2005 BAF Awards Winners Announced

by Zeddon November 22, 2005
The National Museum of Photography, Film & Television has announced the winners of this year’s BAF Awards as part of the 12th Bradford Animation Festival, which took place on November 19, 2005, in Bradford, U.K. AWN has details.

Nelvana "Patches" U.K. Home Video Deal

by Zeddon November 22, 2005
Nelvana has signed a home entertainment distribution agreement with London-based 2 Entertain for the first twenty-six episodes of Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Friends. The series, recently green-lit for a second season on FIVE TV in the U.K., is produced by Nelvana and Absolute Pictures in association with Callaway Arts & Entertainment. [Source: Corus Entertainment]

MTV Acquires GameTrailers Assets

by Zeddon November 22, 2005
MTV Networks has acquired substantially all the assets of GameTrailers LLC, including the Internet site Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. GameTrailers is a leading producer and aggregator of broadband video content covering the latest in the world of video games. [Source: PR Newswire]

Viacom Inc. Names Independent Directors To The Boards Of Post-Separation Companies

by Zeddon November 22, 2005
Viacom Inc. today announced the election of seven independent directors to the Boards of the two new publicly traded companies that will be created following the separation of Viacom. Four directors (Charles K. Gifford, Bruce S. Gordon, Ann N. Reese and Judith A. Sprieser) have been elected to the Board of CBS Corporation, joining previously […]

Warner Bros., M-Net Sign Agreement

by Zeddon November 22, 2005
M-Net, Africa’s biggest pay-television operator, has signed a first-run, pay-television deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (WBITD). The multi-year deal gives M-Net subscribers access to the TV premieres of Warner Bros.’ leading movie titles such as Batman Begins. [Source: Time Warner]

Bill Plympton Animates Music Video for Kayne West

by Ed Liuon November 22, 2005
An animated music video by Bill Plympton for Kayne West’s “Heard ‘Em Say” debuted on MTV on Monday, November 21. Plympton’s 12 Tiny Christmas Tales is also one of several programs on a “viewer’s choice” poll at (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat weblog)

"My Beautiful Girl Mari": Innocence, Never Really Lost

by Benon November 22, 2005
The first thing My Beautiful Girl Mari (titled simply Mari’s Tale in the original Korean) brings to mind is My Neighbor Totoro. Both have huge flying furry creatures, both have children escaping from the troubles of their families into worlds of fantasy and both are artistically stunning. The Korean feature shares many aspects with the […]

Derek Lamb, Animated Short Film Maker 1936 – 2005

by Ed Liuon November 22, 2005
Derek Lamb, a producer of animated short films, passed away on November 5 due to cancer at the age of 69 (registration required). Lamb won two Academy Awards for the short films Every Child and Special Delivery. He also co-produced the animated lead-in for PBS’s Mystery!, which featured art by Edward Gorey.

"The Pink Panther Show" Box Set Streets January 31

by Zeddon November 21, 2005
The Pink Panther Show – Classic Cartoon Collection 5-Pack Box Set, previously scheduled for release in July 2005, has now been rescheduled for release on January 31, 2006, TVShowsOnDVD reports. The set will retail for $69.96 SRP. TVShowsOnDVD has cover art.

BKN Announces Record Earnings and Share Buy-back Program

by Zeddon November 21, 2005
BKN International AG (BKN), a global animation company engaged in the distribution and marketing of animated children’s television programs and related consumer products, today reported financial results for the year ended September 30, 2005. For the year, Net Income increased 154 percent to EUR 4.3 million, compared with EUR 1.7 million in 2004; while Earnings […]