Stan Lee signs a deal with Disney

Stan Lee, creator of much of the Marvel Universe, and his creative company POW! Entertainment have signed a deal with the Walt Disney Studios, a division of the Disney Company. No terms have been announced. Mr. Lee will be developing and producing all kinds of products for Walt Disney Studios. [source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn…l?hpid=entnews]

Funimation sees sales spike in 2006-2007

Navare has published their 2006-2007 fiscal year results showing a 47.8% gain in sales volume for their Funimation division. The company credits Full Metal Alchemist, the Dragonball Z season sets, Basilisk, Trinity Blood and the Robotech: Shadow Chronicles releases for the increase. Afro Samurai was not included due to it’s release date being after the […]

Shoji Kawamori at the head of new "Macross" production

Shoji Kawamori has been confirmed as the story creator, executive director, story supervisor, and mechanical designer for the new Macross series, currently titled Macross 25. The episode directors and script writers have not been announced yet. The production will be animated by the same company that made Macross Zero, Satelight. [source: www.animenewsnetwork.com]

ICv2 interviews VIZ's Gonzalo Ferreyra and David Rewalt

ICv2 Has posted a transcript of an interview they conducted with Gonzalo Ferreyra, Vice President of Sales, and David Rewalt, Director of Retail Marketing. They discuss Viz’s upcoming plans to bring out Naruto on a speed up release schedule and how that might affect the rest of the manga market. [source: http://www.icv2.com/articles/home/10700.html]

Geneon, Funimation to offer anime on XBox Live

Geneon Entertainment and Funimation Entertainment have reached deals to offer content on Microsoft’s XBox Live service. The service, which will begin on June 12, 2007, will feature the US premier of Akira in high definition as well as Last Exile, Gunslinger Girls, GUNxSWORD, Basilisk, Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, Samurai 7, Lupin III and […]

Kentarō Haneda, composer for "Macross", "Orgus" and more, dies at age 58

Kentarō Haneda, the celebrated composer of the music for Super Dimensional Space Fortress Macross, Super Dimensional Centruy Orguss, Barefoot Gen and many other shows in addition to the music for the Genso Suikoden video game series and many live action films and television shows, has died of liver cancer at the age of 58. In […]

Diamond Comic Distributors releases 2006 sales data

Diamond Comic Distributors, which includes Alliance and Diamond UK, has released its sales data for the 2006 operating year. This is the first time that Diamond has issued its sales data. The company recorded sales of over 350 million dollars to the 3,500 specialty and comic shops that it supplies and estimates that the shops […]

Bandai Ent. to release "Clamp School Detectives" on DVD

Bandai Entertainment has announced that they will be releasing Clamp School Detectives on DVD later this year.  The show was originally released to VHS in 1998 and has not been seen in the US since the tapes went out of print.  No date or price point has bene released yet.  This is apparently a new […]

Alan Fine takes on new role at Marvel

Alan Fine, currently the CEO for Marvel’s publishing and toy divisions, has taken on another role in the company as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for Marvel Characters, Inc. Marvel Characters, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marvel dedicated to supporting and strengthening the Marvel brand name. Mr. Fine will be continuing on in his previous […]

Teen Titans to save the day at a theatre near you

Warner Brothers Pictures has begun the process of bringing their Teen Titans property to the big screen in a live action adaptation. Mark Verheiden, writer/producer of the current Battlestar Galactica television series, has been tapped to be the screenwriter. Akiva Goldman and Kerry Foster are also onboard as executive producers. [source: http://www.icv2.com/articles/home/10671.html]

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