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Ben Hur to Ride Chariot to ABC

Alchemy Television Group and Spain's Drimtim Ent. will produce a four-hour miniseries about the life of Ben Hur, according to VARIETY.

ABC will air the project as a limited series, but no date has been set. Alchemy and Drimtim will also shop the project about the renegade ancient Roman hero around to other territories at next week's MIPTV.

David Wyler, son of William Wyler, the director of the 1959 version of BEN-HUR, is exec producing with Simon Vaughan at Alchemy and Roger Corbi at Drimtim.

Company Headline News

Calon TV Acquires Rights to Back Catalogue

Independent TV production company Calon TV has secured the distribution rights to its back catalogue of award-winning children's animation. Studio manager Lynne Stockford has been appointed to manage international sales following the reversion of the distribution rights from S4C International.

The list of programs includes such hits as the BAFTA-winning HANA'S HELPLINE, which currently airs on Five; Welsh language classic SALI MALI; '80s fav WIL CWAC CWAC, UNDER MILK WOOD and the feature film THE PRINCESS AND THE GOBLIN.

Boom Headline News

Toon Boom Pipeline Selected on Canadian-South African Co-Production

The first co-production deal between Canada's Cookie Jar Entertainment, a global independent producer of children's entertainment, and South Africa's biggest animation studio, Clockwork Zoo, will use the Toon Boom pipeline to produce PETER PEPPER'S PET SPECTACULAR. The 26-episode half-hour show is based on the immensely popular book of the same name by the hottest family in children's content, mother-son duo Betty and Mickey Paraskevas (MAGGIE AND THE FEROCIOUS BEAST, JUNIOR KNOLL).

Television Headline News

MJTV Launches Licensing Division

Independent French production company Moi j'aime la television (MJTV) is launching its own in-house licensing division and has appointed Alexandre Mayaud as consultant.

This move reflects the company's growth into new areas and its plans to further exploit its key brands across merchandising and other media including music and book publishing, videogames and educational language learning toys.

Comedy Headline News

TV-Loonland Inks Deals For Comedy Series Pat & Stan

TV-Loonland has a raft of TV deals worldwide with prestigious broadcasters for its multi-formatted property, PAT&STAN. Along with short formats and a half hour comedy special available, the 39x7 PAT & STAN series is currently in production with new episodes to be presented at upcoming MIPTV.

Television Headline News

Paul Johnson To Leave Reed MIDEM

Paul Johnson, Television Division Director at Reed MIDEM, the Paris-based organizer of international exhibitions and conferences, is to leave the company in mid-March for a new career opportunity to be announced shortly.

Johnson was appointed Reed MIDEM's Television Division Director in April 2003 and was responsible for the company's MIPTV, MIPCOM, MIPDOC and MIP Junior events. He oversaw the launch of the MIPTV Content 360 initiative, the introduction of the International Digital Emmy Awards and the digitization of screenings at MIPDOC and MIP Junior.

Headline News

Content 360 Call for Entries

Digital creators, interactive agencies and producers will have until January 19, 2009 to enter into the cross-media international competition, Content 360. The 46th MIPTV will be held in Cannes, France, from March 30-April 3, 2009.

Digital Headline News

International Digital Emmy Awards at MIPTV 2009

Reed MIDEM and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (I.A.T.A.S.) announced the launch of the fourth International Digital Emmy Awards (I.D.E.A.), to take place at MIPTV (March 30-April 3, 2009 Cannes, France). The call for entries runs until January 12, 2009.

The International Digital Emmy Awards are recognizing excellence in content created and designed for viewer interaction and/or delivery on a digital platform (i.e. interactive TV, mobile, internet, etc.) originating outside of the United States.

Digital Headline News

Fourth International Digital Emmy Awards Call For Entries Open

Reed MIDEM and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (I.A.T.A.S.), have announced the launch of the fourth International Digital Emmy Awards (I.D.E.A.), to take place at MIPTV (March 30-April 3, 2009 Cannes, France). The call for entries runs until January 12, 2009.

The International Digital Emmy Awards are recognizing excellence in content created and designed for viewer interaction and/or delivery on a digital platform (interactive TV, mobile, Internet, etc.) originating outside of the United States.

Mipcom Headline News

Record Participation At MIPCOM 2008

The 24th MIPCOM recorded its highest attendance figure of all time, driven notably by an increase in attendance from the "METRIC" countries and regions (Middle East, Turkey, Russia, India and China), as well as Ukraine.

At the close of the market on October 17, MIPCOM 2008 totaled 13,588 participants, an increase of 1.6% over the 13,371 industry professionals who attended in 2007. A total of 4,519 companies from 103 countries registered, of which 1,779 were exhibitors. The number of international buyers grew by 7.2%, from 4,242 in 2007 to 4,573 this year.

