Playmates Acquires Toy Rights to "Little Robots"

BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) has granted North American master toy licensee rights for preschool series Little Robots to toy manufacturer Playmates, C21Media reports. Playmates plans to launch a character-driven line in the fall of 2006 that will include electronic figures, plush dolls, play sets, and games.

"Wide Eye" Comes to Italy

Wide Eye, the animated CO-production between the BBC and Abbey Home Media, has been sold into another new territory — Italy — under a deal with pubcaster Rai. The series has already sold to fourteen other broadcasters including ABC in Australia, TV2 in Denmark, TV3 in New Zealand, Ki.Ka in Germany, and SVT in Sweden. […]

Granada Kids Moves to Increase Production

In a move to increase production, Granada Kids has hired Ken Olshansky as VP of creative affairs, C21Media reports. Olshansky will be based in New York, but will travel frequently to London to work with the UK-based Granada team. He will be charged with developing preschool and animation programming, focusing specifically on the U.S. market. […]

Two Way TV & Fat City Films Partner for Interactive Toon

Two Way TV has partnered with animation house Fat City Films to CO-produce an interactive kids cartoon series, C21Media reports. Entitled The Dweebz, the series is aimed at eight- to 12-year-olds and features two schoolboy supergeeks at Dumphill High who use the super computer hidden in their locker to take a stand against bullies and […]

OCON Completes Financing for "Dibo The Gift Dinosaur"

Korean animation studio OCON has completed financing for its new preschool property Dibo The Gift Dinosaur, World Screen reports. The 3-D series is set in Cozy Land, where everything is made of soft fabrics, and follows the adventures of DIBO, a dinosaur who delivers gifts to his friends. The studio is now looking for an […]

Time Warner Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend

Time Warner’s Board of Directors yesterday declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.05 per share on its common stock, payable in cash on December 15, 2005 to stockholders of record at the close of business on November 30, 2005. This is the second quarterly dividend declared under the company’s dividend policy, which was announced at […]

"Time Warner Highlights" Released

Just ahead of Time Warner’s announcement of their quarterly financial results, the company has released a Time Warner Highlights edition. The document highlights accomplishments of Time Warner’s businesses and progress in achieving their strategic goals. Online links to further information are also available, including Cartoon Network Emmy Awards and ratings.

"Futurama" Coming to Comedy Central

Comedy Central has signed a multiyear deal with syndicator Twentieth Television to acquire all 72 episodes of the animated comedy series Futurama. The series will begin airing on Comedy Central in January 2008, after Cartoon Network’s rights to the series expire. [Source: Reuters/The Hollywood Reporter]

MTV Networks Appoints Chief Digital Officer

MTV Networks has named Jason Hirschhorn to the new post of Chief Digital Officer to lead the music-television network’s digital businesses and strategy, the company announced on Thursday. Hirschhorn, who was previously Senior Vice President of digital music and media, will now be responsible for developing MTV’s strategy for growing its brands — including the […]

Nicktoons Characters Join "Nicktoons Unite!" Video Game

THQ Inc. and Nickelodeon on Friday announced that Nicktoons Unite! for the PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, and Game Boy Advance videogame systems has shipped to retail outlets throughout North America. The game allows players to interact with the stars from certain Nickelodeon TV shows including SpongeBob SquarePants, Timmy Turner (from The Fairly OddParents), Jimmy Neutron […]

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