Entertainment Rights (ER) has received a commission from U.K. network Five for fifty-two 10-minute episodes of the preschool series Rupert and Friends, World Screen reports. The new series, combining stop frame animation and 3-D CG, is currently in pre-production at Cosgrove Hall. It will launch on Five’s children’s block this fall.
Nickelodeon U.K. is launching a preschool programming block on Freeview through its sister family channel The Music Factory (TMF), C21Media reports. The two-hour block will take the same name as Nickelodeon U.S.’s preschool digital offering–Noggin–and will become available this month on all platforms. The block will feature programming from Nickelodeon’s preschool channel Nick Junior.
British music channel Fuse is set to debut its first animated TV series, Empire Square, which follows three foul-mouthed characters — Rabbit; Hooks; and Tourette’s-afflicted wannabe rocker, Richie — according to AWN. The series is intended for young adults, embracing the spirit of such series as South Park and Aqua Teen Hunger Force. The series […]
BBC One and BBC Two are switching their Saturday morning lineups in January: the children’s programming block on BBC One will move to BBC Two, and BBC Two’s schedule of Breakfast, Weekend 24 and Saturday Kitchen will air on BBC One. The move comes in part by the fact that BBC One’s Saturday morning children’s […]
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 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]
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 […]