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events: Leadership Skills Workshop, Vancouver, November 29th

By Mike Valiquette

Coming up in Vancouver. Drawn Together Vancouver is hosting a Leadership Skills workshop On Wednesday November 29th. You can get tickets here…. »

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… »

from the internets: Joan Lambur Exits Breakthrough, Forms Prodco Backed by Sinking Ship

By Mike Valiquette

Some interesting news from Kidscreen and other sources. Longtime Breakthrough Entertainment Exec, Joan Lambur, has left the company along with ex-Breakthrough VP of family entertainment Suzanne Wilson. Joan has launched Lambur Productions, with backing from Sinking Ship Entertainment. Sinking Ship has taken a minority stake in the new company, and they’ll be based out of… »

press release: ATOMIC CARTOONS BRINGS THE LAST KIDS ON EARTH TO TELEVISION

By Mike Valiquette

September 25th, 2017 / VANCOUVER – Thunderbird Entertainment announced today that its animation studio Atomic Cartoons has optioned the rights to bring Max Brallier’s New York Times bestselling book series THE LAST KIDS ON EARTH to television. Max will write the animated series and Executive Produce alongside Atomic’s Jennifer McCarron and Matthew Berkowitz. Atomic is… »

events: Cartoon Forum, Quebec City, October 24 to 26

By Mike Valiquette

Cartoon Forum is coming up soon, and there’s a deadline this weekend for registration to their one on one meetings. Here’s the link. Worry free one-to-one meetings At Cartoon Connection there are NO unending email exchanges to organise your meetings. Everything is done online and the only email you will receive is the one with… »

STARTOON CARTOON PODCAST: Behind the Scenes of Running a Studio in Canada

By Mike Valiquette

Over on the Startoon Cartoon Podcast (something else we do that’s pretty much the exact same content we’d like to be producing for CAR), we spoke with Morghan Fortier of Tinman Creative Studios, Hector Herrera of Together Words + Pictures, Kyle MacDougall of Jam Filled, and Style5′s Sam Chou. These guys all operate studios of… »

from the internets: REEL FX Opening Montreal Office

By Mike Valiquette

CultureMap Dallas is reporting that Reel FX Animation Studios, the company behind Jorge Guitierrez’ feature film, the Book of Life, is opening a satellite office in Montreal. Here’s the link. Steve O’Brien, CEO at Reel FX confirmed the report,  and cited a need to diversify and tap into different talent pools. The article simply mentions… »

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“)… »

jobby: Junior Production Accountant, Guru Studio, Toronto

By admin

Junior Production Accountant Guru Studio, the animation powerhouse behind global hits Paw Patrol and Justin Time, is looking for a Junior Production Accountant who will assist the Production Accounting staff with a goal to working independently on productions. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with an accounting background who would like to break into… »

from the internets: DHX Buys Peanuts and Strawberry Shortcake for 345 Million Dollars.

By Mike Valiquette

This is all over the internet today. Canadian media giant, DHX Media just made a deal to buy Iconix Brand Group for $345 000 000.00 (I’m assuming USD). Iconix owns 80% of Peanuts, and 100% of Strawberry Shortcake. Here’s Deadline Hollywood on it: http://deadline.com/2017/05/peanuts-strawberry-shortcake-acquired-dhx-media-1202088595/ Here’s Variety with the same info: http://variety.com/2017/tv/global/dhx-media-acquires-peanuts-in-345-million-purchase-of-iconix-1202422001/ CBC with more of… »

Startoon Cartoon Podcast, featuring Brett Jubinville, Stephanie Kaliner and Brandon Lane

By Mike Valiquette

The second episode of the new Startoon Cartoon Podcast is online, and, as warned, I’m sharing it here. This week’s episode is an almost 2 hour long conversation with 3 amazingly talented and pretty darn candid human beings. Tinman Creative Studio‘s co-founder and creator of Super Science Friends, Brett Jubinville Writer, comedian, and creator of… »

STARTOON is BACK! Submissions are open!

