San José, Costa Rica – October 02, 2013
Costa Rican independent prodco. Rocket Cartoons is launching three new shows this weekend at MIPJr. thru its distribution partners Monster Entertainment from Ireland and Awol Animation from Paris.
These shows come in different formats and are focused to the preschool and young kids’ audience. “Yum Yum and You” (78 x 5´) and its Christmas Special “A Christmas with Yum Yum and You” (1 x 26´) were softly introduced to the market by Awol Animation during MIPTV earlier this year, and now they are followed by a third production called “Outopus” (52 x 2´), introduced to the market by Monster Entertainment.
Rocket Cartoons´ President and CEO, Leo Trinidad said: “We are thrilled to increase our offer of shows for kids and we are very happy to have concluded all these productions. Outopus is a really funny series of interstitials about five funny octopus constantly planning all type of crazy escapes out of their fish tank, and Yum Yum and You on the other hand is a charming show about a positive little Cyclops who shows how to deal with everyday life obstacles using teamwork and a smile.”
Both series and the Christmas special have been very well received internationally and we hope to have a great market this year at MipJr.”
Rocket Cartoons
Rocket Cartoons is the main independent Animation Production Company located in Central America, devoted to the creation of global trademarks of entertainment for children.

Since year 2008, its main activity has been the development and production of TV series, providing fresh content for different children’s TV channels around the world. Besides the production of its series Rocket also has a strong area available to provide services for animated productions and has expanded its list of clients in the last 2 years, mainly for projects from USA and Canada.




Promote Yourself: ABC Commercial Confirmed as Home Entertainment Partner on Animated Web Series “The Eggsperts” from Flying Bark Productions and Blake eLearning

the eggsperts 

ABC Commercial Confirmed as Home Entertainment Partner on Animated Web Series “The Eggsperts” from Flying Bark Productions and Blake eLearning 

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – October 2, 2013…..

Flying Bark Productions and Blake eLearning today confirmed ABC Commercial as the home entertainment partner on the recently announced animated web series “The Eggsperts”.

ABC Commercial will release the 11 x 7 minute series produced by RE Productions Pty Limited and developed with the assistance of Screen NSW on DVD.

Based on the highly successful e-learning website, ABC Reading Eggs, the series will be a stimulating and educational production for four to seven year olds, available for download via Android and Apple mobile devices as well as to all ABC Reading Eggs subscribers.

“We are thrilled to have ABC Commercial on board as our home entertainment partner.  The series will deliver a rich educational experience for children making the trusted ABC for Kids brand a perfect fit for “The Eggsperts” DVD release” said Flying Bark Productions Managing Director, Jim Ballantine.

The ABC Reading Eggs website reaches over two million members from over 169 countries and is a highly successful property in the education and eLearning market for its target age group and a highly successful online reading program for children aged 3-13.

Life in Eggleston and the surrounding lands is one giant puzzle and the Eggsperts are on a mission to deliver new eggs to their homelands, crack the special hatching word and welcome an eggstraordinary critter as it hatches into their quirky world!  Sam, Jazz and Tom are the very best egg hatchers – but they are also good at getting distracted.  Sometimes they find themselves caught up in the wild, whimsical and wonderful things they see along the way!  Luckily they are “eggsperts”, and together they find ways to get back on track and get their new Critter friend hatched!

Children experience and learn new and exciting things every day – just like the Eggsperts.  Each episode brings children on a new adventure of discovery in a fun and playful environment and features one or more of the characters facing a quirky challenge. The stories reflect a combination of charm and adventure which underpins the website design and experience.  Targeted at preschool children, the series focuses on the use of phonemic awareness, letter recognition and socio-emotional learning – three key elements in a child’s journey in learning to read.  The episodes include sound and word play, rhymes, songs and tongue-twisting fun.

Learning should be associated with fun, excitement and a feeling of accomplishment.  As children solve the clues, with the help of the Eggsperts, they associate learning and teamwork as a positive and rewarding experience, as they help to hatch the egg and find a reward inside!  The goal is to motivate children to learn and to encourage curiosity and creativity as they explore the colourful and fun world of the Eggsperts!

With an extensive and distinguished legacy as one of Australia’s leading entertainment producers, Flying Bark Productions is at the forefront of the animation industry, creating film and television content that delights and captivates pre-school, young adult and family audiences worldwide.

Blake eLearning is a leading independent publisher that specialises in creating high quality literacy and numeracy resources for schools and educators throughout the world. With over 2.6 million members in 169 countries, ABC Reading Eggs is an online reading program that teaches children aged 3-13 the core literacy skills needed for lifetime reading success. The program provides a comprehensive sequence of online lessons, games and ebooks that make learning fun and motivational for young children.

