Special Event: MIPCOM

Headline News Paul Johnson To Leave Reed MIDEM

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.

Headline News The Sun Shines On Aussie/Canadian Co-Production

Australia's Galaxy Pop and Canada's Amberwood Ent. have signed a co-production deal for the animated preschool series THE SUNSHINE FRIENDS.

The 52x11 2D series, created by Galaxy Pop producers Dina McPherson and Gian Christian, follows the adventure of five friends from around the globe who join Grandma Sunshine in her enchanted tree house, where they are magically transported back in time to visit her past memories from her days as an intrepid world explorer.

Headline News Chorion's French Property Gaspard & Lisa Goes Back to Roots

Family entertainment producer and distributor Chorion has signed a broadcast and licensing deal for its new property GASPARD & LISA with French broadcaster TF1.

TF1 recently acquired Chorion's OLIVIA at MIPCOM.

TF1 is planning a licensing and merchandising campaign to include a gift range, apparel, toys and games for GASPARD & LISA, which will sit alongside publishing and will launch following the show's TV debut in 2010.

Headline News Pinky and Perky Christmas Special Due on BBC

CGI spectacular THE PINKY AND PERKY SHOW is due to screen across the BBC this Christmas with a special festive helping of everyone's favorite pigs.

PPC Enterprises, which holds M&L rights in the brand, has revealed that the show will screen four times on CBBC over the Christmas period, as well as showing at 10 a.m. on BBC One on Christmas Day.

Headline News Lincoln Butterfield To Debut R.I.P. M.D. at NATPE 2009

Offering a refreshing departure from typical monster stories, Lincoln Butterfield Animation will debut R.I.P. M.D. at next month's NATPE '09 Market & Conference. The new animated series concept, which takes a comical look at the real-life problems of monsters, comes from veteran animation producer Mitch Schauer, creator of THE ANGRY BEAVERS. NATPE attendees interested in snagging a first look at R.I.P. M.D. may visit the Lincoln Butterfield booth (#612).

Headline News 4Kids Inks New Deals For Chaotic Series in France, U.K.

On the heels of MIPCOM 2008, 4Kids Ent. has finalized licensing agreements with broadcasters in France and the U.K. for the first season of CHAOTIC.

CHAOTIC (Season One) is scheduled to launch on Gulli TV in France, Rede TV in Brazil and Jetix in the U.K., beginning first quarter 2009.

The property's second season, CHAOTIC: M'ARRILLIAN INVASION, has also been renewed by Teletoon in Canada and Jetix in Latin America. Broadcast sales of the series in Germany, Italy and other markets are expected to close by end of the calendar year.

Headline News Chorion Signs Development Deal With Chinese Media Group

Family entertainment producer and distributor Chorion and Shanghai Media Group (SMG), the largest media group in China, have struck a landmark accord to jointly develop new animation programs for children.

Headline News ER Secures Distribution Deal For New Episodes Of Transformers Animated

Entertainment Rights has secured distribution rights to the latest 13 episodes for the new TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED series, bringing the total number of episodes of the series currently available to 42 (42x22). The announcement follows on the heels of Cartoon Network in the U.S. having confirmed the commission of an additional 13 episodes for delivery in spring 2009.

Headline News Record Participation At MIPCOM 2008

The 24th MIPCOM recorded its highest attendance figure of all time, driven notably by an increase in attendance from the "METRIC" countries and regions (Middle East, Turkey, Russia, India and China), as well as Ukraine.

At the close of the market on October 17, MIPCOM 2008 totaled 13,588 participants, an increase of 1.6% over the 13,371 industry professionals who attended in 2007. A total of 4,519 companies from 103 countries registered, of which 1,779 were exhibitors. The number of international buyers grew by 7.2%, from 4,242 in 2007 to 4,573 this year.

Headline News HIT Finances Little Charley Bear

HIT Ent., signed a co-production deal with Annix Productions for the all new preschool property LITTLE CHARLEY BEAR.

