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Effects Headline News

Icecandy Uses Useful Things for Sci Fi's Slipstream

Icecandy Ent. recently provided more than 20 vfx shots for Sci Fi Channel's upcoming feature, SLIPSTREAM, from Promark Ent. Working with director David van Eyssen, Icecandy developed on-screen graphics, composited effects and created the main title sequence for the time-travel based action drama using Profound Effects' Useful Things 1.6.

Series Headline News

BBC Delivers Early Postman Pat Renewal

The BBC has commissioned 26x15 more episodes of POSTMAN PAT from Entertainment Rights, prior to the show's debut on CBeebies and BBC2 later this year. This new commission brings the total amount of programming under license to the BBC to 78x15 episodes and 8x30 specials, ensuring POSTMAN PAT will run on the BBC into 2006 and beyond.

Animation Headline News

Nicktoons Launches TV Film Festival

Nicktoons, Nickelodeon's digital channel for animation, has teamed with Frederator Studios and ANIMATION MAGAZINE to present The Nicktoons Film Festival. The first on-air festival of its kind, The Nicktoons Film Festival, will showcase independent cartoon filmmaking by animators from around the globe.

Circus Headline News

Corporate Circus Comes to NATPE Producer's Boot Camp

Adela JPs (Adela Josue Polin) book, THE CORPORATE CIRCUS, will be pitched as an animated series at the NATPE TV Producers Boot Camp, July 29-30, 2004, as both an adult animation show and as an animated interstitial in an office live-action sitcom. In addition to the book, the properties product line includes 15 office humor plush toys and an illustrated comical corporate Org Chart poster, which premiered at the New York Licensing International Show, London Brand Show and PPAI/ASI Shows in Las Vegas.

Nickelodeon Headline News

Prism Ent. To Bring Nickelodeon Family To Life

Nickelodeon Europe has commissioned Prism Entertainment to produce local versions of its unique NICKELODEON FAMILY animation.

Jules Borkent, senior director, programming, acquisitions & development, Nickelodeon Europe, asked Prism to produce three localized versions of the NICKELODEON FAMILY for broadcast on its channels in Spain, Benelux and Scandinavia to air at the end of the year.

Magica Headline News

Lanterna Magica To Produce Gino the Chicken

Italian animation studio Lanterna Magica, along with studios Enarmonia and Melazeta, have been given the go-ahead to produce GINO THE CHICKEN, a 52-episode TV series. The show is a co-production with Italian state television, RAI and is scheduled to be delivered in January 2006. Lanterna Magica plans to use Toon Boom Animation's Concerto to produce the series.

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Alphanim and The Farm Get Cooking on New Series

Paris-based Alphanim is partnering with Irish house The Farm, to produce the new animated series, COOKING? CHILDS PLAY! Due for delivery in January 2005, COOKING? CHILDS PLAY! is based on Michel Olivers best-selling series of cookbooks for kids and is being produced with CCA and Canal J.

Series Headline News

4Kids Offers Up Tokyo Mew Mew and F-Zero

4Kids Entertainment Inc. is offering two exciting new Japanese anime series to the global marketplace: TOKYO MEW MEW, a drama action series targeted to girls, and boys action/adventure series, F-ZERO.

MEW MEW (52x30) follows the adventures of five teenage girls who possess the powers of endangered animals and battle aliens who threaten mankind. These very contemporary teen girls are multi-taskers who accomplish all of this while juggling their time with homework and boys.

Kids Headline News

Nat Geo Kids’ Takes Adventures in Color

National Geographic Television & Films (NGT&F) Kids Programming and Production unit has optioned the acclaimed childrens book series, ADVENTURES IN COLOR, to develop and produce an animated television series.

NGT&F is working with Emmy Award-winning animation director/producer Ron Myrick and the original author/designer Tony Porto plus his team creative firm Three Communication Design (3CD) to develop this unique multimedia series.

India Headline News

Cartoon Network Acquires Indian Series Jungle Tales

Cartoon Network has acquired JUNGLE TALES, an animated series produced by Delhi-based Moving Picture Company India Ltd. The 3D show is a contemporary adaptation of stories from the PANCHATANTRA, a well-known collection of animal fables.

Series Headline News

Chorion To Produce Two Literary-based Kids Shows

Chorion plans to produce two new animated television series based on the work of international best-selling childrens authors Roger Hargreaves and Enid Blyton. The London-based rights holder is looking for experienced animation companies to animate the properties.

These include a new animated series based on Roger Hargreaves MR. MEN and LITTLE MISS books and an animated series based on childrens characters created by Blyton

Million Headline News

Spider-Man 2 TV Rights Sold For $50M

FOX Network and its FX cable channel have paid Sony Pictures TV $50 million for the broadcast/cable rights for SPIDER-MAN 2, reports VARIETY. As part of a 10-year agreement, FOX receives three runs of the movie during the first three years, starting December 2006. In 2010, Sony will have the rights to sell the film to other broadcast networks to share rights with FX for the last seven years of the contract. The original SPIDER-MAN flicks took in $60+ million from FOX and Turner's TBS/TNT.

