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MIP-TV News: Oscar-Winning Harvie Sales Brisk For Monster! Distributes

Oscar-winning HARVIE KRUMPET is attracting a raft of sales and tops the slate of projects Monster! Distributes is bringing to MIP-TV 2004. Monster has just closed sales with RTP Portugal, Kartunz Poland, Cartoon Network Spain and Yes Israel. HARVIE is also going to be seen on airlines, with Virgin and Continental snapping it up following the WAEA airline market last week.

Series Headline News

Rough Draft Cuts Grooves In CBS' New Vinyl Series

EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND exec producers Phil Rosenthal and Steve Skrovan have lined up Rough Draft Studios to handle animation on the new CBS animated pilot VINYL CAFÉ, reports VARIETY. The series will be based on Canadian radio personality and author Stuart McLean's characters Dave, a record store owner, his wife Morley and children Stephanie and Sam. Saul Rubinek and Elinor Reid have been hired to write the show, which will be produced by Paramount Network TV.

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Muppets Take the Yellow Brick Road in TV Movie

In what will be the first outing for the Muppets as members of the Disney family, ABC has given the greenlight on a Muppet version of THE WIZARD OF OZ, reports VARIETY. The long in the works project will be produced by Jim Henson Prods. and Fox TV Studios. Debra Frank (HOME ALONE 4) and Steven Hayes (HEY, ARNOLD) will be penning the screenplay, which will be based on L. Frank Baum's novel, not the 1939 MGM musical. The Muppet characters are set to star as the Scarecrow, Tinman and Cowardly Lion with a human playing Dorothy. Internet rumors have attached Natalie Portman as the possible lead.

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Dragon Booster Flies Onto ABC Family & CBC

Alliance Atlantis Entertainment Group announced its has secured a U.S. broadcast deal with ABC Family in addition to a Canadian broadcast deal with CBC for its new childrens CGI animated property, DRAGON BOOSTER. ABC Family will begin airing the series on Saturdays and Sundays as part of its Jetix block in January 2005. Also set to debut in January 2005, DRAGON BOOSTER will air in CBCs after school block during the weekday and on Saturday mornings. The company also confirmed that other key markets would be finalized prior to MIP-TV.

Cartoon Headline News

Cartoon Duo Make Animated Passion Parody for SNL

That animated duo who brought to cartoon life "The Ambiguously Gay Duo for SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE are at it again after a four-year break. J. J. Sedelmaier Productions has just wrapped production of a SATURDAY TV FUNHOUSE cartoon with Robert Smigel for SNL. The piece is a parody of Mel Gibson's THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, tentatively scheduled to run on tomorrow's broadcast, March 13, 2004, about midway through the show that runs from 11:30 pm to 12:30 am on NBC.

Show Headline News

SPIKE TV Premieres Conservative Topical Comedy This Just In

Spike TV debuts a topical animated series, THIS JUST IN, created by Steve Marmel, on March 14, 2004 at 10:30 pm. Marmel, who has hosted the Annie Awards for two years running, is a standup comic and producer/head writer of Nickelodeon's hit show, THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS.

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Check Out Bill Plympton on Nick's ChalkZone

Nickelodeon's series CHALKZONE will be getting a little more adult influence when independent animation maverick Bill Plympton makes a guest artist appearance on the show. The special episode first aired in February and will now be rebroadcast on March 13, 2004 on CBS at 10:30 am.

Show Headline News

Israel Gets South Park-Like Spoof of Al Qaeda

Producer/broadcaster Keshet Formats and will be producing the animated series MILITARY BASE 22 for its Israeli network Bip Comedy Channel, reports C21 Media. The company greenlit 10 episodes of the adult toon with a budget of $2 million. Beginning its run on March 21, 2004, the show is set in a secret nuclear missile base, run by a bunch of "stupid, almost criminal soldiers." Illi Edry, vp of business development at Keshet Formats, said, "It's very dark comedy, very edgy, very SOUTH PARK." Israeli CGI animation and post-production house Short Cuts will be handling the animation.

Series Headline News

MIP-TV News: 4Kids Ent. Brings 7 New Properties to MIP-TV

4Kids Entertainment, Inc. has announced that it will be bring seven properties to MIP-TV 2004 for the first time. These programs include TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, YU-GI-OH!, POKÉMON, KIRBY: RIGHT BACK AT YA!, ULTIMATE MUSCLE, THE WINX CLUB and SHAMAN KING.

Kids Headline News

MIP-TV News: DIC Ent. Looks To Acquire Shows for DIC Kids’ Network

DIC Ent.s evp of creative affairs Robby London will be attending MIP-TV as a buyer to acquire, for the first time, educationally qualified programming to air in the U.S. on DIC Kids Network. The programming will make up a three-hour programming block for kids designed to meet core FCC requirements.

