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Pinky and Perky to Star in CD Rom Game

Press Release from PPC Enterprises

PPC Enterprises has revealed that phenomenally successful porcine pair Pinky and Perky are due to appear in their very own CD Rom game from Avanquest -- one of the biggest publishers of computer games in the UK.

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Autodesk SIGGRAPH 2009 Show Reel Call for Submissions

SIGGRAPH is just around the corner and Autodesk is seeking fresh and exciting new work for its Best of the Best Animation Show Reel, which will be showcased during SIGGRAPH 2009 in New Orleans, LA from August 4-6.

Anything from video game cinematics, short films, feature films, commercials, broadcast design, music videos, or episodic projects created with 3ds Max, Maya, Softimage, MotionBuilder, Toxik or Mudbox is welcome.

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Activision to Produce iCarly Videogame

Press Release from Activision Publishing, Inc.

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 13 -- Activision Publishing, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI), and Nickelodeon today announced a global partnership where the two companies will create an all-new videogame based on the number-one live-action kids' television show ICARLY. Releasing internationally this Fall, the videogame will bring the interactive elements from the series to Wii and Nintendo DS for the first time.

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Pinky and Perky Back for More

The hugely successful PINKY AND PERKY SHOW is continuing to pull in the viewers with repeats of the first series scheduled across the BBC in the coming months.

The show is scheduled in special double-bill slots on Sundays on the CBBC Channel at 7.35 that will run until 5th July. The pesky pair are also scheduled Monday to Friday at 3.10pm on CBBC, from 5th May until 29th May, as well as being featured on Transmission Impossible with Ed and Oucho on BBC 2, which starts on Saturday 16th May. The first series is also now available on DVD.

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Novel Ent. Wins First Radio Commission

Press Release from Novel Entertainment

Oxford, 30 April 2009. Leading independent producer Novel Entertainment has secured its first radio commission, producing a brand new children's show ROCKIT'S POCKET for CBeebies Radio (BBC Radio 7) new daily children's breakfast show.

Currently in production, the 21 x 10-minute show will star Rockity blue tree frog, Rockit, who became a firm favourite with his pre-school audience when he appeared alongside Roly Mo in the hit CBeebies television series FIMBLES and THE ROLY MO SHOW.

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ABC Starts Flash Forwarding During Lost

ABC will launch an early marketing campaign for new sci-fi show FLASH FORWARD, starting with LOST's 100th episode next week, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER's The Live Feed.

The mysterious spots during commercial breaks will direct viewers to a web site, but will be for FLASH FORWARD, even though the network has not yet picked up the show officially.

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3D Entertainment's Mantello Brothers to Headline NAB's Content Theater

Press Release from 3D Entertainment

LAS VEGAS and LONDON, April 15 -- 3D Entertainment's filmmakers Jean-Jacques and Francois Mantello (Mantello Brothers) will present at the 2009 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas (NV) at 9:30 am on Tuesday, April 21. Pioneers in the field of live-action stereoscopic filmmaking, the Mantello Brothers will host a 60-minute session at the NAB Show's Content Theater featuring an eight-minute excerpt from their first feature-length 3D film, OCEANS 3D - INTO THE DEEP (working title).

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Splitting Adam will Perform at the ELAN Awards

Press Release from The 3rd ELAN Awards

Vancouver, BC April 13, 2009 - The 3rd ELAN Awards are super-excited to announce today that Splitting Adam, recently hand-picked to play at the groundbreaking 2009 Video Games Live tour, will be performing at their awards ceremony in Vancouver on Saturday, April 25th. The ELANS also went on to announce that, for the first year ever, the public can be there to see them.

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The 2009 NAB Show to Debut Alternative Reality and Video Game Day

Press Release from The NAB Show

WASHINGTON, DC -- The 2009 NAB Show will host "Alternate Reality and Video Game Day" on Thursday, April 23, focusing for the first time on the rapidly growing industries of console and PC video games and alternate reality entertainment.