LITTLE CHARLEY BEAR is based on an adorable and wonderfully irreverent teddy bear character and his playful journeys into the imagination. Through his friend Dave the Narrator, as voiced by Dave Benson Phillips of PLAY BUS and Disney Channel fame, LITTLE CHARLEY BEAR reaches out to young children, encouraging them to use and develop their imaginations whilst learning key life skills along the way.

Headline News Funny Face, Huntik Win MIPCOM Licensing Challenge

FUNNY FACE from Renegade Animation and HUNTIK: SECRETS AND SEEKERS, produced by Rainbow S.p.A., headquartered in Loreto, Italy have won the 5th Annual MIPCOM Junior Licensing Challenge, an international competition for new TV properties.

Competing against entries from Italy, France, South Korea, Spain and elsewhere, FUNNY FACE and HUNTIK were selected for having the highest licensing potential by a panel of judges that included representatives of Simon & Schuster, Entertainment Rights, WNET and Marathon Animation.

Headline News Jimmy Two Shoes Takes Top Spot in MIPCOM Jr. Screenings

Jetix Europe's JIMMY TWO SHOES was the most watched entry at this year's MIPCOM Jr. screenings. Out of 1,143 entries, JIMMY TWO SHOES, produced by Breakthrough Ent. for Jetix Europe, was the most requested show by buyers.

Marc Buhaj, SVP of Jetix Europe said, "This is the first time Jetix has achieved top ranking at the screenings. It is testament to a great team who are producing a great show. We're really excited that our new focus on comedy has proven to be so popular with our peers and we're confident our viewers will enjoy Jimmy as much as the industry does."

Headline News VIZ Media Showcases Anime For All Ages At MIPCOM

VIZ Media and VIZ Media Europe, the Paris-based subsidiary of VIZ Media, will showcase a variety of hot anime properties at the 2008 MIPCOM show in Cannes, France, October 13-17 at the Palais des Festivals. VIZ Media will be located in Booth A0-12.

VIZ Media is a master licensor of Japanese anime and manga content to a fast growing international audience. The company will offer a diverse selection of animated properties for teens and young adults including BLEACH, DEATH NOTE, BLUE DRAGON, BUSO RENKIN, HUNTER X HUNTER, KILARI and others.

Headline News New Sesame Street English Language Learning Series Available At MIPCOM

Get silly with Elmo and Cookie Monster as the duo introduce preschool English language learners to a daily dose of letters and sounds. SESAME STREET ENGLISH, a new broadcast series (26x2) featuring anime style versions of the SESAME STREET Muppets, makes phonics fun. Each all-English episode introduces one letter, sound, and word through vivid visuals and catchy rhythms. The series will be available at MIPCOM, October 13-17.

Headline News Shelldon To Make qubo A Greener Place

Entertainment Rights has secured a U.S. broadcast partner for the new CGI animated television series, SHELLDON. Through the deal, SHELLDON will be seen on qubo's children's programming block, which currently airs on NBC, Telemundo, and ION TV networks. The 13x30 series, which focuses on environmental themes, targets kids ages 4-8 and is scheduled to premiere in spring 2009.

Headline News Aardman Rights Takes Wallace & Gromit, Timmy On International Adventure

Aardman Rights, the newly created division of award-winning Aardman Animations has concluded a number of pre-sales for its two new animated series WALLACE & GROMIT IN A MATTER OF LOAF AND DEATH and TIMMY TIME.

Wallace & Gromit’s new half hour adventure is currently in production for BBC One at Aardman’s Bristol studios with delivery expected this autumn. Aardman has secured pre-sale deals at MIPCOM with broadcasters around the globe including: ABC TV Australia, M6 France, Super RTL Germany, YLE Finland, NRK Norway, Zapp Netherlands and SVT Sweden.

Headline News Chorion's Olivia Gets Ready For Her World Debut

Chorion has signed a raft of major international broadcast partners for its brand new children's television series OLIVIA, based on the best-selling, award-winning book property.

Chorion has secured deals with TF1 in France, Nick Jr U.K., Treehouse in Canada, Danmarks Radio and The Walt Disney Company Latin America for the preschool animated series.

