"Incredibles," "Polar Express" Pick Up Grammy Nominations

by Ed Liuon December 9, 2005
The 48th Annual Grammy Awards nominees have been released, and two animated feature films have picked up nominations in the Film/TV/Visual Media category. The Incredibles picked up a nomination for Best Score Soundtrack Album and “Believe” by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri from The Polar Express picked up a nomination for Best Song.

Cartoon Network Announces Saturday Morning Lineup for Next Year

by Zeddon December 9, 2005
Cartoon Network has announced the following new Saturday morning lineup, scheduled to go into effect on Saturday, January 14, 2006: 9:00am – Robotboy 9:30am – The Life & Times of Juniper Lee 10:00am – Ben 10 10:30am – Zixx (beginning January 21) 11:00am – Dragon Hunters [Source: Cartoon Network]

"Ben 10" Set to Premiere on Cartoon Network on January 13

by Zeddon December 9, 2005
Cartoon Network’s newest original series Ben 10 is now scheduled to launch on Friday, January 13, 2006, at 7:30pm (ET/PT). Beginning January 14, the half-hour animated action-adventure series will assume its regular weekly time-slot of Saturday morning at 10:00am (ET/PT). [Source: Cartoon Network]

"Zatch Bell!" and "Gundam SEED" Make Australian Debut

by Zeddon December 9, 2005
Zatch Bell will makes its debut on CN Australia on Monday, December 12. It will air Monday – Friday at 5:00pm as part of Toonami. Similarly, Gundam SEED will also debut on CN Australia next week. The series premieres on Thursday, December 15, at 10:30pm. It will air regularly Tuesday – Thursday at that time. […]

Fox/Blue Sky Set for "Horton Hears a Who"

by Zeddon December 9, 2005
Twentieth Century Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios have begun prepping the 3D-animated Horton Hears A Who, with Robots story consultant and former Pixar animator Jimmy Hayward CO-directing with Robots art director Steve Martino, AWN reports, citing Variety. A spring 2008 release is currently scheduled.

"Pet Alien" Goes Into Print

by Zeddon December 9, 2005
Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, has agreed to an exclusive publishing contract with Taffy Entertainment to create a young readers book line based on the animated television series Pet Alien. Grosset & Dunlap plans to publish Pet Alien chapter books, comic-style books, activity books, joke books, and coloring books. The […]

Cartoon Network Enterprises Expands Team

by Zeddon December 9, 2005
On the heels of hiring Christina Miller as VP of U.S. consumer products, Cartoon Network Enterprises has added three more people to its global licensing and merchandising team. Deena Boykin has been hired as senior director of retail development; Rick Blanco as director of hardlines design; and Daria Cronin as director of softlines. [Source: C21Media]

Radical Sheep Options "Stella and Sam"

by Zeddon December 9, 2005
Canadian children’s programming producer Radical Sheep Productions has optioned the rights to produce a 2D animated preschool series based on the book property Stella and Sam, C21Media reports. Written by awarding-winning Canadian writer/illustrator Marie-Louise Gay, the series of books centers on Stella and her little brother Sam and their exploration of the natural world.

Fortitude Ent. Group & Maya Ent. Merge

by Zeddon December 9, 2005
Fortitude Ent. Group and Mumbai-based animation company Maya Ent. have joined forces to form Fortitude Maya, AWN reports, citing Variety. The new deal will raise Fortitude’s workforce to 300 in computer animation, pre-production, and digital visual effects in the U.S. and India.

Jetix Europe Delivers Profit

by Zeddon December 9, 2005
For the year ended September 30, 2005, Jetix Europe reported revenues of $187.8 million, a 14 percent increase on the year-ago period, with net income up 239 percent to $19.8 million. World Screen has details.