France Chooses "Persepolis" for Foreign Language Oscar Contender

by Ed Liuon September 19, 2007
France will use the animated film Persepolis as its representative for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. The movie is based on the graphic novel memoir of Marjane Satrapi about her life growing up during the Islamic Revolution of Iran. The film has drawn criticism from the Iranian government, but has been selected to […]

NY Times on Nickelodeon’s Push Into Licensed Electronics

by Ed Liuon September 19, 2007
The New York Times takes a look at Nickelodeon’s push for higher-end electronics that feature the network’s most popular animated characters (free registration required). Items such as SpongeBob DVD players and digital photo frames will be on sale at retailers this month, and are meant to compete with similar products coming from competitors like the […]

Frank Molieri on Updating "Tom and Jerry"

by Ed Liuon September 19, 2007
Newsarama’s Animated Shorts has interviewed producer Frank Molieri about his work on The New Adventures of Tom & Jerry. Among other topics, Molieri discusses the first question he asked Warner Brothers when he was asked to pick up the assignment, the many ways that he tries to stay faithful to the spirit of the original […]

Funimation to Premiere New Episodes of "One Piece" at Anime Weekend Atlanta

by Matt Hazudaon September 19, 2007
On Sunday, September 23, 2007, Funimation Productions will debut the first 3 episodes of the third season of anime series One Piece (the Skypiea arc) at Anime Weekend Atlanta. Previously dubbed by 4Kids entertainment, this version of the show will feature voice talent including Colleen Clinkenbeard and voice direction from Mike McFarland.

Manga Entertainment to Offer Programming to XBOX Live

by Matt Hazudaon September 19, 2007
Starz Media, parent company of Manga Entertainment, has announced today that it will be offering anime series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Seasons 1 & 2, Street Fighter II V, Noein, Tokko, Virus, and Astro Boy starting today and adding more episodes in the upcoming weeks. Read the full press release here.

PR: Anime Classics from Starz Media’s Manga Entertainment coming to XBOX 360

by Matt Hazudaon September 19, 2007
Los Angeles and New York – September 19, 2007 – Anime-style animation continues to demonstrate its multi-media appeal with today’s launch of audience-favorite titles from Starz Media’s large video library on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace video store. The agreement between the two companies was announced jointly by Marc DeBevoise, Starz Media’s senior vice president, business […]

"Ape Escape" animated shorts coming soon to Nicktoons Network

by Matt Hazudaon September 19, 2007
Frederator Productions is teaming with Project 51, Hawaii Film Partners and Showcase Entertainment to bring a series of 38, 2-minute shorts based on the Sony Playstation game series Ape Escape to the Nicktoons Network in early 2008. Frederator has a production blog up for the series with more production art on their Flickr page.

"Superman: Doomsday": A Great Start For A New Line

by Alex Weitzmanon September 19, 2007
If there had been more news in November of 1993, maybe it wouldn’t have been the huge headlining event that everybody seemingly heard about. The death of Superman was a story that practically ran away from the control of DC Comics as they were doing it, since the intention all along had been to bring […]

Viz Pictures Licenses Live-Action "Death Note" Movies

by Matt Hazudaon September 19, 2007
Viz Media has announced that their live-action affiliate Viz Pictures has licensed two movies based on the manga and anime series Death Note. The movies are Death Note and its sequel, Death Note: The Last Name. Both movies will be screening at Austin’s Fantastic Fest 2007 September 20 – 27 with an additional screening of […]

PR: VIZ Pictures Licenses Theatrical and DVD Rights to Live Action "Death Note" Films

by Matt Hazudaon September 18, 2007
San Francisco, CA, September 18, 2007 VIZ Pictures, an affiliate of VIZ Media LLC that focuses on Japanese live-action film distribution, has announced that it has licensed from Nippon Television (NTV) the North American theatrical and DVD distribution rights to the live-action feature film DEATH NOTE and its sequel, DEATH NOTE: THE LAST NAME, based […]