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Bruce Hamilton, R.I.P.

Comic book publisher Bruce Hamilton passed away on the morning of June 18, 2005, according to a post on writer Mark Evanier’s weblog. Hamilton owned several comic book publishing imprints and was pivotal in the publishing and preservation of the Disney “Duck” comics of Carl Barks.

Marvel Enterprises Under the Magnifying Glass

BusinessWeek takes a look at Marvel Enterprises, focusing on the path CEO Avi Arad and Marvel Chief Executive Ike Perlmutter took to go from immigrant veterans of Israel’s Six Day War to Hollywood hotshots.

BusinessWeek Looks at the Anime Business

BusinessWeek has published an article looking at the rise of anime as an exportable commodity, noting anime’s influence on both live-action and animated movies and sales that are estimated to top $5 billion globally.

Smaller Companies Entering Animation Business

The Los Angeles Times has an article about smaller companies partnering with larger companies and entering the animation business.

"Batman Begins" Tops Weekend with Estimated $46.9 Million

Box Office Mojo reports that Warner Bros. Pictures’ Batman Begins earned $46.9 million in North America during its opening weekend. The film, earning critical acclaim, has grossed an estimated $71 million since opening Wednesday.

Banjax Announces Upcoming Animated Projects

Banjax, a new digital animation studio located in Belfast, has announced two upcoming animated projects — Luke The Lifeboat and Gene-Fusion. The Belfast Telegraph has details on the two series.

Wit Animation Creates CG Spot for McDonald's

Wit Animation has been commissioned to create a character animation spot for McDonald’s. DTV Professional has details.

Warner Bros. Books "Guardians of Ga'Hoole" For CG Feature

Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to turn Kathryn Lasky’s children’s fantasy series Guardians of Ga’Hoole into a CG feature, AWN reports, citing Variety.

Southern Star Picks Up "Faireez"

Australian distributor Southern Star International has picked up Faireez. Co-produced in several countries, the series follows a foursome of young fairies as they explore the magical land of Faireezia. [Source: C21Media]

BRB Bringing Toons To U.S. Market

Spanish cartoon producer/distributor BRB International is bringing its latest 3D animations to the U.S. and Canada, in the hopes that U.S. companies will work with them on the co-production and development of future series in order to exploit them via merchandising and new media markets, C21Media reports.

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