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‘Yoko’ Wins Reed Midem Award at Suzdal Animation Festival (Exclusive)

London — “Yoko” won the award for an animated series with the highest international potential at Suzdal Animation Festival in Russia. The award is backed by Reed Midem, which organizes content markets such as MipTV and Mipcom.

“Yoko” will receive free registration at Reed Midem’s children’s programming event MipJunior, and will be included in the MipJunior Digital Library. Laurine Garaude, director of the TV division at Reed Midem, said: “Such a partnership between our two key kids’ entertainment industry events creates an excellent synergy and helps to bolster the level of high-quality international TV series for children.”

“Yoko” is a co-production between Russia’s Wizart TVSeries, the television department of Wizart Animation, and two companies based in San Sebastian, Spain, Somuga and Dibulitoon. The target audience is preschool — 4- to 6-year-olds. The series contains 52 episodes, written by an international team, including Andy Yerkes (“Pocoyo,” “Jungle Junction”), Kevin Strader (“Jelly
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Ex-Office Ep Developing 2 New Sitcoms For NBC

Ex-Office Ep Developing 2 New Sitcoms For NBC
Former Office producer/director Ken Kwapis has sold two family-themed half-hour comedy projects to NBC, TVLine has confirmed.

The first, tentatively titled Fred and Marilyn, is inspired by the real-life relationship between writer Scott Prendergast (Kabluey) and his formidable mother.

The second is based on the best-selling Joey Pigza book series by Jack Gantos and is being billed as a high-definition family comedy. Claudia Silver (Jungle Junction) will pen the script.

Kwapis and Alexandra Beattie will shepherd the projects — both of which are only in the pilot script stage — through their In Cahoots production company.
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St Just deserts: local firm brings Disney animation from California to Cornwall

Britain's most westerly town is home to Spider Eye, the animation firm behind the hugely successful Jungle Junction

Some fish for lobster and crab while others make a living off the land by working in the pasty bakery or helping service holiday homes. But a growing number of residents in Britain's most westerly town have less typically Cornish employment – creating cartoon animals with wheels for an award-winning Disney animation.

The success of Jungle Junction and other shows has made the Spider Eye studio in St Just the biggest employer in the town after Warrens bakery. Based in buildings around the green including the old police station and a one-time brothel (from the days when this was a busy mining town) the studio has more than 50 staff and uses another 40 or so freelancers in the area.

Morgan Francis, the founder of Spider Eye and director of Jungle Junction, said locals' eyebrows
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