Gary Rusak

Gary is a senior writer for KidScreen, Playback's sister publication.

Contact Gary by sending an email to grusak@brunico.com

Articles by Gary Rusak
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Atomic Cartoons eyes original content push

Atomic Cartoons names Luke Carroll as creative director as the company looks to up investment in generating creative content and develop more original properties. (Pirate Express pictured)

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Guru Studio grows with new marketing director

Toronto-based Guru Studio has added Monika Sharma (pictured) to the newly created position of director of marketing.

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Spin Master sues Chinese companies for copyright infringement

The Toronto-based toy company alleges the two companies knocked off its Flutterbye Flying Fairy doll.

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Kids’ CBC inks co-pro deal for healthy eating series

The pubcaster has inked a development deal to produce an animated preschool series with Radical Sheep Productions and Mickey Rogers Media.

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9 Story Entertainment sews up Super RTL deal

9 Story Entertainment has signed new broadcast deals with Germany’s Super RTL for four series.

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DHX Media signs Asian TV deals

DHX Media has inked a whack of free TV, on-demand and home entertainment deals with broadcasters across Asia for a range of its kids programming titles.

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Shaw Rocket Fund announces finalists

Bookaboo (pictured), The Next Step and The Phantoms are amongst the kids properties, across three age categories, that received nods for the Shaw Rocket Prize.

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Nerd Corps to produce Slugterra TV movie

Vancouver-based Nerd Corps will produce Slugterra: Ghoul from Beyond, for a spring 2014 release.

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Breakthrough presells Zerby Derby to Sprout

The Toronto-based producer and distributor has presold its new preschool series, Zerby Derby (pictured) to Sprout in the U.S. and South Korea’s MBC, heading into MIPCOM next month.

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Sardine and Gamerizon ready Chop Chop Ninja shorts

Montreal, Canada-based Sardine Productions and Gamerizon Studio have inked a production deal with Teletoon Canada to develop the shorts series Chop Chop Ninja Challenge.

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Slugterra finds momentum in Latin America

As Nerd Corps’ Slugterra brand picks up the pace in the U.K., the boy-skewing property is now the focus of a top-performing iOS app and new licensing deals across Central and South America.

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Slugterra extends its U.K. reach

Toronto-based Nerd Corps Entertainment’s Slugterra has extended its U.K. reach by bowing on Channel 5 last Saturday.