9 Story Media Group Acquires Worldwide Rights to Iconic Series GARFIELD AND FRIENDS

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9 Story Media Group Acquires Worldwide Rights to

Iconic Series GARFIELD AND FRIENDS

Toronto, Canada – May 25, 2016 – 9 Story Media Group announced today that it has acquired Garfield and Friends, the classic animated series from Mendelson/Paws Productions.  The deal includes the fullGarfield and Friends library, which consists of seven seasons (121 x 30’) along with twelve specials and two direct to video titles. 9 Story has secured exclusive worldwide rights across all languages and platforms and plans to remaster the classic content to an HD format.

Produced from 1988-1995, Garfield and Friends is based on the iconic Garfield comic strip created by Jim Davis.  Syndicated in 80 countries and translated into 42 languages, 220 million people read the comic strip each day. The Garfield brand boasts 400 licensees across 5,000 products and has earned over 17 million fans on Facebook.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Garfield and Friends join the growing 9 Story library,” said Natalie Osborne, Chief Strategy Officer for 9 Story Media Group. “Garfield is one of the most beloved and iconic characters of all time, and the classic television series will continue to delight audiences for generations to come.”

“This is the first time we’ve awarded the rights to a single distribution partner who will handle all markets and all platforms.  We’re very excited to see how the library performs, particularly given the opportunities in digital,” said Jim Davis.  “We are sure the classic TV library is in good hands with 9 Story. “

9 Story Media Group Inc. is a leading content creator, marketer and distributor of kids & family focused intellectual property. Recognized around the world for best-in-class brands such as Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood, Wild Kratts, Numb Chucks and Peg + Cat, 9 Story represents over 2,150 half hours of animated and live action programming, seen on some of the most respected international channels and platforms.  With one of North America’s largest animation studios, 9 Story employs over 275 creative and production staff in its Toronto facility and has produced over 900 half hours of award-winning children’s content. Last year 9 Story acquired the award winning animation studio Brown Bag Films, which employs over 175 staff members across Dublin, Manchester and Los Angeles.  Brown Bag is recognized for producing leading animated children’s series such as Octonauts, Doc McStuffins, Bing andHenry Hugglemonster.  9 Story is owned by senior management, ZMC (Zelnick Media Capital) and media entrepreneur Neil Court.  www.9story.com

 

About Garfield:
GARFIELD was born on the comics pages on June 19, 1978. The creation of cartoonist Jim Davis, GARFIELD is a humorous strip centered on the lives of a quick-witted orange cat who loves lasagna, coffee, and his remote control; Jon Arbuckle, his owner; and Odie, a sweet but dumb dog. GARFIELD was introduced to the world in just 41 newspapers and is now the most widely syndicated comic strip ever, appearing in 2100 newspapers. The strip, distributed by Universal Press, is read by over 220 million people each day and is translated into 42 languages.

The success of the comic strip spawned an entertainment empire including television: Garfield and Friends, The Garfield Show, and a dozen primetime specials; movies: Garfield: The Movie and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties; hundreds of best-selling books, and thousands of licensed products.

Garfield has long been considered an evergreen property because he has not only endured, but continues to be fresh and funny after 38 years in the limelight.

Follow Garfield, along with over 17 million other fans, on Facebook (facebook.com/Garfield) and Twitter (twitter.com/Garfield), and visit garfield.com, and Garfield’s free educational site, professorgarfield

Kickstarter: Techtopia: An Animated Comedy Short

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Here’s an interesting Kickstarter with a technology twist. I’d actually like to see this made! Check it out!

The Finkelsteins, a family of out-dated gadgets, cast out of Techtopia by Gooog Inc, find purpose again by starting a temp agency in the suburbs of Passé, “Where no one goes obsolete!”

Techtopia: an animated comedy short pilot, is brought to you by this excellent team:

3-time Emmy winning Simpsons director, Mark Kirkland…
Life of Pi animation lead, Will Kistler…
Voice of Cartoon Network’s Tom and Jerry, Rick Zeiff…
Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! writer, Libby Ward….
Voice of Leonard on Nick’s Get Blake, Kevin Glikmann… 

Audio recording completed (Igloo Studios). Working with a great animation company (Lady Bug Studios) to produce a high-quality product. Please help us see this animated project to to the finish line! www.TechtopiaShow.com 

DHX MEDIA AND DREAMWORKS ANIMATION STRIKE STRATEGIC CONTENT PACT

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DHX MEDIA AND DREAMWORKS ANIMATION STRIKE STRATEGIC CONTENT PACT

 CENSING DEALS TO BRING MORE THAN 1,300 ADDITIONAL HALF-HOURS TO DHX TELEVISION

Halifax, NS & Glendale, CA, 8 December 2015 – DHX Media (“DHX” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: DHXM; TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B), a key player internationally in the creation of content for families and children, and DreamWorks Animation (NASDAQ: DWA), a leading family entertainment company, have entered into a five-year agreement to co-produce 130 episodes of original animated children’s content at DHX Studios. Content under the deal will air on DHX Television’s suite of channels, which includes Family Channel, Family Jr., Family CHRGD and Télémagino. DHX will handle distribution for the content in Canada and DWA will distribute to the rest of the world.

