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Dick Clark Prods. To Turn Luann Into Live-Action TV Series

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, October 22, 2003 at 12:00am

Dick Clark Prods. has acquired the rights to comic strip LUANN to develop it into a live-action TV series. The comic chronicles Luann, a typical teenage girl who encounters the day-to-day horrors of adolescence. Fred Bronson (AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS) will shepard the project with Dick Clark Prods.' Nicole Raffanello and Larry Klein.

"I realize that adolescence is a very funny time except when you're in it," said comic creator Greg Evans. "It's a unique phase in life that's troublesome and hilarious at the same time, particularly for girls."

Comedy Headline News

South Park Plans Gay Old Time On Comedy Central

SOUTH PARK is back with eight new episodes with a blatant attempt to ride the coattails of all the new hit shows with a fashionable queer sensibility, as Comedy Central proclaims SOUTH PARK is gay. Cartman, Kyle, Stan and Kenny continue to wreak havoc in their small mountain town when all-new episodes begin airing on Wednesday, October 22 at 10:00 pm on Comedy Central. Now, theyll be doing it with more flair and style.

Headline News

Evans Recasts Adult Animation In Kid Notorious

Watch out Spike TV as Comedy Central delivers what should ultimately satisfy its favorite male demographics with Robert Evans as his animated self in KID NOTORIOUS, premiering Wednesday, October 22, 2003 at 10:30 pm on COMEDY CENTRAL. It offers loads of sex, sleaze, drugs, raw language, guns, violence, racial slurs and political satire with an arresting graphic style and sophisticated writing just made for adult men and ladies who like to ride rough with the boys.

Animation Headline News

Aquakids Paddles Onto French Télétoon

France Animation has signed a deal with Télétoon in France for new series AQUAKIDS. Produced by leading Korean animation company Cinepix, the 26x26 show features a state-of-the-art, dynamic 3D animation style for kids 6-12 that combines kids, robots and underwater adventures.

Set in the near future, the series is based in a fantastic world where humans live at sea and where every child has a cuddly little pet robot that can transform into a powerful diving gear.

Series Headline News

VH1 Presents Inside South Park, Premieres ILL-ustrated

VH1 presents a night of animation with the premiere of VH1 GOES INSIDE: SOUTH PARK and the original new series, VH1's ILL-USTRATED, a half-hour animated sketch comedy show which unleashes the forces of satire on popular musicians, bands, pop icons, divas and all things pop culture.

Media Headline News

PorchLight & Pictor Media Launch Four Eyes

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, October 15, 2003 at 12:00am

PorchLight Ent. and Pictor Media have launched FOUR EYES at MIPCOM Jr. The 52x12 series is being produced for FRANCE 3 and has already been picked up for airing by Disney Channel U.K. The show follows the comic adventures of Emma, a spoiled, popular alien girl who fails the fifth grade and, as punishment, is sent to a boarding school on Earth to "see how the other half lives."

Home Headline News

Abbey Home Media Group Goes Public with Wide Eye

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, October 15, 2003 at 12:00am

Abbey Home Media Group presented the multimedia launch of the WIDE EYE television series at this years MIPCOM. Co-produced with the BBC and made by the BAFTA award-winning King Rollo Films, the 26x10 2D animation series is due to air on CBeebies and CBeebies on BBC Two this fall. The educational preschool series features animal characters and music plus voiceovers from actors such as Jane Horrocks (LITTLE VOICE).

Studio Headline News

Parijat Studio Debuts Two Series

As part of the recent MIPCOM Jr 2003, Parijat Studio presented its two new series BORIS DESMOND & HUBERT and BOB & THE MACHINE. Both projects were written and directed by Parijat principals Atish Tripathi and Nalin Thakur. The fledgling studio hopes to secure co-production partners on the two comedy series.

Located in Hyderabad, India and found in Feb. 2003, Parijat Studio is an independent animation company, which aims to produce new and original content for television and other media, worldwide.

Entertainment Headline News

MarVista Entertainment Acquires A Very Wompkee Christmas

MarVista Entertainment has acquired the worldwide television distribution rights for A VERY WOMPKEE CHRISTMAS. The one-hour 3D animated special began sales at MIPCOM. Sony Wonder has the U.S. home entertainment rights. The story follows the littlest Wompkee Twig as she hopes her Christmas wish to fly like the others will come true.

Series Headline News

CineGroupe Brings Film Roman’s Tripping the Rift to Europe

CineGroupe, along with Film Roman, launched its new 3D animation series TRIPPING THE RIFT at MIPCOM 2003 in Cannes, France. The sci-fi spoof follows the adventures of Chode, the horny purple captain of the Free Enterprise, and his conflicted and extreme crew, as they travel the universe, looking to make a quick buck and avoid getting thrown in jail.

