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China and South Korea Reach Animation Agreement

China and South Korea on Thursday signed an agreement to help each other promote and develop China’s Changsha Cartoon Art Festival (CCAF) and the Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival (SICAF) into the largest animation festivals in China and South Korea, AWN reports, citing China Knowledge Press.

Lucas Opens Animation Studio in Singapore

Lucas, the company of U.S. director George Lucas, today launched an animation studio in Singapore to produce television shows and feature films for the global market. The studio, Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, is financially backed by the Singapore government to boost the island’s multimedia industry. [Source: Japan Today]

SpongeBob Set to Air in China

SpongeBob SquarePants will begin airing in 120 million Chinese households by year’s end via the dedicated children’s channel of state-run broadcaster China Central Television, AWN reports, citing The Hollywood Reporter.

Hit Korean Drama Gets Animated

Korea’s first animated series to be based on a domestic live-action television drama will premiere at the end of this month, the Korea Times reports. The drama on which the series is based, titled Daejanggeum or Jewel in the Palace, was wildly popular across Asia. An estimated 47 percent of the population of Hong Kong […]

Seoul Festival Highlights Australian Animated Shorts

As part of the official program of the Indie-Anifest 2005 in Seoul, Korea, the Australian Embassy will support an Australian animation showcase with a series of internationally recognized animated shorts from Australia. Films include Bruce Petty’s Leisure (Academy Award winner for best animated short in 1976); Adam Elliot’s Harvie Krumpet (Academy Award winner for best […]

"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.

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