Avid Technology Inc. announced that G4, the only 24/7 television network dedicated to videogames, is implementing Alienbrain Studio asset management software to streamline its in-house computer graphics production process. The Los Angeles-based network purchased 60 seats of the Alienbrain Studio Designer Client to enhance its workflow with integrated version control and approval processes. Running on both Windows and Mac workstations, G4s workflow includes 15 Avid Media Composer Adrenaline editing systems and an Avid Unity shared-storage network.
Creative Media has announced multiple deals including a co-development deal with Bob Thompsons Good Story Prods. as well as new series announcements for LITTLE ROBOTS and HIPSTER & JACK.
Vanessa Chapmans new media and rights ownership company, Create Media Ventures, and former Create TV & Film Ltd. colleague Thompson will form a key co-development alliance.
Beginning Sept. 5, 2005, PBS KIDS JAKERS! THE ADVENTURES OF PIGGLEY WINKS will begin airing Mondays through Fridays. The Emmy-winning, CGI-animated program from Entara Ltd. has run on weekends for the past two years.
SCI FI Channel announced new additions to its series development slate for '06-'07, including a new animated series and a new live-action supernatural series exec produced by Oscar-winner Michael Douglas.
BARBARIAN CHRONICLES is a half-hour animated series from Brendon Small, creator of the offbeat series HOME MOVIES. Described as cross between LORD OF THE RINGS and CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, the ensemble comedy set in a magical realm of swords, sorcery and Middle-earth metrosexuals. Small and David Letterman's Worldwide Pants are exec producing.
Moonscoop has signed a far-reaching deal with Cartoon Network at MIP-TV 2005. The broadcaster is to co-produce Moonscoops action comedy series FANTASTIC FOUR based on the classic Marvel characters and has acquired the worldwide broadcast rights outside the U.S. French commercial broadcaster M6 has also picked up the show which is currently in production.
EM.TV´s subsidiary EM.Entertainment GmbH will be responsible for the distribution of the new animation series STAINES DOWN DRAINS, which is at present being co-produced with Australian animation studio Yoram Gross-EM.TV and New Zealand producer Flux Animation. EM.Entertainment will be responsible for international sales to non English-speaking territories whilst Yoram Gross-EM.TV will cover English-speaking countries.
France 2 has commissioned the development of a second series of DELTA STATE from Alphanim. After a launch at the 2004 Annecy Animation Festival with the show winning the Special Prize for a TV series, France 2 and Alphanim have launched the development of 26 new half-hours.
Buena Vista International Television (BVITV) is set to grow W.I.T.C.H. across Europe, with several free TV licensing agreements for the new 26x30 animated series. W.I.T.C.H. is a co-production with Jetix Europe, The Walt Disney Co. in the U.S., France 3 in France and Super RTL in Germany and is produced by SIP Animation. This animated action-fantasy series is designed to appeal to kids 6-12 and is from the Jetix portfolio of programming, of which BVITV services the distribution.
Best known for his live-action/CG animation adaptation of Dutch writer Annie M.G. Schmidts childrens classic MINOES, Flemish director Vincent Bal is turning his hand to animation to make interactive childrens series called THE INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES OF KIKA AND BOB.
The show follows the chaotic around-the-world trip of a smart, little girl called Kika and a gentle but clumsy fireman called Bob. One rainy, windy night in the Belgian town of Waterloo, Kikas cat gets stuck on top of the church spire. Kika and Bob try to rescue the cat using a kite.
At MIPTV 2005, Nelvana confirm a raft of new television and home entertainment partners for musical adventure series THE BACKYARDIGANS as well as initial broadcast sales for JANE AND THE DRAGON.
Picking up episodes 1 to 20 of BACKYARDIGANS are Nickelodeon channels in Holland, Asia and Australia, Cartoon Network India, Discovery Kids Latin America, Teletoon Canada, KM Productions (Middle East), RTP 1 & 2 (Portugal), and Maori Television (New Zealand), while France 5 acquires the remaining episodes 11 to 20.
FUNimation announced that Cartoon Network will return DRAGON BALL Z to a daily strip in June, in a time slot to be announced at a later date. In addition, FUNimation announced that the latest DRAGON BALL Z feature, BROLY: SECOND COMING, had broken all FUNimation records for first week sell-through of a DRAGON BALL Z DVD release.
Funimation (www.funimation.com) is a leading brand management company for anime content and one of the nation's largest independent home video entertainment companies.
The Disney Channel kicked off the first in its series of movies made directly for TV, premiering DISNEYS KIM POSSIBLE MOVIE: SO THE DRAMA, April 8 at 8:00 pm, with another airing on Toon Disney April 11 at 5:00 pm. This first animated movie in the Disney Channel Original Movie franchise was produced by Walt Disney Television Animation. The comedy-action movie is based on the KIM POSSIBLE series.
