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Viacom Signs Carriage Deal with DirecTV

Nickelodeon-parent Viacom Inc. has signed a long-term carriage agreement with DirecTV, the companies said today. [Source: PR Newswire]

Anime Network Signs Five Carriage Deals

Anime Network has signed deals with BendBroadband, Click! Network, Massillon Cable TV, PrairieWave Communications and Sunflower Broadband to carry its subscription video-on-demand service, the company says. Cablevision and Cox already carry the service. [Source: Anime Network]

Spacetoon TV Picks Up Mondo Series

Mondo TV Group has sold a batch of animated series, including Sandokan, L’Ultimo dei Mohicani, Farhat and Spartacus to Mid East channel Spacetoon TV, World Screen reports. The deal is valued at $1.3 million.

Turkey Getting "Tutenstein" Magazine

SGM Publishing of Turkey will launch a new magazine, aimed at six- to twelve-year-olds, based on the PorchLight animated series Tutenstein, World Screen reports. The Turkish-language magazine will debut in September.

New DTV "Superman" Given An Early Title

Superman Homepage is reporting that the upcoming “Superman” DTV is being tentatively called “Superman vs. Brainiac.”

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CPM Re-Prices, Re-Releases Multiple Titles

Central Park Media will re-price and re-release an assortment of its anime titles, the company said today. Series being released include Geobreeders, Agent Aika, The Ping-Pong Club, and Photon: The Idiot Adventures. Details follow: Geobreeders Contents: Episodes 1-3 Release Date: September 27 Price: $9.95 Languages: English; Japanese with English subtitles Extras: Previews, DVD-ROM features. Geobreeders: […]

Animation Veterans Form Consulting Company

Animation veterans George Bruder, Kevin Cureton, and Marlon Montgomery have formed Mind The Gap, Inc., an animation pipeline development and consulting service, the principals announced today. Mind the Gap will market its services in the U.S. and abroad, and it is currently developing an asset and production tracking system for Vinton Studios. [Source: Mind the […]

Jim Aparo 1932 - 2005

Jim Aparo, DC comic book artist for over 40 years, passed away early this morning at the age of 72, due to complications from a recent illness. Aparo’s work appeared in Batman and the Outsiders, The Brave and the Bold, and The Spectre, as well as the controversial “Death in the Family” storyline which killed […]

Greg Pak Lands on "Battlestar Galactica" Comic

Writer and filmmaker Greg Pak (Warlock, X-Men: Phoenix – Endsong) has been tapped by Dynamite Entertainment to write a new, ongoing monthly comic based on Battlestar Galactica, the new Sci-Fi Channel series. The comic is currently scheduled to launch in the fourth quarter of 2005.

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