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HIT Renews Thomas with Tomy

HIT Ent. has announced the renewal and extension of TOMY as Master Toy Licensee for the classic preschool property THOMAS & FRIENDS across Europe. The new deal reflects TOMY's long history with THOMAS & FRIENDS and will see the company transition the Motor Road and Rail system to the new Trackmaster, due for launch in Autumn/Winter 2008.

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Thomas The Tank Engine on Track for Big Screen Event

THOMAS & FRIENDS, the popular childrens series, rolls into 50 movie theaters across the U.S. on Sept. 8, 2007, at 10:00 am with a special screening event, including five never-before-seen episodes from the THOMAS & FRIENDS series. "Thomas & Friends On The Big Screen" is presented by NCM Fathom, the entertainment division of National CineMedia and HIT Ent.

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Nick Jr. Interactive Series To Teach Preschoolers Mandarin Language

Nick Jr.'s groundbreaking new animated series, NI HAO, KAI-LAN, will offer lessons in Chinese culture and language in an original half-hour show premiering Oct. 22, 2007. Millions of preschoolers will learn that "Ni Hao" means "hello" as Nickelodeon Preschool introduces them to Mandarin words and phrases -- a first for preschool television. Nick has introduced kids to Spanish phrases and culture in its DORA THE EXPLORER and GO, DIEGO GO!

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Miffy and Friends Hops Onto U.S. Public Broadcasting

MIFFY AND FRIENDS will debut on public television stations around the U.S. beginning July 7, 2007, led by the series' distributor, WLIW New York Public Television. The stop-motion animated series featuring the iconic bunny will air on WLIW21 in the New York metropolitan area Saturdays and Sundays at 8:00 am as part of a lineup that includes BOB THE BUILDER and THOMAS & FRIENDS. Based on the children's classic book series by Dutch author/illustrator Dick Bruna, MIFFY AND FRIENDS explores the everyday lessons and discoveries of a preschooler.

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HIT Ent. Names New Licensing Agent In Turkey

HIT Ent. has appointed Sinerji, one of Turkey's leading licensing agencies, to represent HIT's internationally renowned preschool properties THOMAS & FRIENDS, BOB THE BUILDER and BARNEY & FRIENDS across Turkey.

THOMAS & FRIENDS and BARNEY & FRIENDS is broadcast on the Show TV, Turkey's terrestrial broadcaster, reaching more than 18 million households.

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Honda's Gil The Crab Headed To Large Game

Continuing the brand momentum of Honda's award-winning "Element and Friends" campaign, RPA, the company's longstanding agency of record, collaborated with Gil "The Crab," the Honda Element's famous friend, to create a "super new large game commercial" scheduled to debut on Sunday, Feb. 4.

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HIT Ent. Offers Slate Of New Programming At 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.

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Happy Tree Friends TV Series Coming to DVD

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, November 30, 2006 at 12:00am

On Dec. 5, 2006, the first volume of season one of HAPPY TREE FRIENDS is coming to DVD from BCI, a wholly owned subsidiary of Navarre Corp., and Mondo Media.

"These characters have had a tremendous cult following on the Internet for years, beginning as online shorts in the year 2000," said Jeff Hayne, director of acquisitions, BCI. "Due to their global popularity, Mondo Media started creating half-hour episodes, and fans are thrilled. We're proud to now have the opportunity to present these new episodes on DVD."

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PBS KIDS Celebrates Friendship for Thanksgiving

On Friday Nov. 24, 2006, PBS KIDS is celebrating friendship with two-hours of themed preschool programming and online games for kids, as well as resources for parents to extend their child's learning beyond the screen. Miss Lori and Hooper, hosts of the PBS KIDS preschool block, will give kids ideas for how to stay in touch with long-distance friends and episodes from CURIOUS GEORGE, CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG, DRAGON TALES and IT'S A BIG BIG WORLD. In addition, music videos featuring PBS KIDS characters will premiere throughout the block and online at

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Fox and Hound Return to DVD for 25th Anniversary

Disneys underrated THE FOX AND THE HOUND, about the bittersweet relationship between childhood friends and natural rivals, returns to DVD on Oct. 10, 2006, in honor of the 25th anniversary (Walt Disney Home Ent., $29.99). Directed by Art Stevens, Ted Berman and Richard Rich, the film marked the last collaboration between three of the famed Nine Old Men: Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston and Wolfgang Reitherman. Includes the voice talent of Mickey Rooney, Kurt Russell, Pearl Bailey, Jack Albertson Sandy Duncan and Paul Winchell, among others.

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Fremantle Acquires Friends And Heroes

The Fremantle Corp. has acquired the new combined 2D and 3D animated production, FRIENDS AND HEROES. The distribution company will showcase the animated series at MIPCOM along with a substantial list of previously announced programming. This series will also be made available at MIPCOM Jr.

