EM.TV´s subsidiary EM.Entertainment GmbH will be responsible for the distribution of the new animation series STAINES DOWN DRAINS, which is at present being co-produced with Australian animation studio Yoram Gross-EM.TV and New Zealand producer Flux Animation. EM.Entertainment will be responsible for international sales to non English-speaking territories whilst Yoram Gross-EM.TV will cover English-speaking countries.
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This fall, Classic Media will release on DVD the all new animated feature, THE LEGEND OF FROSTY THE SNOWMAN. Burt Reynolds narrates the movie and sings the beloved title song. In addition, the film also stars Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants.
Doug Schwalbe, head of worldwide distribution at Classic Media, the New York-based entertainment company that is also home to LASSIE, THE LONE RANGER and the recently completed animated feature, PETER COTTONTAIL, THE MOVIE, will be representing the movie at MIP-TV in Cannes.
In honor of its 60th anniversary this year, the United Nations (UN) will debut a special public service announcement (PSA) at MIP-TV 2005. The 60-second spot, produced by Harmony Gold, is part of a broader effort to increase awareness of the work of the UN during this special period culminating with the 60th opening session of the UN General Assembly in the fall.
Mondo Media has finalized a series of wireless licensing deals that will blanket Europe with its internationally popular HAPPY TREE FRIENDS animated characters. Via its new wireless licensing agreements brokered by its western European agent Celebrities Ent., the HAPPY TREE FRIENDS characters are now available in five basic configurations Java games, episode download, spot download, image based content and true tones/sound tones.
Continuing our special event specific Flash Newsletters, we will be publishing a special edition for MIP-TV. The event is fast approaching and our editorial and advertising staff is gearing up for the Flash Newsletter series. Here are the dates for the publications. Please send releases to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MIP-TV Flash NewslettersMarch 23March 30April 6
Just months after its debut on PBS KIDS GO! in the U.S., Scholastic Ent.s new series MAYA & MIGUEL has already been sold in more than 30 countries, including to the BBC in the U.K.; Cartoon Network Latin America; NOGA in Israel; ABS-CBN in the Philippines and Luk International in Spain and Portugal. The international broadcasters have acquired all 65 half-hour episodes of the breakthrough series.
Continuing our special event specific Flash Newsletters, we will be publishing special editions for both GDC and MIP-TV. Both events are fast approaching and our editorial and advertising staff is gearing up for the Flash Newsletter series. Here are the dates for the publications. To insure your news gets into the GDC Flash, please send releases to email@example.com by Feb. 23, 2005.
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Continuing our special event specific Flash Newsletters, we will be publishing special editions for both NATPE and MIP-TV. The NATPE market is fast approaching and our editorial and advertising staff are gearing up for the NATPE-specific Flash Newsletter series. Here are the dates for the publications.
NATPE Flash NewslettersJanuary 12January 19
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French producer/distributor Moonscoop has signed a major deal with FUNimation Productions Ltd., the brand management company behind the wildly successful DRAGON BALL Z franchise, making the company the exclusive licensing agent for CODE LYOKO in the U.S. The far-reaching deal also makes FUNimation the exclusive home video distributor to CODE LYOKO for the U.S. and English-speaking Canada.
Adina Pitt has been promoted from director to vp of Acquisitions for Nickelodeon and Nicktoons, Nickelodeon's digital channel for the next generation of animation. Pitt will handle pre-buys and acquisitions for both networks, reporting to Pete Danielsen, svp of programming, Nickelodeon; and Keith Dawkins, vp/gm, Nicktoons.
As a result of the wonderful response to our new MIPCOM, MIP-TV, NATPE and E3-specific Flash Newsletters, we will be publishing a special edition for Licensing Show, which is fast approaching and our editorial and advertising staff is gearing up for the new Flash Newsletter series. Here are the dates for the publications.
Licensing 2004 Animation Flash:May 27June 3June 18 (Follow-Up issue)
As a result of the wonderful response to our new MIPCOM, MIP-TV and NATPE-specific Flash Newsletters, we will be publishing a special edition for E3, which is fast approaching and our editorial and advertising staff is gearing up for the new Flash Newsletter series. Here are the dates for the publications.
