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Disney Mulling Newer, Smaller Theme Parks

by Maxie Zeuson February 8, 2007
The Walt Disney Company may build smaller theme parks and stand-alone hotel and entertainment centers far from its current parks, the chairman of the company’s Parks and Resorts division has told analysts. According to Reuters, the company is considering building versions of its Downtown Disney complex of high-end retail, dining and entertainment businesses in urban […]

Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie Get Animated

by Maxie Zeuson February 8, 2007
Sesame Workshop will adapt its popular Bert and Ernie muppet characters to claymation for The Adventures of Bert and Ernie, World Screen reports. The new show will be co-produced with Germany’s NDR and Ki.Ka and animated by Italy’s Misseri Studio. It has already been presold in Australia, India, Denmark, and other world markets.

"Wonder Pets" to Save Three Little Pigs in February

by Maxie Zeuson February 8, 2007
The Wonder Pets! will premiere a new half-hour episode, “Save the Three Little Pigs,” on Monday, February 19, at 11:00am (ET/PT), Nick Jr. said yesterday. The episode will have wonder Pets Linny, Tuck, and Ming-Ming saving the three little pigs of the popular fairy tale after they decide to build their houses of substandard materials. […]

Studio B Developing "Look What My Sister Dragged In"

by Maxie Zeuson February 8, 2007
Studio B and YTV will develop Look What My Sister Dragged In, an animated series for the international kids market, Channel Canada reports. The series, created by Rob Boutillier, is about a boy whose life is disrupted when his sister brings home a mysterious “Kat.”

Cartoons on the Bay Moving to Salerno

by Maxie Zeuson February 8, 2007
Cartoons on the Bay (a.k.a., The International Festival on Television Animation) will move to Salerno, Italy, for its 11th edition, World Screen reports. The festival will run from April 19 to 22.

Howard Named President of Exodus Film Group

by Maxie Zeuson February 8, 2007
Max Howard has been named president of independent animation producer Exodus Film Group, Variety reports. Howard is a former president of Warner Bros. Feature Animation and senior vice president of Walt Disney Feature Animation.

Bonte Takes New VP Post at Cookie Jar

by Maxie Zeuson February 8, 2007
Josette Bonte has been appointed vice president of digital media at Cookie Jar Entertainment, World Screen reports. Bonte will leave the Ovum consulting firm to take the newly created post at Cookie Jar.

Time Warner Profits Rise in 2006

by Maxie Zeuson February 7, 2007
Time Warner had operating income of $11.1 billion in 2006, up 11% from $10.0 billion in 2005, the company said last week. Annual revenues rose to $23.7 billion from $21.6 billion. For the fourth quarter of 2006, operating income rose 4% to $2.1 billion while revenues rose 8% to $12.5 billion. The company credited the […]

Disney Reports 1Q 2007 Profit of $1.7 Billion

by Ed Liuon February 7, 2007
The Walt Disney Company announced a net income of $1.7 billion for the first quarter of 2007, on earnings of $9.725 billion. The profit is more than double the profit from the same quarter a year ago, although the final number was boosted by one-time sales of assets.

Kelly Hu on Voicing Okiku in "Afro Samurai"

by Ed Liuon February 7, 2007
Actress Kelly Hu has been interviewed by Newsarama.com about a variety of her current projects, including her role as Okiku in Spike’s Afro Samurai, as well as her roles as a “massage therapist” on the ABC sitcom In Case of Emergency and as Lady Deathstrike in X-2.