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Special Event: MIPCOM

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Funny Face, Huntik Win MIPCOM Licensing Challenge

FUNNY FACE from Renegade Animation and HUNTIK: SECRETS AND SEEKERS, produced by Rainbow S.p.A., headquartered in Loreto, Italy have won the 5th Annual MIPCOM Junior Licensing Challenge, an international competition for new TV properties.

Competing against entries from Italy, France, South Korea, Spain and elsewhere, FUNNY FACE and HUNTIK were selected for having the highest licensing potential by a panel of judges that included representatives of Simon & Schuster, Entertainment Rights, WNET and Marathon Animation.

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Jimmy Two Shoes Takes Top Spot in MIPCOM Jr. Screenings

Jetix Europe's JIMMY TWO SHOES was the most watched entry at this year's MIPCOM Jr. screenings. Out of 1,143 entries, JIMMY TWO SHOES, produced by Breakthrough Ent. for Jetix Europe, was the most requested show by buyers.

Marc Buhaj, SVP of Jetix Europe said, "This is the first time Jetix has achieved top ranking at the screenings. It is testament to a great team who are producing a great show. We're really excited that our new focus on comedy has proven to be so popular with our peers and we're confident our viewers will enjoy Jimmy as much as the industry does."

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VIZ Media Showcases Anime For All Ages At MIPCOM

VIZ Media and VIZ Media Europe, the Paris-based subsidiary of VIZ Media, will showcase a variety of hot anime properties at the 2008 MIPCOM show in Cannes, France, October 13-17 at the Palais des Festivals. VIZ Media will be located in Booth A0-12.

VIZ Media is a master licensor of Japanese anime and manga content to a fast growing international audience. The company will offer a diverse selection of animated properties for teens and young adults including BLEACH, DEATH NOTE, BLUE DRAGON, BUSO RENKIN, HUNTER X HUNTER, KILARI and others.

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New Sesame Street English Language Learning Series Available At MIPCOM

Get silly with Elmo and Cookie Monster as the duo introduce preschool English language learners to a daily dose of letters and sounds. SESAME STREET ENGLISH, a new broadcast series (26x2) featuring anime style versions of the SESAME STREET Muppets, makes phonics fun. Each all-English episode introduces one letter, sound, and word through vivid visuals and catchy rhythms. The series will be available at MIPCOM, October 13-17.

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Shelldon To Make qubo A Greener Place

Entertainment Rights has secured a U.S. broadcast partner for the new CGI animated television series, SHELLDON. Through the deal, SHELLDON will be seen on qubo's children's programming block, which currently airs on NBC, Telemundo, and ION TV networks. The 13x30 series, which focuses on environmental themes, targets kids ages 4-8 and is scheduled to premiere in spring 2009.

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Aardman Rights Takes Wallace & Gromit, Timmy On International Adventure

Aardman Rights, the newly created division of award-winning Aardman Animations has concluded a number of pre-sales for its two new animated series WALLACE & GROMIT IN A MATTER OF LOAF AND DEATH and TIMMY TIME.

Wallace & Gromit’s new half hour adventure is currently in production for BBC One at Aardman’s Bristol studios with delivery expected this autumn. Aardman has secured pre-sale deals at MIPCOM with broadcasters around the globe including: ABC TV Australia, M6 France, Super RTL Germany, YLE Finland, NRK Norway, Zapp Netherlands and SVT Sweden.

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Chorion's Olivia Gets Ready For Her World Debut

Chorion has signed a raft of major international broadcast partners for its brand new children's television series OLIVIA, based on the best-selling, award-winning book property.

Chorion has secured deals with TF1 in France, Nick Jr U.K., Treehouse in Canada, Danmarks Radio and The Walt Disney Company Latin America for the preschool animated series.

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Decode Engineers Sales For Animal Mechanicals

DECODE Enterprises has made a number of MIPCOM sales for new preschool series, ANIMAL MECHANICALS (40x11), produced by Halifax Film, and commissioned by CBC in Canada, where the series is one of the highest-rating preschool shows.

