UK’s Entertainment Rights has paid Express Newspapers £6m for a controlling interest in the 85-year-old character, Rupert the Bear. Under the deal, the Express — which has published Rupert comic strips since 1920 — retains a 33.33 percent interest in the brand and the right to continue with its strips, while Entertainment Rights gets worldwide […]
Al Ovadia & Associates has agreed to be Berliner Film Companie Distribution’s exclusive North American licensing and promotional agent for forthcoming CGI effort Happily N’ever After (working title). The toon shows what happens when Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, Frieda, tries to take over Fairy Tale Land. [Source: C21Media]
On Thanksgiving Day, Dora the Explorer will make her debut as a giant helium balloon in the 79th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The balloon, filled with approximately 15,000 cubic feet of helium and measuring approximately 54 feet tall, will travel from Central Park to Herald Square on Thanksgiving Day. [Source: PR Newswire]
Cartoon Network today unveiled their Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi float which will appear in Macy’s 79th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. The float will feature the real-life performers as well as giant-sized, puppet versions of their cartoon alter-egos. [Source: Cartoon Network] More info is available on Time Warner’s corporate website.
Steve Case, co-founder of America Online and former Chairman of Time Warner Inc.’s Board of Directors, has resigned from his position as a Time Warner director. Mr. Case issued the following statement regarding his departure: The decision to leave the Board is a difficult one, because Time Warner is a great company, and I respect […]
Comedy Central today launches its own broadband network, “Comedy Central MotherLoad.” The broadband-optimized video channel will include video clips from current and classic Comedy Central shows, stand-up performances, sneak previews, behind-the-scenes exclusives, and original content. You can find more information on MotherLoad at http://www.comedycentral.commotherload. [Source: PR Newswire] (via Jeff Harris)
Mention “Marvel Comics,” and odds are the first thought in your head will be “superheroes.” However, before Stan Lee and Jack Kirby teamed up to produce Fantastic Four #1 in 1963, it was a good bet that the first thought would have been “monsters.” The pages of Marvel Comics between World War II and the […]