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Rainmaker Entertainment acquires Frederator Networks to create WOW! Unlimited Media
12:00 pm PDT 26/10/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Canadian animation studio Rainmaker Entertainment has acquired the New York-based digital animation studio, Frederator Networks to create WOW! Unlimited Media. Fred Seibert’s Frederator Networks has produced series for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. The deal aims at combining Frederator’s digital animation networks, including the Channel Frederator multi-channel network on YouTube, with Rainmaker’s Vancouver-based animation studio to create and distribute kids and animation content across all media platforms. Frederator founder Seibert will become chief creative officer and the largest shareholder of WOW!, … Read More

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Zodiak Kids sells the first two seasons of ‘Little Princess’ to Amazon Video
11:15 am PDT 26/10/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Little Princess and her family first hit screens in October 2006 on Channel 5’s Milkshake. Three series, 100 episodes and two specials later, the brand of Little Princess continues to thrive. On the eve of her 10th anniversary, it has been announced that Zodiak Kids has sold the first two series to OTT platform Amazon Video, in a package deal for a number of their titles. This is followed by the announcement by Kaleidoscope Film Distribution that they are to … Read More

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Entertainment One’s ‘Lost and Found’ sails onto Sprout in the USA
1:00 pm PDT 24/10/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Entertainment One (eOne) today announced that is has secured a broadcast deal for its BAFTA award-winning film Lost and Found on Sprout, NBC Universal Cable Entertainment’s 24-hour USA preschool network. The half-hour animation will be joining the network’s lineup of quality programming this Christmas. It will premiere on 2 December at 3:00 pm ET and will air throughout the month of December. Based on the international best-selling children’s book by Oliver Jeffers, Lost and Found was produced by multi award-winning production company STUDIO AKA. The film tells the … Read More

Turner Asia Pacific picks up Season 6 and 7 of Xilam’s ‘Oggy and the Cockroaches’
2:00 pm PDT 18/10/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Xilam, the award-winning animation production company, today announced that Turner Asia Pacific, one of its key broadcast partners, has acquired two additional seasons for its ratings-winner Oggy and the Cockroaches. The series in 4K will be delivered from 2017 onwards and available across Turner’s channels including Cartoon Network, Boomerang and POGO. The strong partnership between Xilam and Turner has seen the slapstick comedy series steadily build its popularity since 2013, when Cartoon Network picked up Season 4, to became one … Read More

DHX Media and Mattel Creations greenlight second Season of ‘Little People’
4:30 pm PDT 13/10/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

DHX Media, the world’s leading independent, pure-play kids content company, and Mattel Creations, a centralised theatrical, television and digital content creation division from Mattel, have greenlit season two (52 x 11’) of preschool CGI series Little People bringing the total number of episodes to 104 x 11. The Little People television show is based on the iconic Fisher-Price brand. In further deals, DHX Media has licensed season one to Lagardère in France (for its Gulli & TiJi channels), Hop! Media … Read More

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Portfolio Entertainment adds new preschool, content to distribution catalogue ahead of MIPCOM
5:00 pm PDT 12/10/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Portfolio Entertainment is en route to MIPCOM with an expanded catalogue featuring an all-new lineup of preschool, factual and lifestyle series. These new acquisitions from Portfolio Entertainment join its current slate of internationally-renowned content. Mack & Moxy (12 x 13’) is a fun and colourful preschool series that introduces kids to universal values and important causes. Each episode of award-winning Mack & Moxy features a special celebrity guest such as Hank Azaria, Rachael Ray, Keegan-Michael Key, Kal Penn and Josh … Read More

M6, Nickelodeon, Super RTL and Gloob TV commission Season 3 and 4 of ‘ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks’
11:00 am PDT 12/10/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Bagdasarian Productions and Technicolor Animation Productions (TAP) announce the greenlight of production for seasons three and four of the hit children’s series, ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks, following new season orders from commissioning broadcasters. TAP secured the participation of M6 in France, while PGS Entertainment, the global series distributor (excluding France) secured Nickelodeon (for international channels excluding Brazil), Super RTL in Germany and Globosat in Brazil for its kids Pay-TV service Gloob. The announcement was made today by Bagdasarian Productions, Ross … Read More

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CAKE to launch new ‘Angry Birds’ series at MIPCOM 2016
5:00 pm PDT 10/10/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Leading kids’ entertainment CAKE announced that it will launch two new Angry Birds series starring the characters from The Angry Birds Movie at MIPCOM this year. Piggy Tales: Third Act (35 x 1’25) sees the new look Piggies from the feature film act out their trademark antics paying tribute to the classics of stage and screen with (often unintentionally) hilarious results and Piggy Street (30 x 1’25”) the fourth series of Piggy Tales, which takes place on a street corner … Read More

Animation and VFX experts of Zootopia, Independence Day: Resurgence, Game of Thrones, and others to showcase their work at animago Conference 2016
5:30 pm PDT 08/10/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

The animago Award and Conference is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and will be held for the first time at the Gasteig Centre, Munich. Organisers are looking forward to welcome a number of high-profile industry experts and world renowned studio execs to the new location. Animation and visual effects (VFX) creative and digital artists will descend upon Munich on 27 and 28 October 2016 to showcase their work. Keynote Speaker of this year´s conference program: Animation and Visual Effects … Read More

KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival reveals program for its ninth edition
3:00 pm PDT 06/10/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival will kick off its ninth edition on 25 October, 2016. For six days the festival gathers over 300 of the world’s best animations in EYE in Amsterdam. Besides animated films, KLIK also presents exhibitions, workshops, talks, and live performances that spotlight the diversity and possibilities of animation. On the last day of the festival, special programs for kids are also lined up. Heart of the festival’s program is the international competition for animated shorts. In carefully … Read More

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Marc Lumer to head Green Gold Animation’s new setup in Los Angeles
12:00 pm PDT 06/10/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

As a part of its overseas expansion plan, India’s animation studio, Green Gold Animation announced the start of its US operations in Los Angeles, California. Committed to develop international quality animation and content, the new location allows the much needed creative expansion, efficient design and advanced technological infrastructure. It also opens the doors to work with a wider client base of existing and upcoming studios. “US is home to path breaking animation with infinite creativity and we are exhilarated about … Read More

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“Baahubali: The Lost Legends” now in animation series by Amazon
5:00 pm PDT 30/09/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

The magnum opus ‘Baahubali’, a film that earned over Rs 6000 million at the worldwide box office, is now being turned into a new multi-episode animated series titled – “Baahubali: The Lost Legends”. This was announced by Amazon Prime Video which has tied up with acclaimed filmmaker SS Rajamouli, Graphic India and Arka Mediaworks. “S.S. Rajamouli is one of the most visionary movie minds in current times and we are thrilled to have him launch this exclusive series, Baahubali: The … Read More