Atomic Headline News

Atomic Arts Unveils More Animal Pharm

Atomic Arts unveils more of their adult animated series ANIMAL PHARM at MIPCOM. Sponsored by Channel 4, the program debuted earlier in the year at Cartoon Forum in Varese, Italy. Created in house, the 13x24 series is slated for production later this year and will be produced at both Atomics U.K. and Eastern European studios.

Entertainment Headline News

MIPCOM News: ECI Entertainment Debuts At MIPCOM Jr With Scooter McDoogal

Tarzana, California-based ECI Entertainment will be offering SCOOTER MCDOOGAL, a 2D animated series for screening at MIPCOM Jr. Based upon a comic book series published by ECI Publishing, the show chronicles the adventures of a young Earth boy who accidentally inherits a magical scooter, called Wisdom 1 meant for Greek god Zeus' bratty grandson Bratticus. The first six issues of the comic were released in summer 2003. Targeted to 6-11 year olds, 26 half-hour episodes are planned for the first season. Indian firm DQ Entertainment is producing.

World Headline News

MIPCOM News: Berliner Film Premieres New Animated Series

Berliner Film Company (BFC), an emerging premiere producer of original animated programming in Germany, will offer international buyers what it hopes is a dynamic lineup of exciting, eye-catching animated series at this years MIPCOM.

Series Headline News

MIPCOM News: LevyMann Back Up With itty bitty HeartBeats

LevyMann Entertainment is back for MIPCOM 2003 at booth 19.01 with four complete episodes of its 11-minute animated musical preschool series ITTY BITTY HEARTBEATS. The Beverly Hills-based company has entered into an agreement with Toys R Us, Inc. to release the series October 21, 2003, in an exclusive 30-day direct-to-video launch in the U.S. before heading to other mass retailers.

Series Headline News

MIPCOM News: Mondo TV Sails with A Full Slate of Series

Mondo TV will have eight series on hand when it attends this years MIPCOM. LUPO ALBERTO II is a 13x30 series based on the famous Silvers comic strips. The show follows Lupo Alberto, the leader of the eccentric animals that live on the McKenzie Farm. SPAGHETTI FAMILY is a 26x30 series from the famous Italian cartoonist Bruno Bozzetto. The series follows the everyday lives of the chaotic Spaghetti family. CYBORG KUROCHAN is a 65x30 series based on the popular Kodansha-published comic book.

Series Headline News

MIPCOM News: Antefilms International Announces Its New Line Up

Antefilms Production will be launching two new series, as well as its other successfully series, at booth 24.05 at this years MIPCOM. This announcement comes on the heals of Antefilms announcement that it has purchased France Animation, which produces LITTLE VAMPIRE, SPACE LUNIES, and DR. DOG.

Headline News

MIPCOM News: Dupuis Takes Kid Paddle to Cannes

In conjunction with its attendance at MIPCOM in Cannes, France, Dupuis has announced that it will be launching its new TV series KID PADDLE. The show follows Kid Paddle and his friends Big Band and Horace, whose imaginations transport the troublesome trio into videogames, horror films and sci-fi comics. The show has already developed a following in France and Benelux and is available in 26x26 or 52x13 packages in both French and English. Also available are 15 three minute Flash shorts.

Production Headline News

Marathon Makes Marketing Moves At MIPCOM

With a striking decrease in marketing dollars flowing into this years MIPCOM, French production firm Marathon is emerging as a clearly visible presence at this years event. Unlike previous years, companies are sponsoring less parties and program-advertising signage plastered around the city of Cannes is thin. However, Marathon has stepped forward with mucho marketing dollars sponsoring the official market tote bag with a MARTIN MYSTERY theme for MIPCOM Jr.

Series Headline News

MIPCOM News: Spectra Int’l Bearish On Patou

After capturing the hearts of thousands of Canadian children thanks to numerous live shows, 40,000 books and 100,000 video cassettes and DVDs released over the past two years, PATOU the Polar Bear is now available on the small screen from Spectra Intl Distrib. and ready to charm his way into the hearts of children all over the world and hopefully into the lineups of buyers at MIPCOM.

Series Headline News

TOKYOPOP & Showtime Team on Anime GTO

TOKYOPOP Inc. has entered into an agreement with Showtime Networks Inc. to bring the critically acclaimed GTO anime series to the U.S. The 43-episode series begins airing on the Gen Y targeted channel, SHO Next, in December 2003. This deal marks TOKYOPOP's third anime property on television. REIGN: THE CONQUEROR aired on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim in 2003, and RAVE MASTER is set to debut on Cartoon Network's Toonami block in 2004.

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