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"Juniper Lee" Crosses Pond to UK

Cartoon Network’s The Life & Times of Juniper Lee will launch in the United Kingdom on Saturday, August 20, c21 Media reports.

SpongeBob Comes to UK Phones

UK mobile phones will be able to carry episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants thanks to a deal between Nickelodeon and ROK Entertainment Group, the companies said today. The ROK Player’s first children’s edition DVC release will allow anyone with a memory card compatible handset to watch two hours of full-length, full-screen episodes of the Nickelodeon series. […]

"Roobarb and Custard" Returns in New Series

Cult cartoon Roobarb and Custard will be revived in a new animated series for Channel Five, Scotsman.com reports.

Animex Festival Solicits Entries

The Animex International Festival of Animation is soliciting entries for the 2006 Animex Awards, to be held in Middlesbrough, England, in January, Computer Graphics World reports. Details can be found at www.animex.net. Deadline for entry is October 1.

"Jakers" Returning to CBBC

Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks will return to CBBC this summer, airing on weekdays at 7:00 through September 2, c21 Media reports.

Cartoon Network Donates Studio to Charity

Cartoon Network has donated a state-of-the-art animation studio to the UK’s Youth Culture Television (YCTV) educational charity, c21 Media reports. Cartoon Network will also use its contacts to get animation insiders to offer masterclasses to YCTV students.

GMTV Gets "Winx Club"

The UK’s GMTV will bring Winx Club to British screens in early 2006, and Contender Entertainment Group will put the series on home video, World Screen reports. The series currently airs in Britain on Nickelodeon UK.

BBC Wants More Toon Co-Productions

The BBC’s board of governors wants the network’s CBeebies channel to invest in more animation co-productions, c21 Media reports. The board believes that the network needs more overseas-produced toons.

"Grrr" Wins in Animation Category at Midsummer Awards

The 12th Midsummer Awards, celebrating London’s advertising industry, were recently handed out. In the Animation Category, Nexus Prods.’ Smith & Foulkes won the Gold award for its Honda spot, Grrr. The spot also took home the Grand Prix for Most Outstanding Commercial. A complete list of winners is available at www.midsummer.net/awards. [Source: AWN]

Jim Henson's Creature Shop Closes

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, the London-based visual effects and animatronics division, has been shut down, C21 Media reports. The closure was blamed on the weak U.S. dollar and the U.K. production environment.

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