23rd October 2012

Toon Boom 2012 Halloween Animation Contest

Toon BoomStep aside ghouls, ghosts and phantasms, the Pumpkins are afoot! All dressed in their spookiest finery, extravagant, exotic and flamboyant, the Pumpkins make their way to the Haunted Halloween Ball, where Toon Boom is hosting its annual Halloween Animation Contest. Using a free copy of Flip Boom Doodle, dress up your eeriest Pumpkin in its creepiest clothes and make it dance at the macabre Haunted Halloween Ball. Animators of all skill levels and ages are invited to create their own dancing Pumpkin! Winners will receive an iPad or a copy of Toon Boom Studio. Contest closes on October 31st, voting begins on November 1st and winners will be announced on November 6th. Read the rest of this entry »

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7th October 2012

The Canada Media Fund Champions Canada’s Children’s And Youth Trailblazers At MIPJunior 2012

Canada MipCom Country of Honour 2012Today at Cannes the Canada Media Fund (CMF) featured Canada’s leading-edge and innovative transmedia series, games, software and mobile applications made specifically for children and youth. The Canada Media Fund’s Catalina Briceno, Director of Industry and Market Trends, presented a special screening of ten outstanding projects representative of Canada’s creative screen-based industry geared towards the youth market. Last year alone, the CMF committed a total of $79 million to 128 projects targeting the children’s and youth market,  presented on television or developed for digital platforms.  This represents 23% of the CMF’s support of the Canadian television and digital media industry. Read the rest of this entry »

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1st October 2012

Toon Boom And Bento Box Entertainment Team Up

Toon BoomToon Boom Animation Inc. and California-based Bento Box Entertainment (“BBE”) have combined their expertise to develop an exclusive and state-of-the-art digital animation production pipeline uniquely designed for Bento Box’s production on prime-time animated television series, among them Bob’s Burgers, Allen Gregory, and the upcoming new series Brickleberry, Out There, and The Awesomes, as well as multiple Network prime-time animation pilots. The all-digital global workflow methodology set up under the arrangement is on the industry’s cutting edge, and Toon Boom and BBE will be promoting the innovative pipeline and processes to other studios around the world that could potentially benefit from this customized methodology. Read the rest of this entry »

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30th August 2012

Toon Boom Supports the MIPJunior First International Pitch Competition

Toon BoomEmmy® Award-winning Toon Boom Animation Inc. the market leader in animation technology, announced today its support of the MIPJunior first International Pitch Competition targeted to creatives, producers and decision-makers from all sectors of the kids’ entertainment business. Read the rest of this entry »

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20th August 2012

Toon Goggles Signs With Backbone Entertainment For Two New Animated Series

toon gogglesOnline kids’ channel Toon Goggles, an innovative free portal that provides valuable viewing data to content producers, has signed an agreement with Malaysia-based Backbone Entertainment to bring two of the animation studio’s premier properties to Toon Goggles’ growing library of content. The agreement sees two of Backbone’s animated programs, 13 episodes of “Sugar Pals” and 13 Episodes of “Stryker,” now being available to Toon Goggles audiences throughout the US and Canada. Read the rest of this entry »

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20th August 2012

DHX Media To Acquire Cookie Jar Entertainment

Cookie Jardhx mediaDHX Media Ltd. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the business of Cookie Jar Entertainment to create Canada’s largest children’s entertainment company. The combined company will own the world’s most extensive independent library of children’s entertainment, including more than 8,550 half hour episodes.  The transaction implies an enterprise value for Cookie Jar of $111 million, to be paid through a combination of approximately 36 million DHX shares, $5 million in cash, and the assumption of $66 million of debt. Read the rest of this entry »

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13th August 2012

Disney Junior is Justin Time for Adventure with Original Series Premiere September 16

Disney JuniorAstral’s Disney Junior embarks on a colossal adventure with the premiere of the Canadian original series Justin Time on Sunday, September 16 at 8:30 a.m. ET. Showcasing friendship, teamwork and imaginative storytelling, Justin and his pals, Olive and Squidgy, star in the biggest adventures of all time told from every corner of the world. Viewers can catch a sneak peek on Saturday, September 8 at 9:50 a.m. ET, following the 45-minute Handy Manny special “Firefighter Manny.” Read the rest of this entry »

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9th August 2012

DHX Media Titles Rastamouse and Martha Speaks Licensed to BBC Kids in Canada

dhx mediaDHX Media Ltd. has licensed the fourth season of its popular series Martha Speaks to British Columbia’s Knowledge Network, with the broadcaster also acquiring the headline preschool show Rastamouse for its Canadian channel, BBC Kids. Read the rest of this entry »

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8th August 2012

Side Effects Dramatically Lowers Prices for Houdini And Introduces Asset Store

side effects softwareSide Effects Software, a Toronto-based developer of 3D animation and visual effects software, is proud to announce new prices for Houdini designed to facilitate growth within the Houdini global community, simplified branding for the two Houdini workstation products and integration with the Orbolt™ Smart Asset Store to give Houdini artists access to the combined knowledge of the whole community. Read the rest of this entry »

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7th August 2012

Toon Boom Harmony 10 Unveiled at SIGGRAPH 2012

Toon BoomEmmy® Award-winning Toon Boom Animation Inc., a Montreal-based animation technology developer, is proud to announce the release of Toon Boom Harmony 10 at SIGGRAPH 2012 in Los Angeles, at Booth #1030. This new version delivers all the benefits that a 64-bit engine brings to your hardware, namely overall enhanced performance, a much faster user interface and interactive playback, as well as the ability to render projects and images in 2K, 4K, 8K and more. In addition, the 64-bit engine amplifies Harmony’s unique capabilities related to pencil line technology with textures, deformation tools, particles and 2D-3D integration. Read the rest of this entry »

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