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Turner Scoops Up Animasia Series

SINGAPORE: Malaysia’s Animasia Studio is developing the series ABC Monsters, an English-language learning program, which is set to air on Turner Broadcasting System kids’ networks in January 2012. ABC Monsters is aimed at kids 4 to 6 and promotes the learning of English, introducing the alphabet with sing-a-longs. The concept ...

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International Emmys to Launch Kids Awards

NEW YORK: The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is planning to launch a new competition and standalone ceremony exclusively dedicated to children’s programming from outside the U.S. with The International Emmy Kids Awards. Six new categories have been created that solely focus on the kids’ sector: preschool, animation, ...

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Hello Kitty Owner Scoops Up Mr. Men and Little Miss Brands

LONDON: Roger Hargreaves’ 40-year-old Mr. Men and Little Miss characters have been acquired by the Japanese outfit Sanrio, which controls the Hello Kitty brand, in a deal with Chorion. The deal marks the first characters in the Sanrio catalogue that were not created by the Japanese company in-house. Earlier this ...

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Video Interview: Vodka Capital’s Steven Posner

NEW YORK: Steven Posner, the managing partner of Vodka Capital, discusses the global appeal of Jelly Jamm, as well as the company’s aim of continuing to develop cross-platform entertainment brands for kids, in this video interview. Set on the magical planet Jammbo, where all the music in the universe originates ...

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DHX Scores Deals in Asia

TORONTO/LONDON: DHX Media has already landed deals from its catalogue of kids’ content with broadcasters in Asia as it gears up for the start of the Asia TV Forum. In Korea, KBS and Kids Talk Talk picked up Pirates: Adventures in Art, with the digital broadcaster also taking the animated ...

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Another Classic Set for the Small Screen

PGS Entertainment’s Chaplin & Co. introduces the iconic Charlie Chaplin character to young viewers in a new animated series that is among a trio of highlights on the French distributor’s roster. Animated for the very first time, the beloved character Charlie Chaplin, who was king of the silent-film era, is ...

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Rainmaker Entertainment Aligns with Circle of Confusion

VANCOUVER: Canada’s Rainmaker Entertainment has appointed the production and management firm Circle of Confusion to assist the company in expanding the reach of its current slate of animated feature films. Circle of Confusion will identify brand-building opportunities across multiple platforms for Rainmaker’s library. Circle of Confusion’s David Alpert and Ken ...

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TELETOON Adds MAD to Prime-Time Lineup

TORONTO, December 5: TELETOON has given a prime-time slot to the animated series MAD, inspired by the classic magazine of the same name. The 15-minute sketch comedy series is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and is inspired by the classic MAD magazine, published by DC Comics. It features Alfred E. ...

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New Tween Comedy in the Works

DUBLIN/SYDNEY/MELBOURNE: The Irish production company Brown Bag Films has signed on to co-develop and co-produce the animated tween comedy series Dream Factory alongside Australia’s Sticky Pictures and Kyla May Productions. The 52-episode 12-minute series features the adventures of apprentice-dream maker Tommy Winks who tries to master the art of dream ...

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