Author: Ashish Mitra

DHX Media signs largest deal with Amazon Prime Video

DHX Media signs largest deal with Amazon Prime Video

Channels
DHX Media has lapped up a large-number of global content deal with Amazon Prime Video for 13 DHX kids’ shows. This agreement follows a recent deal between the two companies that grant Amazon exclusive SVOD and AVOD rights to the animated kids’ sci-fi comedy Looped in the US, as well as other pick-ups for kids’ content in the UK, Germany and India.  Covering more than 200 countries and territories with content to be offered in 15 languages, the agreement marks the largest between the two companies to-date. New titles coming to the international SVOD under the deal include animated favourites Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam, Caillou, Johnny Test and the classic Inspector Gadget. Other popular children’s titles such as Yo Gabba Gabba! and In the Night Garden will start broadcasting this
World Animation & VFX Summit announces names of this year’s recipient of the Hall of Fame awards

World Animation & VFX Summit announces names of this year’s recipient of the Hall of Fame awards

Technology
The 2017 edition of the World Animation & VFX Summit has announced the names of this year’s recipient of the Hall of Fame awards. This year’s honorees are: Actress Nancy Cartwright (iconic voice of Bart Simpson) — award presented by The Simpsonsexec producer Al Jean. Producer Lori Forte (Ice Age movies, Ferdinand) — award presented by Fox Animation Studio president Vanessa Morrison Animation director/writer Glen Keane (Dear Basketball, Disney movies) — award presented by director John Musker (Moana, Princess and the Frog, Hercules, Aladdin) French animation distributor PGS Entertainment’s Philippe and Guillaume Soutter (Miraculous, ALVINNN!!!!!! and The Chipmunks, The Little Prince) — Award presented by TV producer Tom Lynch (Scout’s Safari, The Secret World of Ale
Hoho Entertainment in a deal with Chinese Media company WOW DADI TECHNOLOGY

Hoho Entertainment in a deal with Chinese Media company WOW DADI TECHNOLOGY

Animation
Hoho Entertainment, the specialist kids’ production and Distribution company has signed a deal with Chinese Media company WOW DADI TECHNOLOGY to launch Cloudbabies in mainland China. In a 2-tier agreement, the technology company has acquired the distribution and merchandising rights of Series 1. It has also committed to investing in the production of series 2 with a further 52 episodes which Hoho and DADI will co-produce under the new UK CHINA co-production treaty soon to be ratified by the Chinese Government. The deal arose following Howells’ invitation to speak at iABC during CICAF, China’s biggest animation festival held annually in Hangzhou organised by Mega Media. The UK trade mission was supported by the UK’s Department of International Trade and the Children’s Media Conference
Larry Schwarz buys back Animation Collective from Handmade Films

Larry Schwarz buys back Animation Collective from Handmade Films

Animation
Eight years after selling Animation Collective to Handmade Films, founder and former CEO Larry Schwarz has re-purchased the collective and its subsidiaries, IP assets and kids programming library. New York-based Animation Collective is behind Nickelodeon’s first and second global acquisitions Kappa Mikey and Three Delivery respectively as well as Thumb Wrestling Federation for Cartoon Network US and CBBC and Ellen’s Acres for Cartoon Network worldwide. The company was also the largest provider of original content to KOL and Red, America Online’s former kids and teen sites. Founded by Beatle George Harrison in 1979, British film production and distribution company Handmade Films purchased Animation Collective in October 2009. Schwarz stayed on as head of Handmade’s kids division and
Angelina Jolie readying The Breadwinner

Angelina Jolie readying The Breadwinner

Animation
Executive producer Angelina Jolie and Anthony Leo, Tomm Moore, Andrew Rosen and Paul Young, the creators of the Academy Award nominee The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea have got together to come out with the highly-anticipated new animated feature The Breadwinner  based on Deborah Ellis' best-selling novel. It's a heartfelt drama following the incredible journey of Parvana, a young girl in Kabul, Afghanistan under Taliban rule, who gives up everything to provide for her family and reunite with her father. The Breadwinner tells the story of the 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana disguises herself as a boy in order to support her family. With dauntless perseverance, she draws strength from the storie
Season 3 of Masha will make its debut on France 5 this November

