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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2nd August 2012

Sony Imageworks And Animation Studios Going Big At SIGGRAPH 2012

imageworksSony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) and Sony Pictures Animation (SPA), celebrating 20th and 10th anniversaries, respectively, will feature their renowned stable of effects and animation talent August 7 in special “behind the scenes” presentations of blockbuster live-action hits Men in Black 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man and the highly-anticipated animated feature film Hotel Transylvania during SIGGRAPH 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Centre. Read the rest of this entry »

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1st August 2012

Rainmaker Entertainment Announces Shareholder Approval of Sale of Animation Studio

RainmakerRainmaker Entertainment Inc. is pleased to announce that the previously announced proposed sale of certain assets comprising substantially all of Rainmaker’s animation studio assets to Rainmaker Studios Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Xing Xing Digital Corporation, was approved by 99.91% of the votes cast in person or by proxy at the special meeting of the Rainmaker’s shareholders held yesterday afternoon. The Transaction, which is expected to close during the fall, remains conditional upon, among other things, the receipt of all required regulatory approvals.

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1st August 2012

Toon Boom Fuels 4 Out of 5 2012 Emmy Nominees For Outstanding Animated Programs

Toon BoomEmmy® Award-winning Toon Boom Animation Inc. is honoured to announce that the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has nominated four animated programs, in what is a category of five nominees, powered by Toon Boom. These animated programs include: Read the rest of this entry »

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28th June 2012

Rainmaker Entertainment Announces Agreement To Sell

RainmakerRainmaker Entertainment Inc. announced earlier today that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement dated June 27, 2012 pursuant to which Rainmaker Studios Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Xing Xing Digital Corporation, has agreed to acquire certain assets comprising substantially all of Rainmaker’s animation studio assets. Read the rest of this entry »

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19th June 2012

Toronto Animation Arts Festival Introduces Pitch-a-Palooza For Animators

taafiToronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) has announced an animation-focused pitch event, Pitch-a-Palooza, and two supporting events, Pitch Lab and The Monkeyworks. TAAFI, widely supported by Canada’s animation community, is the inaugural three-day festival celebrating the best of animation arts from around the world from July 6 – 8 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Read the rest of this entry »

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