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1. STUDIO4 prepares for Tekkonkinkreet art book crowdfunding project

On STUDIO 4 Fun&, a dedicated crowdfunding platform for STUDIO4, the campaign for Tekkonkinkreet art book focused on characters is announced as “coming soon”. It’s a project of 10th anniversary since the theatrical release of STUDIO4 film Tekkonkinkreet.

Source: http://www.fun-and.studio4c.jp/index.php?page=top&action=English

2. Aardman animates Stephen Hawking’s lectures and creates digital campaign for Alzheimer’s Research UK

Aardman has produced a short animation for BBC Radio 4 to accompany Professor Stephen Hawking’s Reith Lecture. The Reith Lecture is a series of annual radio lectures given by a leading figure of the day and its history goes back to 1948. The idea of animation was to travel inside the Professor’s head and explore his early interest physics.

You can find more about Reith Lecture on the BBC Radio 4 page: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00729d9

They also created the new digital campaign for Alzheimer’s Research UK which launched on Facebook. The film was directed by creative agency ais London, with animation by Aardman. It uses an orange as a metaphor for how the physical damage could be caused by diseases like Alzheimer. Alzheimer’s Research UK hopes that the public would share the film and it raise awareness of the disease across social network services.

3. $2 Million funding for the production of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program announced a $2 million donation to The Fred Rogers Company, a non-profit company in USA that specializes in creating children’s programming. The donation will be used to support production of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood that airs daily on PBS KIDS.

Press release: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160115005390/en/

4. Planeta Junior and m4e form a strategic alliance

The German brand management and media company m4e AG and Spanish-Italian Planeta Junior S.L. (a joint venture between DeAgostini, Italy and Grupo Planeta, Spain) will form a long term co-production, distribution as well as licensing and merchandising partnership. As part of this strategic alliance, several rights from Planeta Junior’s IPs and some of m4e’s new developments will be jointly co-produced. Planeta Junior will be focusing mainly on France and Southern Europe while m4e will be covering Central & Northern Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, North America, Africa and the Middle East. Eastern Europe will be handled jointly by both companies.

Press release: http://www.planeta-junior.com/English/Noticias/noticias_ficha_en.php?id=548

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