The Disney Channels in the U.K. and Asia; Radio-Canada, Discovery Latin America, Romania's HOP, EBS in Korea; Al-Jazeera Children Channel have all snapped up the series along with Prava I Prevodi, who acquired the title for Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro.

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Tricon Claims Sanctuary At MIPCOM

Toronto-based producer and distributor Tricon Films & Television has made further sales of 13x60 science fiction series SANCTUARY at MIPCOM 2008. Entertainment channel AXN has snapped up the series in a deal for Central Europe that includes Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania and Slovakia and in a further deal, Sci Fi Channel Asia has taken the series to air on its channels in more than 25 countries.

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Studio B Brings Caveboys, Barbarians To MIPCOM

Studio B Productions will showcase a slate of new animated series in development at the 2008 MIPCOM show in Cannes, France, October 13-17 at the Palais Des Festivals.

The series in development that Studio B Productions will be highlighting at MIPCOM include:

CAVEBOY (Preschool)

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Novel's Horrid Henry Secures New Sales

U.K.-based independent producer Novel Ent. and distribution partner Little Bird Rights have secured more international sales deals for animated property HORRID HENRY in the run up to MIPCOM 2008.

Little Bird has worldwide television rights to the show outside the U.K. and Germany and has recently secured broadcast deals for the first season of 52x11 with MNet in South Africa, RTP Portugal, Digiturk in Turkey and SVT Sweden. A deal has also been secured with Polish production company Op Art.

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Jibber Jabber Out To Imagine More Territories

Bejuba! Ent. has new international agreements for animated children's series, JIBBER JABBER going into MIPCOM 2008. JIBBER JABBER is a YTV Original Series, Northwest Imaging and FX and Jibber Jabber Toons Ltd. Production.

JIBBER JABBER (13x30), has been sold to KIKA Germany, Jetix (Latin America), TRT (Turkey), E-Vision (Middle East), RTP (Portugal), Noga (Israel), ABC (Australia) and Al Jazeera Children's Channel.

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Amita Of The Jungle Goes To MIPCOM

Lastrego & Testa will present all 26 episodes of its new TV series AMITA OF THE JUNGLE (26x7) in HD, co-produced with RAI Fiction, at MIPCOM.

The project won a nomination to the Pulcinella Awards at Cartoons On the Bay 2008 in the category Best TV Series for Children and it is in competition for the 38th edition of Roshd Festival in Tehran.

The series is about the adventures of a child who lives in a magic world where men and animals can still speak together, bringing a contemporary moral based on sympathy, altruism and cooperation.

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Entertainment Rights To Debut Kung Fu Magoo at MIPCOM

U.K.-based Entertainment Rights will be debuting KUNG FU MAGOO -- the latest in a long line of Mr. Magoo adventures -- at MIPCOM 2008 in Cannes, France.

Produced in conjunction with Mexico's Anima Estudios, Motion Toons and ER's Classic Media, KUNG FU MAGOO (1 X 80 minutes) brings back screen legend Quincy Magoo, and drops him into his biggest, baddest, bumblingest adventure yet. Audiences around the world have been craving a new Magoo adventure, and this time he's back with a martial arts twist to rid the world of evil villains -- and having a blast doing it!

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Interact With The London Underground in Bow Street Runner

Littleloud Animation Studios are presenting BOW STREET RUNNER at MIPCOM, a Web-based interactive drama set in the Georgian London underworld to support Channel 4's CITY OF VICE television series.

The production includes a range of digital techniques including 3D sets, dynamic composition and seamlessly integrated live action footage, producing a unique cinematic experience to the online drama environment. The production cast is lead by the accomplished British actor Julian Glover.