By Mike Valiquette

Alright. It’s time to talk about Startoon. I always struggle a bit when it comes to cross-promotion. Startoon is my day job these days, so I get a little wobbly about promoting it here. But then I have to step back and tell myself to stop being a dummy and share what we’re doing. Because… »

press release:BOAT ROCKER/INDUSTRIAL BROTHERS ANNOUNCE NEW SERIES MASTER TOY PARTNERSHIP WITH FISHER-PRICE

By Mike Valiquette

New Original Series Kingdom Force solidifies early-stage partnership with Fisher-Price as part of an innovative strategy for funding multiplatform IP TORONTO – March 21, 2017 – Boat Rocker and Industrial Brothers today announced a master toy partnership with Fisher Price as part of a unique development strategy for their ambitious new original series, Kingdom Force…. »

Press Release: Cinesite Studios acquires Vancouver animation studio Nitrogen

By Mike Valiquette

Cinesite Studios is pleased to announce that it has acquired the full service animation facility Nitrogen Studios Canada Inc., based in Vancouver. The studio employs 70 creative and production staff and is known for animating many episodes of the iconic children’s show Thomas and Friends, and more recently Seth Rogen’s ground breaking R-rated Sausage Party…. »

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,… »

jobby: CG Animator, Atomic Cartoons, Vancouver

By admin

Atomic Cartoons Inc. is an award-winning full-service animation studio located in Vancouver’s busy Animation District. Since its inception over 17 years ago, Atomic Cartoons has created, produced and financed numerous animation productions for television series, commercials and music videos. Our crew is made up of 250 of Canada’s most creative animators, directors, producers and writers, and with multiple high… »

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: 9Story Makes a Deal For Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter

By Mike Valiquette

 9 Story Media Group to produce new LITTLE CRITTER® animated series based on Mercer Mayer’s beloved book series Toronto, Canada –November 1, 2016 – 9 Story Media Group is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Little Critter, LLC to produce a new animated series based on Mercer Mayer’s beloved Little Critter… »

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… »

press release: 9 Story Media Group appoints ALIX WISEMAN to Vice President, Business Development & Acquisitions

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto, Canada – August 30, 2016 – 9 Story Media Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Alix Wiseman to the newly created position of Vice President, Business Development & Acquisitions.  Reporting to Chief Strategy Officer Natalie Osborne, Wiseman will be responsible for leading distribution and acquisitions efforts in EMEA with a focus on… »

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…. »

ARC update: Jam Filled To The Rescue?

By Mike Valiquette

Both Kidscreen and Playback are reporting on some very interesting news that is developing following two of last week’s big animation stories. After the shocking story of Toronto CG studio, Arc Productions’ sudden collapse into bankruptcy, it was announced that Jam Filled Entertainment, a thriving mid-size 2D shop from Ottawa, known for being a very… »

press release: Corus Entertainment Appoints Athena Georgaklis New Head of Development for Nelvana

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto, Canada – Corus Entertainment announced today the appointment of Athena Georgaklis to the role of Head of Development for Nelvana. Georgaklis, a highly respected animation executive, will lead the acquisition of rights and the development of all original content for Nelvana, working with the studio’s producers, creators, and talent around the world. Georgaklis assumes her… »

Good News Department: BOAT ROCKER BUYS JAM FILLED ENTERTAINMENT!!!! WHAT!?!?!

By Mike Valiquette

Could not happen to nicer people. Congrats to Jamie and Phil and Kyle, and congrats to Boat Rocker for having the smarts to see how great a studio they’ve built. BOAT ROCKER MEDIA ACQUIRES JAM FILLED ENTERTAINMENT Animation Studio Behind Multiple Hit US and Canadian Shows Strengthens Media Company’s Animation & Family Content Capabilities August… »

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… »

jobby: Senior Marketing Manager, Guru Studio, Toronto

By admin

The Senior Marketing Manager is responsible for the planning and execution of all marketing activities at our rapidly growing entertainment studio. The ideal candidate is capable of developing, building and implementing strategic brand initiatives for all related trade, consumer and corporate marketing needs. This role also oversees integral distribution and sales support activities for content… »

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: BOAT ROCKER MEDIA ACQUIRES RADICAL SHEEP

By Mike Valiquette

This is kinda huge. First they bring Industrial Brothers under their umbrella, now this. Congrats to John and Michelle and congrats to the team at Boatrocker for knowing a good thing when they see it. BOAT ROCKER MEDIA ACQUIRES RADICAL SHEEP Boat Rocker Studios original kids and family content division consolidated under Radical Sheep March… »

ToonBoom Webinar: Creative Entrepreneurship with Big Jump’s Cory Morrison.