Brand Headline News

Postman Pat Continues To Deliver Sales Results All Around The World

Entertainment media company Entertainment Rights' internationally successful pre-school series POSTMAN PAT has launched on China's national television network, China Central Television (CCTV). ER also announces a number of key international broadcast agreements for the brand new series -- POSTMAN PAT: SPECIAL DELIVERY SERVICE (SDS).

Headline News

Download the Latest Acrobat Edition of Animation World Magazine Now!

The latest Acrobat edition of Animation World Magazine is online, ready for download. In our featured article, Mary Castillo looks at some of the leading players in the rapidly growing world of virtual communities. Additionally, Jon Hofferman talks with composer extraordinaire Normand Roger about how to score with animators. Audrey Brown chats with veteran voice actor Corey Burton about STAR WARS, haunted mansions and all things Disney.

Super Headline News

Super Why! Picked Up In U.K., Singapore, Korea

DECODE Enterprises, the distribution subsidiary of DHX Media, returned from MIPTV with a host of sales signed for Out of the Blue Enterprises' innovative, critically-acclaimed animated preschool show SUPER WHY!, including a deal with Nick Jr. in the U.K., the number-one rated commercial preschool channel from Nickelodeon U.K. DECODE Enterprises holds worldwide television rights to the series excluding the U.S.

Animated Headline News

Entertainment Rights And Transformers Taking Over

Entertainment Rights announced it has secured further significant broadcast agreements for the new TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED series (26x22) plus a 70-minute special episode.

Before MIPTV, the company has secured broadcast agreements in more than 80 territories including: Mediaset (Italy), Turner Broadcasting (Australia, Latin America and India), Jetix (Israel, Netherlands and Belgium), Network 10 (Australia), TV3 (New Zealand), Mediacorp TV12 (Singapore) and TV Globo (Brazil).

Series Headline News

Four New Licensing Deals For Belgium's Studio100 From MIPTV

Belgian Studio100 has finalized several deals this week at MIPTV. They include:


Amberwood Productions announced it has concluded a co-production agreement with Belgium's Studio100 on a new animated series, SUPER MEGA HYPER PETS.

Produced entirely in HD, the 2D digitally animated action comedy series of 26 half hour episodes (52x11) is targeted at 4 to 6 year olds.

Series Headline News

BRB Presents The Latest Of The Imp At MIPTV

THE IMP, the most useless evil creature on TV, comes loaded with innovations for the MIPTV this week.

THE IMP series continues to be a stand out for sales: MTV Poland recently followed MTV Portugal's acquisition of the series, along with 2x2 TV Channel in Russia and Xeip Canal Once in Mexico.

The property celebrates its excellent audience ratings and great reception in the licensing world with the premiere of its official interactive website ( ), that allows users to download free game and electronic postcards to mobile phones, PSPs or iPods.

Show Headline News

HIT Signs Smartoonz Distribution Deal

HIT Entertainment announced a strategic distribution and co-production agreement with Smartoonz, a division of Zeppelin Animation to distribute and sell three of its pre-school television shows around the world.

HIT has acquired the distribution rights to LITTLE FABLES, an animated pre-school show targeting 2 to 5 year olds and will co-produce MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO and CLAY PLAY, both of which are slated for delivery in 2009. HIT has also secured first option rights on all future properties from Smartoonz.

Headline News

Decode Ent. And Scrawl Studios Co-Develop RPG High

Leading kids and family entertainment specialist DECODE Ent., a production subsidiary of DHX Media, has signed its second Canadian-Singaporean collaboration with Scrawl Studios for new animated series RPG HIGH (working title). The companies have also recently co-produced CLANG INVASION with Hong Kong's Agogo, which is launching at MIP TV.

Production Headline News

Imira And Vooz To Collaborate On Myo & Ga

Imira Entertainment, Spain's leading production and distribution company specializing in youth programming, is joining forces with Korea's VOOZ Character Systems for a co-production deal signed at MIPTV.

VOOZ Character Systems, a specialist in character branding and creators of hit property PUCCA, and Imira are to co-develop and co-finance a brand new 3D animated series: MYO & GA: THE LIFE OF A HERO.

Starring Headline News

Echo Bridge Acquires Alliance Atlantis Int'l

Echo Bridge Entertainment has today signed an agreement to acquire, through a share purchase, Alliance Atlantis International Distribution from Goldman Sachs Capital Partners.

As a result of this transaction, Echo Bridge Entertainment would distribute rights to first run and catalog programming from Alliance Atlantis International Distribution worldwide, excluding Canada.

Animation Headline News

Video Previews From Toei Animation Europe

Toei Animation Europe S.A.S, a subsidiary of Toei Animation, will stream new trailers for a number of their most popular animated series on their corporate Web site ( The video previews are available now.