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Joe Kuhr Laughs It Up With "The Batman"

Joe Kuhr. Joker. He’s heard it. He’s knows it’s an amazing coincidence that a Batman fan should have the name Joe Kuhr. In fact, he even gets to write a Joker/Catwoman episode, “The Laughing Cat,” for the third season of The Batman. But he’s heard the joke. So, why don’t we skip past that and […]

"Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi" Getting New Merchandise

Cartoon Network has signed a number of new licensing deals linked to its Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi animated series, Retail Merchandiser reports. The new deals cover a variety of new apparel, sportswear, eyewear, jewelry and hair ornaments, watches, and sticker and activity books. The series has just received the greenlight for a third season.

Slesinger Seeks to Revive "Pooh" Suit

Stephen Slesinger Inc., which had a lawsuit against the Walt Disney Co. dismissed last year, has filed an appeal to have the suit reinstated, the company said today. Slesinger claims that Disney owes it more that $700 million in royalty payments off of the Winnie the Pooh characters. The original suit was dismissed after an […]

Stan Lee Creating Urban Superhero for Vibe

Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment and Vibe magazine will partner to create a new urban superhero for the magazine, the companies said today. In addition to running stories inside of Vibe, the character will also feature in a graphic novel. The companies are exploring options to transfer an animated version to DVD, television and feature film. […]

CN Latin America Buys Five New Series

Cartoon Network Latin America will add five DECODE Entertainment series to its lineup, including Bromwell High, Franny’s Feet, Undergrads, King and the second season of Girl Stuff/Boy Stuff, World Screen reports.

Frolick To Pen "Ollie"

Billy Frolick will pen the script for the Regency Enterprises/CritterPix Studio’s CGI-animated film Ollie, the companies said today. Frolick previously worked on DreamWorks’ Madagascar, which will be released Friday. [Source: Business Wire]

BBC Gets UK TV Rights to "Wallace and Gromit"

The BBC has acquired the exclusive UK terrestrial TV rights to Wallace and Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit, according to c21 Media. The film, which debuts in UK theaters in October, will be available for telecast in 2008. The BBC has also renewed a deal giving it the broadcast rights to three other Wallace […]

Apax Buys HIT, Names New Execs

Apax Partners has completed its acquisition of HIT Entertainment and named Greg Dyke, formerly director-general of the BBC, as the company’s new chairman, according to World Screen. Bruce Steinberg has been named CEO.

Ad Exec Praises Animation

Mark Tutssel, chairman of the advertising industry’s Clio Awards organization, is urging advertisers to investigate the use of animation in their commercials, AdWeek reports. Tutssel’s remarks, which were provoked by worries that people are increasingly tuning out advertising, were meant to spur advertisers into making “fresh, interesting and engaging” commercials that use creative techniques. Tutssel […]

"Warriors of Legend" Goes on Sale

Warriors of Legend: Reflections of Japan in Sailor Moon, by Jay Navok and Sushil K. Rudranath, is now available online. The book examines the way Naoko Takeuchi’s Sailor Moon reflects the history of Tokyo and Japanese society. The 148-page paperback retails for $12.99.

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