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"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.

Korean Agencies Pick Three Toons for Support

DIBO, The Gift Dinosaur; Tales of Greenery; and Mix Master have been selected for the annual Star Project Competition, World Screen reports. The three series were chosen by the Korea Culture and Content Agency and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and will receive business development and marketing support.

Disney Channel Japan Gets "Gadget," "Sabrina"

Disney Channel Japan has picked up pay television rights to Inspector Gadget’s Biggest Caper Ever and 39 half-hours of Sabrina: The Animated Series, c21 Media reports. The site also reports that Disney will launch Toon Disney in Japan in December.

Animation and Nelson Shin Bring Rare Unity to Korean Peninsula

The New York Times covers Nelson Shin’s animated feature film Princess Chung, noting that both North and South Korean teams were responsible for producing the film (free registration required). The article covers Shin’s biography and career highlights, and notes that animation is failing to draw large audiences at the South Korean box office.

Toon Disney Launches Hindi Feed

Toon Disney will launch a Hindi feed on September 1, agencyfaqs reports.

Toei Content Landing on Chinese Cell Phones

Toei Animation will lend its animation characters to a cellular content service in China, JCN Network reports. The service, which is being launched by Tom Online, will debut in September.

BKN to Invest $7 million in India, China

Germany’s BKN International plans to raise $7 million to fund “strategic investments” in India and China, c21 Media reports. The company has already co-produced the Indian animated series Legend of the Dragon and acquired a stake in China’s ToonMax TV.

Live-Action/Animated "Bhagmati" Set for August Release

Bhagmati, India’s first live-action/animated film, will be released at the end of August, newindpress.com reports. The film tells the story of the romance between the ruler of Hyderabad, Mohammed Qutub Ali Shah, and the dancer Bagmati. It was directed by Ashok Kaul.

"Empress Chung" Debuts in Korea

Empress Chung, an animated feature jointly produced by North and South Korea, will open in the south on August 12 and in the north on August 15, Digital Chosunilbo reports.

"Jay Jay" Lands in India

Hungama TV has licensed forty episodes of Jay Jay The Jet Plane from PorchLight Entertainment, World Screen reports. The series will debut on August 15 and air four times a week as part of a preschool line-up.

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