Series Headline News

MIP-TV News: TV-Loonland Hypes Heidi Movie For MIP-TV

At this year's MIP-TV, TV-Loonland will show new developments such as WEREKIDS and JOHNNY MUTTON and will also bring a host other shows such as HEIDI, a 75-minute feature version of the classic children's tale.

Mainframe Headline News

MIP-TV News: Mainframe Sails into MIP-TV with Popeye and Others

Mainframe Ent. will be sailing into MIP-TV with new CG special POPEYES VOYAGE: THE QUEST FOR PAPPY as well as episodes of the new series BINOMES and BEAT FREAKS at booth 09.06.

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MIP-TV News: MarVista Makes First Visit to MIP-TV

MarVista Entertainment, a newly formed distribution and production company, will make its first visit to MIP-TV in 2004. It will offer family-oriented entertainment, ranging from live-action television series, new and original TV movies to digitally re-mastered classics available for broadcast and DVD distribution.

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Catch VES Awards on Tech TV

On March 11, 2004 at 6:00 pm, Tech TV will first air the second annual VES Awards. The broadcast will allow fans and industry folk alike to see all the top winners presented with their trophies. In addition, a highlight of the show will be the awarding of the VES' first lifetime achievement award to George Lucas.

Below is a complete list of scheduled repeat airings of the show (all times pacific):

March 12 at 11:00 amMarch 13 at 3:00 pmMarch 14 at 8:00 pm

Game Headline News

Game Over Begins 3D Debut On UPN March 10

UPN's new comedy, GAME OVER, network primetime's first-ever CGI-animated series, will debut tonight March 10, 2004 at 8:00 pm, which follows the far-from-ordinary suburban Smashenburn family living in an alternate videogame universe comprised of off-beat characters, action heroes, monsters and cartoon characters inspired by popular videogames.

Duel Headline News

Entertainment Rights Secures Pan-European Deal For Duel Masters

Entertainment Rights has sold its hot property for boys, DUEL MASTERS, to Turner Broadcasting System Europe, which will see the cartoon airing on screens in the U.K., Ireland, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe, reaching 30+ million households via Cartoon Network and Toonami in the U.K.

DUEL MASTERS started life as a Manga comic, which gained a huge following in Japan. The television series is a combination of 2D animation with CGI effects done by Shogakukan's famous production arm, Shopro, who also produced the hit shows POKÉMON and HAMTARO.

Series Headline News

Moonscoop Sells French Animated Series to Cartoon Network U.S.

Paris-based Moonscoop, the newly combined distributor for Antefilms Prods. and France Animation, has sold its first series, CODE LYOKO, to a U.S. broadcaster. Cartoon Network has acquired 26 episodes of the animated series that blends traditional 2D and 3D animation, which will be a part of the network's new Miguzi weekday afternoon franchise that launches on April 19, 2004.

Series Headline News

Last Exile Finds Refuge on TechTV

LAST EXILE, the acclaimed Japanese anime series from Gonzo Ent., premieres in primetime beginning March 8, 2004 at 10:00 pm on TechTV, during Anime Unleashed, a late-night block of anime on the network's regular program schedule. TechTV will preempt ROBOT WARS for this special prime time premiere of Last Exile.

Universal Headline News

Tripping the Rift Goes Primetime on Sci Fi Channel

Sci Fi Channel premieres its first animated series, TRIPPING THE RIFT, March 4, 2004 at 10:30 pm. The scandalously sexy, 3D animated, comedy for adults from DPS Film Roman and CinéGroupe, joins the channels new Thursday night lineup that includes the reality show MAD MAD HOUSE (9:00 pm) and practical joke show SCARE TACTICS (10:00 pm).

Entertainment Headline News

Jay Jay The Jet Plane Hopes to Soar to China Via Playhut Ent.

PorchLight Entertainment has appointed Playhut Entertainment its licensing agency and broadcast distribution representative for Mainland China on behalf of PorchLight's preschool franchise JAY JAY THE JET PLANE.

JAY JAY already has more than 50 merchandise licensees throughout the world. The show airs daily on PBS in the U.S. and has already been licensed to leading networks covering 50+ countries, including FIVE's Milkshake block in the U.K., Canal+ children's network in France and Discovery Kids throughout Latin America.

Season Headline News

South Park 8th Season Features Passion of the Easter Bunny Special

With all the media and public attention on indecency in pop culture and TV broadcasts, will Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman change their ways? Find out when an all-new season of SOUTH PARK premieres March 17, 2004 at 10:00 pm on Comedy Central. Season eight of SOUTH PARK presents a very special Easter episode, "The Passion of the Easter Bunny."