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Mobile Headline News

Jason Wells New SVP, Mobile Ent. for SPTI

Jason Wells joins Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) as its new svp, mobile entertainment. Wells will relocate from Los Angeles to SPTI's European headquarters in London and will lead the newly formed mobile entertainment group. He will report to both Michael Grindon, SPTI's president, and John McMahon, president/md of SPTI in Europe.

Animation Headline News

Cartoons on the Bay Announces Short List & First Winners

Cartoons on the Bay, the international competition on television animation, hosted in Positano, Italy from April 5-9, 2006, and organized by Rai Trade, has grown steadily over the last 10 years and announces a record number of 340 entries sent in for this years competition. The 40 titles short-listed to compete come from 13 countries. The U.S. leads this year with seven programs, the U.K., Italy and France follow with five each and Spain, Canada, Germany and Korea each with three. Other countries taking part include Japan, Finland, Belgium, plus first time competitors Slovenia and Iran.

Television Headline News

TV Academy Student Winners Announced

Students from Savannah College of Art & Design and CalArts took first place in the animation categories of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation�s 27th Annual College Television Award. The winners were announced March 19, 2006, at a gala ceremony at the Culver Studios in Culver City, California.

Television Headline News

AOL & Warner Bros. Launch First Broadband Television Network

AOL and Warner Bros. announced the launch of In2TV, the first broadband television network, on The network offers the largest collection of free on-demand TV shows on the Web, including full episodes of favorite Warner Bros. programs from the past 40 years, such as WELCOME BACK, KOTTER, CHICO & THE MAN, GROWING PAINS, KUNG FU, LOIS & CLARK, as well as animated series, along with interactive features and viral videos that enable audiences to experience and interact with television programming in a new way.

Television Headline News

Chris Hinton’s CNote Wins Genie Awards

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has announced the winners of the 26th Annual Genie Awards, celebrating excellence in Canadian cinema. Outside of the live-action film C.R.A.Z.Y. snatching up 11 awards, Chris Hinton and Michael Fukushimas CNOTE won for best animated short.

For more information on the Genie Awards, visit

Television Headline News

Melissa Rivers To Emcee TV Academy’s College TV Awards

Melissa Rivers, host of TV Guide Channel's event programming, will emcee the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundations 27th Annual College Television Awards at 7:00 pm on March 19, 2006, at the invitation-only College Television Awards Gala at the Culver Studios. The winning entries will be showcased at the annual College Television Awards Festival on March 20 at 7:30 pm at the Television Academys Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, which is open to the public.

Sound Headline News

Wallace And Gromit & Family Guy Win Top Animated Honors at Gold Reel Awards

WAR OF THE WORLDS won the top honor Best Sound Editing in Feature Films Sound Fx/Foley at the MPSE Golden Reel Awards while WALLACE & GROMIT: CURSE OF THE WERERABBIT and FAMILY GUY topped animated honors during the black-tie ceremony on March 4, 2006, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA was also a big winner for Best Sound Editing in Feature Films Dialogue/ADR. The Golden Reel Awards acknowledge the year's best work in the various areas of sound editing

Winners of the MPSE Golden Reel Awards are:

Television Events

Writing Animated Comedy for Television

By Guest (not verified) | Sunday, February 19, 2006 at 11:00am
Begins: February 19, 2006

ScreenplayLab is host " Writing Animated Comedy for Television." The screenwriting event will feature Cartoon Network executive Heather Kenyon. The free event will run from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, California. RSVP at

Animation Headline News

Renegade Animation & Robert Zappia to Deliver Santa Animated Feature

Renegade Animation embarks on its own first feature, partnered with writer/director Robert Zappia to produce an animated, holiday-themed feature film, WHO STOLE SANTAS SACK? for release in late 2006. Carole Ann Zappia and two-time Emmy winner Marco Zappia will exec produce through Easy To Dream Ent.

Nickelodeon Headline News

Key Senior Management Shuffle for Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids & Family Group

Nickelodeon president Cyma Zarghami, recently named head of the newly formed MTVN Kids and Family Group, has announced key executive promotions to support Nick's growth as a multiplatform kids and family brand.

Story Headline News

9 Story Enters the Olympics of Children’s Television with Three Finalists

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 8, 2006 at 12:00am

9 Story Ent. announced that all three of its recently produced television programs have been selected as finalists for the Prix Jeunesse.

9 Storys Emmy- and Gemini-winning animated show PEEP AND THE BIG WIDE WORLD, as well as SKYLAND and IF THE WORLD WERE A VILLAGE were all named as Prix Jeunesse finalists. Held every two years, the international competition is considered the highest honor in childrens television.

Television Headline News

HIT Ups Marie Chappelow to VP, TV Distribution — EMEA

Continuing HIT Ent.s (HIT) internal restructure of its London office, Marie Chappelow has been promoted from head of International TV & Video to vp, Television Distribution EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).

Chappelow, who has been with the HIT for five years, will focus in her new role exclusively on managing the television side of the business in the crucial EMEA region, including sales to all broadcast and new media platforms.

