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Jim Henson to Bring Frog and Toad to the Big Screen

HOLLYWOOD: The Jim Henson Company is developing an animated feature film based on the children’s books Frog and Toad, written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel in the 1970s. Each of the four books has five short stories. The tales chronicle the exploits of a frog and his friend toad. The ...

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Discovery Kids’ Doki Character to Get Full-Length Series

MIAMI: The Discovery Kids channel in Latin America has tapped Portfolio Entertainment to produce a new animated series based on the adventures of its flagship character Doki. The 26×30-minute series, aimed at preschoolers, will feature the popular Discovery Kids’ spokescharacter in a set of all-new adventures. The show will be ...

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More Ultimate Spider-Man in the Works

BURBANK: Disney XD has ordered a second season of Ultimate Spider-Man, which airs as part of the Marvel Universe programming block. The first series from Marvel Television launched in April. The show follows the adventures of New York’s Spider-Man, who joins a training program alongside four other teens to learn ...

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BabyTV Lands Carriage on J:COM in Japan

TOKYO: Fox International Channels Japan has brought the BabyTV channel to the country’s largest cable operator, J:COM. BabyTV launches with a dedicated local feed in Japan, which offers Japanese- and English-language options a well as subtitles over certain shows. Fox International Channels Japan has developed and produced a new original show, Mama ...

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Cartoon Network Adds to DC Nation Programming Stable

ATLANTA: Inspired by Warner Bros. Animation’s Teen Titans, the all-new Teen Titans Go! action-comedy series joins Cartoon Network’s DC Nation roster of shows and original shorts based on characters from DC Comics. The DC Nation block runs Saturdays for 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Cartoon Network. Teen Titan Go! is a ...

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Konami, Saban Explore Deal to Divide Up 4Kids’ Assets

NEW YORK: The auctioning off of 4Kids Entertainment’s properties as part of its bankruptcy proceedings has been adjourned, with Japan’s Konami and a firm affiliated with Saban Capital Group now exploring a transaction in which the company’s assets would be carved up between the two. The 4Kids Entertainment assets on the auction ...

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RAI On Board for New Calimero Series

PARIS: Alphanim and Studio Campedelli have secured RAI as the Italian home for the new iteration of the Calimero series that originated in the 1960s. Calimero was created in 1963 by Nino and Toni Pagot and Ignazio Colnaghi. It began as a series of animated advertisements as part of the ...

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Mattel Takes Toy Rights for Mia and Me

LORETO: Rainbow S.r.l. has signed up Mattel for the toy rights to its girls’ property Mia and Me, which will launch in its first season this year in more than 50 territories globally. The 26×23-minute series was developed and co-produced by Lucky Punch, Rainbow, March Entertainment and ZDF. The show ...

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Headed to Spain

LONDON/NEW YORK: The all-new CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, which launches this fall on Nickelodeon in the U.S. and internationally, has been picked up by Televisión Española (TVE) to air across the Spanish market on Clan. Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) scored a three-year deal with the national Spanish ...

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New Programming Director in Place for Gulli

PARIS: Sébastien Liefferinckx is taking over responsibilities as the programming director for Gulli, which is part of the Lagardère Active portfolio. Within the company’s bouquet, Liefferinckx will also be responsible for the youth and family multiplex—Gulli, Canal J, TiJi, La Chaîne du père Noël. Liefferinckx will report to Laurent Micouleau, ...

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