ABC Family Acquires Rights to "The Polar Express" and "Corpse Bride" from Warner

by Zeddon March 19, 2006
ABC Family has acquired television rights to a slate of movies from Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution including Corpse Bride, The Polar Express and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the companies announced on Friday. The first of the films will begin their runs on the network this fall. [Source: TVWeek] (via Jeff Harris)

Nickelodeon Ups Execs

by Zeddon March 19, 2006
Nickelodeon has promoted Marsha E. Williams to Senior Vice President of Research and Planning at Nickelodeon Networks. In her new position, Williams is responsible for Consumer Insights for Nickelodeon and Nick Jr., including all brand, programming and production, merchandising, public affairs, online and other corporate consumer research for Nickelodeon. Williams will report to Pam Kaufman, […]

Simon Kenny Named President, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution

by Zeddon March 19, 2006
Simon Kenny has been named President of the newly formed Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, one of the companies that make up the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. In this newly created role, Kenny will manage the worldwide electronic distribution streams of the studio’s product over existing, new and emerging digital platforms, including pay-per-view, electronic sell-through, […]

Domestic Is Better: StarToons’ Jon McClenahan Gets Interviewed

by Dr. Daedaluson March 19, 2006
Recently I interviewed Jon McClenahan, the founder of StarToons, one of the few fully American animation studios of the 1990s. His studio’s work included Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Histeria!, and other smaller projects. Here’s what the talented animator, director, and former truck driver (yes, it’s true!) revealed. Your name, age, current […]

"Arcade Gamer Fubuki": Arcade Games and Panties? BRILLIANT!

by Dukeon March 19, 2006
OK, let me get this straight. There’s this anime called Arcade Gamer Fubuki, which is all about arcade games—a dying race in America—and their champion, a young girl who thrives on up-skirt shots and who has to face off against boxers and giant raptors, all from the mind of Mine Yoshizaki, the creator of Sgt. […]

Production IG Founder to Give Guest Lecture at University of Colorado

by Grant Whiteon March 18, 2006
Anime News Network reports that Mitsuhisa Ishikawa (founder of Japan’s Production IG studios, which has done work ranging from Kill Bill to IGPX) will be speaking at the University of Colorado at Boulder on Friday, March 24.

CPM and Ithaca College Announce "Negadon" Screening

by Zeddon March 18, 2006
Central Park Media and Ithaca College have announced a joint academic screening of CPM’s forthcoming computer-generated monster movie Negadon: The Monster From Mars. The preview screening will take place on Friday, March 24, at 7:30pm in Room 138 of Ithaca’s Roy H. Park School of Communications in Ithaca, New York. It is free and open […]

New "ToonClix" Game Featuring Cartoon Characters Announced

by Zeddon March 18, 2006
WizKids will release ToonClix collectible miniatures game (CMG) in October. The game will feature characters from Warner Bros., Hanna-Barbera, Cartoon Network, and Kids WB. [Source:] (via William C. Maune)

NBC/Discovery Kids to End Saturday Morning Partnership

by Zeddon March 18, 2006
Discovery Kids and NBC have decided to end their Saturday morning partnership after four years. Discovery Kids has programmed NBC’s Saturday morning block since 2002. The three-hour Discovery Kids on NBC programming block will continue to air until this fall. There is no word on what NBC plans to replace it with at this time. […]

"Viva Piñata" Property Comes to TV, Xbox

by Zeddon March 18, 2006
Microsoft Game Studios and 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. are introducing Viva Piñata, a high-energy entertainment property created by Rare Ltd. that brings a vibrant world of living piñata animals to video games, television and beyond. The Viva Piñata animated television series is scheduled to air in the U.S. in fall 2006 on 4Kids TV on FOX. […]