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Homechoice, ER Sign Content Deal

UK broadband TV network Homechoice has signed a one-year content deal with Entertainment Rights (ER), adding several new titles to its pre-school kids channel, Scamp, according to C21Media. Titles include Budgie the Little Helicopter, The Cubeez, and Tangerine Bear.

"Cartoon Kings" Profiles Brian Cosgrove and Mark Hall

ITV1 has given UK startup Made in Manchester Productions its first commission: a profile of pioneering British animation duo Brian Cosgrove and Mark Hall — according to C21Media. Cartoon Kings will be broadcast during the spring of 2006, in time for the anniversary of Cosgrove and Hall’s 30th year in the animation business.

Nelvana "Patches" U.K. Home Video Deal

Nelvana has signed a home entertainment distribution agreement with London-based 2 Entertain for the first twenty-six episodes of Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Friends. The series, recently green-lit for a second season on FIVE TV in the U.K., is produced by Nelvana and Absolute Pictures in association with Callaway Arts & Entertainment. [Source: Corus Entertainment]

HIT/Nick UK Renew "Bob the Builder"

HIT Entertainment has renewed its deal with Nickelodeon UK for Bob the Builder, C21Media reports. The deal is for a re-license of the first five series of Bob the Builder, making a total of nine series currently under license.

Lucky Elliot Launches Toon Studio

London commercials and film company Lucky Elliot is launching an animation division to house toon directors for TV series, features and commercials, C21Media reports. The studio, Lapin Blanc, will be run by toon industry veterans Sean O’Kelly and Matt Clark, both formerly of Atomic Entertainment. There are also plans to launch Lapin Blanc USA in […]

Turner Plans Cartoon Spinoff Channels for U.K.

According to the Digital Spy, Turner Broadcasting is planning to increase its U.K. kids channels from four to six. The first will be a one-hour time-shift of Boomerang; the second will be called ‘Cartoon Network Too’ — a spinoff of Cartoon Network — targeting kids ages 4 – 9. The channels are said to be […]

Wallace & Gromit Conquer Cell Phones

MediaWeek reports that Aardman Animation, the studio behind Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and many other stop-motion classics, has penned several deals to distribute promotional videos for the new film as well as older animations including “Creature Comforts” and “Angry Kid” over cellular phones. In Britain, Aardman’s partner is Orange UK. Licensing […]

Granada Kids Moves to Increase Production

In a move to increase production, Granada Kids has hired Ken Olshansky as VP of creative affairs, C21Media reports. Olshansky will be based in New York, but will travel frequently to London to work with the UK-based Granada team. He will be charged with developing preschool and animation programming, focusing specifically on the U.S. market. […]

New Categories for British Animation Awards

The 10th British Animation Awards event next year will include three new categories: Best European Feature, New Platforms for Animation, and Best Voice Artiste, C21Media reports. This brings the number of award categories to fifteen.

"Hipster & Jack" Comes to CBBC

Create Media Ventures and 19 Entertainment have signed the first presale of their 2D comedy/music animation series Hipster & Jack to UK broadcaster CBBC, C21Media reports. The series blends comedy, character and music, following the adventures of a musical odd couple, a hippo, and a Jack Russell terrier — all on the road seeking fame […]

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