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Lumina Films Hires International Casts for "Midsummer Dream"

Lumina Films has hired regional stars to voice characters for each territory version of its CG feature Midsummer Dream, AWN reports. The film is set to debut in Spain in June.

Discovery Kids U.K. Picks Up "Bjorn Bear"

Cologne/Vienna-based Ohm:tv has licensed its latest animation series, Bjorn Bear, to U.K.-based Discovery Kids, AWN reports. Based on the children’s books, Pettson & Findus, by creator Sven Nordqvist, Bjorn Bear is a small, curious bear who lives alongside a winding road next to the woods. As people drop all different kinds of things along the […]

Nelvana Re-Cultivates "Care Bears" to Broadcast And Home Video

Nelvana Ltd. has completed a series of broadcast and home entertainment deals for its Care Bears series in Scandinavia, Greece, Israel, Poland, Bulgaria, and Romania, AWN reports.

Cartoon Network and Hasbro Partner to Support Tsunami Relief Efforts

Hasbro, Inc., in conjunction with Cartoon Network, is launching PLAYATHON, a new way for kids to raise funds for the causes they care about while playing and having fun at the same time. Funds raised from PLAYATHONs held through March 31 will benefit the UNICEF Tsunami Relief and Recovery Project. Kids can share and learn […]

WHV and Mattel Enter Exclusive Distribution Agreement for Hot Wheels Property

Warner Home Video Inc. and Mattel Inc. have entered into a worldwide home video distribution agreement for the company’s new Hot Wheels AcceleRacers property. Under the terms of the multiyear agreement, WHV will have exclusive distribution rights to four Hot Wheels movies promoting the new AcceleRacers animated property in all territories throughout 2005, beginning with […]

Telewest and Nickelodeon Make Amends

Nickelodeon has now returned to the Telewest Broadband cable platform, two months after it was dropped when the two parties failed to agree on a new carriage contract. Telewest’s 1.3 million subscribers saw Nickelodeon’s four channels, Nickelodeon, Nick Replay, Nicktoons, and Nick Jr., removed from the lineup just before Christmas. While both parties declined to […]

Ten Acquires First French Toon

Network Ten in Australia has acquired 78 episodes of Totally Spies, its first ever French-produced series, after a deal with Marathon International, C21Media reports.

4Kids Signs Licensing Agreement For Fortune Girls

4Kids Entertainment, Inc. has signed an agreement with Puppyfish LLC to serve as the exclusive worldwide merchandise licensing agent for Fortune Girls. Under the agreement, 4Kids Entertainment will represent the merchandising rights to all product categories, including room décor, apparel, stationery, gift wrap and publishing. The Fortune Girls property will include messages in each product […]

Japan Influences U.S. Toy Market; Bandai Leads Cultural Wave

PR Newswire talks about the Japanese influence on the American toy industry and Bandai’s role in the cultural wave.

Dan Lee, RIP

Dan Lee, the Canadian animator who designed the character of Nemo for the Pixar film Finding Nemo, died of cancer on January 15. He was 35. Lee also worked on other Pixar productions, including A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, and Monsters, Inc. He had been working on an upcoming 2007 release at the time […]

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