Toon Boom Supports the MIPJunior First International Pitch Competition

MONTREAL — (BUSINESS WIRE) — August 30, 2012 — Emmy® Award-winning Toon Boom Animation Inc. ( toonboom.com) the market leader in animation technology, announced today its support of the MIPJunior first International Pitch Competition targeted to creatives, producers and decision-makers from all sectors of the kids’ entertainment business.

The inaugural MIPJunior International Pitch will see six projects brought before a panel of experts, including Andy Heyward, Co-founder and CEO, A Squared Entertainment, US; Helen Mc Aleer, Chief Global Development Officer, The Walker Books Group and Managing Director, Walker Productions, UK; Morgann Favennec, Head of Children Programms, M6, France; Emmanuel Franck, SVP of Filmed & TV Entertainment, Ankama, France; Anna Rafferty, Managing Director, Penguin Digital, UK; and Brad Schultz, Head of Video, Mind Candy, US. The jury will be looking for the next big brand in kids’ entertainment content, picking the project with the biggest potential for a global multiplatform extension.

All six finalists will receive a permanent license of Toon Boom Storyboard Pro 3D. On October 6 in Cannes’ Martinez Hotel, the jury will pick a winner to receive a top prize of €2,500 (US$3,080) to help develop awareness of their project among the very targeted audience of MIPJunior and MIPCOM.

“Knowing that MIPJunior has become a must-attend forum for producers to pitch their projects and find funding, we are thrilled to take part in their first International Pitch Competition and give each finalist the opportunity to use our award-winning storyboarding software to embark upon their projects,” stated Joan Vogelesang, President and Chief Executive Officer at Toon Boom Animation.

About Toon Boom Animation Inc.

Toon Boom Animation Inc. ( toonboom.com) is the worldwide leader in digital content and animation creation software, delivering products and services online to its global community. Toon Boom carries user-friendly applications for all, catering to children, home users, creative professionals as well as students, educators and schools. Toon Boom is fully dedicated to education and goes far beyond just developing technology and curriculums that will enhance the classroom experience. Toon Boom is an influential advocate of bringing industry and education together, while partnering with value-added partners to help students achieve their goals.

At the high-end studio level, Toon Boom offers a wide product range from powerful pre-production tools to leading-edge animation production solutions. Relying on its extensive expertise in animation production, Toon Boom provides consulting services in the fields of optimization, pipeline integration, production assistance and custom development.

In 2005, Toon Boom was granted the Primetime Emmy® Engineering Award by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for its significant contribution made to the animation industry targeted for television. In 2006, the IT Federation of Quebec (FIQ) awarded an OCTAS 2006 in the Multimedia – educational and cultural sector category, for Toon Boom Studio. In 2007, FIQ awarded an OCTAS 2007 in the Technological Innovation category, for Toon Boom Storyboard Pro. In 2008, Flip Boom was granted a Parents’ Choice Gold Award and a New Canadian Media Award in the Excellence in Children’s category. In 2009, Flip Boom was selected as Editor’s Choice by the prestigious Children’s Technology Review for excellence in design. In 2010, Flip Boom All-Star was granted a Parents’ Choice Silver Award, the NAPPA Honors Award and the Tech & Learning Award of Excellence. In 2011, Toon Boom won the HSBC International Business Award in the small and medium size category. In addition, both Flip Boom Classic and Flip Boom All-Star Curriculums were granted the 2011 Distinguished Achievement Awards in the Art category, for K-5 and 6-8 markets by The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP). The Flip Boom Classic Curriculum was also a AEP Innovation Award finalist for its excellence in educational resources. Garfield’s Comic Boom was awarded the 2011 Preferred Choice Award granted by Creative Child Magazine, the 2011 NAPPA Honors Award and the 2011 Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal of Approval. Flip Boom All-Star received the 2011 Media of the Year Award, granted by Creative Child Magazine and the 2011 Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal of Approval. Toon Boom Studio received the 2011 Tech & Learning Award of Excellence. In 2012, Frost & Sullivan granted Toon Boom the 2011 Global Animation Software Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award. Both Toon Boom Studio and Flip Boom All-Star were awarded the prestigious 2012 Academics’ Choice Brain Award in the Software category.

Toon Boom's client base ranges from major studios creating Hollywood blockbuster animated films to individual animators creating their first masterpieces. Market-leading studios using Toon Boom's products include Disney, Nelvana, Warner Bros., Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Fox, Bento Box, Film Roman, China Central Television, DQ Entertainment, eMation, Rough Draft Korea, Alphanim, Cromosoma and Enarmonia, to name but a few. Some of the prestigious productions done with Toon Boom’s technology include Les Triplettes de Belleville (Les Armateurs), Looney Tunes: Back in Action (Warner Bros.), The Rugrats (Universal), SpongeBob The Movie (Nickelodeon), Hanuman (Silverline), Curious George (Universal), Go West: A New Lucky Luke Adventure (Xilam), Simpsons The Movie (Fox), Chico & Rita (Mariscal) and The Princess and the Frog (Disney).

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