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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.

BBC Restructures Children's Department

The BBC has named Richard Deverell as the new controller of the BBC Children’s department, C21Media reports. In addition, the BBC has also created the role of creative director for the department, naming Anne Gilchrist to that post.

Fuse Delays "Empire Square" Cartoon

Empire Square, an animated series focusing on characters as they try to become music superstars, will premiere on U.K. cable music network Fuse on April 19. This will mark the first original series for Fuse, better known for its videos and live music events. The series was originally scheduled to premiere last month. [Source: The […]

"South Bank Show" Special to Cover Anime

ITV1’s South Bank Show arts series will be dedicated to anime on February 19 and will include interviews with leading lights of anime, such as film producer Matsuhisa Ishikawa. ITV4 will follow up the show with an airing of the 1995 animation film Ghost In The Shell on March 4. [Source: BBC]

ER Signs "Rupert" Deals

Toy firm Martin Yaffe International has secured U.K. master toy rights to Rupert and Friends, while publisher Egmont has secured UK and Commonwealth publishing rights to the Rupert Bear brand,

"Digital Animation for Freelance Producers" Comes to U.K.

“Digital Animation for Freelance Producers,” a six-day program exploring animation and CGI from a producer’s viewpoint, will be presented in the U.K. February 10 and February 13-17, 2006, from 10:00am to 6:00pm, according to AWN. The program will evaluate all aspects of animation through design to delivery, budgeting and scheduling within a 3D environment, demystifying […]

Animated Exeter Runs February 13 - 25

Animated Exeter, a U.K. animation festival, will run from February 13 – 25. The festival will feature the following panels: “Staying On” Animation is becoming a more exciting subject for further education and academic research as Joan Ashworth, Head of Animation at the Royal College of Art explains. “Animation Now” This panel will discuss starting […]

Former 20th Century Fox International President Stephen Moore Joins Aardman as COO

Stephen Moore has relocated from Los Angeles to the U.K. to join Aardman as head of features/COO, AWN reports. Aardman has a five-film deal with DreamWorks, which includes the already produced Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit, and the upcoming Flushed Away.

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