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AlphaDogs' Frazier Creates Graphics for 36th Annies

For Russell Frazier of AlphaDogs, the 36th Annual Annie Awards were not an opportunity to be honored for past work; rather, the event was a chance for Frazier to showcase new work. As he has done since 2007, Frazier created the graphics for the show, which celebrates the best in animation.

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Aardman Rights Extends Timmy's International Tour

Aardman Rights has concluded a number of television and home entertainment pre-sales for its brand new preschool series TIMMY TIME.

Currently in production, the 52 x 10-minute series has already been pre-bought by CBeebies in the U.K. for debut in 2009 and it has been picked up by Disney Channels worldwide, including the US. ABC TV Australia, TF1 France, DRTV in Denmark, YLE Finland, NRK Norway and SVT Sweden have also committed to the broadcast rights to the show.

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BBC Commissions Indie to make Kids Comedy Show

New independent production company, Everything Works, has been commissioned by Anne Gilchrist, Controller of CBBC to produce its first ever show.

Premiering on CBBC and BBC1 on March 30, the comedy show sees crazy animated monsters interacting with the real world in a series of 20 x 2 minute sketches.

STREET MONSTERS is a comedy sketch show with a difference. It stars an outrageous cast of monsters who wreak havoc on live-action streets. It's laugh-out-loud funny, silly, edgy, chaotic and totally and utterly unique.

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Kanye West's Flow is Comedy Gold on The Cleveland Show

Hip-hop star Kanye West and Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson get animated when they lend their voices to THE CLEVELAND SHOW, the FAMILY GUY spin-off set to debut this fall on FOX. West will appear as Kenny West, an all-around cool kid and the archenemy of Cleveland Jr. (Kevin Michael Richardson), and the two will engage in a "rap battle" for the affection of high school hottie Chanel (Henson).

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E-on Software 2009 Show Reel Call for Submissions

e-on software is seeking submissions for its upcoming 2009 show reel. This year, e-on software would like to invite all Vue artists to submit recent commercial projects that involved Vue or Ozone for inclusion in the 2009 show reel (list all third party applications used alongside Vue or Ozone), whether film, commercial, TV show, broadcast, music video, game cinematic, architectural walkthrough, or any other form of commercial animation project.

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Coraline Director Henry Selick to Keynote at NAB Show

Henry Selick, director of the recently released 3-D, stop-motion animated film CORALINE, will be a featured keynote speaker during the 2009 NAB Show in Las Vegas. Speaking in an afternoon keynote on Monday, April 20, Selick will offer NAB Show attendees his thoughts on how digital technology has helped to revitalize the handcrafted approach of stop-motion animation.

Selick, a director, producer and stop-motion animation pioneer, is also well-known for other directorial works including THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS and JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH.

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Syndrome Flies For Dyrdek's MTV Fantasy Factory

L.A.-based directing collective and design/animation group Syndrome just rolled out the show open for Rob Dyrdek's new MTV show FANTASY FACTORY. The graphically explosive sequence shows renowned street skater Rob Dyrdek bouncing rapidly through a colorful fantasyland of pipes, ramps, and funnels leading from city streets to twisting pipeworks to the mouth of a lion, among other incredible scenes.

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Mechanism Digital Designs Graphics Package for Behind the Clip

Mechanism Digital accepted the design challenge to develop a memorable show open and graphics package for Animal Planet's new series BEHIND THE CLIP. The show is produced by CBS Eye Too, who in turn came to rely on Mechanism's design team to create a quirky and fresh concept for a new show featuring animals skateboarding, driving a car and other surprising activities found on YouTube clips.

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Waltz Wins WGA Award for Documentary

WALTZ WITH BASHIR won the Writers Guild Award for Documentary Screenplay. Ari Folman's film is also up for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, not qualifying for the Oscar for best doc.

The winners were announced at the 2009 Writers Guild Awards held on Saturday, February 7, 2009, at simultaneous ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles.

MILK won for Original Screenplay (Dustin Lance Black, Focus Features) and SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE won for Adapted Screenplay (Simon Beaufoy, Based on the Novel Q & A by Vikas Swarup, Fox Searchlight Pictures).