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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 […]

ER Acquires Animated "Barbie" Rights

Under an agreement with Mattel, UK independent media group Entertainment Rights (ER) has acquired the TV and home entertainment distribution rights to the next three Barbie animated features, C21Media reports.

Blue Rocket Secures UK Mobile Phone Deal for "Hoota & Snoz"

Following a deal with Vodafone, Australian producer Blue Rocket has secured a spot for its animated property Hoota & Snoz on mobile phones in the UK, C21Media reports.

Disney's "Little Einsteins" Arrives in UK

Playhouse Disney in the UK will launch its new animated interactive preschool series Little Einsteins on October 3, 2005, C21Media reports.

Utley Joins Animation Outfit Cosgrove Hall Films

Anthony Utley, director of television distribution at BBC Worldwide, is leaving his post to become managing director of the Granada Media-owned animation outfit Cosgrove Hall Films, World Screen reports. Based in Manchester, Cosgrove Hall is Europe’s largest animation company. Its most recent productions include Postman Pat, Andy Pandy, Engie Benjy, and Little Robots.

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