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Nelvana Brings a Rabbit & Defenders to MIPTV

Corus Ent. Inc.'s Nelvana Enterprises is bringing MY FRIEND RABBIT and DI-GATA DEFENDERS to MIPTV.

Based on Eric Rohmann's 2003 Caldecott Gold Medal-winning children's book, MY FRIEND RABBIT will be produced by Nelvana Studios and was commissioned by Treehouse, Corus' preschool broadcast service in Canada.

International Headline News

TV France Reps 54 Companies at MIP TV 2007

TV France International has enlarged and modernized its stand, making it the fifth largest at MIPTV, making room to host 54 distribution companies. The record number of participants exemplifies the continued growth in the number of exhibitors participating in the events and operations organized by TV France International since the closing of 2006.

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Find New Properties in AWN's New Virtual Market Showcase!

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 9, 2007 at 12:00am

Animation World Network ( is proud to announce our Virtual Market Showcase is now live. A tool for industry professionals to preview the work of potential programming and development partners, the Virtual Market Showcase brings high quality video reels right to the desktop.

Events Headline News

AWN Wants Your News from Upcoming Events

NAB and MIPTV are right around the corner, followed by the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and fmx/07, and we want to know what you're doing for these important events. Tell us all about what's selling, what you want to sell and what you think is going to be hot in 2007. Send all information to Sarah Baisley at

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Gruppo Alcuni Bringing Young Leonardo da Vinci to TV in '08

Treviso, Italy-based Gruppo Alcuni has begun presales on the new 2D/3D series LEONARDO.

The 26x13 product, geared for kids 12+, follows the adventures of a group of teens lead by a really special and talented boy -- Leonardo da Vinci.

Each episode shows the young genius at work while striving to find each time a particular and different solution in order to have the better of Gottardo, his sworn enemy, the son of the local lord and his unfair rival in love. In fact, both boys contend the charms of ironic and elusive Gioconda.

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PorchLight Ent. & Coneybeare Stories Ink Distribution Deal For Monster Warriors

Toronto-based Coneybeare Stories has inked an agreement with PorchLight Ent. for international TV distribution rights to MONSTER WARRIORS. PorchLight picks up 52 half-hour episodes for a MIP-TV launch.

The series now airs on Canada�s YTV network and around the globe. Season 1 has already been sold to Australia, Spain, Portugal, Latin America, Singapore, India, Bosnia, as well as other territories in Eastern Europe.

Headline News

Jetix Europe Acquires Urban Vermin

Jetix Europe has acquired the European pay TV rights to the action-comedy URBAN VERMIN. DECODE Ent.'s CGI series will air on all Jetix Europe Channels starting autumn 2007.

Jetix Europe has also acquired TV distribution (with the exception of France), home video and consumer product rights to the series for Europe. Buena Vista Int'l Television is to service the distribution of television rights to URBAN VERMIN and will launch the 22x26 series at MIP-TV in April 2007.

Interactive Headline News

Time to Enter the Int’l Interactive Emmy Awards

International Interactive Emmy Awards 2007Cannes, FranceApril 18, 2007Deadline: Dec. 11, 2006

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will be presenting International Interactive Emmy Awards and a Pioneer Prize, in partnership with Reed MIDEM, for the second year in a row. The International Interactive Emmy Awards at MIPTV 2007 will take place in Cannes, France.

The three International Interactive Emmy Award categories are:

Interactive Headline News

Int'l Interactive Emmy Awards Winners Announced

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners for the first International Interactive Emmy Awards organized in partnership with Reed MIDEM, in Cannes, France. A Channel, Interactive Service and Program from the U.K., South Korea and France won the first ever International Interactive Emmy Award in their category. The inaugural Pioneer Prize was presented to Jonathan Miller, chairman/ceo of AOL for his innovative contributions to the field of interactive television.

Headline News

Aardman Draws Buyers To A Town Called Panic

Aardman Animations has secured new broadcast sales for animated series A TOWN CALLED PANIC at MIP-TV 2006. ABC TV Australia and Nicktoons Network U.S. have picked up all 20x5 episodes of the series, which made its international debut at MIPCOM last year. It previously sold to Nickelodeon U.K.

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Icon Animation’s Vitaminix Snapped Up By International Broadcasters

Barcelona-based Icon Animation has signed a raft of programming deals at MIPTV 2006 for its edu-tainment series VITAMINIX ( Panama free TV channel TV7 (Corp. Medcom), UEA cabsat channel E-Junior, TV Andorra and Digiturk in Turkey are the latest broadcasters to sign up for the animated healthy eating show aimed at kids. In addition, Icon Animation has signed an output deal with Al Sayyar Art Prod. for the Middle East and 33x26 animated series MIMI & MR. BOBO.

