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I tell ya, that Elmo guy sure does get around. First he creates a monster iPhone app and now he (along with the whole Sesame Street) has partnered with Israeli-based Aniboom to create an animation contest. The animations are targeting pre-school age children.
Each category winner will win $5,000 and the top winner receives an additional $5,000. The winners will also be considered for development deals post-contest. The contest award categories include:
- school readiness videos
- pro-social (no, not Facebook but actually helping kids go outside and meet other people)
- Open category they call “Sky’s the Limit”
- Community favorite
The entry period runs from March 1 through April 26, 2010. I was hoping that the Sesame Street characters (e.g. Cookie, Big Bird, etc.) could be used in the animations but sadly my hopes were quickly dissolved when I read the official rules which states, “Do not animate existing Sesame Street characters or you will be disqualified.” After many years managing icons like the SS characters, I get the corporate fear of allowing people to play with the icons but c’mon. This is 2010, you can let the animators have a stock set of icons and parts to work with. Maybe the post-contest development deals will allow for icon animation.
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Animation network Aniboom is announcing a variety of new online and mobile distribution partners today. First up are the online distribution partners. They include: Dailymotion, Metacafe, Veoh Networks, blip.TV and blinkx. The company reports that their YouTube channel is currently seeing over two million views a month. These new distribution partners will expand Aniboom’s reach by over 140 million viewers.
On the mobile side, Aniboom has partnered with MobiTV’s mobile service in the U.S., Canada and Latin America, through Thumbplay in the United States, and through Buongiorno SpA, Cellfish, Jamster, and Player X in Europe. They are also launching a call-to-action for creators to develop animated content for the mobile platform. Aniboom will also focus on higher conversion rates for mobile content on the Aniboom network.
Roi Carthy covered Aniboom just about a year ago with a variety of other Israeli startups.