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BKN Names Runel to London Post

BKN International has named Benoit Runel as the new managing director of its British BKN New Media subsidiary, Finanztreff reports. Runel will oversee sales and marketing as well as development and pre-production at the London-based animation studio. He joins the company from Jetix Europe.

CiTV Picks Up "Captain Mack"

CiTV has commissioned 52 episodes of Captain Mack, a preschool series about a rescue team, from Kickback Media, C21 Media reports.

Wallace and Gromit to Appear at Charity Event

Wallace and Gromit will tour schools on the Isle of Man as part of a “Wrong Trousers” fundraising day, according to the BBC. They will be joined by Yamaha TT racer Guy Martin. (via Animated-News)

CN UK Relaunches Video-On-Demand Service

Cartoon Network UK will relaunch its video-on-demand service on Homechoice as Cartoon Network Now (CN Now), World Screen reports. The service will provide a variety of Cartoon Network titles, including Dexter’s Laboratory, Cow and Chicken, The Powerpuff Girls, My Gym Partner is a Monkey, and Samurai Jack.

Aardman Animation Co-Founder to Give Lecture in London

David Sproxton, co-founder of Aardman Animation, will give a lecture on Aardman’s work at the Science Museum in London on June 2, 2006. Reservations can be made by calling 0870 870 4868 or by visiting www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/pixar/specialevents.asp.

K-9 set for Animated Adventures in "Doctor Who" Spin-off

K-9, the sometimes robotic companion of The Doctor in Doctor Who, is set for a spin-off, C21Media reports. Titled K-9 Adventures, the series is under development by Jetix UK and Park Entertainment and will be a mix of CGI and live action. The series follows hot on the heels of the recent Doctor Who revival.

'The Batman' Returns To The UK

According to various promos recently shown on Toonami, The Batman season three will premiere with “Batgirl Begins, Part One” on the channel this coming Monday, April 24. It is currently unknown when the remaining episodes will air. Toon Zone News recommends checking local listings.

Zoo Films/Atomic Cartoons Team Up for Bollywood Road

UK-based Zoo Films and Canadian Atomic Cartoons (best known for Atomic Betty) have teamed up to produce Bollywood Road, C21Media reports. Set in a fictional, urban community, the Anglo-Indian aimed show focuses on a family who often breaks into Bollywood-style dance numbers.

BBC Picks Up "Postman Pat" Spin-off "Jess"

The BBC has picked up Entertainment Rights CGI pre-school series Jess, C21 Media reports. Starring the sidekick of the long running Postman Pat series, Jess will see the titular black and white cat teach children about the world around them. The show will air on BBC1, BBC2, and the CBeebies channel.

Finalists Announced For British Animation Awards

Nominations have been announced for the British Animation Awards which will be presented March 9. Contenders for best animated feature film include Corpse Bride, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, and Sylvain Chomet’s Belleville Rendez Vous. World Screen has a list of nominations.

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