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Junk Food Ad Ban Makes UK Animation Studios Shed Employees

UK animation production house Cosgrove Hall has stated that it will be downsizing eight of its 35 employees and adjusting its business strategy, claiming that existing difficulties in the market have been exacerbated by a junk food ad ban that came into full force in January. Managing Director Anthony Utley stated that, “We are really […]

David Mitton, "Thomas the Tank Engine" Creator, 1939 - 2008

David Mitton, the creator of the television series Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, passed away at the age of 69 on May 16, 2008, due to a heart attack. Mitton’s television career began as a special effects technician on the Thunderbirds TV show with Gerry Anderson in the 1960′s. In the 1980′s, he and […]

Cartoon Network Extends Holiday Stays

Cartoon Network characters from such shows as Ben 10, Dexer’s Laboratory, and The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy will appear at three resorts run by Butlins in Cartoon Network’s Wheely Big Super-Toontastic Game Show, MarketingWeek reports. The deal between the network and the holiday company will bring the show exclusively to Butlins and also […]

Entertainment Rights Sees Profits Fall, But Places "Transformers" in New Territories

Entertainment Rights, the UK TV producer that owns Classic Media, Postman Pat, and Basil Brush, posted net profits of $12.5 million in 2007, down 7% from 2006, Variety reports. The profit drop comes despite a doubling in revenue to $129.4 million, thanks to the acquisition of Classic. Separately, Variety also reports that Entertainment Rights has […]

"Olivia" Book Coming to TV as CG Series

The UK’s Five has picked up rights to Chorion’s Olivia, a new preschool series based on the book property, World Screen reports. The CG-animated series is scheduled for a fall 2008 debut on Five’s Milkshake bloc.

"Spitting Image" Returning in CG Form

Former Spitting Image head writer Henry Naylor has been commissioned to create a new political satire, Times Online reports. The new show, Headcases, will use CG animation in place of puppetry to lampoon such British figures as Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Home Secretary Jacqui Smith. The show will use motion capture technology so that […]

CBeebies Orders More "Large Family"

CBeebies has ordered an additional 26 episodes of The Large Family, World Screen reports. The Coolabi-produced series is about the domestic life of an elephant family.

HIT Shows Head to iTunes

Starting in April, Thomas & Friends, Bob the Builder, and other titles from HIT Entertainment will be available for purchase through the iTunes Store in the UK, World Screen reports. Half-hour episodes will cost £1.89 will be viewable on a Mac, PC, video-enabled iPod, iPhone or Apple TV.

UK Department Backing New Aardman-Sponsored Animation Center

The UK’s Department for Media, Culture and Sport will propose to establish a new animation education center to be backed by Aardman Animations and the South West Regional Development Forum, Digital Arts reports. The proposal for the new center apparently will be made as part of the department’s Creative Economies Programme, which will outline plans […]

First Episode of "Pedro and Frankensheep" Available On-Line

Animation historian and scholar Jerry Beck has posted the first short from the Brothers McLeod’s Pedro and Frankensheep, a new short film series that will debut on Children’s BBC starting next week. The 5-minute shorts will air every day at 4:30 PM for two weeks.

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