WHV, DIC Ink "Trollz" Deal

Warner Home Video and DIC Entertainment have forged an exclusive international home video distribution deal in which WHV will exclusively distribute a series of nine home video and DVD made-for-video titles for Trollz in several territories around the world, with the exception of the UK, France and Portugal. [Source: C21Media]

Playhouse Disney Comes to Australia

Foxtel Digital and Walt Disney Television have launched the Playhouse Disney Channel in Australia, its 10th new market in the Asia-Pacific region, C21Media reports. The preschool channel will officially launch on Foxtel Digital on December 5.

Kilgarriff Leaving Turner Europe

Richard Kilgarriff, senior VP and general manager of UK Entertainment Networks at Turner Broadcasting System Europe, will leave his post at the end of the month, C21Media reports. He had been responsible for the Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Toonami, and TCM channels.

"The Koala Brothers" Head to Japan

Spellbound Entertainment has sold preschool series The Koala Brothers into Japan on the Disney Channel, C21Media reports. The deal covers episodes for broadcast starting in April 2006.

UTV, BKN Sign $10 Million Deal

In a deal worth $10 million, BKN New Media’s animation production will be outsourced to UTV Toonz, a division of India’s UTV Software Communications, C21Media says. UTV Toonz will produce the 3D series Kong: The Next Generation and another yet to be titled series.

"Dragon Booster" Flies to Spain and France

Alliance Atlantis has secured broadcast deals with TF1 in France and Telecinco in Spain for its CGI-animated property Dragon Booster, according to C21Media. The series is already airing on TF1 this week and will air on Telecinco in January.

Manga Picks Up Licensing for "Iron Kid"

Japanese animation distributor Manga Entertainment has been brought in to handle TV broadcast, DVD and merchandising licensing for Iron Kid, the previously announced co-production between Spain’s BRB Internacional and Korean video and online gaming outfits Daiwon and Design Storm. Manga will handle licensing for the project in the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand; […]

Nelvana/ole Teamup

Nelvana is expanding its business plan by entering into a strategic partnership with Canadian music publisher ole, C21Media reports. Under the terms of the six-year deal, ole will administer the global collection of music from Nelvana’s programming catalogue, which includes more than 3,000 half-hours of animated content. The pact involves Nelvana’s current library and future […]

Toon Boom Launches Solo

Toon Boom Animation has released Toon Boom Solo, a new stand-alone animation software solution designed for smaller studios and independent animation filmmakers. AWN has details.

DreamWorks' "Kung Fu Panda" Gets 2008 Release

Following news that Madagascar 2 will first hit theaters in 2008, DreamWorks Animation has announced that Kung Fu Panda will also be released that year, AWN reports, citing Variety. The studio still hopes to release two animated films per year until at least 2009.

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