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Disney-ABC And MobiTV Partner For Mobile TV Users

Disney-ABC Television Group and MobiTV, the leader in mobile and broadband entertainment services, announced a content licensing agreement under which MobiTV will offer Disney Channel to MobiTV service subscribers.

The same content and programming as seen on cable and satellite television is now available to MobiTV service subscribers on their enabled wireless handsets via MobiTV's carrier partners.

Series Headline News

Web Series Headed To Sci Fi Channel

Production begins this month on Sci Fi Channel's groundbreaking new original series SANCTUARY.

Shot in the style of the feature films 300 and SIN CITY, SANCTUARY is the first television series to feature live-action actors against primarily virtual sets. The 13-episode season of this one-hour drama is slated to debut this fall.

Channel Headline News

The Brits and French Get Edgy With Nice One Studio

The UK's edgiest indie, Channel X, and the enfant terrible of French production companies Moi j'aime la television (I love television) are to launch a new joint venture - Nice One Studio - at MIP TV 2008.

Created by Channel X's Alan Marke and Jim Reid and Moi j'aime la television's Phil Ox, Nice One's aim is to produce long running scripted series -- both live action and animation -- for the 15 to 34 year old audience.

Television Headline News

Bunny Found on Child's Head Actually Inspires Reading; Parents Shocked!

Super Bunny, Curious George, Edgar and Ellen, and Phineas and Ferb, among others -- all popular children's television characters -- are getting into the action.

They are all recommending books for children to read and the importance of literacy as part of a joint effort between the National Education Association (NEA) and the Smart Television Alliance (STA) in support of NEA's Read Across America project.

NEA is the nation's largest professional organization with 3.2 million members.

Television Headline News

College Television Award Winners Announced

Students from UCLA, New York University, Cornell University, Pasadena's Art Center College of Design, University of Florida, Florida State University Graduate Film School in Tallahassee, Southern Illinois University, Northwestern University and Manhattan School of Music (in collaboration with Columbia University) took first place at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation's 29th College Television Awards.

The winners were announced Saturday at a black-tie gala ceremony at Culver Studios.

Television Headline News

Stage 9 And Squeegees Debut Today

The Disney-ABC Television Group announced Thursday the highly-anticipated launch of Stage 9 Digital Media.

Focused on creating original, quality short-form programming, the studio's experimental new media content premieres with the comedy series SQUEEGEES in a co-exclusive premiere on ABC.com and YouTube on Feb. 28.

Stage 9 will "bridge the gap between user-generated content and traditional production," said Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks, and president, Disney-ABC Television Group.

Animation Headline News

Ratatouille Golden at Annie Awards

During a black-tie event at Royce Hall in Los Angeles, ASIFA-Hollywood handed out prizes at the 35th Annual Annie Awards recognizing the year's best animation across film, television, commercials, videogames and short subjects. Host Tom Kenny entertained the crowd with his usual dose of manic humor, joking that HORTON HEARS A WHO was a Roger Daltrey fusion project about tinnitus.

So without further ado, the 2007 Annie Award winners are:

PRODUCTION CATEGORIES

Best Animated FeatureRATATOUILLE -- Pixar Animation Studios

Awards Events

New York Festivals 2008

By Guest (not verified) | Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 11:00am
Begins: January 31, 2008

New York Festivals is looking for the best and most creative work for the 2008 International Television Broadcasting Awards. Now in its 48th year, these awards recognize the world's most outstanding news, documentary, information and entertainment programming, as well as the best music videos, infomercials, promotion spots, openings and IDs.

The final deadline is Sept. 17, 2007. Details, including past winners, judges, and entry procdures, can be found at http://www.newyorkfestivals.com/main.taf?p=2, 3.

Television Headline News

Sprout Brings Fifi to U.S.

HIT Ent., representing licensing and television distribution for Chapman Ent., has joined forces with PBS KIDS Sprout to bring Chapman's FIFI AND THE FLOWERTOTS to the U.S. The show, which will air exclusively on PBS KIDS Sprout's 24-hour cable television channel in the U.S., will premiere on Jan. 14, 2008. FIFI will air on Sprout daily during The Sunny Side Up Show morning block from 9:00 am to noon ET, while clips, games and printouts will be available at SproutOnline.com.

World Headline News

Banff World Television Awards Calls for Entries

Banff World Television Festival 2008Banff, Alberta, CanadaJune 8-11, 2008Deadline: Feb. 14, 2008

The four-day Banff World Television Festival combines a prestigious international program competition, the Banff World Television Awards, with a comprehensive conference agenda. Within this festival, production deals are secured and advanced, new business relationships are formed and future trends in the industry are identified and examined.

Television Headline News

SCI FI Channel Renews Stargate Atlantis

SCI FI Channel has renewed STARGATE ATLANTIS (with vfx from Rainmaker Visual Effects) for an all-new 20-episode fifth season. Produced and distributed by MGM Television, STARGATE ATLANTIS is set to resume production in early 2008.

Television Headline News

Foothill Launches Whac-A-Mole's First Foray into TV

Foothill Ent. signed an agreement with Bob's Space Racers to develop multi-platform television programming based on WHAC-A-MOLE, the $1.5 billion amusement park brand.

The deal signifies a "first" for Bob's Space Racers, whose goal is to extend WHAC-A-MOLE beyond the traditional gaming component into entertainment, bringing the "mole" to life through the television medium, and thereby engage a whole new consumer demographic. WHAC-A-MOLE made its debut in 1976 in the amusement and carnival world and is the #1 arcade game across the globe.

