DIRECTV and EchoStar, the nation’s two largest satellite TV providers, have announced that they will offer “family-friendly” channel packages to their subscribers, bowing to regulatory pressure that has also compelled Comcast and Time-Warner Cable to offer similar packages (registration required). DIRECTV’s offering will begin in April, offering 40 channels including Toon Disney, Boomerang, Noggin, PBS […]
Two consumer groups have announced their intention to sue Viacom, parent company of Nickelodeon, and the Kellogg Company over their use of SpongeBob SquarePants and other cartoon characters to sell food of “poor nutritional quality” to children under 8 (registration required). The Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, […]
Newsarama.com’s latest “Animated Shorts” column has spoken to Justice League Unlimited producers Bruce Timm and James Tucker about the upcoming episodes of the show and the “Legion of Doom” story arc. Columnist Steve Fritz also engages in some speculation on the future of Justice League Unlimited and Teen Titans, and also reports that Warner will […]
A press release states that one of three new executives hired by BET is Denys Cowan, who will be tasked with developing animated productions for the television, home video, on-line, and wireless channels. Cowan co-created Static Shock with Dwayne McDuffie in both comic and TV incarnations and was producer and supervising director for The Boondocks […]
An image of what looks like Transformers based on steam-powered locomotives has been posted at Newsarama.com. The image is from IDW Publishing’s The Transformers: Hearts of Steel #1, the first issue of a monthly “alternate reality” Transformers comic book title. The first issue will be written by Chuck Dixon with art by Ted McKeever.
An article in BusinessWeek on-line debunks the oft-repeated rumor that the Walt Disney Corporation will buy Pixar Animation Studios and make Steve Jobs the CEO of Disney. The two companies were reported close to renewing their distribution deal, but neither will comment publicly about the negotiations.
Writer Mark Evanier is reporting the passing of animation writer Dennis Marks. Marks’ career stretches back to the late 1960s, with work on Batfink, Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space, Transformers, and the Tom and Jerry and Jetsons feature films. He was also the head writer for Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends and the […]
The Los Angeles Times covers the background of the CGI feature film Hoodwinked, ultimately focusing on the seemingly overnight success of writer/directors Cory and Todd Edwards and Tony Leech (free registration required). The article covers their prior works and the long, bumpy path from concept to release.