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Pokémon USA, Inc. announced the results of recent anti-piracy actions taken in cooperation with Nintendo of America Inc. to combat the production and distribution of counterfeit Pokémon® Trading Card Game products. On March 26, law enforcement officials in New York raided seven stores known to be selling fraudulent Pokémon Trading Card Game merchandise. Thousands of products were seized and several arrests were made. In early April, one action at a production facility in China secured nearly 1.2 million counterfeit cards and investigations continue. During the past 16 months, more than 47 million counterfeit products have been seized at production facilities in Thailand, Singapore, Poland, Italy, the Czech Republic, Australia, and China.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and HIT Entertainment will release Bob the Builder: The Three Musketrucks, delivering onto DVD May 13. It will retail for US$14.98.

• UK-based THQ Wireless has inked a deal with Team17 Software to publish Worms 2008: A Space Oddity for mobile handsets worldwide. The new game will feature similar gameplay and sense of humour of the original Worms game with added new graphics and animations.

• Co-created by comedian Amy Poehler and Nickelodeon animation veterans Cynthia True and Erik Wiese, the all-new animated comedy series The Mighty B!, premieres Saturday, April 26, from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. on Nickelodeon. A second all-new episode will premiere on Sunday, April 27 from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. The series will air regularly on Nickelodeon Saturdays from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Turkish Radio Television Corporation and newly formed Studio100 Media have signed an agreement for Big And Small a brand new puppetry series. The series is produced by Kindle Entertainment for the BBC, in association with 3J's Entertainment, Studio100 (Belgium), YTV and now TRT. The series of 52 x 11 minute episodes is currently in production and scheduled for delivery to the Turkish net in August.

April 9, 2008

• Pokémon USA, Inc. announced the results of recent anti-piracy actions taken in cooperation with Nintendo of America Inc. to combat the production and distribution of counterfeit Pokémon® Trading Card Game products. On March 26, law enforcement officials in New York raided seven stores known to be selling fraudulent Pokémon Trading Card Game merchandise. Thousands of products were seized and several arrests were made. In early April, one action at a production facility in China secured nearly 1.2 million counterfeit cards and investigations continue. During the past 16 months, more than 47 million counterfeit products have been seized at production facilities in Thailand, Singapore, Poland, Italy, the Czech Republic, Australia, and China.

• Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and HIT Entertainment will release Bob the Builder: The Three Musketrucks, delivering onto DVD May 13. It will retail for US$14.98,

• UK-based THQ Wireless has inked a deal with Team17 Software to publish Worms 2008: A Space Oddity for mobile handsets worldwide. The new game will feature similar gameplay and sense of humour of the original Worms game with added new graphics and animations.
• Co-created by comedian Amy Poehler and Nickelodeon animation veterans Cynthia True and Erik Wiese, the all-new animated comedy series The Mighty B!, premieres Saturday, April 26, from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. on Nickelodeon. A second all-new episode will premiere on Sunday, April 27 from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. The series will air regularly on Nickelodeon Saturdays from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

•Turkish Radio Television Corporation and newly formed Studio100 Media have signed an agreement for Big And Small a brand new puppetry series. The series is produced by Kindle Entertainment for the BBC, in association with 3J’s Entertainment, Studio100 (Belgium), YTV and now TRT. The series of 52 x 11 minute episodes is currently in production and scheduled for delivery to the Turkish net in August.

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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