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press release: Youth Media Alliance Announces New Board Members and Andra Sheffer Scholarship Winner

By Mike Valiquette

Youth Media Alliance welcomes new board of directors and unveils the YMA Andra Sheffer Scholarship winner Youth Media Alliance (YMA) is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its board of directors: Jonathan Finkelstein (President and Executive Producer, Apartment 11 Productions), Marney Malabar (Director, KidsTV, TVO) Jennifer Twiner-McCarron (President, Atomic Cartoons). They… »

press release: 9 Story Secures Multiple Sales for Animated Series 3 AMIGONAUTS

By Mike Valiquette

9 Story Media Group is pleased to announce that it has secured multiple international sales for the animated comedy 3 AMIGONAUTS (52 x 11’), aimed at children 6 to 11 years old. New licenses include Sony Pictures Television Networks (UK, Italy and Sub Saharan Africa), Canal+ (French-speaking Europe and Africa), RTP (Portugal), Disney (CEE), DKids… »

press release: YMA Conference, November 15 to 17, Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

Children, Youth & Media conference: A look at the program, November 15 to 17 Once again this fall, Youth Media Alliance (YMA) presents a major event for youth screen-based media professionals: the Children, Youth & Media (CYM) conference, now in its seventh edition. Scheduled from November 15 to 17 in Toronto, the conference addresses the… »

press release: Wow Unlimited Media and Bell Media Teaming for Kids and Youth Channel

By Mike Valiquette

Wow Unlimited Media and Bell Media Announce Strategic Partnership in Kids and Youth Entertainment TORONTO, ON and VANCOUVER, BC–(Marketwired – June 07, 2017) – Wow Unlimited Media Inc. (“Wow“) (TSX VENTURE: WOW.A) (TSX VENTURE: WOW.B) and Bell Media (“Bell Media”) are pleased to announce that they have entered into a term sheet (the “Term Sheet“)… »

press release: Youth Media Alliance 2017 Awards of Excellence – Winners Announced

By Mike Valiquette

Winners of the 2017 Awards of Excellence Montréal, May 31, 2017 – This year’s Youth Media Alliance gala unfolded before an enthusiastic audience on May 31 at the CBC Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. The evening was hosted by the vibrant Studio K trio of Tony Kim, Janaye Upshaw and Victor Verbitsky under this year’s… »

from the internets: CBC Kids Makes It Official, Marie McCann In Top Job.

By Mike Valiquette

Kidscreen is reporting that acting Director Marie McCann is taking over the position permanently. Marie’s a great pick, she’s been with CBC for years, off and on, and really has a sense for the brand, including how it’s moving forward. Here’s the article. Congrats to… »

Len Cochrane Passes Away at 71

By Mike Valiquette

The Hollywood Reporter is sharing the news that legendary Canadian kids broadcast executive, Len Cochrane, has passed away at the age of 71. Len was a pioneer of the kids broadcast sector, founding Teletoon and presiding over Family Channel from 1990 to 2001. He retired in 2014. cartt.ca has an obituary that touches on how… »

from the internets: Dierdre Brennan Leaves CORUS For Sprout

By Mike Valiquette

This is a tough one. It happened last week and was shared around a lot, but we should post it too, for good measure. Deirdre Brennan joined CORUS less than a year ago, so her departure is somewhat troubling. Here’s a link to Kidscreen’s sharing of the press release. Deirdre is a world class exec,… »

press release: Guru Studio’s Big Blue in Development at Kids’ CBC

By Mike Valiquette

GURU STUDIO DIVES INTO THE BIG BLUE WITH CBC Toronto, ON., Oct 12, 2016 –  Guru Studio’s latest project Big Blue is now in development with Kids’ CBC. This fresh original show follows sibling underwater adventurers Lettie and Lemo and their quirky submarine crew as they explore and protect a vast ocean covered planet from… »

press release: New Content Focus At Nelvana

By Mike Valiquette

We got this press release a little late, but I thought it would be important to share it. Honestly, I’ve never been very excited about what happens at Nelvana, but this news is interesting. I firmly believe that the real change in our industry towards creator driven production will only occur in a place that… »

press release: Counterfeit Cat Goes Global On Disney XD and Disney Channel

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto, Canada – September 19, 2016  – Tricon Kids & Family’s award-winning original animated comedy series Counterfeit Cat  (52×11′ and 11×2′ shorts) pounces onto Disney XD and Disney Channel in multiple territories including France, South East Asia, Japan, Australia/New Zealand, and Latin America. Counterfeit Cat received its world premiere in May on Disney XD UK… »

What now? Martin Markle out at KIDS CBC after less than a year. UPDATED: Marie McCann named Interim Senior Director.

