Cookie Jar Ent. has appointed Kirsten Hurd sales executive, it was announced today by Jean-Michel Ciszewski, SVP Head of International Sales and Co-Productions. Based in Cookie Jar's Toronto's headquarters, Hurd will be responsible for library and new programming sales.
Special Event: NATPE
VIZ Media LLC has an array of animated properties it plans to showcase at the 2008 National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Conference and Exhibition, taking place Jan. 28-31, in Las Vegas. VIZ Media will operate from Suites 7904 and 7906 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, where the conference will be held.
Breakthrough Entertainment heads to NATPE with new episodes of some of their returning highly rated, hit television series. The announcement was made today by Tanya Kelen, Head of Distribution, Breakthrough Ent. Inc.
Bender Media Services, the newly created distribution company specializing in television sales to Latin America, will introduce its diverse slate of animated, entertainment, lifestyle and documentary programs to Latin American broadcasters at NATPE 2008, it was announced today by Susan Bender, President/CEO of Bender Media Services.
Aardman Int'l has appointed Spiral Int'l as its distribution agency for Latin America in order to extend its presence in the area. Spiral will represent the whole of Aardman's catalogue across free TV, DVD and digital rights in Latin America and will be looking to start securing deals at NATPE 2008, where they will be presenting Aardman's children's show SHAUN THE SHEEP to Latin American buyers for the first time. The hit series, launched in October 2006, has already been sold to 150 countries around the world, including Disney Latin America.
Banff World Television Festival 2008Banff, Alberta, CanadaJune 8-11, 2008Deadline: Feb. 14, 2008
The four-day Banff World Television Festival combines a prestigious international program competition, the Banff World Television Awards, with a comprehensive conference agenda. Within this festival, production deals are secured and advanced, new business relationships are formed and future trends in the industry are identified and examined.
4Kids Ent. Inc. has appointed Jennifer Askin to the position of Manager, International Broadcast and Digital Sales, in which capacity she will oversee the marketing of worldwide new-media platforms for 4Kids Ent.'s extensive program catalogue. In addition, she will be responsible for securing traditional media sales for television in the Netherlands, Belgium, Turkey, Poland, the Ukraine, Belarus, all countries in Central Asia, South Africa and Africa.
It has arrived -- the latest Acrobat edition of Animation World Magazine. This issue covers the business of animation. John Cawley lays out the rules of the funny game of animation budgeting. Chara Campanella talks to Josh Selig, Stephanie Graziano and Tom Tataranowicz about what it takes to make the leap from a solo entity to studio owner. Campanella also talks with independent animation producers about how they found funding so that you can turn your big idea into a reality.
York International's new emphasis on new media licensing positioned it uniquely to partner with the wide range of emerging Internet and satellite based entities registered for MIPTV. CEO Tanya York explained, "Our library is great for home video, but as the new technologies take over, we are now in a perfect position to assist our clients with Internet and new media based content needs."
DIC Ent. has finalized new international broadcast and home entertainment distribution deals for the new series HORSELAND.
4Kids Ent. Inc. brings 52 new episodes of the CG animated television series VIVA PINATA to NATPE 2007.
HIT Ent. offers a slate of new program offerings at NATPE 2007. Representatives for HIT's award-winning catalog may be reached at Booth #1540 throughout the show.
BOB THE BUILDER is a key part of preschool children's lives, as he hammers out solutions to new problems in more than 200 countries worldwide. In BOB THE BUILDER -- PROJECT: BUILD IT, the #1 pre-school television series in the U.S., Bob and his team move to Sunflower Valley to build an echo-friendly town from the ground up.
Cookie Jar Ent., which just sold MAGI NATION to KIDS' WB! in the U.S. and CBC in Canada, will unveil its newest original animated series to global programmers at NATPE '07.
GD Multimedia, a recently launched global distribution company, will attend NATPE 2007 for the first time with a brand new animated comedic adventure series, GOING WILD, available to U.S. and international broadcasters.
BKN Int'l AG reports that its wholly owned Spanish subsidiary BKN New Media SL is bringing three animated TV series to NATPE 2007. The company will have such 39x24 animated series as LEGEND OF THE DRAGON, DORK HUNTERS FROM OUTER SPACE and ZORRO -- GENERATION Z.
Granada Int'l is set to launch a raft of brand new titles at NATPE 2007, marking its return to the main floor. Granada Int'l will be located at Booth #918.
Sesame Workshop is gearing up for NATPE, where it will have four children's series on display. Located at Booth #1644, Sesame Workshop execs attending the show include Celia Schneiderman, manager, international television distribution and Frances Chu-Fong, manager, international distribution.
Scheduled sessions, an additional partnership and the appointment of an advisory board for the third annual NATPE Mobile++ summit presented by InfoSpace, Inc. were announced by Rick Feldman, president/ceo of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE). The day-long event, produced and organized by Achilles Media, kicks off NATPE's annual Conference & Exhibition being held Jan. 15-18, 2007, at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas.
Veteran television distribution exec Ken Werner, who was in charge of network distribution for The WB for the past nine years and was an important member of the Warner Bros. team that formed The CW, has been named president, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (WBDTD). He will take the reins of one of the leading distributors of first-run and off-network programming in the domestic television marketplace.
Werner assumes the role previously held for 17 years by Dick Robertson, who has been named senior advisor to the Warner Bros. Television Group.
DISCOP 06, the only television content & formats market strictly targeted at central & eastern European marketplaces, will open to record numbers in all categories this week, it was announced by Patrick Jucaud, gm, DISCOP; and Rick Feldman, president/ceo, National Assoc. of Television Program Executives (NATPE), DISCOPs joint partner.
Now in its 15th year, the market will open in Budapest on June 22 at noon in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian revolution.
NATPE Student Video & Film Production AwardsLas Vegas, Nevada, USAJanuary 15-18, 2006Deadline: May 1, 2006
The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Educational Foundation is hosting its annual Student Video & Film Production Awards. Winners will be rewarded with cash prizes and complementary registrations for the 2007 NATPE Conference & Exhibition.
VIZ Media Llc., one of the entertainment industrys most innovative and comprehensive manga and animation licensing and publishing companies, has brought an array of new shows for both U.S. and international broadcasters. VIZS is located at booth 1344 in the Kids Town grouping the anime specialist has sponsored during NATPE at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas.
For U.S. broadcasters, VIZ is offering MÄR, ZOIDS GENESIS, HIKARU NO GO, THE PRINCE OF TENNIS, FULL MOON, GRANDPA DANGER and CROKET.
For International broadcasters, VIZ is offering:
iHollywood Forum, Fun Little Movies and NeTV announced the winners of the first MoTV Awards. Comedian Eddie Griffin (DEUCE BIGALOW: EUROPEAN GIGOLO) congratulated the winners in person last night in a gala ceremony at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
MTV Networks Latin America announced a slate of new acquisitions from Paramount, Sony Studios, Warner Bros. and NBC Universal, among others, to further bolster its 2006 program schedule as the network prepared for this weeks National Association of Programming Executives Conference, NATPE, in Las Vegas. The new acquisitions span a variety of genres and styles and will air in the region on Nickelodeon, VH1 and LOGO.
Producer and distributor Cinamour Ent. announced at NATPE that it signed fours deals for its martial arts film, FORBIDDEN WARRIOR. Cinamour sold the 90-minute film to Rainbow Media's VOOM HD Channels, Eurocine (Spain and Andorra), Brand View Media (China Home Video) and DAAR Communications (Nigeria). The fantasy-adventure film follows the adventures of a female Asian mythical hero.