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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.

Nick UK Selects Front Porch Digital for Digital Video Archival

Nickelodeon UK has selected Front Porch Digital’s Broadcast & Media division to implement a new DIVArchive. DIVArchive (Distributed Intelligent Versatile Archive) is a software middleware that enables interoperability between large digital media storage devices, video servers, editing systems and digital media workflow applications in the broadcast, media and entertainment industries. The software is designed to […]

"Pokémon" Season Eight to CN U.K.

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4Kids Entertainment has licensed Pokémon‘s eighth season — Pokémon: Advanced Challenge — as well as the 22-episode package of specials, to Cartoon Network U.K., World Screen reports.

Banjax Announces Upcoming Animated Projects

Banjax, a new digital animation studio located in Belfast, has announced two upcoming animated projects — Luke The Lifeboat and Gene-Fusion. The Belfast Telegraph has details on the two series.

"Harry/Dinosaurs" Headed to Five

The UK’s Five network has picked up Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs for broadcast, according to c21 Media.

BBC Gets UK TV Rights to "Wallace and Gromit"

The BBC has acquired the exclusive UK terrestrial TV rights to Wallace and Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit, according to c21 Media. The film, which debuts in UK theaters in October, will be available for telecast in 2008. The BBC has also renewed a deal giving it the broadcast rights to three other Wallace […]

Orange TV Adding Cartoon Network

British mobile entertainment service Orange TV will carry Cartoon Network as one of its nine channels when it launches next week, World Screen reports. The service will cost £10 per month.

Williams Partners With Odyssey for "Ribbit" Film

Shrek producer John H. Williams has partnered with U.K.-based sales and financing company Odyssey Entertainment to bring his latest project, Ribbit, to the U.K., AWN reports, citing the Hollywood Reporter. Ribbit tells the story of a country frog and his wild adventure to the big city.

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