By Mike Valiquette

I don’t even know what’s going on anymore. Kidscreen’s got the news, but that’s really all there is. http://kidscreen.com/2016/08/12/martin-markle-out-at-kids-cbc/ Updated with news from Kidscreen again: Marie McCann, who’s been at CBC and TVO off and on for years, is stepping in as interim senior director…. »

Federal Tax Credits for Webseries! Raise Your Voices and Be Heard!

By Mike Valiquette

A week or two ago we posted a link to a federal government questionnaire regarding digital content development in Canada. That kind of initiative is great, and shows that someone’s listening and interested in helping to grow our creative industry. Now there’s this. CAVCO (Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office) has been taking what I like to… »

Democracy in Action? Canadian Heritage Ministry Contemplates Overhaul to Content Industry Incentives

By Mike Valiquette

It’s been a crazy busy couple of weeks, TAAFI happened, now there’s gradfilms to share and, as usual, we can barely keep up with the job posts. But while all this has been going on, all wonderful symptoms of a very healthy and thriving animation industry, which is part of a larger cultural industry, our… »

press release: KIDS’ CBC WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVES MARIE MCCANN AND DREW MULLIN

By Mike Valiquette

January 25, 2016– Kids’ CBC announced today the hiring of Marie McCann and Drew Mullin as executives in charge of production for Children’s Content.  In their new roles, McCann and Mullin will report directly to Martin Markle, senior director of Children’s Content for CBC Television. “Marie and Drew have a lot of heart and creativity, and I’m… »

press release: Nerds and Monsters Season 2 on YTV

By Mike Valiquette

SLAP HAPPY CARTOONS’  NERDS AND MONSTERS SEASON TWO PREMIERES SATURDAY JANUARY 9th at 10:00 a.m. ET/PT ON YTV (Jan. 6, 2016 – Vancouver, Canada) – Vancouver-based animation studio Slap Happy Cartoons Inc. is pleased to announce the premiere of the second season of their animated series Nerds and Monsters on Corus Entertainment’s YTV, debuting Saturday,… »

press release: Youth Media Alliance launches its Digital Toolkit

By Mike Valiquette

 Youth Media Alliance (YMA) is pleased to unveil its Digital Toolkit, a practical tool to answer ethical and legal questions that producers of digital content for young people may have.   Development of the Digital Toolkit was made possible through the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), the Canada Media Fund (CMF), the… »

from the internets: Teletoon Retro Shutting Down

By Mike Valiquette

CP24 (of all places) has got this tidbit: Corus is down Teletoon Retro at the end of August. (Here’s the link) Some programming could shift to Teletoon proper, and I can assume we’ll be getting further announcements as the channels realign themselves. The broadcast landscape is shifting almost weekly it seems, with DHX dropping their… »

Press Release: Corus VP Jocelyn Hamilton Moves to eOne as President of eOne TV Canada

By Mike Valiquette

Sadly, we weren’t on the press list for this one, so I’m lifting from Playback: Longtime Corus executive Jocelyn Hamilton has been named president of eOne Television in Canada, the producer and distributor announced after business hours today. Hamilton has been leading original programming at Corus as VP programming and original productions for the broadcaster since… »

Animatic TO’s Mark Mayerson Pitch talk is up online

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto’s animation lecture series Animatic T.O. is posting another talk online; Mark Mayerson’s “Don’t Pitch To Buyers, Pitch The Audience!” https://youtu.be/KtQQmmbvmGc Mark’s blog ‘Mayerson on Animation’ (http://mayersononanimation.blogspot.ca/) is one of the sharpest commentaries on the state of animation and his talk is just as insightful. New Animatic T.O. lectures go up every two weeks on… »

from the internets: Kim Wilson Out at Kids’ CBC

By Mike Valiquette

Kidscreen received confirmation that  longtime creative head of children’s content at the CBC,Kim Wilson,  is no longer with the Canadian pubcaster. No other info about her sudden departure has been made public. A search for replacement is underway. Read more:… »

press release: Dave Cooper’s Bagel and Becky Lands at Teletoon

By Mike Valiquette

April 13, 2015 – Toronto, Ontario – Corus Entertainment’s TELETOON has commissioned the animated comedy series, The Bagel and Becky Show from Radical Sheep Productions for their 2016/2017 slate. Production has started on 52×11 minute episodes of the animated series, based on the book “Bagel’s Lucky Hat” by Dave Cooper, co-creator of Nickelodeon’s PIGGOATBANANACRICKET.  … »

