Animax Comes to Korea

by Zeddon December 16, 2005
Sony’s Animax toon channel is set to roll into Korea next year as a joint venture between Sony Pictures Television International and satellite TV broadcaster SkyLife, C21Media reports. Animax Korea will be carried exclusively on SkyLife’s direct-to-home satellite platform.

POW! Secures Rights to Stan Lee Brand

by Zeddon December 16, 2005
U.S. production and licensing company POW! (Purveyors of Wonder) Entertainment has acquired exclusive rights to Spider-Man creator Stan Lee’s name, likeness and brand, C21Media reports. The new deal gives the company rights to most of the intellectual properties created by Lee following his tenure as Marvel’s editor-in-chief and publisher, before founding POW!

Genius Products Signs "Benjamin Bear" Home Video Deal

by Zeddon December 16, 2005
PorchLight Entertainment has granted Genius Products U.S. DVD and video distribution rights to nine half-hour episodes of Benjamin Bear, according to C21Media.

WestPoint Signs "Princess Natasha" Deal

by Zeddon December 16, 2005
WestPoint Home ( has signed a license to produce a full line of bedding and bath home fashions featuring KOL online cartoon adventure heroine Princess Natasha. PR Newswire has details.

Alan Bergman Named President, The Walt Disney Studios

by Zeddon December 16, 2005
Alan Bergman has been promoted to president, The Walt Disney Studios (TWDS). In his new role, Bergman will continue to report directly to Dick Cook, chairman, TWDS, and oversee strategy and operations for all business units including Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group, Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Buena Vista Pictures Marketing, Buena Vista International, Miramax, Buena […]

"Cartoon Kings" Profiles Brian Cosgrove and Mark Hall

by Zeddon December 16, 2005
ITV1 has given UK startup Made in Manchester Productions its first commission: a profile of pioneering British animation duo Brian Cosgrove and Mark Hall — according to C21Media. Cartoon Kings will be broadcast during the spring of 2006, in time for the anniversary of Cosgrove and Hall’s 30th year in the animation business.

"Disney Plans to Buy Pixar" Rumors Resurface

by Ed Liuon December 15, 2005
A report in The Wall Street Journal is resurrecting a rumor (again) that Disney is considering an outright purchase of Pixar Animation Studios to essentially turn it into their animated film division. The two companies are still engaged in renegotiation talks over their partnership, where Disney co-finances Pixar films and pays for compensation and marketing […]

Time-Warner is First to Offer "Family Friendly" Cable Package

by Ed Liuon December 15, 2005
Time-Warner Cable has become the first cable company to offer a “family friendly” channel package, as was hinted at earlier this week. The channel lineup will include Boomerang, the Disney Channel, and Toon Disney, as well as other channels such as CNN, Food Network, HGTV, and Discovery Kids. The service will cost $33 a month […]

Marvel Begins Digital Comics Initiative

by Ed Liuon December 15, 2005
Marvel Comics has opened a new section of their site for digital comics, with the debut titles being Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1 by Peter David and Mike Wieringo, She-Hulk (vol. 1) #1 by Dan Slott and Juan Bobillo, Captain America #1 by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting, and an episode of Franklin Richards: Son of […]

Jared Stern to Pen for Disney Feature Animation

by Zeddon December 14, 2005
Writer Jared Stern has signed a two-year overall deal with Walt Disney Feature Animation, AWN reports, citing Variety. It is not yet known what his first project will be.