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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.

Five Commissions "Rupert and Friends"

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.

Nick U.K. Comes to Freeview

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 Debuts First Animated Series

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 Saturday Morning Kids' Block Moves to BBC Two

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 […]

ITV Commissions ER to Create New Kids Show

ITV has commissioned Entertainment Rights (ER) to make 260 episodes of Jim Jam & Sunny for terrestrial and digital TV. Reuters UK reports. (via C21Media)

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.

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