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Pink Panther Products Sauntering Southward

The Pink Panther will spearhead a rollout of consumer goods in Argentina and Chile under an agreement reached by MGM and Big Tent Entertainment, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The iconic character will appear on clothing and as plush toys under a marketing plan to be executed by Big Tent, which has been named the […]

"Yenny" Getting TV Toon Treatment

If all goes to plan, David Alvarez’s comic strip Yenny will emerge as an animated series, Animation Magazine reports. Spain’s Black Maria studio is looking for investors and production partners on the project, which will be supervised by Alvarez and producer/director Fernando Carrion.

JimJam Names GM

Italian preschool channel JimJam has named Wayne Dunsford to the post of general manager, World Screen reports. Dunsford joins the network from the BBC.

"Code Lyoko," "Fantastic Four" Get Distribution Deals in Iberia

Taffy Entertainment has signed deals to distribute eight of its titles in Spanish and Portuguese territories, KidScreen reports. Titles covered by the deals with Canal Panda, Clan TV, TVE, and Cartoon Network Spain include Dive Olly Dive!, The Fantastic Four, SamSam, Growing Up Creepie, Code Lyoko, Mix Master, Cosmic Quantum Ray and Lamimila.



Studio100 Grabs Worldwide "Balloontoon" Rights

Studio100 Media has picked up worldwide broadcast rights to the Balloontoons, World Screen reports. The Russian series about round, funny characters is targeted at children 3 to 9.

Finnish TV Gets "Gazoon"

YLE Finland has picked up Gazoon for broadcast, AWN reports. The Sparkling Animation Studios/TF1 France co-production is about the wacky behavior of wild animals in the African savanna.

Chapman Secures Deals for "Roary," "Fifi"

Chapman Entertainment has received an order from the UK’s Five and Nick Jr. for new episodes of Roary the Racing Car for 2009, c21 Media reports. That will bring the total number of episodes in the series to 104. Peter Kay and Sir Stirling Moss will reprise their roles in the series for the new […]

Max Fleischer Getting Spotlight at Anima 2008

The films of Max Fleischer will be showcased at Belgium’s Anima 2008 festival, which runs from February 1st through the 9th, AWN reports. Fleischer’s work will be represented with a collection of short films and two features. The festival will also include a look at Polish animation and showings of Le Chevalier d’Eon and The […]

Alphanim to Ramp Up Feature Production

Animation producer Alphanim plans to expand into full-length feature animation and live-action children’s programming, KidScreen reports. Alphanim, which was recently acquired by Gaumont, has already produced Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure and plans to follow it up with other full-length CGI features.

Briefly: World B'casters Snag German, Canadian Toons; 9 Story Names New Execs

* Broadcasters in Russia, Germany, the Middle East and Southeast Asia have picked up broadcast rights to the German animated series Bibi Blocksberg and Benjamin the Elephant. [World Screen] * PI Distribution will distribute Edgar & Ellen in Latin America under a deal with Star Farms Productions. [c21 Media] * 9 Story Entertainment has named […]

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