In addition, DHX Media has licensed more than 1,000 half-hours of television programming from DreamWorks Animation, to be broadcast beginning as early as June 2016 across DHX Television’s channels. DHX Television will thus become the exclusive television network for this DreamWorks Animation television content in Canada. Series coming to the network include All Hail King Julien, The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show, Dragons: Race to the Edge, The Croods, and many others.

DHX Media has also entered into an agreement with AwesomenessTV, which is majority owned by DWA, to license 300 half-hours of teen content for exclusive broadcast in Canada on Family Channel. AwesomenessTV is a multi-platform media company that is a global leader in producing content for the Gen Z audience. The series included in the agreement will air on Family Channel’s previously announced evening teen block, F2N, which launches in January 2016, anchored by DHX’s Degrassi: Next Class. DHX will also handle distribution for the AwesomenessTV content in Canada, including SVOD and OTT.

Dana Landry, CEO of DHX Media, commented: “We are excited to be teaming up with DreamWorks Animation and AwesomenessTV. These are two of the world’s leading content producers in the kids, teen and family space and we look forward to creating fantastic new series with them, and to bringing many of their exciting titles to our channels for Canadian families to enjoy.”

Ann Daly, President of DreamWorks Animation, commented: “We are incredibly pleased to welcome DHX to our family of world-leading broadcasters. This pact with DHX will not only expand the footprint of our existing library, but also create new branded series in Canada with global appeal.”

About DHX Media Ltd.

DHX Media Ltd. (www.dhxmedia.com) is a key player internationally in the production, distribution, broadcast and licensing of entertainment content for children and families. Owner of the world’s largest independent library of kids’ and family content, at more than 11,000 half-hours, DHX Media is recognized globally for such brands as Teletubbies, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou, In the Night Garden, Inspector Gadget, Make It Pop, Slugterra and the multiple award-winning Degrassi franchise. DHX Media is comprised of four main business units: DHX Studios creates high-quality original entertainment at its Vancouver and Halifax animation studios, its Toronto live-action studio, and in working with top international producers; DHX Distribution is a major provider of content to the global market; DHX Television, home to the Family suite of channels, is dedicated to delivering best-in-class programming to Canadian families; and DHX Brands specializes in creating, building and managing high-profile global entertainment brands within the children’s and young-adult markets. DHX Media also owns the full-service international licensing agency, Copyright Promotions Licensing Group Ltd. (CPLG), which represents numerous entertainment, sport and design brands. DHX Media has offices in 15 cities worldwide, including Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Barcelona, Milan, Munich, Amsterdam and Beijing. The Company is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol DHXM, and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbols DHX.A and DHX.B.

About DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series and live entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world. The company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. All of DreamWorks Animation’s feature films are produced in 3D. The company has theatrically released a total of 31 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of ShrekMadagascarKung Fu PandaHow to Train Your DragonPuss In Boots and The Croods.

About AwesomenessTV
AwesomenessTV is a multi-platform media company owned by DreamWorks Animation (Nasdaq: DWA) and Hearst Corporation, the latter of which has a 25 percent interest. Included under the AwesomenessTV banner are AwesomenessTV, a leading destination for original programming serving the global Gen Z audience; the ATV Network, a community based MCN with over 90,000 channels; Big Frame, an influencer talent management company; DreamWorksTV; Awestruck; Awesomeness Films; Wildness; as well as consumer products, music and branded entertainment divisions. AwesomenessTV was founded by Brian Robbins (Smallville, Varsity Blues, All That) and Joe Davola (In Living Color, Smallville, MTV Networks). Check out www.awesomenesstv.com.

For more information, please contact:

DHX Media

Investor Relations: David Regan – EVP, Corporate Development, DHX Media Ltd.
david.regan@dhxmedia.com
+1 902-425-3814

Financial Media: Shaun Smith – Director, Corporate Communications, DHX Media Ltd.
shaun.smith@dhxmedia.com
+1 416-977-7230

Trade Media: Aimee Norman at DDA Blueprint PR

aimee@ddablueprint.com

+44 (0) 20 8985 4708

DreamWorks Animation
Dan Berger – Corporate Communications, DreamWorks Animation

+1 818-695-4747

dan.berger@dreamworks.com

Jennifer DiGrazia – Investor Relations, DreamWorks Animation
+1 818-695-3384

jennifer.digrazia@dreamworks.com

Promote Yourself: 4Wheel Vehicle Autorig Plugin

This is Tutorial of using the 4Wheel Vehicle Autorig Plugin that is uploaded here:
Autodesk Exchange (Available) (Version 1.1.3): (2013, 2013.5, 2014, 2015, 2016)
apps.exchange.autodesk.com/MAYA/en/Detail/Index?id=appstore.exchange.autodesk.com%3a4wheelcarsautorig_windows32and64%3aen
gumroad.com (Version 1.1.3):(2013, 2013.5, 2014, 2015, 2016)
gumroad.com/l/hfGr
CreativeCrash(Version 1.1.3): (2013, 2013.5, 2014, 2015, 2016)
creativecrash.com/maya/plugin/vehicle-autorig-4wheel-for-vfx
Brake Caliper added:
vimeo.com/96989529
Please Email me if you have problem with its cost or have any idea…
note: it is available for maya 2013, 2014 and 2015 (windows platform), i’m developing it for other versions of maya and probably other platforms.

