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.
Special Event: MIPCOM
Monster Distributes Ltd. recently completed deals with ITV in the U.K. and Kika in Germany to broadcast KIDS TEN COMMANDMENTS. The series, which Monster picked up at NATPE, ahs a few minor deals and is ready for a big launch at MIPCOM, reports Andrew Fitzpatrick, chairman of Monster Distributes.
A few months ago Rick Mischel, ceo of Mainframe Ent., alluded to AWN that a sales/distribution entity would be in place soon for IDT Ent. and now that has become a reality. IDT Ent. has formed IDT Ent. Sales (IDTeS) a new company responsible for the worldwide distribution of content from its companies, as well as third-party producers. IDT Ent. companies include Anchor Bay Ent., Manga Ent., DPS, DPS/Film Roman, Mainframe Ent. and DKP Effects.
MIPCOM 2004 DVD AwardsCannes, FranceOctober 6, 2004Deadline: July 6, 2004
MIPCOM 2004 will pay tribute to the DVD creative community with a series of awards. The prizes will be given out by a specialist jury with the sheer creativity behind the viewing experience as the spotlight. Categories include: Web features and interactivity, program content restoration, special features, navigation and graphic design.
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.
E3 Flash Newsletter May 6May 27 (Follow-Up issue)
If you didnt receive your copies of AWNs Special MIPCOM 2003, NATPE 2004 or MIP-TV 2004 Animation Flash Newsletters, here are the links to all four issues:
Since launching the integrated brand management company Elastic Rights two years ago in Spain, Ignacio Orive has been busy signing multimedia partners for his diverse slate of projects and selecting new properties to represent in the Iberian and Italian markets. Animated properties he is taking to MIP-TV include FLASH KICKER, and CAILLOU.
At MIP-TV, Elastic Rights will be based on the Spanish producers stand FAPAE/ICEX, R31.29.
VGI Entertainment Inc. will be presenting three pre-school series in its booth R28.13 at MIP-TV. The series include SERGEANT STRIPES, EBB AND FLO and BLANCHE.
Produced by Ealing Animation and A Works TV Production in association with CBBC, SERGEANT STRIPE (26x10) features Stripes, a police station cat, who dreams he is a police sergeant with his very own police force. VGI launched the new 2D series at MIPCOM 2003 and the show receives a 33% audience share across all channels kids4-6 year olds for the BBC.
CINAR, a regular big player at MIPCOM and MIP-TV, will arrive with a large slate of productions, including two new series. CINAR was recently purchased by investor group comprised of Michael Hirsh, Toper Taylor and TD Capital Canadian Private Equity Partners through 4113683 Canada Inc. (Newco).
As a result of the wonderful response to our new MIPCOM and NATPE-specific Flash Newsletters, we will be publishing a special edition for both MIP-TV, which 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.
MIP-TV Flash Newsletter March 11 March 18March 25April 15 (Follow-Up issue)
Contender Entertainment Group (CEG) is tickled pink that its new preschool animated series, PEPPA PIG, has secured sales in seven key international territories in less than four months. The 52x5 series is also set to premiere on Channel Five in the U. K. on May 31, 2004 and will broadcast later this year on Nick Jr. in the U.K.
Grace Animation Studios ceo Christopher Turner is assembling a production team to produce 26 new animated half-hour series of the THE AVENGING APES OF AFRICA (AAoA) for worldwide distribution. Grace will be showing a promo and first episode of the series at NATPE.
THE AVENGING APES OF AFRICA is an exciting action/adventure series for kids 6-12, where five transmuted ape brothers, and their exploration friends span the globe protecting and defending all animals of the world from the dreaded Mr. Harry B. Richborne and his worldwide band of pitiless poachers.
Warner Bros. International TV Distribution has hired Jessica Pinto for the newly created post of director of animation marketing. She will head the creative side of the new international Kids WB! blocks, in addition to managing sales and marketing presentations for programs the company distributes to other foreign networks. Previously, she served as vp, programming & scheduling for the Kids' WB! Pinto will be based in Burbank and report to Warner Bros. TV creative services svp Lisa Gregorian.
As a result of the wonderful response to our new MIPCOM-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 7thJanuary 14thJanuary 28th (Follow-Up issue)
MIP-TV Flash Newsletter March 10th March 17th March 24th April 14th (Follow-Up issue)
AWN has posted the final follow-up edition of its special Acrobat MIPCOM Flash newsletter. In response to reader demand, AWN has made it easier for you to get all your important MIPCOM news in one concise place. AWN has published four special MIPCOM newsletters, in Acrobat format. All four high-res Acrobat versions can be downloaded at:
Toronto-based Comet Ent. has opened Vitamin Cartoons Inc., an animation services division to provide high quality pre- and post-production services. Vitamin draws upon the skills and experience of some of Canada's most talented artists, Flash animators and directors to offers character, background and prop design, special effects design, stock breakdown planning, storyboards, slugging; X-sheets, color styling, s-reel and pre-layout.
RAI Trade held a special launch reception for its new edutainment series, AMAZING HISTORY, at its stand during MIPCOM. The series strives to explain, in an entertaining manner for kids and adults, great historical events via live-action and lots of computer graphics, narrated by 3D animated hosts Mr. Chan, an alien from Mars, and Betty the sheep. They are tutored by the impeccable Prof.
FRANNYS FEET lead to an impressive showing at MIPCOM Jr. amongst DECODE Entertainments many offerings at MIPCOM 2003. The delightfully illustrative digital 2D animated show (13x30 or 3x7 per half hour) placed eighth in the MIPCOM Jr. screenings.
Corus Entertainments Nelvana pearched on top of the Palais sales activities in its usual penthouse stand at MIPCOM 2003 with a strong lineup of new releases and a sneak peak at a powerful roster of developing titles. Headlining the new show slate were OSCARS ATLAS, THE MALL, DELTA STATE and BACKYARDIGANS.
HIT Ent. announced multiple international deals for its properties BARNEY, ANGELINA BALLERINA, THOMAS & FRIENDS and BOB THE BUILDER at MIPCOM.
Dubai TV has launched BARNEY on free TV in the Middle East, The program debuted there in 2000 and has seen growing success. A live show is underway for early 2004. As well, the series has been licensed to Hong Kong ATV World Channel. In addition, video deals have been signed for Argentina, Peru and Chile.
Although Christopher Grace recently stepped own as the champion of animation at Welsh broadcaster S4C, its distribution arm still is very much in the animation game as S4C International presented two children's animation pilots at MIPCOM. TIFF was created by Siriol and KIRK was created by Cart_n Cymru. Grace, co-founder of S4C, will help produce the two shows. S4C hopes to strike co-production deals for both projects.
In addition, S4C presented 20 hours of new documentaries to be sold at the market
Announced in connection with its visit to MIPCOM, ICON Animation has signed multiple international deals.
Upon the deals struck at MIPCOM, Banjax will be taking its new show GENE-FUSION to Brand Licensing London, running October 28-29, 2003. The 26x22 series is set to go in production in January after broadcast deals are sealed with partnerships formed at MIPCOM.
MTV Networks International (MTVNI) announced at MIPCOM that it would handle the international distribution and licensing for Comedy Central and Spike TV properties. Both Comedy Central and Spike TV are wholly owned by MTV Networks. Comedy Central airs animated programs SOUTH PARK and KID NOTORIOUS and Spike TV airs THE REN & STIMPY ADULT PARTY CARTOON, GARY THE RAT and STRIPPERELLA.