By Mike Valiquette

Toon Boom is offering a webinar with Ottawa’s Cory Morrison, one of the founders of Big Jump Productions. Wednesday, March 24th at 4pm, Cory will discuss what it means to be a an entrepreneur in the creative field of animation. Sign up… »

The Little Prince’s Bumpy Ride, or: Distribution’s a Bitch.

By Mike Valiquette

Some of you went out to your local theatre last weekend and treated yourself to a screening of the latest retelling of the classic Antoine de Saint-Exupéry story, the Little Prince. It’s a great looking movie, a  CG/2D/Stop-Motion Animated Feature Film directed by Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) with Production Design by Lou Romano (The… »

jobby: BUSINESS AFFAIRS ADMINISTRATOR, Guru Studio, Toronto

By admin

Guru Studio’s dedicated team is passionate about bringing inspired character driven stories to screens around the world.   Our award-winning and internationally renowned Toronto-based entertainment company is looking for an experienced Business Affairs Administrator, who will be responsible for the department’s day-to-day production responsibilities.   Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: administering tax… »

Events: YMA (Youth Media Alliance) Conference, next week in Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

Next week is the YMA Conference in Toronto, and they’ve lined up a solid list of speakers and panels for those interested in getting real insight into how television (and other media) for kids gets made. Here’s the latest press release: Workshop: How to make TV that lasts Presented by IPF, the workshop How to… »

press release: Annecy 2016 – Film and Project Submissions

By Mike Valiquette

Opening of Registration for Films and Projects Annecy 2016 will be opening its doors from 13th June. For the first time the International Animation Film Festival will pay tribute to… French animation! We have asked a number of foreign programme planners to take a look at this famous “French touch”. The film Market (Mifa) will… »

Great Event in Toronto on Saturday: Animation, Routes to Success, Moderated by Howie Shia

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto’s Reel Asian Film Festival has done a great job of embracing animation over the years. Next Saturday, they continue that tradition with an excellent looking panel hosted by animation director Howie Shia. The panelists include NFB animation honcho Michael Fukushima, Corus’ Brandon Lane, writer Ravi Steve, recruiter Nadine Simard, and animators Sam Chou and… »

from the internets: Bento Box Canada is Actually Happening

By Mike Valiquette

In other news, the Hollywood Reporter is sharing news that Primetime/Adult animation powerhouse Bento Box is making good on last year’s announcement about some kind of deal with Corus to open a shop in Canada that will produce animation for the adult market using Canadian talent and funding structures. Here’s the article…. »

from the internets: Bardel gets Bought. Italian Producer Rainbow Announces Purchase of BC Animation House

By Mike Valiquette

Saw this on Kidscreen this morning. Another big buyout for long time animation players here in Canada. Studio B showed the way, selling to DHX back in 2007. Nerdcorps also went to DHX last year. Next up was Atomic. Thunderbird bought them just a few months ago. And now it’s Bardel’s turn. Bardel’s been around… »

Press Release: Portfolio Entertainment Announces Launch of Toronto Production Studio

By Mike Valiquette

(September 21, 2015 – Toronto, Canada) – Producer and distributor Portfolio Entertainment is pleased to announce the launch of Portfolio Animation, a creative-driven animation studio equipped with top-tier talent, cutting-edge technology and commitment to excellence. The studio is part of Portfolio’s multi-faceted expansion plan that commenced in 2014 with the installation of a new senior… »

press release: 9 Story Media Group Acquires Award Winning Animation Studio Brown Bag Films

By Mike Valiquette

Ok, this one’s interesting. m Toronto, Canada – August 18th, 2015 – 9 Story Media Group is pleased to announce that it has acquired award winning animation studio Brown Bag Films. With headquarters in Dublin, a studio in Manchester and an office in Los Angeles, Brown Bag Films employ 170 creative and production staff and… »

