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Disney Shows Go Online in Taiwan

Disney Channel will offer full-length episodes of its animated and live-action series online in Taiwan through its broadband player Disney Channel@Play, c21 Media reports. Streamed series, which will be dubbed in Mandarin and subtitled in Chinese, will include Kim Possible, The Emperor’s New School, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Little Einsteins and Handy Manny. The company also […]

China to Invest $100 Million in Comics and Animation Industries

Authorities in Guangzhou, China, will spend up to $100 million over the next four years to develop the region’s comics and animation industries, People’s Daily Online reports. One-fifth of China’s annual revenues off these industries come from companies in the area. The government plans to expand international cooperation to boost the industries, even as some […]

Bollywood Plunging Deeper Into Toon Features

Hollywood apparently isn’t the only industry town that will jump on a hot animation trend once it develops. The Hindustan Times reports that in the wake of several successful recent releases, India’s film industry—Bollywood—is plunging into animated production, with PPC, Yash Raj Films and UTV bankrolling over half a dozen ‘toon features between them. Stories […]

Can't Draw? You Can Still Work in Animation!

Sanjeev Waeerkar, UTV Creative Director, will hold a workshop in Mumbai titled “Animation for those who can’t draw” on January 19, AnimationXpress reports. The workshop, which is being organized by The Animation Society of India, will focus on “teaching acting, managing a team and handling the project in the way director wants,” according to Waeerkar.

Hindus Protest Gods-Based Cartoons

Hindu protestors are calling on the Indian government to ban animated films based on the Hindu gods, TopNews.in reports. Members of the Bihar Jagriti Manch are particularly upset with Hanuman Returns, calling it “bad taste.”

DreamWorks, Technicolor Partner in Indian Animation Studio

DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor Services will partner to develop CG animation facilities in India, Variety reports. The venture will design and produce CG animation for film, TV, and games.

C4U Nabs "Zoomix" and "The Gloops"

Korea’s C4U has bought broadcast rights to Zoomix, a fact-based cartoon about animals, and the pre-school 3D series The Gloops, c21 Media reports. Both series are produced by Spain’s Neptuno Films.

ACK Media Buys Quietman Studios

India’s ACK Media has purchased Quietman Studios, Animation Xpress reports. The studio will henceforth operate under the name Katha Studios.

DQ Raises Money, Opens New Tech Center

DQ Entertainment has raised £26.8 million through the sale of 19.73 million shares on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market for smaller growth stocks. The company will use the money to expand its production facilities and investments in production partnerships. Separately, the company says it has opened a new technology center in Hyderabad. [Sources: ShareCast.com; […]

Landmark Toonz Launching Home Vid Division

India’s Landmark Toonz will launch its home video entertainment division in January of 2008, Animation Xpress reports. The new division is expected to handle five titles a month.

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