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Special Event: MIPCOM

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.

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 marblemedia Brings The Gnastys To MIPCOM

marblemedia are developing a new animated series for children 6 to 9 optioned from the popular children's book GNASTY GNOMES by youth writer R.L. Stine (GOOSEBUMPS, ROTTEN SCHOOL, FEAR STREET). Throughout MIPCOM, marblemedia will be on hand to take international broadcasters into the lives of the Gnasty Gnomes.

GNASTY GNOMES features the hilarious adventures of 8-year-old Wort, his older sister Juny and their family of foul, revolting and above all "gnasty" Gnomes. When a door is jammed or an email spammed, look for the Gnastys.

Headline News Mission To Planet 429 Launches At MIPCOM

WTTW National Productions has partnered with Roman Coppola's Directors Bureau to launch MISSION TO PLANET 429. WTTW National Productions will introduce the new mixed media comedy adventure series for children ages 6-9 at MIPCOM 2008. The property is planned to premiere with 104x11 minute episodes (or 52 half hours) on U.S. public television and in other media platforms and in markets worldwide in 2010.

Headline News This Week's Animation Trivia Quiz for Oct. 6, 2008

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.

Headline News Monster Distributes To Launch Animated Series Ben And Izzy At MIPCOM

From Jordan comes a unique animation series that follows the adventures of two pre-teens and a genie. BEN AND IZZY, the long anticipated state-of-the-art CGI animation series, will be showcased during MIPCOM 2008 by distributor Monster.

The new highly acclaimed animation series is created by Rubicon, a pioneering 2D and 3D animation/CGI, e-education, and interactive multimedia company based in Amman, Jordan.

Headline News DECODE Calls On Betty Banner, Party Planner

DECODE Ent. is expanding its development slate of innovative series for 8-12 year olds with BETTY BANNER, PARTY PLANNER (52x11). The aspirational and quirky 2D series is created by Canada's House of Cool, which will also work on the animation for the show.

In addition, DHX Media's distribution subsidiary DECODE Enterprises will handle international distribution and will be seeking broadcast partners for the series at MIPCOM 2008.

Headline News Former Manga Ent. CEO Launches New Animation Licensing Company

Marvin Gleicher, co-founder and former CEO of Worldwide Operations for Manga Ent., has launched Marvin Media to develop, produce and license animated films to the international marketplace.

Gleicher joins Japanese animation director Keiichi Sato (KARAS, WOLF’S RAIN, THE BIG-O, GIANT ROBO), screenwriter: Manabu Ishikawa (FULL METAL ALCHEMIST, MO NO NO KE), Hisashi Oguchi (Bells & Whistles/ Tokyo) as producer for FLOATING MOON, an original environmentally-aware sci-fi feature based on Paul Kanter's story, due early 2010.

Headline News aniBoom To Present Four Animated Series At MIPCOM 2008

aniBoom will present four new animated series at MIPCOM 2008, taking place at Cannes' Palais des Festivals October 13-17.

The series -- ANIMAL NATION, ANGRY DOG, FREESTYLE and SNOWY THE FROSTMAN -- are all hits on aniBoom.com and aniBoom's network of branded Internet channels which, along with their mobile channels, reach more than 300 million viewers worldwide, a community whose comments, rankings and validation translates into significant risk reduction for TV broadcasters looking for new content with an enhanced probability of success.

Headline News Fremantle Sails Into MIPCOM With Captains Hook, Blackbeard And Nemo

The Fremantle Corporation's latest acquisition, FANTASTIC TALES, encompasses a spellbinding collection of six animated features produced as a Canada/EU co-production by Canadian production companies Kaleidoscope Ent. and Comet Ent. for worldwide distribution by Fremantle.

Headline News League Of Super Evil Threatens To Take Over Cannes

Nerd Corps' plan for ultimate global takeover (loosely disguised as a television show) continues to gain momentum, as THE LEAGUE OF SUPER EVIL prepares for launch at the MIPCOM Jr. screenings, and readies its online attack plan.