Television Headline News

Web-based No Good TV Heading to Latenight Television

Internet phenomenon NO GOOD TV, a mix of uncensored celebrity interviews, music, sketch comedy, CG animation and puppetry, will be moving to latenight network television, reports VARIETY. Emmy-winning producer Robert Morton (LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, MIND OF MENCIA), Dave Becky and Michael Rotenberg from 3 Arts Ent. and Endeavor Talent Agency have all signed on to guide the transition.

Television Headline News

Flash Gordon to Premiere on SCI FI

SCI FI Channel's newest original action/adventure series, FLASH GORDON debuts Aug. 10 at 9:00 pm. Eric Johnson stars in this modern day retelling of the classic comic strip franchise, produced by Reunion Pictures and distributed internationally by RHI Ent.

Awards Headline News

Pan's Labyrinth, Dora Win Imagen Awards

More than 2000 actors, entertainment industry execs, film and television studios and supporters including actors America Ferrera, Wilmer Valderrama, Jimmy Smits, Carlos Mencia, Kelly Monaco, Hector Elizondo, Tonly Plana, Judy Reyes, Constance Marie, Jesse Garcia attended the 22nd Annual Imagen Awards Gala debut at the sold out Walt Disney Concert Hall. PAN'S LABYRINTH won three awards for Best Picture, Best Actress (Ivana Baquero) and Best Director (Guillermo Del Torro). The Best Children's Programming prize when to Nickelodeon's DORA THE EXPLORER.

Television Headline News

Schwartz Circles Back to Sony

Former Warner Bros. Animation president Sander Schwartz returns to familiar territory, but in a bigger capacity as president, international production of Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI), and becomes head of SPTI�s global production group. Before WBA, Schwartz was Sony Pictures Ent�s family entertainment group first president from 1999 to 2001. Schwartz will relocate from Los Angeles to SPTI�s European headquarters in London, England, and will report to SPTI�s president, Michael Grindon.

Television Headline News

Newman & Walden Upped to Chairmen of Twentieth Century Fox Television

Dana Walden and Gary Newman, who have served as presidents of Twentieth Century Fox Television (TCFTV) for nearly a decade, have been promoted to chairmen of the studio.

"Under Gary and Dana's leadership for the past decade, 20th Century Fox Television has achieved unparalleled success in the television marketplace and has been at the forefront of successfully leveraging new technologies to extend its hit franchises," said Peter Charmin, president/coo News Corp., to whom they report. "Their promotion to chairmen is richly deserved."

Series Headline News

The Imp Invades Canada

BRB Internacional has inked a deal to bring its animated series, THE IMP, in Canada on YTV, which acquired the English-language rights for television, video-on-demand and online. The series is a co-production between Red Kite Animations, Screen 21 and TVC. The series is broadcast in the U.S. on Cartoon Network, Japan on Disney and Spain on Televisió de Catalunya.

Television Headline News

American Dad's Khan Signs Two-Year Deal with FOX

20th Century Fox Television has signed AMERICAN DAD writer/producer Nahnatchka Khan to a two-year overall deal, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

The seven-figure agreement will see Khan raised from supervising producer to co-exec producer of the animated sitcom. Additionally, he will have the chance to develop other projects for the studio.

Disney Headline News

Walt Disney Co. Forms Integrated Global TV Distribution Division

The Walt Disney Co. announced today it has formed an integrated Global Television Distribution unit, following the announcement that Laurie Younger, president, Disney-ABC Worldwide Television, will retire at the end of her contract in January 2008.

Television Events

DISCOP 2007

By Guest (not verified) | Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at 11:00am
Begins: June 19, 2007

Founded in 1991, DISCOP is the only television content and formats market strictly targeted at Central and Eastern European marketplaces. After 15 years of operating independently, DISCOP was acquired by NATPE, the Los Angeles-based National Assoc. of Television Program Executives, which is a global non-profit organization dedicated to the creation, development and distribution of televised programming in all forms, across all mature and emerging media platforms.

Television Headline News

Warner Bros. Animation Exec Lewis Moves up to WB Domestic TV Distribution

Veteran Warner Bros. Ent. business operations exec Andy Lewis has been named evp/general administrative manager at Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (WBDTD), overseeing all business operations, including finance, administration, planning and analysis for WBDTD, one of the leading distributors of first-run and off-network programming in the domestic television marketplace. Lewis comes to WBDTD after a decade at Warner Bros. Animation (WBA).

World Events

Banff World Television Festival 2007

By Guest (not verified) | Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 11:00am
Begins: June 10, 2007

The four-day Banff World Television Festival combines a prestigious international program competition, the Banff World Television Awards, with a comprehensive conference agenda. Within this festival, production deals are secured and advanced, new business relationships are formed and future trends in the industry are identified and examined.

Television Headline News

Nickelodeon Goes By Animated Wayside June 25

WAYSIDE, a new half-hour animated series that takes school to new heights debuts on Nickelodeon on June 25 at 12:30 pm. The 26-episode series about a wacky 30-story grade school will air regularly on weekdays at 12:30 pm. The series is based on the bestselling Wayside School book series by Louis Sachar (SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL, HOLES) and produced by Nelvana Studios.

Television Headline News

FOX Reups Four Primetime Animated Series for 2007-2008 Slate

Peter Liguori, president, entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Co., today, (May 17, 2007), unveiled the FOX primetime schedule for the 2007-2008 television season, which includes four returning animated primetime series: AMERICAN DAD, FAMILY GUY, KING OF THE HILL and THE SIMPSONS.

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