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… »

from the internets: Nelvana and Sony Team Up For Hotel Transylvania TV Adaptation

By Mike Valiquette

In more Sony-related animation news, Variety is reporting that Toronto-based (and Corus subsidiary) Nelvana is developing a television series based on the Hotel Transylvania feature film from Sony Pictures Animation. There’s not much more to say, other than they’re aiming for a 2017 airdate. It’s anyone’s guess right now as to where the series will… »

from the internets: Sony Pictures Imageworks opens Vancouver Studio

By Mike Valiquette

The Georgia Straight has coverage of the latest addition to the Vancouver FX and animation landscape. According to the piece, the new facility will also serve as the global headquarters for the company, and it’s presence in BC gives Vancouver bragging rights as the “largest cluster of visual effects and animation studios in the world”…. »

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… »

press release: THUNDERBIRD ACQUIRES ATOMIC CARTOONS

By Mike Valiquette

JULY 8, 2015 (VANCOUVER/TORONTO) – International producer and distributor of television and film content Thunderbird Films announced today that they have acquired Vancouver-based Atomic Cartoons. The latest addition to the growing Thunderbird portfolio is a full service, award winning company that is recognized internationally as one of the leading animation studios in North America. 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… »

Nova Scotia Tax Credit update: NS Gov Caught Changing Deal Terms Without Consultation, Appears to Give Zero F@#ks

By Mike Valiquette

From our pal Ron Doucet: SHARE THIS WITH EVERYONE. So we were told that the announcement of the Animation “deal” was made public yesterday, but that it was simply to steal the attention from the PC Filibuster. The language in that release looked okay to us. The document was posted online for all to see…. »

Ontario Budget: Tax Credits Targeted

By Mike Valiquette

Ontario’s provincial government unveiled it’s new budget yesterday. Though nowhere near the sweeping scale of the recent cuts in Nova Scotia, we’re not coming away unscathed. Here’s the relevant passage: Film and Television Tax Credits Ontario provided significant support of approximately $335 million in 2014–15 to the film and television industry through the Ontario Film and… »

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: Jillianne Reinseth Heads to eOne Family as VP Creative Affairs

By Mike Valiquette

We didn’t get the press release fort this one, so I’m cut-and-pasting directly from Kidscreen: Entertainment One Family and Entertainment One Licensing (eOne), has appointed former Nerd Corps exec Jillianne Reinseth as VP of creative affairs for eOne Family. Based in Toronto, Canada, Reinseth steps into the new role on March 2. She will lead creative affairs for eOne Family and oversee the division’s linear… »

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… »

press release9 Story Media Group appoints Jennifer McCann to Director of Development

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto, Canada – February 16, 2015 – 9 Story Media Group is pleased to announce the appointment of seasoned producer Jennifer McCann to the position of Director of Development. Reporting to Vice President of Creative Affairs Natalie Dumoulin, McCann will be responsible for sourcing and developing animated and live-action properties for kids of all ages,… »

Press Release: Michelle Melanson Cuperus Steps Up at Radical Sheep

By Mike Valiquette

It’s been a busy few weeks, and we’re playing a bit of catch up. There have been a few changes among the executive class in our community and I don’t want to overlook this piece of good news:  Radical Sheep President John Leitch announces the promotion of Michelle Melanson Cuperus, Vice President Development and Production… »

jobby: Business Affairs Manager, Spinmaster, Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

Job description Spinmaster has an exciting opportunity for a Business Affairs Manager in our fast growing Entertainment Division. The ideal candidate will: – assist with the creation of financing plans, schedules and cash flows, recoupment schedules – liaise with WGC, WGA, CMPA, ACTRA, agents – using templates, negotiate, as required, and prepare actor, writer, director, composer,… »

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… »

Holy Moly! DHX MEDIA TO ACQUIRE NERD CORPS (press release, Holy Moly added by me)