Season 3 of Masha will make its debut on France 5 this November

Channels
Ink Global has revealed that Season 3 of Masha and the Bear, the hit 3D family animation from Animaccord, will debut on France 5 this November.This adds to the show’s massive global presence. The infectiously funny tales of an adventurous little girl and her best friend the Bear, are now broadcast in almost every country in the world - via both pay and free-to-air channels. Broadcasters that air this particular series include France TV, KIKA, Rai YoYo (Italy), Cartoonito and Boomerang (Turner UK), Clan (Spain), Canal Panda (Spain and Portugal), ABC (Australia), Cartoon Network Boomerang (Turner Latin America), Minimax (Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia), SIC (Portugal and Portuguese-speaking Africa), Russia 1 (Russia and CIS), SpaceToon (Mena region) and others. The show has also sp
APC Kids in a number of deals with broadcasters across Europe and Canada for animated kids’ series KID-E-CATS

APC Kids in a number of deals with broadcasters across Europe and Canada for animated kids’ series KID-E-CATS

Licensing, Uncategorized
APC Kids, the children’s entertainment distribution company of boutique financier and distributor About Premium Content (APC), has entered into a number of new deals with broadcasters across Europe and Canada for its animated kids’ series KID-E-CATS. The deal will see the show, with its endearing kitten characters of Cookie, Pudding and Candy, broadcast on YLE Finland, TG4 in Ireland, TV Puls in Poland, as well as Knowledge Network in Canada. KID-E-CATS tells the story of three kittens: Cookie, Pudding and their kid sister Candy who are forever ready to jump into action with endless enthusiasm and energy. Their imagination also knows no bounds and these kitties are capable of the most absurdly funny problem-solving suggestions. Through life’s little lessons, they learn to look before
ACE MADDOX schedules Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China for exclusive Xbox One download

ACE MADDOX schedules Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China for exclusive Xbox One download

Technology
ACE MADDOX has confirmed that its air-combat action game Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China (FTSOC), based on the historical events of America's secret volunteer squadrons that helped defend China in WW2, is scheduled for an exclusive Xbox One digital download release. Published and developed by ACE MADDOX, Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China will be available on the Xbox Store in 12 languages: English, Spanish, French, Polish, German, Portuguese-Brazil, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Russian, Italian, Czech, Turkish and Japanese.   An Xbox One release date will be announced in the near future.   PRESS INFO & ASSET DOWNLOADS: XO Reveal Screens (PNG/JPG) EPK: FTSOC-Xbox-One-Reveal-EPK.zip XO Reveal Video (ESRB): FTSOC-Xbox-One-Reveal-Teaser-ESRB.zip XO...
Rainbow lights up MIP Junior by throwing a cocktail party to celebrate launch of 44 Cats

Rainbow lights up MIP Junior by throwing a cocktail party to celebrate launch of 44 Cats

Animation
Last Sunday night, Cannes hosted a cocktail party to celebrate the launch of 44 Cats, the brand new pre-school animation project by Rainbow. This particular event is termed as a highlight of the MIP Junior. 44 Cats is the first production from the house of Rainbow jointly developed with Bardel Entertainment, the Canadian animation studios acquired in 2015. 44 Cats is a stunning CGI comedy show that combines music, edutainment, top quality animation and acting. The show addresses important themes such as diversity, friendship and altruism, elements that give the new pre-school property a huge international appeal to succeed in the global market. The launch cocktail party took place at Cannes Grand Hôtel, where a host of entertainment offerings offered the guests a taste of the show a
China’s Zoland Animation teams up with France’s M.E.I. Group

China’s Zoland Animation teams up with France’s M.E.I. Group

Animation
Zhejiang Zhongnan Animation Co. Ltd. (Zoland Animation) has partnered with France’s M.E.I. Group to launch ZOKAST KIDS.TV, a new SVOD platform catering to children of all ages. Announced at MIPCOM, the service will start its beta trial shortly with an official launch planned for the end of the year. Said, Wu, Chairman of Zhejiang Zhongnan Animation: “We are very excited about Zokast Kids.TV because this is an excellent platform to bridge culture and creativity between China and the rest of the world. Through our partnership with M.E.I. Group, we look forward to launching a well-developed digital service where kids not only can be entertained watching our wide range of programmes, but also gain knowledge and hopefully, become better individuals as a result.” ZOKAST KIDS.TV will offer