UTV, BKN Sign $10 Million Deal

by Zeddon September 23, 2005
In a deal worth $10 million, BKN New Media’s animation production will be outsourced to UTV Toonz, a division of India’s UTV Software Communications, C21Media says. UTV Toonz will produce the 3D series Kong: The Next Generation and another yet to be titled series.

"Dragon Booster" Flies to Spain and France

by Zeddon September 23, 2005
Alliance Atlantis has secured broadcast deals with TF1 in France and Telecinco in Spain for its CGI-animated property Dragon Booster, according to C21Media. The series is already airing on TF1 this week and will air on Telecinco in January.

Manga Picks Up Licensing for "Iron Kid"

by Zeddon September 23, 2005
Japanese animation distributor Manga Entertainment has been brought in to handle TV broadcast, DVD and merchandising licensing for Iron Kid, the previously announced co-production between Spain’s BRB Internacional and Korean video and online gaming outfits Daiwon and Design Storm. Manga will handle licensing for the project in the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand; […]

Nelvana/ole Teamup

by Zeddon September 23, 2005
Nelvana is expanding its business plan by entering into a strategic partnership with Canadian music publisher ole, C21Media reports. Under the terms of the six-year deal, ole will administer the global collection of music from Nelvana’s programming catalogue, which includes more than 3,000 half-hours of animated content. The pact involves Nelvana’s current library and future […]

Toon Boom Launches Solo

by Zeddon September 23, 2005
Toon Boom Animation has released Toon Boom Solo, a new stand-alone animation software solution designed for smaller studios and independent animation filmmakers. AWN has details.

DreamWorks' "Kung Fu Panda" Gets 2008 Release

by Zeddon September 23, 2005
Following news that Madagascar 2 will first hit theaters in 2008, DreamWorks Animation has announced that Kung Fu Panda will also be released that year, AWN reports, citing Variety. The studio still hopes to release two animated films per year until at least 2009.

Innamation Reveals Animation Slate

by Zeddon September 23, 2005
Innamation Films has revealed their development slate of animated content for television and direct-to-video distribution, AWN reports. Among the announcements: The Christmas Rescue, a full length property about a trio of woodland friends that band together to save Christmas by finding Santa when he is swept off course during a storm; and a re-telling of […]

"Sunday Pants" Comes to CN October 2

by Zeddon September 23, 2005
Sunday Pants, a new 30-minute series showcasing original and acquired animated shorts, will debut on Cartoon Network on Sunday, October 2, at 9:30pm (ET, PT). The series will air every Sunday evening, featuring a fast-moving selection of short animation pieces from around the world. Sunday Pants will feature a variety of animation styles, from traditional […]

Comics Previews: "Defenders," "Revisionary," "Red Sonja," "Action Philosophers"

by Ed Liuon September 23, 2005
Several new comics previews are available on the Internet: – Mile High Comics has advance previews of Marvel and DC comic books hitting stands on September 28, including Defenders #3 by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, and Kevin Maguire (Marvel); and Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere #4 by Gaiman, Mike Carey, and Glenn Fabry (DC/Vertigo) – continues […]

Capizzi Discusses His Work on "The Batman"

by James Harveyon September 22, 2005
The Batman series producer and writer Duane Capizzi recently sat down with The World’s Finest to discuss his work on the animated series. To read the interview, click here.