comedy RINTINDUMB (75 x 1 minute 30 seconds), featuring Lucky Luke's sidekick, the dumbest dog in the west, has been picked up by a raft of broadcasters at MIPTV. The animated series, which debuted in September on France 3, has been licensed to Mediaset (Italy), Dutch kids TV channel Z@pp, TV5 (France) and TeleQuebec Canada.
Building on the success of the TV series, award-winning animation companies Xilam (France) and Zinkia (Spain) are launching the 75-minute SHURIKEN THE MOVIE at MIPTV.
The movie is in production, with delivery due August 2007.
Toon Boom Animation Inc. has released Toon Boom Storyboard Pro, the only digital storyboarding software for films, documentaries, gaming, advertising and animation projects. Storyboard Pro is an entirely paperless system, enabling storyboard artists, directors and producers to save significant time and costs, as well as help preserve the Earth's natural resources.
Taffy Ent. will pull into MIPTV with new deals for animated series FANTASTIC FOUR and BOBBY'S WORLD.
Taffy Ent. has signed a U.K. deal for FANTASTIC FOUR, the animated series based on Marvel's superhero franchise. GMTV has acquired the program for its weekend children's strand, Toonattik, which airs on ITV1 and CITV.
In separate deals, the series has also been snapped up by TV Globo in Brazil, MRTL in Hungary and Fox Video for Europe and Latin America.
Corus Ent. Inc.'s Nelvana Enterprises is bringing MY FRIEND RABBIT and DI-GATA DEFENDERS to MIPTV.
Based on Eric Rohmann's 2003 Caldecott Gold Medal-winning children's book, MY FRIEND RABBIT will be produced by Nelvana Studios and was commissioned by Treehouse, Corus' preschool broadcast service in Canada.
TV France International has enlarged and modernized its stand, making it the fifth largest at MIPTV, making room to host 54 distribution companies. The record number of participants exemplifies the continued growth in the number of exhibitors participating in the events and operations organized by TV France International since the closing of 2006.
Animation World Network (AWN.com) is proud to announce our Virtual Market Showcase is now live. A tool for industry professionals to preview the work of potential programming and development partners, the Virtual Market Showcase brings high quality video reels right to the desktop.
NAB and MIPTV are right around the corner, followed by the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and fmx/07, and we want to know what you're doing for these important events. Tell us all about what's selling, what you want to sell and what you think is going to be hot in 2007. Send all information to Sarah Baisley at email@example.com.
Treviso, Italy-based Gruppo Alcuni has begun presales on the new 2D/3D series LEONARDO.
The 26x13 product, geared for kids 12+, follows the adventures of a group of teens lead by a really special and talented boy -- Leonardo da Vinci.
Each episode shows the young genius at work while striving to find each time a particular and different solution in order to have the better of Gottardo, his sworn enemy, the son of the local lord and his unfair rival in love. In fact, both boys contend the charms of ironic and elusive Gioconda.
NAB and MIP-TV are right around the corner and we want to know what you're doing for these important events. Tell us all about what's selling, what you want to sell and what you think is going to be hot in 2007. Send all information to Sarah Baisley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toronto-based Coneybeare Stories has inked an agreement with PorchLight Ent. for international TV distribution rights to MONSTER WARRIORS. PorchLight picks up 52 half-hour episodes for a MIP-TV launch.
The series now airs on Canadaï¿½s YTV network and around the globe. Season 1 has already been sold to Australia, Spain, Portugal, Latin America, Singapore, India, Bosnia, as well as other territories in Eastern Europe.
Jetix Europe has acquired the European pay TV rights to the action-comedy URBAN VERMIN. DECODE Ent.'s CGI series will air on all Jetix Europe Channels starting autumn 2007.
Jetix Europe has also acquired TV distribution (with the exception of France), home video and consumer product rights to the series for Europe. Buena Vista Int'l Television is to service the distribution of television rights to URBAN VERMIN and will launch the 22x26 series at MIP-TV in April 2007.
International Interactive Emmy Awards 2007Cannes, FranceApril 18, 2007Deadline: Dec. 11, 2006
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will be presenting International Interactive Emmy Awards and a Pioneer Prize, in partnership with Reed MIDEM, for the second year in a row. The International Interactive Emmy Awards at MIPTV 2007 will take place in Cannes, France.
The three International Interactive Emmy Award categories are: