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ADV Films Announces "Prefectural Earth Defense Force"

Set for release on April 18, 2006, Prefectural Earth Defense Force is a 50-minute OAV based on the manga. It concerns a trio of high school basketball players who are called upon to battle the Phone Pole Team and other evil villains. The suggested retail price is $12.98. Anime on DVD has more.

BBC Acquires Licensing Rights to "The Secret Show"; Series Comes to Nicktoons

BBC Worldwide has secured rights to spy toon The Secret Show, C21Media reports. The company’s American sales team has licensed 26 episodes to the Nicktoons Network. The series is scheduled to begin airing on Nicktoons in January 2007 after it has aired on BBC’s preteen channel, CBBC. In addition, BBC Worldwide has also secured cross-media […]

"Little Robots" Increases Time on CN and Gets New Distributor

Little Robots has been given an extended 30-minute slot on Cartoon Network’s preschool Tickle U block, according to C21Media. Separately, Little Robots distributor BBC Worldwide has appointed 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment as video/DVD distributor in the U.S. and Canada. The deal covers a seven-year period, and the first two releases are planned for the […]

BKN Signs Animated "Zorro" Deal

BKN has signed an exclusive license with Zorro Productions to produce and distribute an animated series as well as direct-to-DVD films based on the Zorro franchise, World Screen reports. Tentatively entitled Zorro — Generation Z, the series is scheduled for launch sometime next year.

Disney Reports First Quarter Earnings

The Walt Disney Company on Monday reported earnings for the first quarter ended December 31, 2005. Net income came in at $734 million or $0.37 a share, compared with $686 million or $0.33 a share a year ago. Revenue climbed 2% to $8.85 billion from last year’s level of $8.67 billion. The company also reported […]

"What's New Scooby-Doo? - Route Scary-Six" Streets June 6

The 9th volume in the What’s New Scooby-Doo? series, Route Scary-Six, will be available on DVD from Warner Home Video on June 6, 2006. The disc will include four (4) TV episodes, one (1) bonus episode, and an extra entitled “Scooby-Doo’s Mystery Road Trip Challenge.” The single-disc will retail for $19.96 SRP. [Source: TVShowsOnDVD]

"Kappa Mikey" Premieres on Nicktoons Network on February 25, Nick International Later

Kappa Mikey — the only anime television series created and produced in the U.S. — will debut on Nicktoons Network in the U.S. with two half-hour, back-to-back episodes on Saturday, February 25, from 8:00pm to 9:00pm (ET). Kappa Mikey will premiere during the “Three-Headed Monster,” Nicktoons Network’s prime-time programming block from 7:00pm to midnight, and […]

Jack Black to Host Nickelodeon's 19th Annual Kids' Choice Awards

Jack Black will host Nickelodeon’s 19th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday, April 1, from 8:00pm – 9:30pm ET/PT (tape delayed for West Coast) from UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion. PR Newswire has a list of this year’s nominees.

Tanya Haider Promoted at Nickelodeon & Viacom International Consumer Products

Tanya Haider has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Nickelodeon & Viacom International Consumer Products, as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to expand the presence of its licensing and merchandising business worldwide. Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products manages the third largest licensing business in the world with $5 billion in retail sales in 2005, […]

"Samurai 7" Vol. 3: The Storm Before The Hurricane

The last disc of Samurai 7 left off on a cliffhanger. Our band of heroes were facing trouble on all sides. It seemed the nobuseri bandits had allied with the merchants to crush any hopes of peasant rebellion, while the enigmatic cave dwellers the Guardians, or Shikimoribito, could turn on the peasants at any time. […]

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