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Cartoon Network and Hasbro Partner to Support Tsunami Relief Efforts

by Zeddon February 14, 2005
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

by Zeddon February 14, 2005
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

by Zeddon February 14, 2005
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

by Zeddon February 14, 2005
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

by Zeddon February 10, 2005
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

by Zeddon February 7, 2005
PR Newswire talks about the Japanese influence on the American toy industry and Bandai’s role in the cultural wave.

Dan Lee, RIP

by Zeddon January 31, 2005
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 […]

Spike TV President Albie Hecht Announces Resignation

by Zeddon January 30, 2005
Spike TV President Albie Hecht today announced his resignation due to creative differences. Prior to joining Spike, Hecht was president of Film and Television Entertainment for Nickelodeon where he developed and executive produced The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. Hecht also served as the executive producer of Rugrats: The Movie, Rugrats in Paris, and The Adventures of […]

TV Schedules Updated

by Zeddon January 29, 2005
The TV schedules for 4Kids TV, Kids WB, JETIX on ABC Family, and JETIX on Toon Disney have all been updated. You can find complete schedule coverage on the Toon Zone Schedules Page.

Gromit Hosts Westminster Dog Show, Kind Of

by Zeddon January 29, 2005
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is partnering with DreamWorks Animation SKG to inaugurate a historic innovation to showcase the 2005 show. This marks the first time in Westminster’s history that the dog show has accepted a sponsorship partner outside of a dog food company. For the first time, highlights of the competition in the […]