By Mike Valiquette

  DHX MEDIA TO ACQUIRE NERD CORPS Deal adds experienced team, animation capacity and library titles Halifax, Toronto, Vancouver, Los Angeles, London. 2.12.2014. DHX Media, a key player internationally in the creation of content for families and children, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Vancouver-based Nerd Corps Entertainment Inc. and… »

press release: Portfolio Entertainment Appoints Liliana Vogt To the Newly Created Position of Senior Vice President, Content

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto, ON [November 11, 2014] —  Portfolio Entertainment is pleased to announce the appointment of senior development executive, Liliana Vogt, to the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Content. Reporting to Lisa Olfman, CEO and Co-Founder of Portfolio Entertainment, Vogt will oversee all facets of content development for the company. In her new role,… »

jobby: CFO, Fox Box Creative, Victoria BC

By Mike Valiquette

Fox Box Creative, located in Victoria British Columbia, is seeking a talented CFO to come on board our Animation Studio Start-up to help promote interest from lenders, VC, Angel networks as well as deal with Tax credits, loans and other traditional Financing opportunities in the Film, Video Game and Animation industries. This is a paid… »

press release: KRATT BROTHERS COMPANY AND 9 STORY ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE PRODUCTION OF FOURTH SEASON OF HIT ANIMATED ADVENTURE SERIES WILD KRATTS FOR PBS KIDS

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto, Canada – October 8, 2014  – Kratt Brothers Company and 9 Story Entertainment are pleased to announce production of a fourth season of the hit animated wildlife adventure series Wild Kratts for PBS KIDS. The series was created and developed by real life brothers and zoologists, Martin and Chris Kratt who star in the show… »

press release: NEW NAME FOR 9STORY; 9 Story Entertainment rebrands as 9 Story Media Group Name reflective of new structure, new vision

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto, Canada – October 10, 2014 – 9 Story Entertainment today announced that it has rebranded as 9 Story Media Group, effective immediately. The new corporate name comes shortly after ZM Capital and media entrepreneur Neil Court became equity investors in the organization. “9 Story Media Group better reflects the new structure of the company… »

press release: ATOMIC CARTOONS CIRCLES THE GLOBE THIS FALL WITH INTERNATIONAL MISSION TO INDIA AND TRADE SHOW IN FRANCE

By Mike Valiquette

(Vancouver, BC) – Atomic Cartoons is continuing its upward trajectory this fall with participation in the B.C./India Trade Mission, as well as offering a strong slate of shows at this year’s key animation industry event, MIPCOM, held in Cannes from October 13 to 16. Trevor Bentley, president of the vibrant animation studio, which has seen… »

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…. »

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… »

press release: 9 Story Entertainment appoints Natalie Dumoulin to new role of VP, Creative Affairs

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto, Canada – September 9, 2014 – 9 Story Entertainment is pleased to announce the appointment of award-winning media executive Natalie Dumoulin to the newly created position of Vice President, Creative Affairs. Reporting directly to President and CEO Vince Commisso, Dumoulin will be responsible for sourcing and developing animated and live-action properties for kids of… »

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,… »

press release: Tricon Kids & Family welcomes Frank Saperstein as new Executive VP

By Mike Valiquette

Tricon Kids & Family expands with the appointment of Frank Saperstein as EVP, Kids, Family & Animation Toronto/Los Angeles – July 30, 2014 – Tricon Films & Television continues to grow its boutique Kids & Family division with the appointment of Frank Saperstein as Executive Vice President, Kids, Family & Animation.  In this new position,… »

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… »

events: PITCH THIS! at TAC 2014

By Mike Valiquette

GET YOUR IDEAS OFF THE PAGE AND ON THE AIR with TAC and PITCH THIS! 2014 OTTAWA, Ontario – Do you have an animated series idea that needs to be seen? Are you looking for the perfect audience to present your idea? Put together your best pitch and submit it to PITCH THIS! a program… »

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: Media entrepreneur Neil Court and ZM Capital make equity investment in 9 Story Limited

By Mike Valiquette

  I’m going to post this and just let it hang there. This is a big, big move for a company that’s already got unprecedented momentum. It’s hard to imagine that adding one individual to the mix could mean so much to an organization, but Neil Court’s potential impact on the growth of 9Story should… »

crowdfunding cartoons: HP Lovecraft’s Mountains of Madness!!!

