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Shanda Developing Online Disney Game for China

Shanda Interactive Entertainment will develop, distribute, and operate an online casual game based on Disney-branded content under a deal announced by the two companies today. The new game will be available in China for open beta in the spring of 2007. [Source: PR Newswire]

"Catscratch" Wins Award at China Cartoon Festival

Nickelodeon’s Catscratch was named Best Foreign Animation Series at the Second Annual China International Cartoon & Animation Festival, Animation Magazine reports. A panel of judges from various east Asian associations made the award.

Pogo Prepping In-House Cartoon Projects

India’s Pogo channel is planning to commission and produce animated series and films in-house, Indiantelevision reports. The Turner-owned kid network also says it will launch It’s Alive!, a new half-hour comedy show, on May 21, and Galli Galli Sim Sim, an Indian version of Sesame Street, in mid-August.

"Witchblade" Goes GONZO in Japan

Japanese company GDH K.K. has announced that they will be bringing the American comic book Witchblade to Japanese television starting in April. GDH’s group company GONZO will be handling the animation for the show.

AWN Explains China's Human/Toon Hybrid Ban

An article at Animation World Network goes into further detail explaining China’s recent ban on foreign films showing human and cartoon characters together (previously reported on Toon Zone News). China’s broadcasters were circumventing a law that mandated matching imported animation with domestically produced animation hour-for-hour by showing live-action programming with only a few minutes of […]

ORE/Rights Acquires Rights to "Franny's Feet"

Japan’s ORE/Rights Entertainment has picked up broadcast, home entertainment, and publishing rights to a second series of Franny’s Feet, C21Media reports. The series currently airs on Cartoon Network Japan.

"Maskman" Deals Signed in Korea and Taiwan

Korean action adventure series Maskman has been sold to KBS Korea. Meanwhile, Taiwanese distributor Mighty Media has bought broadcast and licensing rights to the property. Maskman combines 2D and 3D animation to tell the story of super-power fighters. The series won the Korean Culture and Content Agency’s annual Star Project Award in 2002. Since then, […]

Animation Film on Rajnikanth in the Works

A full-length animated feature film on Rajnikanth is being produced in India. The film will initially be produced in Hindi and English, but plans exist to make it available in several other languages as well, including Japanese. The film will run for 120 minutes and will be commercially released. [Source: Newindpress.com]

GDH to Set up GONZO Animation Production Subsidiary in Korea

Animation business company GDH will establish GK Entertainment as its wholly owned subsidiary in Korea on February 1, 2006. Capitalized at 58.5 million yen ($510,000), GK Entertainment will produce GONZO brand animations in collaboration with Gonzo, a GDH group animation production company. [Source: JCN Network]

Rendering Center To Be Built in Southern China

The Institute of Digital Media Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. will build a rendering center for animation in China, AWN reports. The center will be designed to bring all areas of animation production to the area.

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