Headline News Decode Engineers Sales For Animal Mechanicals

DECODE Enterprises has made a number of MIPCOM sales for new preschool series, ANIMAL MECHANICALS (40x11), produced by Halifax Film, and commissioned by CBC in Canada, where the series is one of the highest-rating preschool shows.

The Disney Channels in the U.K. and Asia; Radio-Canada, Discovery Latin America, Romania's HOP, EBS in Korea; Al-Jazeera Children Channel have all snapped up the series along with Prava I Prevodi, who acquired the title for Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro.

Headline News Tricon Claims Sanctuary At MIPCOM

Toronto-based producer and distributor Tricon Films & Television has made further sales of 13x60 science fiction series SANCTUARY at MIPCOM 2008. Entertainment channel AXN has snapped up the series in a deal for Central Europe that includes Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania and Slovakia and in a further deal, Sci Fi Channel Asia has taken the series to air on its channels in more than 25 countries.

Headline News Studio B Brings Caveboys, Barbarians To MIPCOM

Studio B Productions will showcase a slate of new animated series in development at the 2008 MIPCOM show in Cannes, France, October 13-17 at the Palais Des Festivals.

The series in development that Studio B Productions will be highlighting at MIPCOM include:

CAVEBOY (Preschool)

Headline News Entertainment Rights To Debut Kung Fu Magoo at MIPCOM

U.K.-based Entertainment Rights will be debuting KUNG FU MAGOO -- the latest in a long line of Mr. Magoo adventures -- at MIPCOM 2008 in Cannes, France.

Produced in conjunction with Mexico's Anima Estudios, Motion Toons and ER's Classic Media, KUNG FU MAGOO (1 X 80 minutes) brings back screen legend Quincy Magoo, and drops him into his biggest, baddest, bumblingest adventure yet. Audiences around the world have been craving a new Magoo adventure, and this time he's back with a martial arts twist to rid the world of evil villains -- and having a blast doing it!

Headline News Interact With The London Underground in Bow Street Runner

Littleloud Animation Studios are presenting BOW STREET RUNNER at MIPCOM, a Web-based interactive drama set in the Georgian London underworld to support Channel 4's CITY OF VICE television series.

The production includes a range of digital techniques including 3D sets, dynamic composition and seamlessly integrated live action footage, producing a unique cinematic experience to the online drama environment. The production cast is lead by the accomplished British actor Julian Glover.

Headline News Novel's Horrid Henry Secures New Sales

U.K.-based independent producer Novel Ent. and distribution partner Little Bird Rights have secured more international sales deals for animated property HORRID HENRY in the run up to MIPCOM 2008.

Little Bird has worldwide television rights to the show outside the U.K. and Germany and has recently secured broadcast deals for the first season of 52x11 with MNet in South Africa, RTP Portugal, Digiturk in Turkey and SVT Sweden. A deal has also been secured with Polish production company Op Art.

Headline News Jibber Jabber Out To Imagine More Territories

Bejuba! Ent. has new international agreements for animated children's series, JIBBER JABBER going into MIPCOM 2008. JIBBER JABBER is a YTV Original Series, Northwest Imaging and FX and Jibber Jabber Toons Ltd. Production.

JIBBER JABBER (13x30), has been sold to KIKA Germany, Jetix (Latin America), TRT (Turkey), E-Vision (Middle East), RTP (Portugal), Noga (Israel), ABC (Australia) and Al Jazeera Children's Channel.

Headline News Amita Of The Jungle Goes To MIPCOM

Lastrego & Testa will present all 26 episodes of its new TV series AMITA OF THE JUNGLE (26x7) in HD, co-produced with RAI Fiction, at MIPCOM.

The project won a nomination to the Pulcinella Awards at Cartoons On the Bay 2008 in the category Best TV Series for Children and it is in competition for the 38th edition of Roshd Festival in Tehran.

The series is about the adventures of a child who lives in a magic world where men and animals can still speak together, bringing a contemporary moral based on sympathy, altruism and cooperation.

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