CINAR, a regular big player at MIPCOM and MIP-TV, will arrive with a large slate of productions, including two new series. CINAR was recently purchased by investor group comprised of Michael Hirsh, Toper Taylor and TD Capital Canadian Private Equity Partners through 4113683 Canada Inc. (Newco).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Celebrating a successful first season run with big ratings, DIC Entertainment is gearing up for the fall 2004 season with the debut of a new slate of animated series and specials to air across DIC Kids Network.
DLT Entertainment is attending this years MIP-TV with a number of its highly successful comedies MY FAMILY, HIGH STAKES and A TRIBUTE TO SPIKE along with the animated series GOING BUGGS!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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."
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, takes a trip back in time to show the residents Bikini Bottom in prehistoric times in Nickelodeons SPOUNGEBOB GOES PREHISTORIC primetime special airing at 8-9:00 pm on March 5, 2004.
Houston, Texas-based Stone Soup has announced plans to produce WILL ANIMATE FOR FOOD, a 30-minute TV program for WTP-TV, Cable 17, a public access channel. The show will feature a series consisting of a collection of independently produced animations and animator interviews presented in a variety format.