Animation

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
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
Blue Ant Media launches animation production arm

Blue Ant Media launches animation production arm

Animation
Shortly (less than a month)  after adding children’s content to its distribution slate, Toronto-based Blue Ant Media has announced the launch of an animation production arm. The unit named Look Mom! Productions will focus on creating animated content for kids, teens and adults. Based in Toronto, the new arm is to be headed up by creative director Joshua Bowen who joined Blue Ant in 2013 when the media company launched its animated shorts pitch program Bite on Mondo. Look Mom! is currently developing two animated projects both aimed at six- to 11-year-old audiences. The first one titled Toy Hunters (pictured) tells the story of two brothers who move houses after their parents inherit a mansion while the second named Cloudface is about a boy who wants to be more grown up, but can’t lea
Throwback Thursday: 10 golden romantic anime movies

Throwback Thursday: 10 golden romantic anime movies

Animation
  Every person on the earth gets excited by the word ‘Romance’. But if you go to ask them the meaning of Romance, they either stare at the sky or give a bland look. Romance in one word is a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love. Broadly speaking, Romance is love based on emotional attachment as portrayed as ideal in chivalric romance literature. We have had scores of romantic movies in practically all languages spoken in the world and the best thing is that they have been liked by one and all what with lilting romantic songs, serene locales and good photography complementing such movies not to speak about direction that takes away the cake. Today, we are going to talk about ten romantic anime movies which were liked by cine goers who viewed them.   Torador
Sony Pictures Imageworks celebrating silver jubilee

Sony Pictures Imageworks celebrating silver jubilee

Animation
Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) is celebrating its silver jubilee this year. The entity is a remarkable, Academy Award–winning visual effects and animation studio. In the last 25 years, the artists, engineers and producers there have created extraordinary and visually stunning images for more than 100 live-action and animated productions, from Contact and Castaway to Spiderman, Smurfs and Suicide Squad. Their contribution has been enormous, not only to visual effects, but also as a leader in technology, helping develop some of the world's best software (Arnold) and driving the OpenSource initiatives (such as Alembic) that have helped solve industry-wide challenges and deliver spectacular visual effects. In an industry when companies struggle to survive all too often, SPI is an evergree
Larkshead Media to help launch 3D-animated kids series Aniball Island

Larkshead Media to help launch 3D-animated kids series Aniball Island

Animation, Uncategorized
UK production company, I’m Hungry Studios has enlisted the services of UK-based Larkshead Media to help launch its new 3D-animated kids series Aniball Island.                                               Headhonchos of Larkshead Media Larkshead will be in charge of development, distribution, investment, strategy and L&M efforts for the 52 x 11-minute series. Aimed at kids between ages four to six, Aniball Island follows the adventures a group of shape-changing spheroids. A trailer of the show will be presented at MIPCOM in Cannes next week. An L&M program is also currently in the works and Larkshead is looking for potential global distribution deals. In a related news, Larkshead has inked a deal with Luxembourg-based Fabrique d’Images to collaborate on new kids projects. Up
Pocket.watch partners with Butch Hartman

Pocket.watch partners with Butch Hartman

Animation
Pocket.watch has announced that it has partnered with Butch Hartman, famed creator of the hit Nickelodeon television series Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom, T.U.F.F. Puppy and Bunsen Is a Beast to create and produce three new animated series for kids alongside pocket.watch Chief Content Officer Albie Hecht. The company is a media brand that creates, acquires, distributes and curates content for kids age 2-11 across a variety of platforms today. The series, already in development, includes one idea based on Hartman's own creation, another developed directly from an original idea from pocket.watch's existing development slate and the third featuring the kids from popular YouTube family of channels HobbyKidsTV, named pocket.watch's first creator partner in April. "Our vision is to bui