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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 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.
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.
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.