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• The number-crunchers at Nielsen have announced that 13.7% of TV households in the US are now equipped with an HD TV set and HD tuner capacity; 11.3% also receive at least one HD network or station.

• New York-based costume manufacturer Rubie's has extended the scope of its licensing deal with Lucasfilm to cover worldwide manufacturing rights to the entire Star Wars saga for costumes, costume accessories and boxed costume sets. Lucasfilm has also granted Rubie's the same rights to its classic Indiana Jones trilogy and the new Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull flick due out in May.

• Montreal, Canada's Apartment 11 Productions has won an Internal Affairs and Communication Prize in the 'Early Education' category at the NHK Japan Prize Awards for the Stonehenge episode in its series Mystery Hunters.

• The 2008 Shaw Rocket Prize has settled on November 16 as its deadline for entries. The Canadian awards were set up to recognize the best in kids entertainment, and features a grand prize of CDN$50,000 going to the best Canadian television program targeting children 12 and under, as judged by the International Jury and the Kid's Jury.
November 2, 2007

• The number-crunchers at Nielsen have announced that 13.7% of TV households in the US are now equipped with an HD TV set and HD tuner capacity; 11.3% also receive at least one HD network or station.

• New York-based costume manufacturer Rubie’s has extended the scope of its licensing deal with Lucasfilm to cover worldwide manufacturing rights to the entire Star Wars saga for costumes, costume accessories and boxed costume sets. Lucasfilm has also granted Rubie’s the same rights to its classic Indiana Jones trilogy and the new Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull flick due out in May.

• Montreal, Canada’s Apartment 11 Productions has won an Internal Affairs and Communication Prize in the ‘Early Education’ category at the NHK Japan Prize Awards for the Stonehenge episode in its series Mystery Hunters.

• The 2008 Shaw Rocket Prize has settled on November 16 as its deadline for entries. The Canadian awards were set up to recognize the best in kids entertainment, and features a grand prize of CDN$50,000 going to the best Canadian television program targeting children 12 and under, as judged by the International Jury and the Kid’s Jury.

About The Author
Gary Rusak is a freelance writer based in Toronto. He has covered the kids entertainment industry for the last decade with a special interest in licensing, retail and consumer products. You can reach him at garyrusak@gmail.com

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