Zodiak Kids inks a deal with Novel Entertainment for ‘Horrid Henry’ series!
3:15 pm PDT 01/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Zodiak Kids has announced a new deal for Novel Entertainment’s most enduring, popular animated kids’ series Horrid Henry, which sees the popular 2D show licensed by Cartoon Network for their APAC region. Based on the best-selling children’s books, Horrid Henry book were written and published in 1994 by Orion Books, created by Francesca Simon and illustrated by Tony Ross. Zodiak has also acquired a brand new fourth season (52 x 11) of Horrid Henry from Novel. Cartoon Network has taken on seasons 4 and 3 and re-licensed … Read More

Ukrainian Indie band uses 14 Apple devices to create a video
3:00 pm PDT 01/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Brunettes Shoot Blondes, an indie-rock band from Kryvyi Rih, an industrial town in Central-Eastern Ukraine, decided to take an unconventional approach to shooting their music video for the track Knock Knock. The two and half-minute video tells its story using the screens of 14 different Apple devices; iPhones, MacBooks, iPads and even an iPod. The way the story’s characters hop and switch between these screens is just magical. The video was shot in real time, in one take, using only one camera, and did not … Read More

Hasbro pips Mattel for Disney’s Princess and Frozen franchise
7:45 am PDT 30/09/2014 By Tarachand Wanvari

BENGALURU:  Excerpts from Mattel, Inc., (Mattel) second quarter results (quarter ended June 30, 2014): “For the second quarter, worldwide gross sales for Mattel Girls & Boys Brands were USD689.0 million, down 13 per cent versus the prior year. Worldwide gross sales for the Barbie brand were down 15 per cent. Worldwide gross sales for Other Girls brands were down 11 per cent, primarily due to Monster High, partially offset by Disney Princess and Ever After High. Worldwide gross sales for … Read More

BRB Internacional travels to MIPCOM with ‘Invizimals’
1:00 am PDT 30/09/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

BRB Internacional will take the latest developments surrounding the series Invizimals to the upcoming edition of MIPCOM (Cannes, 13-16 October), just ahead of the series’ premiere at the end of this year on a worldwide level. The production, based on a successful PlayStation videogame, will present a first-rate soundtrack – interpreted by Latin teen pop star Abraham Mateo for the Spanish-language version – as well as announce new agreements – among them the series’ upcoming broadcast in Arabic on the … Read More

9 Story Entertainment secures multiple licensing deals for ‘PEG + CAT’
12:30 am PDT 30/09/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

9 Story Entertainment has announced that it has secured multiple sales of the award-winning animated preschool series, Peg + Cat (80 x 12’). The show has been acquired by TFO (French-speaking Ontario), Télé-Québec (Quebec), RTP (Portugal) and MBC Kids (UAE). The series originally debuted on PBS Kids in the fall of 2013 and recently won three Emmy awards, including Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animation Program. The series was previously licensed to Treehouse (Canada), SVT (Sweden), YLE (Finland), TVNZ (New Zealand),  Canal+ … Read More

‘The Missing Scarf’ Premieres Online
12:10 am PDT 30/09/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

One of the year’s most successful short films is now available online. The animated dark-comedy, masquerading as a classic kid-friendly morality-tale, has racked up 16 international awards, including honours from the San Francisco Film Festival, Savannah Film Festival, Valladolid Film Festival and others, as well as a nomination for the upcoming European Film Awards. The project’s biggest triumph of the year has been landing a place on the Academy Awards shortlist. The film was then selected to participate in the … Read More

SoftBank in Talks to Acquire DreamWorks Animation for nearly $3.4 billion
1:45 pm PDT 29/09/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

The development comes at a crucial juncture for DreamWorks Animation and its chief executive, Jeffrey Katzenberg, one of Hollywood’s highest-profile executives, who has sought to define a long-term strategy that would help the company counteract a recent spell of mixed box-office results. Since spinning off from DreamWorks SKG and going public in 2004, DreamWorks Animation stock has largely risen and fallen on the box-office performance of its feature films, something Katzenberg has been trying hard in recent years to change. … Read More

Cartoon Network brings back ‘Kid Krrish’ in a brand new movie
10:00 am PDT 27/09/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

After two successful movies, the Kid Krrish franchise returns to Cartoon Network with the third movie titled Kid Krrish: Mystery in Mongolia. With higher stakes and even stronger villains, the third sequel of the action-packed film will have fan’s favorite vigilante travel through the vast lands of China and the magnificent Mongolian deserts to save the world from an imminent disaster. Co-produced by Film Kraft, Toonz Animation and Turner International, Kid Krrish: Mystery in Mongolia will premiere on Saturday, 27 … Read More

Indian Animation industry readies to take MIPCOM 2014 by storm
1:15 am PDT 26/09/2014 By Niyati Handa

The year’s most anticipated global market for entertainment content event – MIPCOM – is back again. Every October, the animation industry’s major players get an opportunity of transforming their four days of meetings, screenings and conferences into deals, from blockbuster programming to ground breaking partnerships. got in touch with a lucky few who are jetting off to MIPCOM 2014 soon to know more about their plans. “AVCGI with the help of the government is helping all the people from … Read More

Viacom18 inks a deal with DQ Entertainment for ‘The Jungle Book’ merchandise
1:10 am PDT 26/09/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Viacom18 Consumer Products has entered into an agreement with animation and gaming firm DQ Entertainment to get the rights as a master franchise to launch Jungle Book merchandise in India. The pact allows the firm to bring in Mowgli, Bagheera, Balloo and Sher Khan in various merchandise items. Viacom18 plans to roll out the products by the year-end. The exclusive Jungle Book merchandise will cover a whole range of products from apparel to accessories and from toys to books, a … Read More

Nick continues to lead with 221 TVTs in wk 38 of TAM TV ratings
12:50 am PDT 26/09/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

It was just another successful week in the office for the guys at Nick as the channel continues to remain at the numero uno slot. Its been six weeks since Viacom18′s mainstay kids channel has ruled the roost of the kids’ genre. This week didn’t witness much change among the top five contenders in the kids’ genre from week 37. Nick continued to lead the charts with 221 TVTS (209 TVTs in wk 37). Coming in at a close second … Read More

Purple Turtle to be seen with Keith Kimberlin and Angel Cat Sugar
12:45 am PDT 26/09/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Aadarsh Pvt. Ltd. in association with Keith Kimberlin, is all set to publish hybrid books in which Kimberlin’s photographed dogs will be featured in Purple Turtle stories. Manish Rajoria, director of Adarsh Pvt. Ltd. said: “Originally introduced in 2012, Purple Turtle books have been published in USA, UK, Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia, Romania, Indonesia, Sir Lanka, Malaysia, China, and in six regional languages in India with over, 1 million copies published to date. Purple Turtle started as a children’s … Read More