Emmy Nominations Galore! (Especially Jess Borutski)

By Mike Valiquette

The Daytime Emmy nominations were announced yesterday, and that’s a good day to be a Canadian with Emmy aspirations. 9Story’s got 9, fittingly. Sinking Ship’s got a bunch, primarily for live action, but Annedroid’s got a buttload of animation, so I’m counting it. The Kratt brothers are nominated. It’s a big list, and takes a… »

from the internets: Esquire’s talking about DHX’s new Inspector Gadget

By Mike Valiquette

It’s great when “mainstream media” covers cartoons. We feel so privileged and honoured. It’s happening all the time these days in comics, and every story reads like they discovered comic books. So now here’s Esquire, doing a little piece on the relaunch of Inspector Gadget, which is airing in the US on Netflix: http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/tv/a33462/inspector-gadget/ Clearly,… »

press release: 9 Story Media Group Announces Sale of Hit Animated Comedy GET ACE to Boing France

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto, Canada – March 24, 2015 – 9 Story Media Group is pleased to announce that it has licensed the hit animated comedy series Get Ace (52 x 11’) to Boing (France), part of Turner Kids’ portfolio in France, made of 3 channels: Boing, Boomerang and Cartoon Network.   The series is produced by Australia’s… »

from the internets: Canadian TV? Cancon Overhaul from the CRTC, daytime requirement on local broadcaster drops to ZERO %

By Mike Valiquette

So, this is a thing that is happening: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/crtc-eases-canadian-content-quotas-for-tv-1.2992132 I don’t even know what this means yet. Canadian “local” TV stations no longer have any requirement to air Canadian content during the daytime hours, a drop from 55% Cancon to 0. Not sure what they mean by “local”. Money’s still being funneled into Canadian production,… »

press release: DHX TELEVISION COMMISSIONS RADICAL SHEEP’S ANIMATED COMEDY ACTION SERIES FANGBONE!

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto, March 5, 2015 – DHX Television, the broadcasting division of DHX Media Ltd., is heading to the drawing board for more animation after ordering the new comedy adventure series Fangbone! from Radical Sheep Productions. It was announced today that production has commenced on 52 x 11-minute episodes of the animated series, based on the… »

from the internets: Inspector Gadget Reboot Coming to Netflix

By Mike Valiquette

Word’s getting out. DHX Media’s relaunch/reboot of the classic cartoon Inspector Gadget is going to be streaming on Netflix in the US. The show’s already been seen in Europe. Canada: Teletoon. Here’s some coverage from TIME: http://time.com/3722030/netflix-inspector-gadget-reboot/ And here’s the actual DHX press release:… »

iKids Awards! Marblemedia! DHX!

By Mike Valiquette

The Kidscreen Summit in Miami (did I mention it’s in Miami this year? Because it is. In Miami) supports two sets of awards, the Kidscreen Awards, and the iKids Awards for digital media projects. We ran a post on the Kidscreen Awards, so it’s only fair we highlight the Canadians who picked up iKids awards… »

Kidscreen Awards! Peg + Cat! Fangbone! Dino Dan! Stella and Sam!

By Mike Valiquette

We haven’t been covering Kidscreen this year because: A) We aren’t there. and B) It’s in Miami, and we’re having a big hissy fit because all our friends are warm and sipping cocktails, and we’re not. But it’s a thing, and it’s happening right now. IN MIAMI. I’m sure there are a bunch of readers… »

press release: Pat Ellingson Announces Retirement from TVO

By Mike Valiquette

Pat Ellingson, TVO’s long-serving Creative Head of Children’s and Parents’ Media, is retiring effectiveAugust 31, 2015. Pat joined TVO in August 1995 to help start up TVO’s venture into live current affairs programming, Studio 2. In 1998, she was named Creative Head of Children’s Programming. Working with some of Canada’s most notable producers, Pat consistently… »

creator profile: World Doctors’ Bart Batchelor and Chris Neilson

By Mike Valiquette

Bite on Mondo’s got another Q&A to share, this time with World Doctors creators Bart Batchelor and Chris Nielsen. Here ya go! (1) How did you learn about Bite on Mondo? We created a webseries called Archeologists, which was the spiritual predecessor to our series World Doctors. Josh Bowen saw that and hunted us down…. »

from the internets: Battle of the Planets reboot coming from Nelvana!

