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University of Kent Launches Computer Animation Program/Degree

Beginning September 2005, the Department of Electronics at the UK’s University of Kent will complement its BSc in Multimedia Technology and Design with an MSc in Computer Animation. The course program, consisting of approximately seven months of coursework followed by five months of project work, will cover 3D animation practice and principles, the animation pipeline, […]

Disney Suspends MovieBeam VOD Service

Disney has suspended its MovieBeam Video-on-Demand service while the company performs some upgrades and seeks potential new corporate partners. According to a Disney spokeswoman, the company does not know when service will be restored or when the upgrades will take place. [Source: ZDNet]

MTVN Announces New Developments For MTV And Nickelodeon In China

MTV Music Zone, a subscription-based music service, will launch on May 1, 2005, as part of China Mobile’s Monternet service’s new music platform MO Music Channel, MTV Networks announced yesterday. China Mobile’s more than 200 million subscribers will be able to access MTV-produced music charts and entertainment news, as well as download music ringtones and […]

Michael J. Dolan Named Executive VP & CFO of Viacom

Michael J. Dolan has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Viacom Inc., the company announced yesterday. He will assume his duties as CFO on May 11, 2005, reporting to Viacom Chairman and CEO Sumner M. Redstone. Mr. Dolan succeeds Richard J. Bressler, who served as CFO since March 2001. [Source: Viacom]

'Fantastic Four' Animation Sneak Peek On Upcoming DVD

Newsarama reports that the upcoming Fantastic Four animated series will be showcased in an unspecified manner on the DVD release of the upcoming Fantastic Four theatrical film. The Fantastic Four DVD is expected to be released in the fall, and initial TV airings of the new animated show are slated to appear in Fall 2006.

'Dr. Strange' DTV Animated Feature Confirmed

Dr. Strange will be featured in one of the Marvel/Lions Gates upcoming animated Direct-to-DVD movies, according to Newsarama. This will be the first time ‘The Master Of Mystic Arts’ has carried his own animated feature. The movie, the fourth in nine planned features, will be released in 2006. Other animated properties include two Ultimate Avengers […]

Advance Previews of May 4 Comics: "Batman: Dark Detective" & "GLA"

Mile High Comics has released several previews of comics from Marvel and DC scheduled for release on May 4, 2005. Highlights include Batman: Dark Detective #1, which reunites famed 70′s Batman team Steve Englehart, Marshall Rogers, and Terry Austin, and G.L.A. #2 by Dan Slott and Paul Pelletier (She-Hulk).

Marvel and Nickelodeon/Viacom Among Top Licensors in 2004

An upcoming study from License Magazine notes that Marvel Entertainment and Nickelodeon were two of the top licensors in 2004, based on the strength of such properties as Spider-Man, Dora the Explorer, and SpongeBob SquarePants. Marvel’s licensing brought in $4 billion in retail sales, while Nickelodeon licenses brought in $4.75 billion.

Comic Giants Interviews Russ Heath

Comicon.com’s PULSE News “Comic Giants” feature has just published an interview with Russ Heath, best known for his variety of western and war comics produced during his 60-year career. Heath is currently drawing Howard Chaykin’s Legend mini-series for DC Comics.

New Character "Yoke" To Join Miguzi

Twelve-year-old Kyler Spears of Sacramento has won the “Miguzi Make a Monsterpiece” competition, with his design for “Yoke” being chosen out of more than 1,000 entries in the contest to design a new cast member for Cartoon Network’s Miguzi animation bloc, the network said today. website. Yoke will make his Miguzi debut on Monday, May […]

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