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Michael Hefferon Named President of Rainmaker Ent.

Vancouver-based Rainmaker Entertainment has appointed veteran feature film and television executive Michael Hefferon as president and executive producer, it was announced by Craig Graham, ... Continue Reading →
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‘Jake and the Pirates’, ‘Batman’ Help Mattel’s Bottom Line

Toy giant Mattel reported an overall entertainment product sales drop of 36 percent, but posted a profit of $96.2 million (up from $80.5 million) in the year-ago period. The company ... Continue Reading →
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JimJam Acquires Two New Preschool Series

Global pre-school channel JimJam, has picked up two animated series, Monkey See, Monkey Do and MuMuHug. Available to JimJam’s 17 million subscribers across Europe, the Middle East, ... Continue Reading →
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‘Regular Show,’ ‘Danny Phantom,’ Elmo Hit DVD

Mordecai and Rigby are finally arriving on DVD with the release this week of Regular Show: Slack Pack (Warner Bros., $14.97), collecting 12 episodes of the series from the first and ... Continue Reading →
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HIT Scores Big Deals for ‘Mike the Knight’

HIT Entertainment reports 10 new TV sales and three licensing agent deals for its CG-animated preschool property Mike the Knight. The series has been sold to Super RTL in Germany, and ... Continue Reading →
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Arc Is on Board HIT’s ‘Thomas & Friends’

HIT Entertainment has signed Toronto-based Arc Productions (formerly Starz) to animate the new season of its CG-animated preschool hit Thomas & Friends. This deal marks the first ... Continue Reading →
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‘Mike the Knight’ Gallops onto Nick

Nickelodeon is suiting up its latest CG preschool hero as Mike the Knight premieres this Friday, February 3 at 10:30 a.m. The 26 x half-hour adventure series teaches kids about friendship ... Continue Reading →
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More ‘MAD,’ ‘Thomas’ Spin Out on DVD

There’s no week that can’t be brightened up with a DVD release from the Usual Gang of Idiots. Leading this week’s home entertainment releases is MAD: Season 1, Part ... Continue Reading →
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Keeping Toons Alive in Old Blighty

Although many U.K. TV animation producers are disheartened about the bleak economic climate and lack of government support, they continue to follow the country’s much-admired tradition ... Continue Reading →
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Bob’s Big Build a Big Hit in London

HIT Entertainment’s world-renowned handy man Bob the Builder attracted quite the crowd in London’s O2 Live Quarter as 2,500 fans came to attend Bob’s Big Build—an interactive ... Continue Reading →