By Mike Valiquette

This is the greatest cartoon of my childhood. And the folks at Nelvana are bringing it back. Some lucky buggers are getting directed to “re-imagine the cult anime series with a distinct new look and feel, but will feature the same big action stories and characters”. Here’s the link to the news on Kidscreen. Excuse… »

press release: Radical Sheep launches animation/live action hybrid Can You Imagine That, with TVO and Knowledge Network

By Mike Valiquette

Production is underway on new Radical Sheep Preschool Series ‘Can you Imagine That?’ for TVO and Knowledge Network Kids are in the drivers seat in the new live action/animation hybrid production ‘Can you Imagine That?’ produced by Radical Sheep Productions in Association with Crush Animation. Using the premise, “If you could be anything, what would… »

Urbance Kickstarter. This is what it’s all about.

By Mike Valiquette

This is perfect. This is how crowdfunding should be used. It’s embarrassing to me that I didn’t know they were Canadian when I first came across the project. I will be supporting… »

from the internets: Netflix to CRTC, nope.

By Mike Valiquette

This is so important. I’ll find some time to share and talk about it, but you should be following what’s happening right now. All this talk about the future of TV, cable-cutting, all the theoretical discussions we’ve been having for the last 10 years, this is it. Right here. Is Netflix bigger than Canada? Maybe…. »

press release: Victory Arts announces development deal with TVO for animated preschool series Air Crafters as it heads to MipJr and Mipcom

By Mike Valiquette

Ottawa, Canada – September 23, 2014.   Victory Arts announces a development deal with Canada’s TVO for a new animated preschool series Air Crafters (52×11′).   The CG with mixed media series, created by Tero Hollo, Founder and Director of Creative Content for Victory Arts, will be produced by Victory Arts with Amberwood Entertainment (Rob the Robot,… »

Athena Georgaklis steps into Director of Content role at Teletoon

By Mike Valiquette

It was announced today by Corus Entertainment that the position left open by Alan Gregg back in May, when he left the broadcaster to head up Mercury Filmworks’ new European studio in Ireland, will be filled by Teletoon mainstay, Athena Georgaklis. Athena has been with Teletoon for 17 years, based out of the Montreal office…. »

press release: 9 Story Entertainment announces new broadcast deals for the animated comedy NERDS AND MONSTERS

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto, Canada – September 15, 2014 – 9 Story Entertainment is pleased to announce that it has signed multiple deals for Slap Happy Cartoons’ hilarious animated comedy, Nerds and Monsters (40 x 11’). Licenses include TVE (Spain), Canal+ Family (France and Africa), E-Junior (UAE), Noga (Israel) and MBC Kids (Middle East). The show was previously… »

more Bite on Mondo: deadline for next round of pitches is October 15th

By Mike Valiquette

Bite on Mondo has opened the door for another round of pitches! Here’s the link:… »

More Networks, Less Animation.

By Mike Valiquette

A few weeks ago, Playback reported that a new movie channel, Starlight, that shows nothing but Canadian movies, would be getting a Category B broadcast license. Awesome! The all-Canadian movie channel Starlight has finally got its broadcast licence from the CRTC. After earlier being denied a category A broadcast licence that would have granted Starlight mandatory carriage,… »

from the internets: Canadaland ep44, Cartoon Sweatshop

By Mike Valiquette

Animator Adam Hines, of the soon-to-be-defunct podcast, Guys With Pencils, recently found the time to share his thoughts about the nature of the Canadian animation landscape on Canadaland. http://canadalandshow.com/podcast/cartoon-sweatshop He says a lot of stuff that’s quoted on the main page. I haven’t listened yet. I’m suffering from very spotty internet right now. But it’s… »

DHX deal is a go!

