The buzz coming out of MIPCOM has CINAR Corp. close to a sale of the companys assets to Michael Hirsh and Toper Taylor, former Nelvana co-founder/ceo and president of international distribution, marketing and consumer products respectively. Because Hirsh is Canadian the deal would ensure that CINAR could continue to receive Canadian tax credits.
Special Event: MIPCOM
Independent production and distribution company DLT Entertainment is debuting its exciting new animated property GOING BUGGS! to the international market at this years MIPCOM.
Created by Al Guest and Jean Mathieson, whose previous work has aired on CBS, HBO and the BBC, GOING BUGGS! is an innovative traditional 2D animated comic action fantasy series aimed at kids 6-13. Magic Shadows Inc. and Red Rocket Animation co-produced the 13x30 series.
After capturing the hearts of thousands of Canadian children thanks to numerous live shows, 40,000 books and 100,000 video cassettes and DVDs released over the past two years, PATOU the Polar Bear is now available on the small screen from Spectra Intl Distrib. and ready to charm his way into the hearts of children all over the world and hopefully into the lineups of buyers at MIPCOM.
4Kids Entertainment Inc. has set MIPCOM 2003 for the launch of 26 episodes of the new TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES and 47 new episodes of the Japanese sensation, YU-GI-OH!
channelzero has announced production deals with AGOGO and Face2Face with the properties available at the upcoming MIPCOM. With AGOGO, channelzero will produce three half hour episodes of its 2D property, SOSOPHIE. With Face2Face, it has entered the development stage on two 3D projects, GHETTO FABULOUS and ERNEST MAKES HISTORY.
Mike Young Prods. has a busy slate of animated shows with many new 3D entries to present at MIPCOM. The busy producer has jumped headfirst into distribution, launching a new distribution arm in March 2003, headed by veteran TV sales exec Regis Brown. The U.S. studio, founded by Welsh animator Mike Young, is bringing its captivating 3D series for young children, JAKERS! THE ADVENTURES OF PIGGLEY WINKS, which debuted September 7, 2003 on PBS Kids in the U.S.
The Fremantle Corp. will introduce innovative shows for both kids and young adults at this years MIPCOM beginning with the eye-popping new 3D animation series, UNDERGROUND ERNIE, for kids 4-8. From the producers (3D Films and Joella Films) of the British pre-school hit, THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE, the new series features a magical collection of talking subway trains and a character named Ernie who keeps them all running on schedule.
Elastic Rights is looking to secure strategic, local partners at MIPCOM, including theatrical, TV, home entertainment, licensing, publishing and Internet companies for its portfolio of projects. The aim is to add value, by developing an integrated brand management strategy for each property.
In conjunction with its trip to MIPCOM, Entertainment Rights has announced its acquisition of the TV and video rights to TRANSFORMERS ENERGON, the next chapter in the TRANSFORMER franchise. The new 52x30 minute episodes follow up the success of TRANSFORMERS ARMADA. Picking up where Armada left off, Energon follows the defeated evil Unicron and Megatron teaming up to take over Earth.
StudioWorks Entertainment, a year-old North American home entertainment distribution company, is looking to acquire more properties at MIPCOM. A division of Ventura Entertainment, StudioWorks has emerged as one of the leading forces in the branding, marketing and distribution of brands through home entertainment channels. From the hit television series WISEGUY, to successful children's brands such as Winchester Entertainment's WHEELS ON THE BUS, StudioWorks has amassed a portfolio of high-profile branded entertainment from around the world.
Monster! Distributes will be launching ROVER SAVES CHRISTMAS, a new one-hour program based on Roddy Doyles international best-selling childrens book of the same name, at MIPCOM. This is the first project to emerge from the collaboration between Oscar-nominated animation studio Brown Bag Films (GIVE UP YER AUL SINS) and award-winning feature film entity Treasure Entertainment (I WENT DOWN). All three companies are based in Ireland.
This week in AWNs Theatrical Release Database we trailers for some of the falls big releases as well as lots of date changes and new pages added. If you havent seen it by now or want to see it again you can check out the long awaited trailer for LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING. In addition, weve linked to trailers for the Halle Berry thriller GOTHIKA, the historical epic THE ALAMO and the videogame-inspired horror flick ALONE IN THE DARK.
Munich-based TV-Loonland has a two new series and pilots to unveil at MIPCOM and screen at MIPCOM Jr. Its U.K. production house, Telemagination, has completed production on its brand new, madcap animated series, METALHEADS, according to David Ferguson, coo, operating out of TV-Loonlands London office.
Responding to an ongoing demand in the marketplace for brand value programming, DIC Ent. will offer 91 half-hour animated episodes in the TOTALLY SONIC! package, which includes a private collection of never-before-seen episodes available for the first time to international buyers in all major language versions, at booth 17.01 during MIPCOM.
Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) will bring a diverse slate of programming to MIPCOM, including the animated series ASTRO BOY and CYBORG 009, as well as STEPHEN KING'S KINGDOM HOSPITAL, JOAN OF ARCADIA, MISSING and RESIDENTS, the hit Chilean telenovela, MACHOS, according to SPTI distribution evp Peter Iacono. The SPTI booth will be at top of the Palais at M5.01.
In what is probably the first post Cartoon Forum deal, Monster! Distributes has just secured distribution rights to THE LOST LITTLE CATERPILLAR, a new half-hour film from Icelandic-based production company CAOZ.
Fox Kids Europe (FKE) is taking 144 half-hour episodes of fresh programming to MIPCOM, including three new kids properties, SONIC X, TUTENSTEIN and SHAMAN KING.
FKE has acquired all TV and home video rights for the world, excluding North America and Asia, for 52 half-hour episodes of SONIC X from TMS Entertainment Ltd. This marks the first animated adaptation of the videogame and TV series hedgehog hero to be created in Japan, (DIC Ent. did the first animated TV series in the U.S.).
Rainbow Animation and RAI Fiction have employed fashion designers to catch the eye of buyers and viewers in the new animated offering, WINX CLUB, a 26 half-hour series featuring stylish fairies and cool boys training to be juristic knights.
Premise is about three schools for fairies, witches and boys. Bloom, a fairy in training from Earth and her four schoolmates form the WINX Club to combat their enemies, the witches. The boys lend their aid to the WINX Club in the crusade to eradicate evil.
Marking its foray in the TV industry, One31 Media has joined forces with Kickback Media to unveil an action-packed animated series, BC BATTLERS. Targeted for kids 6-11, the 52x26 series combines turbo charged dinosaurs with riveting sci-fi adventures.
One of the hottest toy franchises to emerge this year in the U.K., BC BATTLERS will be supported by a TV advertising campaign that runs through to Christmas 2003 on Fox Kids and Cartoon Network. The toy range features cutting-edge radio controlled vehicles.
Cromosomas big offering for MIPCOM Jr. and MIPCOM is TOM, an animated series produced with the EBU. The 26x26 series features a big, friendly dinosaur who goes on big adventures with a little girl named Wanda and a boy named Tip, while he searches for his long, lost homeland. Their journeys around the world offer insights into how to appreciate the world we live in.
The Indigo Group will venture to Cannes with four new projects in tow for MIPCOM. The new projects include TOBY THE PRINCE OF WHALES, TINGUARO, BRADYS BEASTS and FREDDIE THE FROG.