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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 […]

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.

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