By Mike Valiquette

Family Channel, Disney Junior, and Disney XD just became a part of the DHX corporate family. Here’s the ruling…. »

from the internets: Disney extends Netflix deal to Canada

By Mike Valiquette

This news broke last week, but I was busy. So that. http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/2014/07/17/disney_pixar_marvel_lucasfilm_movies_coming_to_netflix_canada.html Basically, Disney has set up an exclusive distribution deal with Netflix, that they’ve now extended to Netflix Canada. What this means: if you want to watch Disney movies, which now include productions from Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, Pixar, and Walt Disney Animation Studios, you… »

press release: Markle Productions and TVO developing Craft Kids

By Mike Valiquette

Craft Kids enters development with help of TVO Markle Productions has entered into a deal with TVO to develop the animated 2D pre-school series Craft Kids (26 x 22 mins). The storyline follows the 6-year-old creative whirlwind Kian and her intrepid best friend, Luca, as they find inspiration in the daily objects around them to… »

press release: PEG + CAT picks up 3 Daytime Emmy Awards

By Mike Valiquette

PEG + CAT wins 3 Emmy Awards including Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animation Program Toronto, Canada – June 23, 2014 – 9 Story Entertainment is pleased to announce that its series Peg + Cat (80 x 12’) has won three Emmys at the 2014 Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animation Program, Outstanding Performer in… »

press release: Warren United premieres on BiteTV tonight!

By Mike Valiquette

BITE TV WELCOMES WORLD CUP WITH WARREN UNITED, A NEW ANIMATED SITCOM ABOUT FAMILY, FOOTBALL AND THE PASSION OF BEING A FAN SHOW KICKS OFF MONDAY, JUNE 23, 8:30 P.M. EST ON BITE TV TORONTO, ON: An all-star international comedy team brings the first ever animated sitcom about family, football and the passion of being… »

press release: 9 Story Entertainment Announces Sale of CAMP LAKEBOTTOM Season Two to Disney XD U.S.

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto, Canada – June 22, 2014 – 9 Story Entertainment is pleased to announce that it has licensed an additional 26 x 22’ episodes of the animated comedy series Camp Lakebottom to Disney XD U.S. The second season of the series has also been picked up by Disney Channel and Disney XD channels in international… »

from the internets: Ontario Provincial Politicians Attemtping to Make Tax Credits an Election Issue

By Mike Valiquette

It’s voting day in Ontario, and, as usual, it’s turned into a mudslinging affair. In the last few days, the various representatives, and their representatives, have been shaking the political tree to see what kind of spoiled fruit will fall from the branches. One topic they’ve tried out is our provincial tax credits. It doesn’t… »

press release: More Camp Lakebottom coming from 9Story

By Mike Valiquette

9 Story Entertainment Receives 2nd Season Order for Hit Animated Comedy Series CAMP LAKEBOTTOM Toronto, Canada – April 6, 2014 – 9 Story Entertainment is pleased to announce that it has received a 2nd Season order from TELETOON Canada for an additional 26 x 22’ episodes of the hit animated comedy series Camp Lakebottom.  Camp… »

events: PIXEL ANIMATION, Quebec City, April 4-5, featuring Masterclass events with Hyrum Osmond, Kris Pearn, Pierre Perifel

By Mike Valiquette

14 MASTERS WILL UNVEIL THEIR SECRETS AT PIXEL ANIMATION Pixel Québec is proud to present PIXEL ANIMATION. Co-organised with TECHNOCompétences, this international convention will gather together video game, visual effects and animation artists, who worked with Dreamworks Animation, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Weta Digital and Blizzard Entertainment, among others. The event will be held on April… »

TIFF Kids Conference is Coming Soon: April 14 to 17, Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

TIFF Kids is coming up fast. It’s a great event, both the festival itself and the TIFF Kids Industry Conference. C’mon, Big Bird is going to be there. How cool is that? TIFF Kids Industry Conference Running from April 14 to 17, this year’s programme consists of one day of keynote sessions and panel discussions… »

press release: Radical Sheep and Mickey Rogers Media developing “The Boy Who Became What he Ate” for Kids’ CBC