Headline News Breakthrough Licenses Betty, Dudley

Breakthrough Ent. has closed several broadcast deals for its children's programming with broadcasters, heading into this year's MIPCOM.

ATOMIC BETTY, season three (26x30), has been licensed to Cartoon Network Latin America and THE ADVENTURES OF DUDLEY THE DRAGON (65x30) has been licensed to APTN in Canada.

Headline News DECODE Adds Martha Speaks To MIPCOM Line-up

DECODE Enterprises is bringing a diverse range of programming for all ages to MIPCOM 2008, including debut show MARTHA SPEAKS, from Studio B Productions and WGBH Boston. Also on its market slate are new episodes of established shows alongside brand new programming from DHX Media's production subsidiaries and third party producers.

Headline News 4Kids Entertainment Brings On The RollBots

Amberwood Ent. has appointed 4Kids Ent. as the worldwide merchandise licensing agent and marketing brand manager for its new animated TV series, ROLLBOTS. 4Kids will manage global licensing opportunities, working closely with all licensees of the ROLLBOTS brand, including recently signed master toy licensee Mattel.

ROLLBOTS, a CG animated action-comedy with 26 episodes currently in production, features perfectly round robots with arm and leg appendages that retract, allowing them to roll at extreme speeds on roller-coaster-like tracks through their world, Flip City.

Headline News Garfield Heads To France

MEDIATOON will present the first episodes of the new CGI series of GARFIELD from French producer Dargaud Media at MIPCOM. American cartoonist Jim Davis, who created the comic strip 30 years ago, is the exec producer. In addition to the world famous comic strip, two blockbuster feature films, TV specials and a large amount of merchandising and Internet content, Garfield strikes again with 52x11 episodes shot in HD.

Headline News BabyFirst Launches In-House Production Unit

BabyFirst has formed BFTV Productions, an in-house unit established to produce original television programming expressly for the preschool market.

Now reaching 100 million home worldwide, BabyFirst is a commercial-free 24/7 channel designed for babies and toddlers and their parents. Arik Kerman, SVP of Programming for BabyFirst and the executive responsible the channel's programming, will serve as General Manager of BFTV Productions. Programming produced by BFTV Productions will be offered to preschool broadcasters worldwide.

Headline News DECODE Promotes Josh Scherba To VP Distribution

DECODE Enterprises, the distribution subsidiary of DHX Media, has promoted Josh Scherba from Director of Sales to VP, Distribution.

In his new role, he will continue to head the sales team for DECODE Enterprises' distribution catalogue which includes programming from DHX's production subsidiary's DECODE Entertainment, Halifax Film and Studio B Productions as well as acquired third party series.

Headline News Tudou Chief To Reveal Web Entertainment Future In China At MIPCOM 2008

Gary Wang, founder and CEO of Tudou, China's leading video sharing platform, will deliver a keynote at MIPCOM 2008. The address will be given on Thursday, October 16 within the framework of a day of debate dedicated to the convergence between TV, video sharing online communities and video games. The 24th edition of MIPCOM runs October 13-17 at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France.

Headline News Cuppa Coffee Celebrates Nerds At MIPCOM

Do you know how many sun swords a wizard with only seven charisma points needs to slay a wandering armored Tharg troll? Likely, you don't have a clue, but this is common knowledge in NERDLAND, a new stop-motion animated pilot debuting at MIPCOM in October from Cuppa Coffee Studios and set to air this fall on TELETOON.

Headline News Aardman Creates New Division -- Aardman Rights

Aardman Animations, the Bristol-based Academy Award-winning animation studio has restructured its Marketing, Licensing and International TV Distribution departments, merging them all into a newly formed division called Aardman Rights. The new division is set up to market and sell Aardman content across all media and it will seek to expand its IP portfolio by representing third-party properties.

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