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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

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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
Sonar Entertainment starts work on animated series Go Away, Unicorn!

Sonar Entertainment starts work on animated series Go Away, Unicorn!

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Sonar Entertainment has recently started work on a new animated adaptation of the children’s book Go Away, Unicorn! directed by Emily Mullock. The series that is targeted for kids aged 6 to 9 will debut on Disney Channel in the US and on Corus Entertainment’s YTV in Canada in Fall 2018. A multiple territory rollout will follow courtesy Disney. Go Away, Unicorn! is a colorful tale that focuses on the adventures of a girl named Alice and her exuberant unicorn, both of whom learn an important lesson that friendships can blossom out of the unlikeliest of places. Chris Diamantopoulos and Rebecca Husain  will star as lead voice talent. “Go Away, Unicorn! is a beautiful, original children’s book with a strong girl character who is not afraid to be different” said Andrea Gorfolova, Preside
Turner Asia Pacific green lights animated series

Turner Asia Pacific green lights animated series

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After the success of Cartoon Network’s 2015 TV movie Monster Beach, Turner Asia Pacific has given the go ahead to a 52 x 11-minute original animated series of the same name from Melbourne, Australia-based Bogan Entertainment Solutions (BES). Currently under the pre-producion stage, the series is set to air on Turner International’s kids channels Cartoon Network, Boomerang, POGO and Boing across EMEA, LatAm and Asia Pacific in 2019. Monster Beach plays with the unlikely combination of surfing, hot-rods and mostly lovable monsters. It’s created by Patrick Crawley, Bruce Kane and Maurice Argiro of BES Animation, the same team behind the TV movie. Set on a tropical island inhabited by both humans and monsters, the series follows the comedic adventures of inseparable siblings Jan and Dea
Larkshead Media to help launch 3D-animated kids series Aniball Island

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

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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
Spark Animation 2017 to go on from Oct. 26 to 29

Spark Animation 2017 to go on from Oct. 26 to 29

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The Women in Animation Diversity Awards and a screening of Nora Twomey’s The Breadwinner will see the launch of the Spark Animation 2017 that will run from October 26-29 at the VIFF Vancity Theatre, Scotiabank Theatre and Vancouver Convention Centre. Established to celebrate outstanding contributions to diversity and inclusion in the animation industry, the inaugural WIA Diversity Awards will be awarded in three categories: to an organization, to an individual and to a film. Winners will be announced in the days to come. The awards will be followed by the Western Canadian premiere of The Breadwinner with Oscar-nominated director Nora Twomey in attendance. The said film has been produced by Angelina Jolie and Vancouver actor Laara Sadiq voices one of the lead characters. Opening night
UBD discloses details of UK consumer products roll out of action-packed animated series

UBD discloses details of UK consumer products roll out of action-packed animated series

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Universal Brand Development (UBD) has unveiled details of the UK consumer products roll out of the action-packed animated series DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender. The reimagining of one of the most popular fan-favourite shows of all time, the series follows five unsuspecting teenagers, transported from Earth into the middle of a sprawling intergalactic war as they become pilots for five robotic lions in a battle to protect the universe from evil. Only through the true power of teamwork can they unite to form the mighty warrior known as Voltron.  Voltron Legendary Defender has played on Netflix since June 2016 to critical acclaim and is now expanding its reach with Sony’s POP channel confirmed as the free-to-air home of the show in the UK. POP celebrated the arrival of the serie
China’s UYoung in partnership with Belfast-based Sixteen South

China’s UYoung in partnership with Belfast-based Sixteen South

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China’s leading children’s and family entertainment company, UYoung has got into a partnership with Belfast-based studio Sixteen South, the children’s BAFTA Independent Production Company of the Year to create fresh and exciting new children’s programmes with a global appeal. The first joint project is a new pre-school series of 52 x 11’. Currently in development, it aims to charm young viewers with its unique angle portraying love and friendship across different cultures and nations. Further details will be announced early in the New Year. In addition, UYoung has acquired Sixteen South’s delightful animated mixed-media series Lily’s Driftwood Bay in which a new adventure washes up on the beach every day, for all rights in China. While season 2 has already been sold to iQiyi, Youku
Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams get together for live action adaptation of Your Name

Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams get together for live action adaptation of Your Name

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Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams, via his Bad Robot company are in plans to produce a live action adaptation of the successful anime movie Your Name. As per the announcement, Oscar-nominee Eric Heisserer will be in charge of writing the script, with the original anime producer Genki Kawamura serving as producer of the adaptation as well. Toho Co., which was responsible for the original anime will also be around for the Hollywood adaptation. Toho will also be in charge of distributing the film in Japan. “Your Name is a film created with the innate imaginations of a Japanese team and put together in a domestic medium,” said Makoto Shinkai, director of Your Name in a statement adding, “When such a work is imbued with Hollywood filmmaking, we may see new possibilities that we had been
After disappointing Q4 and fiscal 2017 report, DHX Media weighing options of either sale or merger

After disappointing Q4 and fiscal 2017 report, DHX Media weighing options of either sale or merger

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After a disappointing Q4 and fiscal 2017 report, the board of directors of Canada’s DHX Media has launched a strategic review to examine options for maximizing shareholder value that could result in the sale of the company or a merger with another entity. Coinciding with the review, DHX has formed a special committee of independent directors to explore alternatives chaired by Donald Wright, DHX Media’s lead director and vice chair. The strategic review committee also has DHX board members Elizabeth Beale and Geoffrey Machum. No timetable has been fixed yet for the review process and DHX has yet to make any decisions related to strategic alternatives. In its fiscal 2017 report released on September 28, the company’s revenue declined by 2% to US$239 million from US$244 million in the fi
YouTuber collaborates with Bookmakers Coral to stream Football show using Blackmagic Design

YouTuber collaborates with Bookmakers Coral to stream Football show using Blackmagic Design

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Blackmagic Design has disclosed that a live production workflow featuring its ATEM Television Studio Pro HD switcher and Teranex AV is being used to produce a new fans football show by YouTuber The True Geordie in association with bookmakers Coral. The True Geordie turned to UK-based video content agency Formidable for creative and technical production expertise to help deliver The Kick Off with Coral which is now generating weekly average viewing figures of more than 350,000 viewers. “With the new season quickly approaching and a brief confirmed, we had a little over seven days to kit out the studio and gallery, but Blackmagic equipment enabled us to achieve all our objectives in that timeframe,” says Pete Gibbons, Formidable’s Creative Director. However, one of the more technica