Birrell Leaves HIT Entertainment

by Zeddon December 17, 2005
Nigel Birrell, HIT Entertainment’s director of corporate development, has resigned after more than six years at HIT, C21Media reports. Birrell will now take a position as director of mergers and acquisitions at online gaming company PartyGaming.

"Simpsons" Earns WGA Animation Nominations

by Zeddon December 17, 2005
The Simpsons swept the animation writing category for nominations from the Writers Guild of America, East & West, which jointly announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television writing during the 2005 season. AWN reports.

Charles McElmurry Dead at 84

by Zeddon December 17, 2005
Designer/illustrator Charles O. McElmurry, who began his career in the animation industry at Walt Disney in 1942, died on December 5, 2005. He was 84 years old. AWN has more on his life.

"Wallace & Gromit" Cover Art Released

by Zeddon December 17, 2005
DVDActive has cover art for the upcoming release of Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. The film will be available on DVD on February 7, 2006, with an SRP of $29.99. (via Animated-News)

Comics Previews for Dec 16: Sam and Max, Marvel’s "Mythos," Gun Fu

by Ed Liuon December 16, 2005
The following comics previews are available on-line: COMICS AVAILABLE NOW – Telltale Games, makers of the Bone video game, are hosting new Sam and Max comics by Steve Purcell on the web to promote their new video game. – has a five-page preview of Hawaiian Dick: The Last Resort #3 by B. Clay Moore […]

"Patlabor": Good ‘Ol Popcorn Fun

by Dukeon December 16, 2005
You know, we’ve had giant robots in virtually every profession ever created. Guardians against evil giant monsters, construction tools, tools of war…. Heck, we’ve even had them as tools in a popularity contest. But few series have had the giant robots in the hands of the normal, everyday police. Thanks to Project Headgear’s Patlabor, that […]

"Cartoons for Victory!," Cultoons!" Come to DVD

by Zeddon December 16, 2005
Golden Age of Cartoons – Cartoons for Victory! and Golden Age of Cartoons – Cultoons! are both coming to DVD from Ventura on February 14, 2006, AnimatedBliss reports. Both DVDs will retail for $14.95 SRP. (hat tip: AndrewR)

"Robot Chicken" Comes to DVD

by Zeddon December 16, 2005
Robot Chicken: Volume 1 is coming to DVD on March 28, 2006. Retailing for $29.98 SRP, the 2-disc set will include 20 episodes from the series. TVShowsOnDVD has a track listing.

Animax Comes to Korea

by Zeddon December 16, 2005
Sony’s Animax toon channel is set to roll into Korea next year as a joint venture between Sony Pictures Television International and satellite TV broadcaster SkyLife, C21Media reports. Animax Korea will be carried exclusively on SkyLife’s direct-to-home satellite platform.

POW! Secures Rights to Stan Lee Brand

by Zeddon December 16, 2005
U.S. production and licensing company POW! (Purveyors of Wonder) Entertainment has acquired exclusive rights to Spider-Man creator Stan Lee’s name, likeness and brand, C21Media reports. The new deal gives the company rights to most of the intellectual properties created by Lee following his tenure as Marvel’s editor-in-chief and publisher, before founding POW!