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DeAPlaneta Entertainment Inks ‘Mia & Codie’ Licensing Deal

The animated series, created by Emmy Award winner Don Moody, follows Mia and her sidekick Codie, who both love to code, premiering next month on Canadian broadcaster TVOKids.

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Nelvana Developing ‘Trapped in a Video Game’ Movie Adaptation

The kids’ content producer is teaming up with Andrews McMeel Entertainment to transform the popular books into animated films; the stories follow 12-year-old Jesse Rigsby, who discovers the dangers of video games and the people that make them.

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Blue Zoo to Create ‘Fugglers’ Entertainment Universe

A 5-year deal with Libertas Brands tasks the animation studio with launching the popular plush characters into the entertainment realm via multiple digital platforms: online, on-screen, and in-game.

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‘Barney’ Returns With a ‘Love Day’ Message

Mattel has announced the big purple guy is back and set to share his message with a new generation; all-new animated series ‘Barney’s World’ is coming to Max later this year.

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Corus Restructures Original Content Leadership Team

Original Programming and Corus Studios VP Lisa Godfrey, Nelvana president Pam Westman, and head of Waterside Studios Jeff Norton exit the company as Rachel Nelson and Mellany Welsh are appointed to key leadership roles.

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Aardman Inks Deals for ‘Pop Paper City’ and ‘Interstellar Ella’

The award-winning animation studio’s distribution arm scores worldwide deals for third-party animated series that share studio’s ‘values of quality and originality, with humor as a core theme.’

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Baobab Studios Announces ‘Momoguro’ TV Series

The multiple Emmy Award-winning interactive animation studio teams up with 9 Story Media Group to co-produce and launch a kids’ series based on its hugely popular game-based IP; the franchise features a magical universe with contrasting creatures who use the magical power of ‘Momoguro.’

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Build-A-Bear Expands IP with ‘Kabu’ Animated Series

Build-A-Bear Entertainment, Foundation Media Partners, and Laughing Dragon Studios head to Kidscreen next month to present a first look at the ‘Build-A-Bear’ character-inspired animated series.

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Nelvana Greenlights ‘Piñata Smashlings’

The 2D animated kids’ series, based on the Roblox game, follows 4 friends who form a team to save the Piñataverse while involved in game-like shenanigans; available for international sale, the previously released ‘Smashling’ shorts are available on Nelvana’s ‘Keep It Weird’ YouTube channel.

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Getty Images Releases Generative AI by iStock, Built on NVIDIA Picasso

Announced at CES, the tool provides an affordable, commercially safe image generation service that produces ready-to-license visuals that include legal protection and usage rights.

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Lionsgate Finalizes Acquisition of Hasbro’s eOne for $375 Million

The sale, first announced this past August, includes almost 6,500 titles, but notably omits popular franchises such as ‘Peppa Pig,’ ‘Transformers,’ ‘Dungeons & Dragons,’ ‘Magic: The Gathering,’ ‘My Little Pony,’ ‘Power Rangers,’ ‘Play-Doh,’ ‘Monopoly’ and ‘Clue,’ which will receive ‘significant development, production and financing capabilities.’

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Delicious Seconds: Nick Orders ‘The Tiny Chef Show’ Season 2 Plus 2 Holiday Specials

The Annie Award-winning stopmo series starring culinary social media sensation Tiny Chef will return to Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. channels beginning with the ‘Fwendsgiving’ special on November 20 and ‘Tiny Chef's Marvelous Mish Mesh Special’ on December 4.

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Foundry Rolls Out Nuke, Katana and Mari Updates

Now available, Nuke 15.0 bolsters doubles training speeds in CopyCat tool; all product updates include compliance with VFX Reference Platform 2023; Katana 7.0 and Mari 7.0. coming soon.

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‘Fireman Sam’ and ‘Polly Pocket’ Get New Season Greenlights from WildBrain and Mattel

International distribution deals were also announced for new and previous seasons of the popular animated series as well as ‘Bob the Builder’ and ‘Little People;’ WildBrain is heading to MIPCOM, which runs October 16-19.

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PBS KIDS Announces New Series ‘Super Why’s Comic Book Adventures’

The collection of animated musical shorts inspired by the original ‘Super Why!’ series aims to help grow the literacy skills of young readers; show premieres October 18.

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Hasbro Launches ‘Hasbro Entertainment’

On the heels of the sale of eOne to Lionsgate, company announces new division, lead by Olivier Dumont, to create multi-platform content from priority brands; Zev Foreman and Gabriel Marano named head of film and television, respectively.

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Godzilla Returns in Apple TV+’s ‘Monarch: Legacy of Monsters’ First Look

Starring Kurt Russell, Wyatt Russell, and Anna Sawai, the upcoming live-action sci-fi series, based on Legendary’s ‘Monsterverse,’ pits the famed Gojira and Titans in all-new clashes, coming soon to the streamer. 

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9 Story Media Announces ‘Open Season: Call of Nature’ Animated Series

Based on Sony Pictures Animation’s feature film franchise, the show follows a lovable, risk-averse grizzly bear and a fast-talking, ‘act-first, think-later’ deer; currently in production at Brown Bag Films, it’s slated for 2024 launch.

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Tilting Point Announces ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ Game

Based on Nickelodeon’s popular animated series, the multiplayer strategy mobile game immerses players in the ‘Avatar’ universe, where they work together to defeat an evil spirit dominating the world; slated for launch in 2024.

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Lionsgate Acquires Hasbro’s eOne for $500 Million

The sale includes almost 6,500 titles, but notably omits popular franchises such as ‘Peppa Pig,’ ‘Transformers,’ ‘Dungeons & Dragons,’ ‘Magic: The Gathering,’ ‘My Little Pony,’ ‘Power Rangers,’ ‘Play-Doh,’ ‘Monopoly’ and ‘Clue,’ which will receive ‘significant development, production and financing capabilities.’

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New ‘Bakugan’ Series Coming to Netflix and Disney XD

Episodes 1 and 2 of the new Spin Master anime to debut August 1 on the Roblox immersive platform before the series rolls out on the streamer and network in September.

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