Disney Headline News

Toon Disney Presents 3-Day Spider-Man Marathon

Toon Disney celebrates the addition of the legendary 1995 animated series SPIDER-MAN into its popular JETIX action-adventure programming block with a JETIX Web-Slingin Marathon July 2 through July 4, 2004 from 7-11:00 pm. Timed around the highly anticipated- theatrical release of SPIDER-MAN 2, the broadcast includes fan favorite episodes of SPIDER-MAN such as "The Sting of the Scorpion," "Enter The Green Goblin" and "Kraven the Hunter."

Headline News

Entertainment Rights Gets Paws on Clifford’s Puppy Days Rights

Entertainment Rights (ER) has secured U.K. merchandising, licensing and home entertainment rights to CLIFFORDS PUPPY DAYS, a new fully animated series produced by Scholastic Ent., which will launch on the BBCs CBeebies channel.

Headline News

National Geographic Channel Premieres Spider Power

On the eve of the premiere of the SPIDER-MAN 2 movie, National Geographic Channel will air SPIDER POWER at 8:00 pm on June 25, 2004, an extraordinary look at the evolution of one of the most successful hunters on the planet. This one-hour special uses spectacular macrophotography and stylized CGI bring to bring viewers within attack range of some of the worlds most ingenious predators and their super powers.

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Boomerang Presents 24-Hour Looney Tunes in Hollywood Marathon

Cartoon Network's Boomerang, a commercial-free network devoted exclusively to classic cartoons, will present Looney Tunes in Hollywood, a 24-hour tribute showcasing every Warner Bros. short that featured a celebrity caricature, starting at 8:00 am on June 25, 2004.

Warner Bros.' immortal Looney Tunes, produced by legendary animators Tex Avery, Chuck Jones and others at the fabled "termite terrace" on the studio lot, earned a riotous reputation for parodying popular movies of the day by creating hilarious caricatures of well-known actors and actresses.

Disney Headline News

Toon Disney Expands JETIX Block On Weekends, Adds Spider-Man

Toon Disney expands its action/adventure evening block, JETIX, to four hours on Saturdays and Sundays, 7:00-11:00 pm, starting June 26, 2004, coinciding with the Toon Disney premiere of the 1990s animated series SPIDER-MAN.

Headline News

BKN Issues Stock to Do Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves Series

BKN International A.G. has completed development and will soon begin production of the ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES: THE LOST SCIMITAR OF ARABIA series. BKN is currently in negotiations with a media company in the Middle East to co-produce and distribute this program.

Series Headline News

Cosby’s Primetime Animated Gift to Fathers

Three decades ago he delighted families with FAT ALBERT AND THE COSBY KIDS. More recently he won a Daytime for Outstanding Childrens Animated Program for LITTLE BILL on Nick. Now a beloved American humorist icon Bill Cosby takes his special brand of family comedy to primetime in FATHERHOOD, debuting June 20, 2004 at 9:00 pm on Nick at Nite. The series, based on his bestselling book of the same name is Nick at Nite first original animated series. The series movies to its regular timeslot June 29 at 9:00 pm and repeats on Saturdays at 10:00 pm.

Series Headline News

Monster Distributes Finds Religious Programming Sells

Monster Distributes Ltd. recently completed deals with ITV in the U.K. and Kika in Germany to broadcast KIDS TEN COMMANDMENTS. The series, which Monster picked up at NATPE, ahs a few minor deals and is ready for a big launch at MIPCOM, reports Andrew Fitzpatrick, chairman of Monster Distributes.

Series Headline News

Buffy Toon Still in the Works

The animated BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER series is getting a pilot, reports TV GUIDE. The live-action series' stars Alyson Hannigan, Nicholas Brendon and Anthony Stewart Head will voice their respective characters, but title character Buffy, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, will be replaced with Giselle Loren, the videogame voice of Buffy. Fox and creator Joss Whedon's Mutant Enemy will be showcasing the pilot for potential distributors next month.

Toon Headline News

Family Guy Ready for Primetime on TBS

TBS has added an hour block of FAMILY GUY to its summer primetime lineup. Starting July 7, 2004, the cable net will broadcast back-to-back episodes on Wednesdays from 8:00-9:00 pm. TBS previously aired the toon afternoons last summer. The toon will also continue to air on TBS' sister channel Cartoon Network, where its the highest rated programming the network's Adult Swim block. After being cancelled, the series surprise success on DVD has spurred Fox to renew the series for 22 new episodes, which will begin airing in 2005.

Headline News

TELETOON Plans Summer TV Cartoon Camp

From June 28 August 20, 2004, TELETOON will be hosting Camp TELETOON, the network's summer morning block of popular cartoons from 7:00 am -11:00 am, Monday through Friday. The lineup includes:

7:00 am: Totally Spies 7:30 am: Tom & Jerry 8:00 am: The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show 8:30 am: Scooby Doo9:00 am: Codename: Kids Next Door 9:30 am: What's with Andy 10:00 am: My Dad the Rock Star 10:30 am: Cardcaptors