ADV ACQUIRES NEW SERIES BEST STUDENT COUNCIL HOUSTON, October 2, 2006-ADV Films, the #1 producer-distributor of anime in the U.S., announced today it has acquired exclusive home video and broadcast rights in North America for Best Student Council, a new series by J.C. Staff (Excel Saga, Maburaho). The school dramedy directed by Yoshiaki Iwasaki (Love […]
Kaneva to Host Central Park Media Anime Contest New York, NY (September 26, 2006) – Kaneva (www.kaneva.com), an innovative online social entertainment network, and Central Park Media, a pioneer in the distribution of anime in the United States, have come together to host the Otaku Invitational, empowering anime fans to band together to create original […]
Cartoon Brew’s Amid Amidi is reporting that five Pixar artists are working on a new hardcover art book for release in August 2007. Titled The Ancient Book of Myth and War, the book will include contributions from Scott Morse, Don Shank, Ricky Nierva, Lou Romano and Nate Wragg; several of the artists are beginning to […]
The latest Animated Shorts column at Newsarama speaks to Kent Rice, new CEO of Starz Animation, a branch of Starz Media (formerly IDT Entertainment) dedicated to feature-length animated films and some new animated television programming. The recent theatrical release Everyone’s Hero and Nick Jr.’s upcoming Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! are both products of the Starz Animation […]
Reuters has published a profile on Goro Miyazaki, director of Studio Ghibli’s Gedo Senki (Tales from Earthsea) and son of famed anime director Hayao Miyazaki. The article puts a spotlight on the antagonism between the two men, which seems to stretch outside of the family sphere and into open competition in the field of animated […]
The New York Times has written an article examining the current glut of computer-animated feature films and what effect the high-profile failures of several recent entries will have on the industry as a whole (registration required). Nested near the end of the article is a statement that DreamWorks Animation Studios and Aardman Animation have terminated […]
Comicon.com’s PULSE News has spoken to writer Bill Williams about the issue of Justice League Unlimited which he wrote. Williams discusses how he selected the hero lineup for the issue, the basic plot for the issue, and other work he has in the pipeline. The article also includes the first four pages of the comic. […]
Japanese actor Tetsuro Tamba (born Shosaburo Tamba) passed away in Tokyo on September 24, 2006 at the age of 84 due to heart failure after a bout with pneumonia. Tamba was best known for his role as Japanese spymaster Tiger Tanaka in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice, but he also provided the […]
Sony’s Open Season took the #1 spot at movie box offices this past weekend, taking in an estimated $23 million. The sum would put it just past the opening weekend debut of Monster House ($22.2 million), but well behind the $40 million pre-2006 opening weekend average for computer-generated animated movies.
Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada revealed that writer Dwayne McDuffie (Justice League Unlimited) will be taking over the monthly Fantastic Four comic book. Current writer J. Michael Straczynski announced his imminent departure from the book, although no dates for McDuffie’s first issue have been announced.