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Odds & Ends: Teletoon runs new Beyblade, Pokémon, Power Rangers; Mind Game in Alberta

Teletoon is premiering new episodes and seasons of some blog relevant shows over the next few weeks: Continue reading


ReBoot: The Guardian Code debuts internationally next month, June in Canada

Four and a half years later, it’s almost here. Nelvana and Rainmaker Entertainment’s Mainframe Studios label have unveiled the premiere date and first trailer for ReBoot: The Guardian Code. The first ten episodes of the live-action/CG re-imaging of Mainframe Entertainment’s groundbreaking 1994-2001 CG-animated series will debut on Netflix globally on March 30th. By globally, I mean except Canada. YTV will be airing it at a yet-to-be-determined date in June. Continue reading

Nelvana partners with Sumitomo Corporation to create new anime; Miraculous Season 2 on Family; Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V correction

Majin Bone, Bomberman Jetters and Aikatsu! are some of the anime Zeroichi’s president has helped launch.

Corus Entertainment’s Toronto-based Nelvana has announced a partnership with Japanese trading and business investment firm Sumitomo Corporation to “develop and co-produce innovative anime properties with international appeal.” The name likely won’t be familiar to most anime fans, but Sumitomo has invested heavily in animation, including multiple partnerships with Crunchyroll and its parent company. Continue reading

Odds & Ends: Screechers Wild, Turning Mecard, Beyblade Burst Evolution

The U.S. division of Chinese media company/toy manufacturer Alpha Group launched a new children’s brand last Monday. Screechers Wild! is a line of spring-loaded transforming vehicles that activate when a magnet touches a metal disk. To support the toys, Alpha has comissioned a series of 40 animated web shorts to be released on YouTube throughout the year. The story has anthropomorphic animals driving transforming vehicles in an harness energy called Animatter.

Notably, the shorts are animated by Vancouver’s Atomic Cartoons and while uncredited, features some local voice talent like Scott McNeil and Paul Dobson. Web-series are becoming a thing for the Thunderbird Entertainment-owned animation studio. Late last year they helped produce a Minecraft series for Mattel and a Marvel show for pre-schoolers. Continue reading

Bakugan reboot to launch within the next two years

Back in 2015, Toronto-based toy company Spin Master announced that they were developing a reboot of Bakugan. Carried by an anime series produced by TMS Entertainment and Nelvana, the boys action franchise meant big business between 2007 and 2012. Bakugan centred around a game played with plastic marbles that would transform when rolled over a metal card. Since that revival tease two years ago, Spin Master’s been silent about their plans for the franchise, but have just recently shared a tiny morsel of information. Continue reading

Nelvana partners with Wexworks, Dentsu and OLM on D.N.Ace

Nelvana has greenlit a new animated series heading to Teletoon called D.N.Ace. The show is from the mind of Matthew Wexler, who previously worked at Spin Master on Bakugan (which Nelvana co-produced), Tenkai Knights and Paw Patrol. His Toronto-based company, Wexworks Media, created the concept and he’ll remain onboard as the executive producer.

The series follows curious, adventure-loving, mischief-making, proudly nerdy, 12-year-old Ace Ripley who suddenly learns he holds an incredible ability to manipulate DNA by fusing the genes of a living thing with any other thing, to create something entirely new. The hero-in-the-making uses his newfound power to create ridiculous, amazing, and even terrifying mash-ed up creatures, and tries to save his town from total chaos while trying to have the time of his life.

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DHX looks to sell … something; Wow! Unlimited gets closer to TV screens

Did you know there’s a Peanuts anime?

It’s been a tough fiscal year for DHX Media. The Canadian kids content powerhouse reported revenues of $298.7 million, down from $304.8 million in 2016. More alarmingly, the company went from a net income of $27.7 million to a loss of $3.6 million. Most of the pain came from the fourth quarter, which saw the company lose $18.3 million compared to $1.7 million the year prior. The biggest issue is the company’s ever increasing debt, which was accelerated by their $345-million US purchase of Iconix Brand Group in May, which gives them ownership of the Peanuts and Strawberry Shortcake properties.

DHX primarily attributes their under performance to lower than expected revenue from Teletubbies in the United States, as well as management being preoccupied with the Iconix purchase. But as a publicly traded company, that’s obviously not enough to keep off investors, who helped the company’s share price fall from $6.40 to $5.00. Continue reading