Posts Tagged ‘International’

Indian Studio Raises Money for Two Animated Features

by Maxie Zeuson April 17, 2008
Compact Disc India has raised $40 million from UK banks to finance two animated features, The Hollywood Reporter says. The company will put the loans toward production on Soccer, an animated feature based on the life of Brazil’s Ronaldo, and Eternal Love, about the Shah who built the Taj Mahal.

New Turner Unit to Make Animated Films for Indian Market

by Ed Liuon April 10, 2008
Turner International is planning an expansion of its operations in India that will include a production unit to make animated movies for the Indian market. According to Turner, India will soon surpass Japan as its top market in the Asia-Pacific region, and they are looking for more partnerships and acquisition opportunities in the area. The […]

Pritish Nandy and DQ Partner in Six-Film Deal

by Maxie Zeuson March 20, 2008
Pritish Nandy Communications and DQ Entertainment will co-develop and co-produce six movies over the next four years, ZeeNews reports. The $45 million deal will include both animated and live-action features. It follows a five-movie co-production deal between Pritish Nandy and Motion Pixel Corp. and a three-movie co-production deal between DQ and Percept Picture Co.

Korea’s "Winter Sonata" Getting Toon Remake

by Maxie Zeuson March 20, 2008
Winter Sonata, a hit Korean TV drama, will be remade as an animated series and feature film, Variety reports. The series’ star, Bae Yong-joon, will provide the voice of the same character he played in the original show. Korea’s Key East and Japan’s Total Promotions will co-produce.

KidsCo Channel Signs Asian Carriage Deals

by Maxie Zeuson March 14, 2008
Children’s channel KidsCo will launch in South Korea, Singapore, Palau, and the Philippines on March 20, World Screen reports. The network, a joint ventures of NBC Universal, DIC Entertainment and Nelvana Enterprises, is planning to expand into forty territories in Europe and Latin America over the next 18 months. KidsCo airs live-action and cartoon series […]

DQ Ties Up with French Method

by Maxie Zeuson February 29, 2008
India’s DQ Entertainment has purchased a 20% stake in France’s Method Film, AnimationXpress reports. The tie-up is intended to strengthen a partnership that has already resulted in several coproductions.

Indian Industry Group Calls for Tax Breaks, Subsidies to Aid Animation Industry

by Maxie Zeuson February 26, 2008
The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) is calling for tax exemptions and a ten-year tax holiday to aid the animation, gaming, and VFX industries, Indiantelevision reports. The group wants service and sales taxes removed and development assistance extended to the industries, as well as the imposition of a requirement of ten […]

Hong Kong Aims to Topple Japan as Animation Hub

by Maxie Zeuson February 23, 2008
Hong Kong is aiming to displace Japan as Hollywood’s choice animation supplier, Times Online reports. The article profiles the Chinese metropolis’s Imagi studio, which is producing Astro Boy for Warner Bros., despite Astro Boy being an iconic Japanese character. Imagi CEO Douglas Glen says Hong Kong boasts several advantages Japan does not, including a confidence […]

China Extends Ban on Foreign-Produced Cartoons

by Maxie Zeuson February 21, 2008
China is banning foreign-produced cartoons from airing between 5:00pm and 9:00pm on its television networks, the Associated Press reports. Under the new regulations, which extend a current ban covering the hours of 5:00pm to 8:00pm, only domestic cartoons approved by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television will be allowed to air during the […]

Indian, Japanese Firms to Co-Produce Three CG-Animated Series

by Maxie Zeuson February 16, 2008
India’s DQ Entertainment and Japan’s THINK Corp. have signed a “memorandum of understanding” to co-produce three high-end CG-animated TV series, and are considering plans for a direct-to-DVD feature film, Animationxpress reports. The two companies expect to spend approximately $24 million on the three series.