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DQ Ties Up with French Method

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

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

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

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

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.

Cartoon Network to Enhance Asian Website Portals

Cartoon Network plans to enhance its website portals in Asia to include a series of interactive community networks, and has signed a partnership with service platform provider Outblaze to develop the new content, the companies announced today. Services set to be launched include blogs, games, instant messaging and a suite of video creation, editing and […]

Outsourcing Deals Driving India Animation Revenues Toward One Billion Dollars

India’s animation industry could hit revenues $950 million by 2009, the Business-Standard reports. The rise in revenue is being driven by co-production and outsourcing deals with American producers such as Walt Disney, Imax, and Warner Bros. Industry observers caution, however, that the local industry still faces significant hurdles, including widespread piracy and a lack of […]

Turner India Ties Up "Bob", "Thomas" Licensing Rights

Turner International India will handle licensing for HIT Entertainment’s Bob the Builder and Thomas & Friends properties across India, AnimationXpress reports. The deal, which augments a current agreement giving Turner television rights to the properties, will let Turner manage licenses covering apparel and accessories, stationery, toys and games.

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 […]

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