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“Revolting” wins Emmy

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Revolting Rhymes has won the International Emmy Kids Award for Animation on Tuesday at a ceremony held during MIPTV in Cannes. 

This was Revolting Rhymes’ 12th major international award; it had previously won the Cristal at Annecy; Best Animated Special at the Annie Awards; Best One-Off Special at Kidscreen; and Best Animation at the BAFTA Children’s Awards. It was also nominated for an Oscar.

Produced by Magic Light Pictures, Revolting Rhymes was animated at Magic Light’s Berlin studio and Cape Town’s Triggerfish. Directed by Jakob Schuh (Oscar-nominated for The Gruffalo) and Jan Lachauer (Oscar-nominated for Room on the Broom) and co-directed by Bin Han To, Revolting Rhymes is an adaptation of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake’s classic book of surprising fairy tales. It’s voiced by a stellar cast that includes Dominic West (The Affair) as The Wolf; Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) as Red Riding Hood; and Gemma Chan (Humans) as Snow White.

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“Wow, that’s an Emmy, an Annie, an Emile, a Crystal, a BAFTA, a BAA and a Banff,” chuckles Mike Buckland, head of production at Triggerfish. “Hmm – A Baa and a Banff sounds like the next Julia Donaldson book.”

Seal Team: now hiring

“This latest award comes as we’ve just placed our first job ads for our third feature film, Seal Team,” says Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest. “So it’s a further reinforcement that South Africa is making some of the best animation anywhere and we’re ready to take Africa’s stories to the world.”

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Triggerfish has produced two of the five highest-grossing South African feature films of all time: Adventures in Zambezia (2012) and Khumba (2013), but have spent the last five years honing their skills on four multi-award-winning BBC One Christmas specials produced by Magic Light Pictures: Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes (2016) and the Julia Donaldson/Axel Scheffler adaptations Stick Man (2015), The Highway Rat (2017) and, currently in production, Zog (2018).

Seal Team follows Quinn, an orphan seal who has been dodging sharks off the coast of South Africa his whole life.  When he loses his best friend to a great white shark, Quinn forms a ragtag special ops unit and does the unthinkable: fights back!

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Greig Cameron will make his feature film debut as Seal Team’s writer-director, working from a story by Wayne Thornley (Adventures in Zambezia) and Brian and Jason Cleveland, with Anthony Silverston (Khumba) as head of development.

Cameron is one of the most experienced directors of animation in South Africa, having written and directed 45 episodes of the hit series Supa Strikas, broadcast on Disney XD in over 130 territories. He was also the head writer on Moosebox, currently in production with Nickelodeon, and wrote for Sunrise Productions’ Munki & Trunk, currently on Nicktoons, as well as the cult South African show Urbo: The Adventures of Pax Afrika and the pilots for Triggerfish’s series Mama K’s Super 4, being co-produced with Cake, and Mike Scott’s Dogshow With Cat.  He also made the shortlist for the Triggerfish Story Lab with The Walt Disney Company and the Department of Trade and Industry, from around 1400 entries from across Africa.

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The Industrial Development Corporation, The Department of Trade and Industry and Cinema Management Group (CMG) are financing Seal Team, with CMG handling worldwide sales.

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Timberlake to headline iTunes London festival

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Apple has announced that Justin Timberlake, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Jack Johnson and Jessie J are among the headliners at this year’s iTunes Festival in London.

Running every night in September at the Roundhouse, the iTunes Festival features more than 60 acts performing at the legendary venue.

Performances can be watched live or on-demand by millions of iOS users around the world on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, as well as by music fans with iTunes on their computer or in stunning HD with Apple TV. Tickets are free for competition winners only.

Music fans from across the world, including the US, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Japan and Mexico can win tickets to the iTunes Festival through competitions run by local media partners. In the UK, fans can win tickets using the iTunes Festival app and the iTunes Store as well as select media partners including Channel 4, Global Radio and Metro.

Sir Paul McCartney, Amy Winehouse and Crowded House played the first iTunes Festival at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts in 2007. Since then over 370 artists have performed in front of more than 370,000 fans and tens of millions more online and on television. Other performers have included Adele, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Alicia Keys, Paul Simon, Jack White and Oasis. Performances are available for purchase and download on the iTunes Store.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

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New PS games ready for download

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Sony has announced its June line-up for PlayStation Plus subscribers, including Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and two new catalogue releases, Demon’s Souls and ICO and Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection.

Immerse yourself in the ancient world of Amalur and its 10,000 years of magical history in the action-packed tale Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, created by acclaimed New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore. Take destiny into your own hands as you combat your way through this vast and vibrant world as envisioned by the visionary creator of Spawn and much-admired artist, Todd McFarlane.

In Demon’s Souls you are summoned by a mysterious maiden as the last hope for humanity to take on a mighty demon horde that has taken over the kingdom of Boletaria, after a terrible curse was mistakenly unleashed by King Allant the XII whilst in search of greater powers. Prepare for a battle that has so far defeated all other realm champions as you set out on this epic journey to save the Kingdom from a fate worse than death.

ICO and Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection brings two exciting worlds to PS Plus ready for fans to explore. Adopt the role of ICO, a young boy who finds himself imprisoned by the people of his village inside the walls of a menacing castle before joining forces with a young girl named Yorda as she attempts to escape in ICO. Take on the role of a young man named Wander in Shadow of the Colossus as you journey through an enchanted land, battling 16 enormous beasts known as the Colossi in order to restore the life of a girl named Mono, whose soul is trapped in this haunting world.

For gamer’s on-the-go, grab your PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) and transport yourself to lush forests in the cartoon-quality action title Rayman Origins. Alternatively, weave through airborne mazes as you avoid falling coconuts in Coconut Dodge HD, both available on PS Plus from 5th June.

PS Plus provides subscribers with access to top-rated games on PS3 and PS Vita, extending the service to two platforms for a single price for a one-year subscription. Additionally, 90 day subscriptions are also available giving user’s access to the same fantastic titles and great PlayStation Store discounts.

PS Plus subscribers receive an array of exclusive features, including 2GB cloud storage (1G for PS3 & 1G for PS Vita) for game saves. Automatic updates and beta access, as well as a huge collection of exclusive dynamic themes and PlayStation Network avatars, makes PS Plus the place to be in 2013.

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