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We bid farewell to March and our focus on new frontiers with Tito Belgrave's fascinating look at "Photogrammetry: A Study of Image-Based Modeling." IBM has caused quite a stir with the ability of artists to explore 3D objects and scenes captured from real world photography, and Belgrave breaks it down nicely. Meanwhile, April kicks off our timely emphasis on gaming, what with GDC behind us and E3 just down the road.
Since EM.TV head Werner Klatten sold his 24.8% stake in the troubled company to European investment firm Constant Ventures II, EM.TV has made several big acquisition and distribution announcements. These deals along with the announcement of a waiver agreement with 94.22% of the company's former bondholders is seen as a positive sign of the stabilization of the embattled production and licensing firm.
Announced at MIP-TV, independent animation studio Mike Young Prods (MYP) announced the formation of Taffy Ent., the new business unit dedicated to the rights management and worldwide distribution of family and childrens entertainment. Mike and Liz Young and Bill Schultz created Taffy to own and represent its library as well as to actively seek to acquire rights to other animation properties.
With the acquisition of the company by former Nelvana execs Michael Hirsh and Toper Taylor complete, Cinar's name has been officially changed to Cookie Jar Ent. The once publicly traded company will now be a private entity. The principals include Hirsh and Taylor along with Steve and Patty Carson, TD Capital Canadian Private Equity Partners and Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS). The overall Cookie Jar Group also includes leading education companies Carson-Dellosa and HighReach Learning.
The Animation Guild and Affiliated Optical Electronic and Graphic Arts, Local 839 IATSE, has posted the March issue of their newsletter, THE PEG-BOARD, on their Website at http://www.mpsc839.org, which is hosted by the Animation World Network.
This week in the Theatrical Release Database, new release dates top the list of changes. STEPFORD WIVES now has a firm date in the summer. FAT ALBERT, GARFIELD and SPIDER-MAN 2 will all be in theaters a little bit sooner than previously announced. And PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 2 and SPIDER-MAN now have target release dates. The sequel to ANACONDA being released in August has yet another title change. We have more details on the plot of ZATHURA (i.e. JUMANJI 2) and a new distribution firm for Jet Li's DANNY THE DOG.
Test your skills and challenge your brain with AWN's Animation Trivia Quiz. Check out the latest installment from quizmaster Karl Staven, an accomplished independent animator and head of the Animation Department at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Music videos have become a venue to showcase innovative animation techniques and a means to explore new way of communicating. Since the formation of MTV, many animators have left their marks on this short form.
This week in AWN's Forums, discussion has already begun about the Friday debut of the second part of CLONE WARS on Cartoon Network. A senior member wants to know some reasonably cheap 3D schools that teach 3ds Max and/or Maya. Another thread focuses on the outsourcing of animation jobs. A junior member wants members' opinions on some good 2D and 3D books to get. One of our members wants to know if others use maquettes for reference. Not even our animation forum can avoid the debating Mel Gibson's THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST.
Fox Kids Europe (FKE), will launch PUCCA at MIP-TV, an animated TV series based on the funky, cult Korean property created by VOOZ Co., Ltd. FKE has acquired all television and home video rights for the whole of Europe and the Middle East, for the 24x2.5 animated short PUCCA series.
MicroTainment is offering THE FROST FAMILY, a half-hour animated series for primetime at MIP-TV. The combination 2D/3D series will be available for fall 2005. Micortainment will be located in the Canadian Pavilion, #0.01, on the main floor of the Palais.
Manchester-based animation house Cosgrove Hall will offer six new series at MIP-TV 2004 at the Granada stand R38.01.
CODEWARRIORS (26x30) is the company's first foray into CGI/live action mix. The series was commissioned by CITV. The hi-tech adventure series follows online gamers playing to save the world.
The CGI, sci-fi series BLUE DOG BLUES follows a blue dog, a biscuit and an anti-scratch cone. Starting as a short film, Cosgrove Hall is looking for co-production partners to produce a primetime family series.