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Shortage of Skills Hits Animation Industry

by Zeddon January 5, 2006
Business-Standard takes a quick look at the shortage of skills within the animation industry.

Kiddinx Seals CO-poduction Deal for "Bibi Blocksberg"

by Zeddon January 5, 2006
German children’s producer Kiddinx has closed a CO-production deal with ZDF Enterprises for further episodes of their animated series Bibi Blocksberg, C21Media reports. The new series is scheduled to be completed by September of this year.

"Futurama" Possibly Returning With New Episodes

by Zeddon January 5, 2006
20th Century Fox TV is in “early discussions” to create a “limited number” of new episodes of Futurama, Digital Spy reports, citing Variety. The animated series ended after four seasons amid lackluster ratings and broken scheduling on FOX.

HIT Makes Several Licensing Appointments

by Zeddon January 5, 2006
Hit Entertainment has made several new international licensing appointments for animated series. C21Media has details.

Televisa Prepping Animated "El Chavo Del Ocho"

by Zeddon January 5, 2006
Mexico’s media conglomerate Televisa is preparing an animated version of its 1970s children’s comedy El Chavo Del Ocho, AWN reports, citing Variety. Anima will produce the series, which will be ready to air in late 2006. Televisa is in talks with Warner Bros. as well as other U.S. studios to venture into the U.S. market […]

HIT European Consumer Product Business Gets Overhaul

by Zeddon January 5, 2006
HIT Entertainment has reorganized the HIT European consumer product business. AWN has details.

Disney Adds to iTunes Music Store

by Zeddon January 5, 2006
The Disney ABC Television Group has announced plans to add new programming to the iTunes Music Store. The new offerings will come from ESPN and ABC Sports, ABC Entertainment and Touchstone Television, ABC Family, ABC News, Buena Vista Television, Disney Channel, SOAPnet, and Walt Disney Feature Animation. The content will be a mix of free […]

Herb Scannell Leaving MTVN and Nickelodeon; Restructuring Announced

by Zeddon January 5, 2006
Herb Scannell, Vice Chairman, MTVN; and President, Nickelodeon Networks, is leaving the company to pursue other business opportunities. Mr. Scannell began his career at Nickelodeon in 1988 as Director of Programming and rose through various positions before being named President of the network in 1996. During Mr. Scannell’s tenure, Nickelodeon opened a new animation studio […]

Warner Bros. Pictures and WHV Take First Place in Market Share

by Zeddon January 5, 2006
Warner Bros. Pictures’ domestic and international grosses each earned them first place in market share for 2005. Domestic box office for 2005 totaled $1,384,000,000, making it the studio’s best year ever. Grosses were up 15% over the previous year in the face of industry totals, which fell 5%. Internationally, the studio’s totals were even higher, […]

"All Dogs Go To Heaven" Comes to DVD

by Zeddon January 5, 2006
The All Dogs Go To Heaven television series is coming to DVD in a best-of format. On March 14, two 88-minute DVDs will be released — All Dogs Go To Heaven – Friends To The Rescue and All Dogs Go To Heaven – Dogs Undercover — retailing for $9.95 each. TVShowsOnDVD has additional info and […]