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Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends Game Launches

On May 15, 2006, launched BIG FAT AWESOME HOUSE PARTY, a free yearlong interactive game that allows players to immerse themselves in the hit series, FOSTERS HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS, by creating their very own imaginary friend. Players will be encouraged to explore the ever-changing adventures with their new imaginary friend, play mini-games, collect upgrades and take part in every aspect of life at Madame Fosters famous house.

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Friends and Heroes Set to Debut This Fall

After three years in the making, the animated family action-adventure FRIENDS AND HEROES is due for delivery in September 2006.

Set in the turbulent times of the Roman Empire, FRIENDS AND HEROES follows the adventures of Macky, Portia and their friends across the ancient world and right to the heart of the Empire: Rome. As they fight for freedom, justice and even survival against the might of the Roman Empire, they become friends and then, in turn, heroes.

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Five Commissions New Rupert Bear Animation Series From ER

U.K. broadcaster, Five, has commissioned Entertainment Rights Plc. (ER) to produce a new animated RUPERT AND FRIENDS (52x10) to broadcast in fall 2006.

This agreement follows ERs acquisition of the controlling rights to Rupert Bear from Express Newspapers (Express) in October 2005. ER acquired worldwide in perpetuity all audio visual, licensing and merchandising, publishing, live events and new media rights to Rupert Bear and the world of Nutwood.

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Trollz Feature Premieres on Disney Channel

Disney Channel will broadcast the worldwide television premiere of the animated feature, TROLLZ: BEST FRIENDS FOR LIFE, from DIC Entertainment (DIC), on Aug. 27, 2005, at 2:00 pm with subsequent airdates scheduled September 3 and 29 on Toon Disney.

The Trollz world revolves on the adventures of five teenage best friends Amethyst, Onyx, Sapphire, Topaz and Ruby each of whom is very different from the other. Each friend offers her unique style in personality, color, fashion symbol and gemstone, but together they form the Magic of The Five.

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Warner & DIC Debut First Two Trollz Features

Warner Home Video (WHV) and DIC Ent. (DIC) have announced the release date for TROLLZ VOLUME 1: BEST FRIENDS FOR LIFE and TROLLZ VOLUME 2: MAGIC OF THE FIVE, the first two of nine planned movies from the newly launched Trollz property. Both full-length, made-for-video animated movies will be available in stores Sept. 6 and will retail for $19.98.

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Happy Tree Friends Get Mobile

Mondo Media has finalized a series of wireless licensing deals that will blanket Europe with its internationally popular HAPPY TREE FRIENDS animated characters. Via its new wireless licensing agreements brokered by its western European agent Celebrities Ent., the HAPPY TREE FRIENDS characters are now available in five basic configurations Java games, episode download, spot download, image based content and true tones/sound tones.

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McCracken’s Imaginary Friends Starts New Season

Craig McCrackens latest 2D creation, FOSTERS HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS, is back with a new season beginning Jan. 21, 2005 at 7:00 pm on Cartoon Network. The second season continues the adventures of Mac, a normal 8-year-old, and Blooregard Q. Kazoo, his imaginary friend.

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MTV Int’l & MTV 2 Airs Happy Tree Friends Holiday Special

MTV International and is making the holidays merrier by airing a HAPPY TREE FRIENDS half-hour holiday special produced by Mondo Media Productions. HAPPY TREE FRIENDS WINTER BREAK is running exclusively on 15 participating MTV Intl channels from Dec. 10-30, 2004. MTV 2 (U.S.) just came on board to air the holiday special six times, commencing Dec. 24.

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First Ever Japanese Interstitials to Air on Nick Jr.

ShoPro Entertainment recently did a deal with Nick Jr. to air 60 episodes of the Japanese phenomenon, DEKO BOKO FRIENDS. The series of unique 30-second interstitials will run in Nick Jr., Nickelodeons preschool programming block, as well as on Noggin, Nickelodeons commercial-free educational network for preschoolers, and Nicktoons, Nickelodeons 24-hour cartoon channel.

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2 Friends Ent. Acquires Rights To Develop Harriet The Spy & Marsupial Sue

Kids entertainment veterans Wendy Moss-Klein and Nancy Steingard have just formed 2 Friends Entertainment, a multimedia company in Los Angeles to produce childrens programming. Concurrently, 2 Friends Entertainment has acquired rights to existing, successful childrens properties, including HARRIET THE SPY and original properties, such as BABY SPROUT, and aims to produced content for television, DVDs, movies and the Internet for children from infancy to 12 years old.

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McCracken’s Imaginary Friends Premieres Aug. 13

Dont be expecting a POWERPUFF GIRLS knockoff if you tune into Craig McCrackens latest 2D creation, FOSTERS HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS, which debuts Aug. 13, 2004 at 7:30 pm on Cartoon Network with a 90-minute feature. Witty observations on present-day life, relationships and trends are woven in with a wild/colorful assortment of oddball characters in this mostly adult comedy.