The ABC Reading Eggs program has been developed by a highly experienced team of teachers, educational writers, animators and web developers.


Promote Yourself: No Nuts, No Glory

The Nut Job

This January, go nuts for Open Road’s new animated film, THE NUT JOB! Take a look at the brand new TEASER TRAILER that debuted today. With an all-star cast, including Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph, this is one nutty heist you don’t want to miss! THE NUT JOB is an action-packed comedy that follows the travails of Surly (voiced by Will Arnett), a mischievous squirrel, and his rat friend Buddy, who plan a nut store heist of outrageous proportions and unwittingly find themselves embroiled in a much more complicated and hilarious adventure.
Check out the trailer NOW on Yahoo! Movies:
THE NUT JOB hits theaters nationwide on January 17, 2014!


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Sydney, Australia – September 30, 2013…

Flying Bark Productions today announced the appointment of Merchantwise as the licensing and merchandising agent for the Blinky Bill brand in Australia.


Merchantwise now represents the entire brand portfolio ranging from the original Blinky Bill property, Yoram Gross production designs of the characters and the much anticipated new imagery being produced by Greenpatch Productions in association with Flying Bark Productions.


Flying Bark Productions’ Managing Director, Jim Ballantine said “I am thrilled to announce the appointment of Merchantwise as the local Blinky Bill licensing and merchandising agent.  Blinky Bill is one of our very treasured properties and I am looking forward to working with the Merchantwise team to bring this much loved brand in all its incarnations to the Australian retail space”.


With an extensive and distinguished legacy as one of Australia’s leading entertainment producers, Flying Bark Productions is at the forefront of the animation industry, creating film and television content that delights and captivates pre-school, young adult and family audiences worldwide.


For all Australian licensing enquiries, please contact Kerryn McCormack, Senior Account Manager, Merchantwise on +61 3 9520 1000





Australia’s SLR Productions today announced the creative team on the animated series ‘Captain Flinn and The Pirate Dinosaurs’ which was recently green-lit for production with local broadcast partner Nine Network along with international partners, ZDF Enterprises, Telegael and Top Draw Animation.

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With Suzanne Ryan of SLR Productions as Executive Producer, the series will combine the creative expertise of Greg Ingram as Director, Jo Boag as Studio Creative Director, Yasmin Jones as Line Producer, Melanie Alexander as Script Producer and David Evans, David Witt, Cleon Prineas, John Armstrong, Tom Mason, Dan Danko, Rachel Spratt and Bruce Griffiths as the series’ script writers.


The 52 x 11 minute series is based on award winning picture books of the same name by internationally recognised and highly acclaimed Author/Illustrator duo, Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto and the television series will be developed by Jo Boag, Melanie Alexander, Steve Moltzen and Rachel Spratt.


“We have the very best of creative talents on board for ‘Captain Flinn and The Pirate Dinosaurs’.  Each of the team will bring their many years of experience and knowledge in animation to make the series irresistible to audiences locally and internationally” said Executive Producer and CEO of SLR Productions, Suzanne Ryan.


“The Telegael design team is super excited about ‘Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs’.  It has a unique style and will be a fun series to be part of.  I was aware of the books and am really looking forward to working with the creative crew to bring them to life” said Telegael’s Head of Animation, Yvonne Hennessy.


“This is the third series we’ve had the pleasure to collaborate on with SLR Productions and also with Telegael.  It’s a terrific team and a proven formula that guarantees a fabulous outcome.  As for Captain Flynn……his brand of irreverence and general silliness is right up our alley and promises some happy sailing ahead” said Managing Director of Top Draw Animation, Wayne Dearing.


“I am really looking forward to working with the creative team for ‘Captain Flinn and The Pirate Dinosaurs’.  Many of the creative crew have worked on SLR Productions television content in the past so it is a great opportunity to collaborate again on this fun and silly series for children” said Studio Creative Director, Jo Boag.


“Our team of writers is incredibly talented and we have the most amazing stories in Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto’s picture books to draw from to create our television adaptation.  I am thrilled to work with each script writer in developing the storylines to be ones that children all over the world adore” said Script Producer, Melanie Alexander.


In 2011 ‘Captain Flinn and The Pirate Dinosaurs’ won Best TV Pilot and the prestigious Arlecchino Award for Best Book Based Work, an esteemed accolade of the Cartoons On The Bay Pulcinella Awards, International Television and Cross Media Animation Festival held in Italy.  The series also was selected as a nominee in the 2011 Banff International Pilots competition in the youth and children category and was shown at the 2011 Banff World Media Festival in Canada.