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marblemedia Brings The Gnastys To MIPCOM

marblemedia are developing a new animated series for children 6 to 9 optioned from the popular children's book GNASTY GNOMES by youth writer R.L. Stine (GOOSEBUMPS, ROTTEN SCHOOL, FEAR STREET). Throughout MIPCOM, marblemedia will be on hand to take international broadcasters into the lives of the Gnasty Gnomes.

GNASTY GNOMES features the hilarious adventures of 8-year-old Wort, his older sister Juny and their family of foul, revolting and above all "gnasty" Gnomes. When a door is jammed or an email spammed, look for the Gnastys.

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Mission To Planet 429 Launches At MIPCOM

WTTW National Productions has partnered with Roman Coppola's Directors Bureau to launch MISSION TO PLANET 429. WTTW National Productions will introduce the new mixed media comedy adventure series for children ages 6-9 at MIPCOM 2008. The property is planned to premiere with 104x11 minute episodes (or 52 half hours) on U.S. public television and in other media platforms and in markets worldwide in 2010.

Animation Headline News

This Week's Animation Trivia Quiz for Oct. 6, 2008

Test your skills and challenge your brain with AWN's Animation Trivia Quiz. Check out the latest installment from quizmaster Karl Staven, an accomplished independent animator and head of the Animation Department at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Monster Distributes To Launch Animated Series Ben And Izzy At MIPCOM

From Jordan comes a unique animation series that follows the adventures of two pre-teens and a genie. BEN AND IZZY, the long anticipated state-of-the-art CGI animation series, will be showcased during MIPCOM 2008 by distributor Monster.

The new highly acclaimed animation series is created by Rubicon, a pioneering 2D and 3D animation/CGI, e-education, and interactive multimedia company based in Amman, Jordan.

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DECODE Calls On Betty Banner, Party Planner

DECODE Ent. is expanding its development slate of innovative series for 8-12 year olds with BETTY BANNER, PARTY PLANNER (52x11). The aspirational and quirky 2D series is created by Canada's House of Cool, which will also work on the animation for the show.

In addition, DHX Media's distribution subsidiary DECODE Enterprises will handle international distribution and will be seeking broadcast partners for the series at MIPCOM 2008.

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Former Manga Ent. CEO Launches New Animation Licensing Company

Marvin Gleicher, co-founder and former CEO of Worldwide Operations for Manga Ent., has launched Marvin Media to develop, produce and license animated films to the international marketplace.

Gleicher joins Japanese animation director Keiichi Sato (KARAS, WOLF’S RAIN, THE BIG-O, GIANT ROBO), screenwriter: Manabu Ishikawa (FULL METAL ALCHEMIST, MO NO NO KE), Hisashi Oguchi (Bells & Whistles/ Tokyo) as producer for FLOATING MOON, an original environmentally-aware sci-fi feature based on Paul Kanter's story, due early 2010.

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aniBoom To Present Four Animated Series At MIPCOM 2008

aniBoom will present four new animated series at MIPCOM 2008, taking place at Cannes' Palais des Festivals October 13-17.

The series -- ANIMAL NATION, ANGRY DOG, FREESTYLE and SNOWY THE FROSTMAN -- are all hits on and aniBoom's network of branded Internet channels which, along with their mobile channels, reach more than 300 million viewers worldwide, a community whose comments, rankings and validation translates into significant risk reduction for TV broadcasters looking for new content with an enhanced probability of success.

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Fremantle Sails Into MIPCOM With Captains Hook, Blackbeard And Nemo

The Fremantle Corporation's latest acquisition, FANTASTIC TALES, encompasses a spellbinding collection of six animated features produced as a Canada/EU co-production by Canadian production companies Kaleidoscope Ent. and Comet Ent. for worldwide distribution by Fremantle.

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League Of Super Evil Threatens To Take Over Cannes

Nerd Corps' plan for ultimate global takeover (loosely disguised as a television show) continues to gain momentum, as THE LEAGUE OF SUPER EVIL prepares for launch at the MIPCOM Jr. screenings, and readies its online attack plan.