By Mike Valiquette

Kids’ CBC, Radical Sheep Productions and Mickey Rogers Media have entered into a development deal to produce an animated pre-school series, based on the children’s book The Boy Who Became What He Ate by Sheena Macrae from Storycake. “We’re excited about this opportunity,” said Kim Wilson, Creative Head, Children’s and Youth Programming, Kids’ CBC. “Not… »

press release: Nerds and Monsters premiere, March 12th on YTV

By Mike Valiquette

SLAP HAPPY CARTOONS’    NERDS AND MONSTERS PREMIERES WEDNESDAY MARCH 12th at 5:30 p.m. ET/PT ON YTV (March 7, 2014 – Vancouver, Canada) – Vancouver-based animation studio Slap Happy Cartoons Inc. is pleased to announce the premiere of their animated series Nerds and Monsters on Corus Entertainment’s YTV, debuting Wednesday, March 12 at 5:30 p.m…. »

from the internets: New Corus structure revealed

By Mike Valiquette

I’ve been waiting to hear about this, and it looks like it’s finally being announced. Apologies to Jeremy Dickson at Kidscreen for swiping the press release: On the heels of its CRTC-approved US$233 million buy-out of the 50% stake in Teletoon Canada that it did not already own, Toronto’s Corus Entertainment has revealed a divisional… »

from the internets/press release: Mike Geiger’s Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong gets a greenlight

By Mike Valiquette

I didn’t get a press release on this one, so I’ll repost the article from Worldscreen.com. Here it is in it’s entirety: LONDON: Entertainment One (eOne) Family has given the go-ahead to Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong, an animated comedy series that is being produced in association with Australia’s Sticky Pictures. Winston Steinburger and… »

press release: Teletoon President, Len Cochrane announces retirement

By Mike Valiquette

In the first post-CORUS-acquisition press release I’ve received, here’s news that ling-time Teletoon president Len Cochrane is retiring in January. TELETOON Canada Inc. President to Retire in January 2014 (Toronto, Ontario, December 23, 2013) – TELETOON Canada Inc. today announced that the company’s President Len Cochrane has decided to retire in January 2014, following Corus… »

CRTC OKs Corus’ Acquisition of Teletoon -UPDATED-

By Mike Valiquette

I haven’t seen a press release myself yet, but the Brandon Sun, and the Winnipeg Free Press are both reporting that the long-brewing acquisition of Teletoon’s group of channels by media giant Corus, who also owns Nelvana and the kids broadcasters YTV, Treeehouse and Family Channel, has been approved by the CRTC. The contents of… »

More Bite on Mondo, Q&A With Supervising Producer Josh Bowen

By Mike Valiquette

A few weeks ago, Blue Ant Media and Mondo Media announced a new venture called Bite On Mondo. BOM02-PPT The plan is to commission about a billion shorts that will be distributed via the Mondo Media Youtube channel, as a means of piloting concepts that will then be spun into series. Those series will also… »

DHX buys Family Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior.

By Mike Valiquette

Today’s big news is DHX Media getting into the broadcast game. A press release is going around with the details, but the short form is that DHX Media, one of our big media companies here in Canada, has bought Family Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior. This is a very smart move, on their part,… »

Bite on Mondo: the start of a conversation with Josh Bowen

By Mike Valiquette

As announced earlier today, Mondo Media has teamed up with Toronto-based Blue Ant Media in a joint production called Bite on Mondo (Blue Ant owns the comedy-oriented TV channel Bite, thus the name). It’s an ambitious endeavour that’s aimed at creating a pretty massive volume of short form animated programming. They’re reaching out to the… »

Children, Youth and Media Conference Registration closing soon

By Mike Valiquette

Few More Days To Register For The Children, Youth & Media Conference Montreal, October 30, 2013 – You have until Monday, November 4th to register for the upcoming Children, Youth & Media (CYM) conference to be held November 13–15 at the St. Andrew’s Club & Conference Centre and at CBC/Radio-Canada in Toronto. Youth Media Alliance (YMA) is pleased to welcome Jocelyn Stevenson from the… »

Hellzz Bellzzz!!! Dave Cooper’s gonna be on the TEEVEE!!!

By Mike Valiquette

Word just got out that Nickelodeon is going to be in the Dave Cooper business! They’ve ordered 26 half hours of PIG GOAT BANANA CRICKET (formerly PIG GOAT BANANA MANTIS). Dave is Ottawa-based, a good pal, and a cartoon superstar. He created the show with his pal, Johnny Ryan, a juicy comics powerhouse in his… »

from the internets: Globe & Mail on Corus/Shaw acquisitions

By Mike Valiquette

This article might seem peripheral to the animation sector in Canada, but the subject matter will have a very direct effect on the working futures of animators across this country: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/crtc-raises-flag-over-ties-between-corus-shaw/article14015455/ The relationship between Corus and Shaw is the bigger discussion, and of much greater interest to the CRTC. In our little world, there’s a… »

from the internets: the best god-damned thing I’ve read about in forever.

