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Gumby Coming to Game Platforms

Prema Toy Co. has granted Namco Hometek exclusive interactive entertainment publishing rights to Gumby, the companies announced today. The deal gives Namco the right to create games featuring Gumby and all related characters for all game systems. It also give Namco the right to insert Gumby “cameos” in other Namco games. [Source: Business Wire]

Viacom Declares Dividend

Entertainment giant Viacom has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.07 per share on its Class A and Class B common stock, payable on April 1 to stockholders of record at the close of business on February 28, the company said yesterday. [Source: Viacom Inc.]

Cookie Jar Gets New Financing

The Cookie Jar Group has secured two credit lines collectively worth more than $60 million to finance its entertainment and education businesses, the company said today. [Source: Canada Newswire]

Judge Refuses New Pooh Trial

The Los Angeles judge who threw out a lawsuit by Stephen Slesinger Inc., to recover Winnie-the-Pooh royalties from Walt Disney Co. has denied Slesinger’s request for a new trial, Reuters reports. Superior Court Judge Charles McCoy says the case has been irretrievably tainted by the tactics used by Slesinger to uncover evidence for use at […]

FUNimation Steps Up "Lupin" Releases

FUNimation plans to release one Lupin movie every two months in 2005, the company said today, with Dead or Alive scheduled for release on February 22. FUNimation has also recently updated its LupinThe3rd website. Separately, Animated Bliss reports that FUNimation will release Dragon Ball Z: Great Saiyaman Starter Set to DVD on March 15 with […]

Disney Rolls Out Thai Channels

P. Southern Network Company Co. will roll out Disney Channel and Playhouse Disney channel on cable platforms in Thailand, World Screen Daily reports, with full schedules expected to be in place by early 2006.

Cartoon Network Scores in Latin America

Cartoon Network’s Latin America channels ended 2004 with a bang, winning in key demographics in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela, World Screen News reports.

New "Kim Possible" DVD Due in May

Disney will release Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama to DVD on May 10, according to Animated Bliss. It will retail for $19.99.

"Weird Oh's" DVDs Get Spring 2005 Release

ADV Films will release Weird Oh’s Vol. 1: Lights! Camera! Traction! to DVD on February 22 and Weird Oh’s Vol. 2: Wheel Trouble! to DVD on March 20, Animated Bliss reports. Both releases will retail for $9.98.

"Family Guy"'s Seth MacFarlane Interviewed by Onion A.V. Club

The Onion A.V. Club has interviewed Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane. McFarlane talks about the origins of the show, its resurrection due to syndication and DVD success, and other “behind the scenes trivia.”

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