Viacom Announces $3 Billion Stock Purchase Program For Post-Separation "New" Viacom

by Zeddon December 14, 2005
Viacom Inc.’s board of directors has approved a stock purchase program under which the new post-separation Viacom Inc. is authorized to acquire from time to time up to $3 billion of its class A and class B common stock. The program will commence following the separation of Viacom into two publicly traded companies, which is […]

Warner Promotes Ritchie & Kauper

by Zeddon December 14, 2005
Pam Ritchie has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Sales Planning & Program Inventory, and Libby Kauper has been promoted to Vice President, Sales Planning & Acquisitions, Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution. In their new positions, Ritchie will oversee and manage the applicable rights to Warner Bros.’ entire domestic filmed-entertainment library, and Kauper will continue […]

Reallusion, Inc. Releases iClone 3D Animation Software

by Zeddon December 14, 2005
Reallusion, Inc. has announced the official release of iClone 3D animation software ( The iClone software features customizable walking and talking 3D characters that can be personalized with the face of anyone from any photo based on Reallusion’s proprietary FaceTrix photo-to-3D transformation technology. Business Wire has more.

NY Film Critics Circle Names "Howl’s" Best Animated Film of 2005

by Ed Liuon December 14, 2005
The New York Film Critics Circle has named Howl’s Moving Castle the Best Animated Film of 2005. A full list of their awards and the winners is available at their website.

"Excel Saga" Soundtrack 2: Leftovers Lack Luster, Laughs

by Dr. Daedaluson December 14, 2005
Back in late 2003, I stumbled upon a little anime comedy called Excel Saga. With little prior anime experience aside from some Sci Fi Channel movies and Dragon Ball, I gave it a shot. Not only would the comedy in Excel Saga far surpass my expectations, it would be my anime “gateway,” leading to hours […]

"Justice League" Season 2 DVD Ratio Decision Nears (Update: Widescreen Confirmed!)

by Bird Boyon December 13, 2005
Update: Both The Watchtower and The World’s Finest have confirmed that Season 2 of Justice League and Justice League Unlimited will be released in Widescreen. When Justice League was renewed for a second season, it made the switch from full frame animation to anamorphic widescreen. With the second season of Justice League starting DVD production […]

"Valiant": Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, wait, it’s a bird.

by Chris Woodon December 13, 2005
What with the overwhelming box office domination of U.S. giants such as Pixar and Dreamworks, it’s easy to forget that animation is a global industry. Even increasingly popular Japanese anime is virtually invisible in theaters. Recently, though, British studio Aardman Animation has begun to make itself heard Stateside, scoring moderate hits with the claymation Chicken […]

Cable Networks to Offer "Family-Friendly" Cable Channel Packages

by Ed Liuon December 13, 2005
Responding to increasing pressure from lawmakers and special interest groups, Time Warner, Comcast, and four other major cable operators are planning to offer subscribers family-friendly channel packages, which will presumably include channels such as the Disney Channel, Toon Disney, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, and Nickelodeon (free registration required). The move has not fully placated many of […]

New Studio Ghibli Film Announced

by Ed Liuon December 13, 2005 is reporting that Studio Ghibli’s next film will be entitled Gedo Senki (Gedo War History) and will be directed by Goro Miyazaki, son of Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki. The film will be an adaptation of A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin. It is scheduled to be released in Japan in July 2006.

Kon and Hosoda to Direct New Madhouse Films

by Benon December 13, 2005
Madhouse has officially announced two new projects based on the works of Japanese novelist Tsutsui Yasutaka to be directed by Satoshi Kon (Millennium Actress, Paranoia Agent) and Mamoru Hosoda (Digimon: The Movie). The project to be directed by Kon is entitled Paprika and is set for a 2007 release. The book’s protagonist is a genius […]