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Cartoon Network Names Ramsey A. Naito Vice President of Long-Form Development

by Zeddon April 11, 2006
Ramsey A. Naito has been named vice president of long-form development for Cartoon Network. In this newly created position, Naito will be responsible for finding, developing and producing long-form properties for the network. Based in Burbank, California, Naito will report directly to Michael Ouweleen, senior vice president, development and creative direction for Cartoon Network U.S. […]

Animation Writers Caught Between Two Unions

by Ed Liuon April 10, 2006
The Los Angeles Times covers a dispute between Thomas Short of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Patric M. Verrone of the Writer’s Guild of America, West (free registration required). At stake are the hearts and minds of a growing number of animation writers, whose numbers are growing as “the genre is booming […]

Great Walls Facing Disney’s Entry into Chinese Market

by Ed Liuon April 10, 2006
An article in the Los Angeles Times notes the many obstacles that The Walt Disney Company faces in expanding its media presence into the relatively untapped market of mainland China (free registration required). The tight controls placed on the media by the government of China may present one of the biggest obstacles to Disney’s expansion […]

"Ice Age" Leads Box Office Again

by Ed Liuon April 10, 2006
Ice Age: The Meltdown led the pack in weekend movie ticket sales, with a gross take of $33.8 million to make it the first movie of 2006 to break $100 million in domestic ticket sales, according to an article off the wire at ABCNEWS.com. A related article in the Los Angeles Times (free registration required) […]

NY Times on Return of "Astro Boy" to DVD

by Ed Liuon April 10, 2006
The New York Times talks about the new Astro Boy Collector’s Edition DVD boxed set (registration required), which collects 52 episodes of the seminal anime series by Osamu Tezuka. The article chronicles the historical background behind the series and its impact on the anime industry since its debut in comics in 1952 and on TV […]

CLAMP Makes First U.S. Appearance at Anime Expo 2006

by Ed Liuon April 10, 2006
CLAMP, the Japanese artist’s studio of Satsuki Igarashi, Ageha Ohkawa, Tsubaki Nekoi and Mokona, will be making their first U.S. appearance at this year’s Anime Expo 2006, to be held in Anaheim, CA, from July 1-4, 2006. CLAMP debuted as manga artists in 1989, and have been behind some of the most popular manga and […]

"Dragonball Z" Huzzah! The Main Feature Finally Starts!

by on April 10, 2006
It’s been a long struggle through crappy Toei writers killing any and all potential good filler stories, but finally, we’re at the main fight: Earth’s Special Forces (a.k.a. the Z-Fighters) vs. the Saiyans Vegeta and Nappa. Oh how I’ve waited for this. Vegeta and Nappa have arrived on Earth, and soon after exiting their space […]

Someday’s Dreamers Volume 2: It’s The "Power Of Love"!

by on April 9, 2006
Yume’s the newest apprentice mage in town. Mind you, this is a Japan where mages, those born with magic powers available to them, work side by side with the Government. Licensed mages work alongside firefighters, police, and even have their own Bureau that can be called upon to perform miracles. Yume is being trained alongside […]

"Mezzo Vol. 3" I WANT MORE OF THE GIRL IN ORANGE

by on April 8, 2006
The Danger Service Agency will take on any task, for a price. Throughout their odd jobs, they seem to have made a certain enemy, one voted in by the public of Japan. To find out what a haircutting hellion, a stone cold slaughterer, and a pop-idol have against the DSA, read on. Plus, mummies, a […]

McFarlane Toys Unveils First Wave of Hanna-Barbera Toys

by on April 8, 2006
The official McFarlane Toys website has unveiled the first wave of toys based on the classic Hanna-Barbera characters. Included in the first wave are two Flinstones, two Tom & Jerry, Hong Kong Phooey and Quick Draw McGraw.