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MarcoPolo Debuts Short-Form Series ‘The Polos’

Mobile-centric kids media company MarcoPolo Learning is launching a new video business with the debut of its first short-form video series, The Polos. Aimed at kids 3-7, the shorts ... Continue Reading →
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Bejuba Picks Up ‘Deer Little Forest’ Rights

Canadian kids entertainment company Bejuba! Entertainment has inked a deal with Koko Rose Media, picking up global distribution rights for animated preschool series Deer Little Forest ... Continue Reading →
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‘Little Critter’ to Take on Global Entertainment Biz

Mercer Mayer’s beloved Little Critter children’s book characters (featured in over 100 titles currently in print in the U.S. alone) are set to take on the broader world of entertainment. ... Continue Reading →
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VES Awards Honor ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Revenant,’ Pixar, ‘Game of Thrones’

The VES Awards were presented Tuesday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, with the top awards going to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Good Dinosaur, The Revenant, ... Continue Reading →
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‘Mack & Moxy’ Set for PBS

A new series of specials produced by Socially Dynamic Entertainment (in association with Vancouver toon studio Bardel Entertainment) will arrive on PBS stations nationwide as Mack & ... Continue Reading →
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Inkling Creative’s ‘Follow Your Heart’ Bows at SBIFF

Inklings Creative announces that its debut animated short film Follow Your Heart will premiere this month at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, taking place in the coastal ... Continue Reading →
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Superights Picks Up Vivement Lundi’s ‘Horn Quartet’

Superights has signed on to handle distribution of Vivement Lundi!’s The Horn Quartet, which was pitched by the French studio at Cartoon Forum last September. The half-hour special ... Continue Reading →
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‘Masha’ Says Buon Giorno to Rai YoYo

Ink Global announces that Masha’s Tales — the new spinoff of worldwide hit kids show Masha and the Bear from Russia’s Animaccord studio — has been snapped up ... Continue Reading →
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Tricon Finds Partners for ‘Me, Myself & My Selfie’

Paris-based produces Savoir-Fer and REAZ have teamed up with Tricon Kids & Family to co-produce a new CG kids comedy shorts series Me, Myself & My Selfie (104 x 2). The French-Canadian, ... Continue Reading →
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Jetpack Secures Commissions for ‘The Sisters’

Global distributor Jetpack Distribution has secured a commissioning deal with French broadcasters M6 and Canal+ for The Sisters, a new 52 x 11 series for kids 6-10. The 2D animated ... Continue Reading →
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Ankama Inks Deals for ‘Kit & Kate’

Preschool series Kit & Kate — produced by Toonbox Animation Studio and distributed by Ankama Animations — has picked up several international broadcast partners recently. ... Continue Reading →
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Daily News Bytes

Watch Sneak Peek: Floyd Norman – An Animate Life Doc on 1st Black Animator to Work for Disney Look back at the 80-year-old animator’s incredible career at the iconic Disney ... Continue Reading →
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Nick Reveals Kids Choice Nominees

Nickelodeon announces the nominees for the 2016 Kids’ Choice Awards — the ultimate fan celebration of the best of everything kids love in pop culture. These gems will get ... Continue Reading →
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Cartoons on the Bay Deadline Extended

Organizers of the annual Cartoons on the Bay festival have extended the submission deadline for the 2016 edition to February 15. The 19th iteration of the event will take place in Venice, ... Continue Reading →
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Toon Boom, Guru Sign Collaboration Deal

Toon Boom Animation, the makers of Harmony and Storyboard Pro, have entered a technology partnership with Toronto’s Guru Studio. Under the agreement, the engineers of both R&D ... Continue Reading →
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Bradley Wald Named CFO, SVP Business Ops for LAIKA

Portland stop-motion studio LAIKA has appointed former NBCUniversal exec Bradley Wald as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Business Operations. The announcement was ... Continue Reading →
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DHX Brands Hires Three Key Execs

DHX Brands is expanding its team with three key hires for its LA and London offices. Kaisa Nieminen has been appointed Senior Brand Manager for North America, based in LA and reporting ... Continue Reading →
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UNICEF’s Animated ‘Unfairy Tales’ Tells Refugee Children’s Stories

UNICEF is launching a new animated series meant to bring attention to the youngest victims of the Syrian refugee crisis, Unfairy Tales. Created by ad agency 180LA, the videos chronicle ... Continue Reading →
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Cartoon Network Commits $30M to Presidential STEM Initiative

Over the weekend, President Obama announced the White House’s commitment to making hands-on STEM learning an integral part of students’ education in the United States. As ... Continue Reading →
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HopMotion Launches Debut Series ‘Chhoti Anandi’

HopMotion Animation, a leading Indian toon production house which will soon be expanding to Ottawa, has delivered its first 2D animated series Chhoti Anandi to the local market as it ... Continue Reading →