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Spike TV Orders "Blade" Series

by Zeddon February 2, 2006
Spike TV has given the green-light for a television series based on Marvel Super Hero “Blade” as the network’s first original scripted series. The network has ordered 11 one-hour episodes, in addition to the previously announced two-hour kick-off episode. Blade will premiere in June 2006. [Source: PR Newswire]

Brett A. Paul Promoted at Warner Bros.

by Zeddon February 2, 2006
Warner Bros. Television has promoted Brett A. Paul to Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, Operations and Finance. Paul — moving up from Executive Vice President, Business Affairs — adds the day-to-day responsibility of legal affairs, financial affairs and administration to his current oversight of business affairs. [Source: Time Warner]

Adult Swim January Ratings

by Zeddon February 2, 2006
For the month of January, Adult Swim ranked #1 among ad-supported cable for monthly total day delivery of adults 18-24, men 18-24 and men 18-34, according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research. The late-night service also topped all other basic cable networks for the number of telecasts that ranked among January’s top 50 programs […]

Disney/Pixar: "Time" Magazine Hints at Future Films

by Ed Liuon February 2, 2006
A sidebar to a Disney/Pixar news article in Time magazine takes a look at some possible film projects coming from the combined company. Some films mentioned include Ratatouille, about a rat living in a fancy French restaurant; a film noir project from Incredibles director Brad Bird that may be based on Will Eisner’s The Spirit […]

"Teen Titans" Season 1 DVD "Easter Eggs" Revealed

by Ed Liuon February 2, 2006
A posting on the TitansTower.com website reveals several “easter eggs” on disc 2 of the Teen Titans Complete First Season DVD set. The “eggs” appear to contain special interviews, a music video, and artwork, none of which seem to have been on the earlier, single-disc releases. The DVD set will be released on February 7.

Be My Duelist: A Valentine’s Day Utena Contest

by on February 2, 2006
For the month of February, Toon Zone and Central Park Media have teamed up to offer our love, in plastic, shiny, disc-shaped form! CPM is rolling out the Revolutionary Girl Utena: Rose Collection Box Set on Feb. 28, but Toon Zone readers will have a chance to get one free for Valentine’s Day. All you […]

Big Shoes to Fill: "The Simpsons – The Complete 7th Season"

by SB20xxon February 2, 2006
Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein were in a difficult position. As writers on The Simpsons since Season 4, they were promoted to executive producers at the beginning of Season 7, replacing David Mirkin. Many fans felt that Mirkin’s work in Seasons 5 and 6 was some of the best quality material on The Simpsons. How […]

Disney/Pixar: John Lasseter Dubbed "The New Walt Disney"

by Ed Liuon February 1, 2006
An article from Reuters states that several animation industry watchers have dubbed Pixar’s John Lasseter “the new Walt Disney.” (No pressure.) Lasseter is set to become the head of Walt Disney’s animation division if the $7.4 billion Disney/Pixar merger concludes successfully this summer.

Matt Fleckenstein on "Family Guy" Comics

by Ed Liuon February 1, 2006
Series writer Matt Fleckenstein has spoken to Newsarama.com about his work on the upcoming Family Guy tie-in comic, coming from Devil’s Due Publishing later this year. Fleckenstein clarifies his writing duties on the show, discusses some basic plot points of his comics, and expounds on the difference between writing for comics and for other media.

DreamWorks Animation Finalizes Paramount Distribution Deal

by Ed Liuon February 1, 2006
DreamWorks Animation SKG has announced that it will begin operating under the new seven-year distribution deal with Paramount Pictures announced last month. In return for a $75 million payment to DreamWorks Animation, Paramount will be responsible for the marketing and distribution of DreamWorks Animation films and will receive an 8% distribution fee.