MDA streamlines funding schemes

Singapore’s Media Development Authority (MDA) has announced on Channel News Asia of its latest move to sharpen the funding process by streamlining its suites of funding programmes to provide a more systematic approach to support an increasingly sophisticated media industry. This is based on feedback from industry players, namely local enterprises such as Sparky Animation Pte Ltd.

 

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Minister Visit at Sparky

Sparky Animation is graced by the visit of Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, together with Mr Sam Tan, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Information, Communications and the Arts, and accompanied by Mr Aubeck Kam, Chief Executive, Media Development Authority, together with the MICA and MDA delegation.

Dignitaries from the media sector experiencing an enlightening tour of our studio with its technological and artistic capabilities.

Dignitaries from the media sector experiencing an enlightening tour of our studio with its technological and artistic capabilities.

Arriving at our establishment is Minister Lui Tuck Yew, Mr Sam Tan, Mr Aubeck Kam, together with Dr Wong Kok Cheong (CEO of Sparky), Mrs Koh Soo Boon (CEO of iGlobe) and MDA delegates.

Arriving at our establishment is Minister Lui Tuck Yew, Mr Sam Tan, Mr Aubeck Kam, together with Dr Wong Kok Cheong (CEO of Sparky), Mrs Koh Soo Boon (CEO of iGlobe) and MDA delegates.

Here we are joined by Mrs Koh Soo Boon (CEO of iGlobe), Dr Wong Kok Cheong (CEO of Sparky), together with MICA delegates.

Here we are joined by Mrs Koh Soo Boon (CEO of iGlobe), Dr Wong Kok Cheong (CEO of Sparky), together with MICA delegates.

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Dinosaur Train has been nominated for the Toy Industry Association’s 2011 – Toy of the Year

The two year old Dinosaur Train has been nominated for Toy of the Year 2011 in the premier category by the Toy Industry Association.

The other nominees in this category are:

  • Toy Story 3 (Disney Consumer Products)
  • Thomas and Friends (HIT Entertainment)
  • Ben 10 Alien Force (Cartoon Network Enterprise)
  • Chuggington (Lodurum)
  • Monster High (Mattel)

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From Muppets to dinosaurs

The 40 episodes of Dinosaur Train’s debut season aired on PBS Kids in the US and on Okto channel in Singapore in the last two months. Work has started on the second season.

Ms Henson says she and her staff had also looked at other companies in India and South Korea to collaborate with on Dinosaur Train, ‘but the sample work we saw that was done here was so superior that we were really happy with the quality of the work’.

 

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Dr KC Wong, on Primetime Morning Channel News Asia

In seizing the opportunity to promote Singapore as the next animation hub, our CEO and founder Dr KC Wong appeared together with America based counterpart Ms Lisa Henson on an exclusive interview by Channel News Asia Primetime Morning anchors Steven Chia and Suzanne Jung Ki Eng.



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Lisa Henson visits Sparky Animation studio

20 years after the passing of Jim Henson – the creator of “The Muppets” and “Sesame Street” – the Jim Henson Company continues to produce numerous children’s TV programs. The company is now run by Jim’s children and headed by daughter Lisa Henson.

She dropped by the studio to discuss her plans for the company and its’ collaboration with Singapore based studio Sparky Animation to co-produce the hit children’s TV series Dinosaur Train.

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