By Mike Valiquette

Or, Fuck Yeah Fox. Say what you will about the content they’ve been previewing online. Axe Cop may not be your cup of tea, nor perhaps Apollo Guantlet. But the situation that is playing out at Fox in LA sounds amazing. The confidence the network has put in the hands of their designated shepherds, Nick… »

breaking news: CRTC Approves Bell/Astral Merger

By Mike Valiquette

This is significant. We wrote about it a while back, but it looks like it’s come to pass. Canada’s media regulator, the CRTC, has approved the latest bid by Bell Media-parent BCE to acquire Astral Media for roughly US$3.4 billion. As a condition of this deal, Astral has to sell off certain assets, among them… »

press release: TIFF KIDS INDUSTRY PROGRAMMING EXPANDS FOR 2013 FEATURING SESAME WORKSHOPS AND SESSIONS

By Mike Valiquette

Industry Programming at the 2013 TIFF Kids International Film Festival includes keynote speakers, roundtable sessions and panel discussions featuring experts in children’s content Toronto –TIFF Industry® provides delegates who shape content for children and youth the opportunity to explore topics that empower children through film and media, with a variety of sessions and networking opportunities… »

biggest news you may not have heard: Corus/Astral Sale (New Update: Teletoon response)

By Mike Valiquette

This happened today: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/bce-to-sell-assets-to-corus-as-part-of-astral-deal/article9272784/ Bell Media, a huge Canadian media company, wants to buy Astral Media, another huge Canadian media company. But some of the things they’re buying would create a monopoly, so Astral, eager to make the sale, are selling off a few odds and ends. Like Teletoon(and Cartoon Network Canada, and Teletoon Retro)…. »

Canadian Screen Award Nominations

By Mike Valiquette

For those who don’t know, we have a new award in Canada this year.  Gone are the Genies, Canada’s film award, and gone is the Gemini, our top TV prize.  They’ve been mashed together into the all-encompassing, blandly-named Canadian Screen Awards. The nominees were announced this morning.  I went through the list and tried grabbing… »

press release: Rocket Monkeys premiering next Thursday on Teletoon

By Mike Valiquette

Note: The production companies never seem to get a mention in these things.  Rocket Monkeys is being produced at Vancouver’s Atomic Cartoons.  Not to diminish the other players, but if this show is a hit, it has as much to do with the extremely talented people at Atomic as is does with anyone else involved…. »

Cartoon Network Canada: July 4, 2012

By Mike Valiquette

Mark the date, cartoon fans.  Cartoon Network Canada is launching July 4th. Sort of. I was under the impression that what was being talked about was a standalone Cartoon Network Canada Channel.  This sounded exciting for viewers, who would be getting all kinds of great Cartoon Network programming, seven days a week, 24 hours a… »

Cable News/Rant: Teletoon Retro in Forever Fun…’Till We Can’t Flog the Rerun

By Cameron Archer

The Teletoon channels recently introduced their winter 2012 schedules. Teletoon, being the petulant, eldest sibling, gets the most attention. Teletoon at Night gets by with new episodes of Crash Canyon and Futurama. Teletoon Retro earns…”new” episodes of Care Bears Family, Jem and King of the Hill. Oh, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles makes its Teletoon Retro… »

Cable News/Rant: G4 Canada drops [adult swim] from schedule

By Cameron Archer

I’m introducing you guys to a new contributor today, Cameron Archer. Cameron and I have been corresponding for some time now, and I’ve come to enjoy his commentary on TV in general, and sometimes animation in particular.  You can usually find him over on his own site, urbmn.  Cam’s got opinions, and he’s not afraid… »

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    I'm very excited to announce that the Canadian Animation Blog live screened the TAAFI Talk "Creator Driven Shows" to the world on Dec 7. The talk was presented by Corus Entertainment and held in their theatre screening room in downtown Toronto.This is first live stream that I've ever done! So, first off, thanks to TAAFI for […]

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