By Mike Valiquette

The latest Kickstarter campaign I wanted to stick in front of your charming little faces is a feature adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness”. It’s being spearheaded by Algonquin College alum Stephen Robert Sloan, and looks both ambitious and exciting. I’m not a Lovecraft guy, but the impact the writer has had… »

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: 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: Ottawa’s Mercury Filmworks launches European Production Studio under former Teletoon Content Exec Alan Gregg

By Mike Valiquette

Ottawa, Canada & Ireland – (May 2, 2014) – Mercury Filmworks, Canada’s premiere animation studio, proudly announces its expansion into Europe’s creative market with former Teletoon content chief, Alan Gregg, at the helm. Citing high demand for its creative services and production pipelines, the move marks a significant step toward accessing a broader talent pool… »

Mark Mayerson on Pitching Your Project

By Mike Valiquette

Mark Mayerson has been posting the content of a talk he did for an Animatic TO event in March: Don’t Pitch To the Buyer, Pitch To the Audience. We posted part one last week, and he’s now got 5 of 6 parts up. Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Part 3 is here…. »

from the internets: It’s Mark Mayerson day!

By Mike Valiquette

Mark Mayerson did an Animatic TO event in March: Don’t Pitch To the Buyer, Pitch To the Audience. It was great. I always enjoy getting Mark’s side of things, despite wanting to argue a couple of points with him. We chatted afterwards, and he gave me a hard time for not opening my big mouth… »

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… »

press release: Tricon Kids & Family secures international distribution rights to new children’s series SHUTTERBUGS

By Mike Valiquette

Ottawa/Toronto, April 1, 2104 –  Big Jump Productions, Amberwood Entertainment and Tricon Kids & Family are pleased to announce that production is under way on the new animated pre-school series Shutterbugs, developed in association with TVO, Ontario’s public educational media organization.  Amberwood and Big Jump Productions will serve as co-executive producers and Tricon as international… »

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… »

events: TIFF Kids International Film Festival, Industry Conference Registration

By Mike Valiquette

The Industry Office would like to remind you that online registration for the 2014 TIFF Kids International Film Festival (April 8 – 21) will only be open for 2 more weeks! The festival celebrates content for children ages 3 to 13 through an informed selection of films, full day Industry Conference, networking opportunities, workshops, roundtables, and… »

events: Animatic TO presents Mark Mayerson! This Wednesday.

By Mike Valiquette

This Wednesday, Animatic T.O. presents guest speaker: Mark Mayerson! Mark has worked as an animator, writer, producer and director in TV animation for 29 years and he currently is a professor at Sheridan College teaching animation. Mark is also the man behind Mayerson on Animation, an informative and opinionated animation blog that we feature in… »

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… »

jobby: Maya Animators, 3Pod/Singing Frog Studio, Montreal

By Mike Valiquette

POSITION OVERVIEW The Dog Who Stopped the War 3D (“La Guerre des Tuques 3D”), a CarpeDiem Film & TV production is staffing up!  3pod is looking for talented artists to be part of this 3D animation adaptation of the original movie.   We are now looking for Animators to create beautiful animations. In close collaboration… »

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… »

Animation Toil. Storyboard/animatic twofer. Are you working two jobs, and being paid for one?

By Mike Valiquette

We never talk anymore. You  know, just sit down and have a good chat. Granted, I’m not always the best communicator. This site is basically a glorified job board these days. But it’s good to have a chat every now and again. Yesterday, Toronto artist Mark Ackland started a conversation on his Facebook page about… »

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,… »

Animatic TO presents: Everything Horrible About Starting Your Own Studio And So Can You

By Mike Valiquette

THIS TUESDAY NIGHT IN TORONTO!!!!   Animatic TO‘s innaugural event was a big success, so Barry Sanders has put together an encore. Next up is the ins and outs of getting your own studio off the ground, presented by Tinman Creative Studios‘ Bett Jubinville. If you don’t know Tinman, you should. They’re one of the… »

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