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Russian Channel Drops "Happy Tree Friends," "Big Jeff"

Russia’s 2X2 adult animation channel has pulled Happy Tree Friends and The Adventures of Big Jeff from its lineup after the government watchdog group Rossvyazokhrankulutra complained that they were too violent, Variety reports. The general director of the channel said he chose to comply with the request because the shows were near the end of […]

"Bakugan" Set to Roll Across Europe, Africa

Bakugan will join Cartoon Network’s UK channel later this year and then roll out across additional territories, the network said today. In addition, a new pact will give the company’s Cartoon Network Enterprises division the right to act as the property’s licensing agent for non-toy related categories in Europe and Africa. [Source: Corus Entertainment]

Cartoons on the Bay Announces Program for 2008

One hundred seventy-six programs from twenty-four countries will be showcased at Cartoons on the Bay between April 10 and April 13, World Screen reports. The festival is being held in Salerno, Italy. The United States will be represented by such popular favorites as Avatar: The Last Airbender (Season 3); Ben 10 (Season 4); Foster’s Home […]

Briefly: B'cast Deals for Koalas, Zakland, Bruno, and Franny

* Broadcasters in Portugal and Spain have picked up rights to The Koala Brothers. [World Screen] * US DVD rights to Zakland have been bought by PorchLight Home Entertainment. [c21 Media] * Let’s Go Bruno has been picked up by Nickelodeon’s Dutch affiliate and the U.S. Animania channel. [c21 Media] * Franny’s Feet is joining […]

Briefly: New Studio in India; New Disney VP in Australia

* Dreams, a newly organized Indian entertainment company, plans to produce three animated features, including a 100-minute CG-animated action-comedy. [The Siaset Daily] * Disney Channels Worldwide has named Melissa Dixon, as VP and general manager of Disney Channels in Australia and New Zealand. [World Screen] * Cartoon Network will partner with 3P Learning to promote […]

Briefly: Toei Loses Lawsuit; New Studio Facilities Open in Dubai, London

* Toei Animation must pay a French advertising agency $2.93 million compensation for contractual violations, a French commercial court has ruled. [Variety Asia Online] * Commercial animator Blink Studios will open a new facility at Dubai Studio City. [Dubai City Guide] * Organic Motion has opened Studio 7, a full-body markerless motion capture studio, in […]

Barney, Other HIT Characters Getting Dubailand Park

Barney, Bob the Builder, Thomas the Tank Engine, and Pingu will be heading to Dubailand under a deal between producer HIT Entertainment and real-estate developer Tatweer, the companies said today. HIT will develop a group of family entertainment projects at the tourist destination, including a “Little Big Club” indoor/outdoor area that will present live mini […]

German, Dutch Companies Enter "Chloe's Closet"

Germany’s KI.KA and The Netherlands’ European Film Partners have signed on as co-producers of Chloe’s Closet, Animationxpress reports. The animated fantasy for preschoolers is about a little girl who discovers magical new worlds while playing dress-up.

"Eliot Kid" Joins Cartoon Network's Mediterranean Lineup

Eliot Kid is joining Cartoon Network’s European, African, and Middle Eastern schedules, thanks to a deal between the network and Cake Distribution, C21 Media reports. The comedy-action series is about a boy who spends his time living imagined adventures involving monsters, knights and aliens.

Broadcaster Ups Funding for Russian Toons

Russia’s Channel One is planning to increase its investment in animation, Variety reports. The broadcaster has already backed new films from Alexander Petrov, the trade journal notes, and it aims to nurture Russia’s animation industry by supporting Petrov and the makers of similar art house fare.

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