Film Headline News

Cinamour Sells Forbidden Warrior at NATPE

Producer and distributor Cinamour Ent. announced at NATPE that it signed fours deals for its martial arts film, FORBIDDEN WARRIOR. Cinamour sold the 90-minute film to Rainbow Media's VOOM HD Channels, Eurocine (Spain and Andorra), Brand View Media (China Home Video) and DAAR Communications (Nigeria). The fantasy-adventure film follows the adventures of a female Asian mythical hero.

Television Headline News

UPN & The WB Merge to Form The CW Network

CBS Corp. and Warner Bros. Ent. announced their intent to form a new 5th network, The CW, to be launched in the fall of 2006. The new broadcasting network will be a joint venture between Warner Bros. and CBS, with each company owning 50%. In an important strategic move that secures major market distribution for The CW, it was announced that Tribune Broadcasting and the CBS Corp.'s UPN affiliates have agreed separately to sign 10-year affiliation agreements with the new network.

Television Headline News

Susan Kantor New SVP, Marketing for Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution

Susan Kantor has been named SVP, marketing for Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution and Telepictures Prods.

In this newly created position, Kantor is responsible for overseeing all of the marketing efforts for WBDTD, as well as manages the affiliate relations and promotions activities of the companys Telepictures-produced first-run series.

Interactive Headline News

NBC Adds Interactivity To Golden Globe Awards Telecast Jan. 16

Film and television fans will be able to make their opinions known and test their trivia skills during this year's telecast of the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, 8-11:00 pm (ET) on NBC. For the first time the show will feature an engaging online interactive television (ITV) experience on, which can also be accessed at

Dreamworks Headline News

SCI FI Greenlights 12-Hour Spielberg Miniseries Event

SCI FI Channel will team again with Steven Spielberg, screenwriter Les Bohem and DreamWorks Television, for the ambitious 12-hour miniseries event NINE LIVES, it was announced Jan. 12, 2006, at the Television Critics Press Tour. The group's last collaboration was 2003's groundbreaking, Emmy Award-winning 20-hour miniseries, Steven Spielberg Presents TAKEN. NINE LIVES is slated to air in 2007.

Series Headline News

Kids in the Hall Character Gets Animated for Gay Net

Here!, the U.S.s first gay television network, has added to its lineup the adult animated series, BUDDY'S, which is based on Scott Thompson's KIDS IN THE HALL gay bar owner character, Buddy Cole.

This new series, which aims to explore the limits of tolerance, the meaning of maturity and the importance of having the last word. The series kicks off as Buddy comes under the watchful eye of a bullying "family values" city councilman. To complicate his life even further, he suddenly finds himself a parent when his orphaned niece arrives on his doorstep.

Film Headline News

Chinese & U.K. Partners Team on Monster Club The Movie

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 12:00am

Image in Media Inc. (Image) announced that it has signed a $20 million co-production agreement for a 3D animation feature film entitled MONSTER CLUB THE MOVIE with China Film Animation Ltd. and UK-based producer Treehouse Film and Television Ltd. Production is planned to start in Q1 2006 and be completed within 12 months.

Television Headline News

LA ACM SIGGRAPH, Autodesk & nVidia Give a Taste of TV

A Taste of TV A Smorgasbord of Effects for the Small ScreenNorth Hollywood, California, USAJanuary 10, 2006

The Los Angeles Professional Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH along with Autodesk and nVidia presents "A Taste of TV A Smorgasbord of Effects for the Small Screen. The event will present the latest in the world of computer graphics on television. This soup to nuts presentation will cover visual effects and animation in episodic television, commercials, music video, 2D animation and broadcast packages.

Television Headline News

Stars Lined Up for New Seasons of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis

Principal casts for both SCI FI Channel hit original series, STARGATE SG-1 and STARGATE ATLANTIS, will reprise their roles for the recently announced new seasons of the shows.

Returning for another tour of duty on STARGATE SG-1 will be Ben Browder, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, Michael Shanks and Beau Bridges. Now onboard as a regular cast member in season 10 will be Claudia Black, from the current season for her portrayal of "Vala," the sexually-charged, ethically-challenged thief-of-all-trades who spends all her free time tormenting Daniel Jackson (Shanks).

Television Headline News

Viacom Completes Separation Into CBS Corp. and VIA

Viacom Inc. has completed the transaction to separate into two publicly traded entities: CBS Corp. and "New" Viacom Inc. Shares of the two new companies commenced trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Jan. 3, 2006, under the symbols: "CBS.A" (CBS Corp. Class A Common Stock) and "CBS" (CBS Corp. Class B Common Stock) and "VIA" (Viacom Inc. Class A Common Stock) and "VIA.B" (Viacom Inc. Class B Common Stock).

The move to separate Viacom's businesses was announced in June 2005.

Television Headline News

TV Academy Moves Up Video Content on New Delivery Award to Daytime Contest

When the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced last month that it will award a new category of the Emmy Awards for original programming created specifically for non-traditional viewing platforms, it was overwhelmed by response from the creative community.

Television Headline News

Zucker & Falco To Lead New NBC Universal Television Group

Jeff Zucker has been named ceo and Randy Falco has been named president/coo of a newly integrated NBC Universal Television Group. Beth Comstock has been appointed to the newly created position of president, NBCU Digital Media and Market Development.