Pirattitude meets silly in these riotous tales of a jam-stealin’ Captain T Rex, Stig the stegosaurus, Dippy the diplodocus, Tricky the triceratops and Terry the pterodactyl and four adventure lovin’ kids Captain Flinn, Pearl, Tom and Violet who teach them a thing or two!
Irreverence, general silliness and flagrant disrespect for pirate dinosaurs wrapped around a message of simple empowerment: sometimes when you face your fear…you’ll notice it’s wearin’ a milk moustache (underneath that eye-patch…arrr).



SLR Productions is one of Australia’s leading Emmy and multi award winning children’s entertainment companies, specialising in the creative development and production of world-class media content.  Established in 2002 by CEO, Suzanne Ryan, SLR is recognised for creating successful brands such as the internationally acclaimed preschool property, Guess How Much I Love You™, the Australian comic book series GASP!™ and the Emmy Award winning animated series I Got a Rocket™.   SLR’s passion is to make creative, adventurous, imaginative and exciting programmes for audiences worldwide.  The company has produced more than 100 hours of content sold in more than 150 territories worldwide.  With its highly experienced development and production divisions, SLR partners with major broadcasters, producers, distributors, publishers and creatives both locally and internationally to create hit shows with a truly global reach.

Promote Yourself: Anime Midwest gets Frenchy and the Punk, and Chris Patton

Anime Midwest gets Frenchy and the Punk, and Chris Patton
Minneapolis, MN – September 27, 2013 – Anime Midwest in Chicago is excited to announce two more guests will be joining them in 2014: steampunk musicians Frenchy and the Punk and voice actor Chris Patton. Frenchy at the Punk will be part of Anime Midwest’s epic concert series headlined by Steam Powered Giraffe. Convention attendees can see both FnP and Chris Patton in numerous panels, autograph sessions, and events throughout the weekend convention.
Chris Patton is an exceptionally well-known voice actor, particularly for roles such as Sousuke Sagara in Full Metal Panic!. He has has been acting professionally for well over fifteen years, with over twelve of those years dedicated to voice acting and anime, including work for ADV Films, FUNimation Entertainment, Sentai Filmworks, and OkraTron 5000. Some of his other more well-known roles are Greed in Fullmetal Alchemist and Brotherhood, Asura in Soul Eater, Akuto Sai in Demon King Daimao, Keima in The World God Only Knows, Ikki in Air Gear, Sho in Guyver, Fakir in Princess Tutu, Nishi in Gantz, and Turles in Dagonball Z: The Tree of Might. Other Anime credits include: Inu x Boku S.S., Phi-Brain – Puzzle of God, Hajime in Ghost Stories, Ayato in RahXephon, Daley Wong in Bubblegum Crisis 2040, Ranmaru in The Wallflower, Eiji in Gravion and Gravion Zwei, Haruka in Tactics, Graham Spector in Baccano!, Komyo Sanzo in Saiyuki, Gintoki in the Gintama movie, Hiroki in The Place Promised in Our Early Days, and tons and tons more! Chris is also a stage performer, a music freak, a horror film nerd, a roller coaster guru, and a huge fan of Sharon Needles, Freddie Mercury, and Aleister Crowley.
When trying to picture Frenchy and the Punk, imagine Django Reinhardt, The White Stripes, Johnny Ramone, Siouxsie Sioux and Edith Piaf jamming together at an event hosted by Deepak Chopra. This is what it might sound like. A sultry French-born singer, percussionist and a fiery punk rock guitarist from the golden days of the hardcore scene blended their diverse talents to form Frenchy and the Punk in 2005. The unlikely pairing has since released 6 full-length CDs and have performed all across the U.S. and in Europe. In May 2012, Yahoo Music called them one of the top 25 duos in the US. Their show is a carnival of two that will take you from Paris to CBGBs and back again. A rollicking flapper folk punk cabaret with cleverly crafted songs, Taiko meets Rio de Janeiro pounding drum instrumentals and true DIY attitude.
The duo’s music, magnetic stage presence, charm and exhilarating performances have attracted a consistently growing and loyal fan base around the world. The new CD Elephant Uproar released in March 2013 highlights the duo’s rabid drumming instrumentals. Be sure to check out their earlier releases, the frenzied fun of the Hey Hey Cabaret CD (2012), and their breakthrough 2010 CD release, Happy Madness.
The duo’s extended bio can be found at
The full guest list can be found at
Anime Midwest is happening July 4-6, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare and Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, in the Chicago suburbs. The convention brings some of the biggest voice actors, concerts, and events together with nearly 10,000 fans to celebrate Japanese animation and nerdy culture. Attendees can buy tickets to attend now at