An article in the Los Angeles Times follows the history of the direct-to-video feature, now beginning to achieve critical mass and substantial sales figures (free registration required). Credit for the success of the format is given to the many successful animated feature films developed specifically for home video.
Cowboy Bebop‘s stylish bounty hunters generated one of the largest and most devoted followings in anime history. This lesson was not lost on studio executives, who have been trying for some years to come up with “the next Bebop,” and although wave after wave of new anime titles continue to crash upon these shores, most […]
Toy Play will release a new line of Color-In Cardboard Playhouses featuring SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Care Bears and a Generic Race Car, AWN reports. The playhouses allow kids to color in their favorite characters and build their own playhouse. The playhouses will be available in retail stores this fall for $12.99.
Navarre Corp. has promoted Ward Thomas to Senior VP of Sales and Operations for FUNimation and upped Joyce Fleck to VP of Sales & Marketing for FUNimation, AWN reports. Fleck takes over the sales responsibilities previously held by Thomas, in addition to her previous position of VP of Marketing for Navarre Corp.
The BOC Credit Card (International) Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited, has been awarded “The Best Marketing Campaign” in Hong Kong for their “y not Credit Card” program featuring Looney Tunes characters, Warner Bros. Consumer Products announced Monday. The licensing initiative kicked off in 2004, with the BOC Credit Card […]
In the wake of much negative publicity, Wizard Entertainment has stated that they will not be running a WizardWorld convention in Atlanta in 2006 as previously reported. CEO Gareb Shamus stated that Wizard is planning for an Atlanta show in 2007 which does not conflict with other comic conventions in the region. In a related […]
Many people credit George Lucas’s epic Star Wars franchise with the creating the modern space opera, but manga legend Leiji Matsumoto’s classic series Space Battleship Yamato (Star Blazers in the U.S.) broke ground on this genre three years earlier. Since then Matsumoto has generally pursued sci-fi of a more surreal or whimsical nature, including the […]