Studios that used it:
ntropic.com/
polygoncgi.com/
koffeecup.net/
general-gau.com/

23 BRAND-NEW ASIAN PROJECTS TO BE UNVEILED AT THE 2015 ASIAN ANIMATION SUMMIT NEXT MONTH

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23 BRAND-NEW ASIAN PROJECTS TO BE UNVEILED AT THE 2015 ASIAN ANIMATION SUMMIT NEXT MONTH

Best-in-class concepts from Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Singapore, India and China will be pitched live to buyers

TORONTO, CANADA –November 19, 2015: Kidscreen is thrilled to announce the 23 animation concepts that have been selected for the 2015 Asian Animation Summit showcase. Representing the very best kids animated TV development work across Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Singapore, India and China, these projects will be presented live at the event to an audience of broadcasters, co-producers, distributors and investors from Asia and the international marketplace.

Animon Race                                                     Lunchbox Studio (Thailand)
Bloody Bunny                                                   
2Spot Communications (Thailand)
Buck and Buddy                                               
Lil Critter Workshop (Malaysia)
Cliol The Story Teller                                    
ATAPY (Thailand)
Ditto with Dinosaur Friends                       
Mansi_Beijing Audio Visual Creative Company (China)
Fridgies                                                                               
Giggle Garage (Malaysia)
FrienZoo                                                             
Grafizix (Korea)
GOGO DINO                                                      
Studio Moggozi (Korea)
J For Adventure                                                              
August Media/Transmedia For Change (Singapore/Australia)
Katuri                                                                  
FunnyFlux Entertainment (Korea)
Maya & the Marinauts                                 
The R&D Studio (Malaysia)
Modoo Modoo Show                                    
PNI System (Malaysia)
Mondo Yan                                                       
Toonz Animation (India)
Naughty Nuts                                                   
MOSTAPES (Korea)
Rocky Dollies                                                    
Rocky Dolly Studio (Thailand)
Shasha & Noah go to SuSu Land               
YG Films (Malaysia)
Space Drone                                                     
Pictionary Art Factory (Korea)
Spongo & Fuzz                                                
Cheeky Little Media (Australia)
Takraw Super Kick                                           Moon House Studio (Thailand)
The Time-Travel Adventures                     
YoBoHo (India)
of Annie & Ben
Tobix                                                                    
BIG PUMPKIN (Korea)
Tony Jetskate                                                   
Blindspot Studios (Malaysia)
Toteboom                                                         
Playtune (Malaysia)
Hosted by KOCCA (Korea), the 2015 Asian Animation Summit is owned and produced by Kidscreen, in concert with presenting partners SIPA and DITP (Thailand), MDeC and MCMC (Malaysia) and supporting partner Screen Australia, with a mandate to facilitate international financing and co-production connections for projects from the Asian region.

This year’s event is set to take place in Jeju, South Korea from December 7 to 9—optimal timing for those who are also attending Asia Television Forum in Singapore the previous week (December 2 to 4).

Over the course of the three-day event, each project will be presented in a moderated live pitch and Q&A format, with plenty of time for follow-up meetings and casual networking built into the schedule.

There will also be an informative conference session at the start of each day, touching on topics that are highly relevant to Asian animation producers. They are as follows:

The Rules of Engagement

Asian app maker Dr Panda’s kids games have racked up more than 40 million downloads to date. In this session, we’ll dig into the DNA of these games to find out what makes them such a popular entertainment choice with kids and parents alike.
FEATURING:
Bosma Thijs, CEO, Dr Panda 

Shifting Your Pitch

Pinpoint the unique content requirements global buyers like Disney, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Netflix are looking for, and then find out how to customize your project pitch to tick each one’s boxes.

FEATURING:

Frank Falcone, President & Creative Director, Guru Studio

 

Superwings Case Study: An East meets West success story

Exploring the perspectives of creator and US broadcaster on why Superwings works for an international audience.

FEATURING:
Andrew Beecham, SVP of Programming, Sprout

Jung Jin Hong, Producer, FunnyFlux Entertainment

 

Project images are available upon request.

For further details, please contact:
Janet Balmforth/Aimee Norman at DDA Blueprint PR

Tel: +44 (0) 208 868 0511 Email: janet@ddablueprint.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Promote Yourself- Andrew Mccants

My name is Andrew Mccants. I have not worked in the animation industry but I have taken courses in storyboarding and studied animation on my own. I am looking for a entry position in the animation industry so that I can work my way up to become a storyboard artist and flourish in the industry.