Disney Channel has ordered a second season of San Francisco's Wild Brain Prods. the learning-focused Playhouse Disney hit HIGGLYTOWN HEROES, a CG-animated, song-filled series. In 2004, the show (daily, 8:00 a.m.) was the second highest rated original Playhouse Disney series, averaging a 3.7 rating among kids 2-5.
4Kids Ent. Inc. has acquired the worldwide licensing rights to Animation Collective's animated action comedy television series, KAPPA MIKEY. Through the agreement with Animation Collective, 4Kids will manage the marketing, promotional and licensing initiatives of the series on a global basis. KAPPA MIKEY is expected to launch on Nicktoons in the U.S. and on Nickelodeon International channels across the globe in 2006.
Little Animation Inc. has teamed with the Earth Charter International Secretariat on the KIDS STORIES INTERNATIONAL childrens project.
Comcast announced the start of something big for families of preschoolers with the launch of PBS KIDS Sprout On Demand, a new video-on-demand (VOD) service that makes some of the best-known and most-loved preschool television shows available at any time families want to watch them. In addition to the new VOD service, a 24x7 digital cable channel will launch this fall, making PBS KIDS Sprout. PBS KIDS Sprout was created as a partnership between Comcast, PBS, HIT Ent. and Sesame Workshop.
After three successful seasons, with 99 original cartoons and three spin-off series, OH YEAH! CARTOONS returns to production for Nickelodeon. Frederator Studios and Nickelodeon are calling for new submissions for a fourth season to be broadcast in fall 2006. Seeking storyboard pitches for comedy shorts, seven minutes in length, OH YEAH! CARTOONS is looking for a large selection of films created in any style of animation. Further details can be found at www.frederator.com/ohyeahseason4.php.
Batgirl and Poison Ivy will join the new season of THE BATMAN, on the Kids WB! Saturday morning lineup this fall. The new season debuts with the introduction of the Caped Crusaders new, unwanted partner-in-crime Batgirl, as well as Batgirls first adversary Poison Ivy.
Disney Channel will add a new multi-cultural series about making things work, HANDY MANNY, to its Playhouse Disney, a learning-focused programming block for preschoolers. The 3D computer-animated show will premiere in early 2006.
Cartoon Network has launched a new cartoon canine to take a bite out of crime, Krypto weekdays at 9:00 am beginning April 4, 2005. KRYPTO THE SUPERDOG features Metropolis latest superhero, who also happens to be Supermans dog.
It looks like everything old is new again as the popular Japanese animated series about marble-shooting, BATTLE B-DAMAN, makes its U.S. debut on April 2, 2005, during JETIX on ABC Family (8:00-8:30 am) and APRIL 3 on Toon Disney(9:30-10:00 pm), Hasbro plus is onboard to launch a toy line based on the show in the fall.
CHARMED producer Brad Kern has written and will oversee an untitled pilot for The WB! centering around a mermaid, according to SCI FI WIRE.
"The mermaid is being played by a fresh new face that we've plucked out of Sydney, Australia," Kern said in an interview. "We were casting literally around the world looking for our mermaid. We looked in London and New York and New Zealand, Hollywood, Florida, Melbourne and Sydney."
Showtime Networks has joined with IDT Ent.s New Arc Ent., Industry Ent. and Nice Guy Prods. to present a new anthology series entitled MASTERS OF HORROR. For the first time, the most prominent directors of the horror film genre have joined forces to produce a series of new original horror films that promises to shock, terrify and captivate even the most discriminating horror film fans.
After a successful first season, with hundreds of entries received from around the world, Nicktoons joins forces again with Frederator Studios to showcase the diversity of independent animated filmmaking with the renamed Nextoons: The Nicktoons Film Festival. Animators from around the world can submit entries from March 28 through June 17, 2005. Entry forms can be downloaded on www.nicktoons.com. The TV festival is looking for a large selection of short films created in any style of animation which are 10-minutes in length or under.
Discovery Kids on NBC this spring will feature new and old series feature animal encounters that include animated interstitials. The new lineup begins on April 2, 2005.
The new schedule as of April 2 is as follows: CROC FILES 10:00-10:30 am (ET) / 8:00-8:30 am (PT) JEFF CORWIN UNLEASHED - 10:30 11:00 am (ET) / 8:30-9:00 am (PT) SCOUTS SAFARI 11:00-11:30 am (ET) / 9:00-9:30 am (PT) TRADING SPACES: Boys vs Girls 11:30 am - Noon (ET) / 9:30-10:00 am (PT)