1. We’re Going on A Bear Hunt sets off to France
UK based Lupus Films, Walker Productions and Union Media announced the sale of their special We’re Going on A Bear Hunt to French broadcaster Canal+ and its pre-school channel Piwi+.
The hand-drawn animated film, which is produced by Lupus Films (The Snowman and the Snowdog) and Walker Productions and distributed by Union Media, has already been sold to ABC in Australia, SVT in Sweden, NRK in Norway and YLE in Finland.
The story follows the adventures of siblings Stan, Katie, Rosie, Max and the baby and their pet dog Rufus, who decide one day to go on an adventure through the countryside in search of bears. The film is set to have its TV premiere on Channel 4 later in 2016 and will air in France and other territories in 2017.
2. SLR Productions announces option and development of Andy Roid
Australia’s SLR Productions announced the option and development of Andy Roid by Felice Arena published by Penguin Books Australia. With the support of ABC ME and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF), SLR Productions will develop the franchise into a 26 x half hour animated television series. Andy Roid will be the first development collaboration between SLR Productions and ABC ME.
The story centers around Andy, a half boy and half robot and was rebuilt by parents who are top scientists at Global Intelligence Agency (GIA) after his life-threatening accident. Andy is recruited to GIA spy and, being sent on missions as well as living as a normal teen attending school and hanging out with his friends.
3. Makoto Shinkai’s Kimino na wa. (Your name) crossed 11 billion yen (10 million USD) sales at Japanese box office
Kogyotsushinsha reported that Kimino na wa. (Your name) reached over total sales of the 11 billion yen (10 million USD) on 8.5 million admissions and secured the top position in the Japanese box office for five consecutive weeks since its theatrical release on 26th August. It became the most successful non-Studio Ghibli animation film ever made in Japan. Before this film, only some of Hayao Miyazaki’s films crossed 10 billion yen mark in Japanese box office.
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