Kids Headline News

National Geographic Kids Sets Toot And Puddle Into Production

National Geographic Television & Films (NGT&F) Kids Programming and Production unit has commenced production on the made-for-DVD animated special, TOOT & PUDDLE: I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, also available to domestic and international broadcasters as a one-hour format. Based on Holly Hobbies TOOT & PUDDLE franchise and animated by Grand Slamm Childrens Films, TOOT & PUDDLE: I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS is scheduled to launch during the 2006 holiday season.

Headline News

Taffy Ent. Signs Licensing Deal for SamSam

Taffy Ent. has signed a major licensing deal with Spin Master for debut show SAMSAM.

Launching at MIP-TV and represented by Taffy Ent., SAMSAM is a new comicbook based 3D animated television property produced by Bayard Jeunesse Animation in HD with a first season of 52x7. Toronto-based Spin Master Ltd. has been granted the master toy license for the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Spin Master will initially focus on figures, plush, role-play and activity toy categories as well as a range of its trademark Marshmallow foam furniture.

Series Headline News

BBC To Air BRB’s 3D Series Bernard

During MIP-TV this week in Cannes, production company BRB Internacional has just closed the sale of its first CG series, BERNARD, to the BBC, which is likely to broadcast the series in 2007. Consisting of 52 episodes in the sketch genre, this series, co-produced by BRB, its creative studio Screen 21, EBS, M6 and RG, is entirely in High-Definition.

Headline News

Cookie Jar Nets Spider Riders

Cookie Jar Ent. enters the boys action arena with the launch of the 52 half-hour action-adventure series SPIDER RIDERS, a co-production between Cookie Jar Ent. and leading Japanese advertising agency, Yomiko. SPIDER RIDERS has made its debut at MIP-TV. Cookie Jar heads into the market with the companys first sale to TELETOON, Canadas all-animation channel, which will debut the series using an interesting mix of a movie premiere and weekly timeslots culminating in a daily strip show starting June 2006. animation is being produce by Japans Bee Train.

Headline News

Nelvana Goes Worldwide With Wayside & Nickelodeon

At MIP-TV 2006, Nelvana announced that Nickelodeon International (MTV Networks BV) has picked up 26x30 of the 2D-animated comedy WAYSIDE SCHOOL for broadcast in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Scandinavia, Benelux, Israel, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia.

With its penchant for the irreverent, Nickelodeon is the ideal global partner on a cable basis for this madcap series from the creative and comedic mind of Louis Sachar, said Scott Dyer, evp of production and development, Nelvana.

Series Headline News

Toopy and Binoo Invade MIP-TV

Prix Jeunesse 2006 finalist TOOPY AND BINOO is invading MIP-TV. An original production from Canadas preschool broadcaster Treehouse, TOOPY AND BINOO is produced by Spectra Animation and distributed by Spectra International Distribution. The series has been airing for several months in both English and French.

Animation Headline News

Spring Strikes MIP-TV

The weather is lovely in Cannes, the spring flowers are in bloom, lots of animation abounds, but many MIP-goes may not experience any of this due to an air traffic controllers strike in France that has cancelled most flights coming into Nice, the closest airport to the MIP market.

Those entered the Palais convention hall on Monday, April 3, 2006, saw a handwritten list of affected flights. While expected to be over before the weekend, this presents a hardship to those expecting to arrive and leave mid-market.

Special Headline News

It's Time To Get Involved With AWN's MIP-TV Special Newsletters!

Continuing our special event specific Flash Newsletters, we will be publishing special editions for MIP-TV. The markets are fast approaching and our editorial and advertising staffs are gearing up for the MIP-TV-specific Flash Newsletter series. Here are the dates for the publications. Please send your news two weeks prior to the publication date.

MIP-TV Flash NewslettersMarch 14March 21March 28

All your news can be sent to For sales opportunities, contact Dan Sarto at or call (323) 606-4200.

Headline News

Cosgrove Hall Ups Chris Bowden & Francis Vose

Francis Vose has been upped to creative director of Cosgrove Hall Films while Chris Bowden becomes exec producer. Lee Marriott has also accepted the post of financial and commercial director, according to Cosgrove Hall md Anthony Utley.

Special Headline News

It's Time To Get Involved With AWN's GDC & MIP-TV Special Newsletters!

Continuing our special event specific Flash Newsletters, we will be publishing special editions for GDC & MIP-TV. The markets are fast approaching and our editorial and advertising staffs are gearing up for the GDC & MIP-TV-specific Flash Newsletter series. Here are the dates for the publications. Please send your news two weeks prior to the publication date.

Games Developers Conference 2005 Animation Flash NewsletterMarch 7

MIP-TV Flash NewslettersMarch 14March 21March 28

Animated Headline News

Comet Ent. & Dachefa Audiovisuales to Co-Pro Adult Animated CoolCity

Toronto-based Comet Ent. Inc. announced today (Feb. 15, 2006) it has entered into an agreement with Spanish-based Dachefa Audiovisuales, SL. to co-produce the animated series COOLCITY. The series pilot will be introduced at MIP-TV 2006 in Cannes, April 2-8.