HIT Appoints Ex-Disney Executive

by Zeddon August 12, 2005
HIT Entertainment has appointed Alison Homewood, former Buena Vista International Television sales VP, as executive VP of worldwide television distribution, the company said today. In her new position, Homewood will focus on the global TV licensing and co-production of existing brands such as Bob the Builder, Thomas & Friends and Barney and Pingu among others, […]

Nick Arcade Generates Over 1.6 Million Downloads in First Month

by Zeddon August 12, 2005
Nickelodeon Online today announced that Nick Arcade distributed more than 1.6 million game downloads during July, its first month of operation. Nick Arcade features more than 60 family friendly games, including Nick content like “SpongeBob SquarePants Obstacle Odyssey” and “Dora’s Rapido River Rafting Adventure” as well as non-branded games like “Feeding Frenzy” and “Magic Ball […]

"Snake Eyes: Declassified" #1 Preview

by Ed Liuon August 12, 2005
G.I. Joe’s favorite ninja commando will get his definitive origin story in Snake Eyes: Classified from Devil’s Due. has just posted a 5-page preview of issue #1, which is due in comic book stores next Wednesday.

"Ducktales," "Rescue Rangers" Go to DVD

by Maxie Zeuson August 12, 2005
Walt Disney will release three-disc sets of Ducktales and Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers to DVD on November 8, TV Shows on DVD reports. Each set will retail for $34.99.

Murray Negotiating for "Garfield" Sequel

by Maxie Zeuson August 12, 2005
Bill Murray is in negotiations to return as the voice of Garfield in Garfield 2, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lucy Davis and Billy Connolly have already signed onto the sequel, which is scheduled for a summer 2006 release.

Anime Sales Fall in Japan

by Maxie Zeuson August 12, 2005
The Japan External Trade Organization says that anime market sales in Japan fell 10.4% to 191.2 billion yen in 2003 from a 2002 high, AWN reports. Box office revenues for anime features fell 53% between 2001 and 2003, and sales of anime DVDs fell 5.5% between 2003 and 2004.

Canemaker on End of Disney Hand-Drawn Animation

by Maxie Zeuson August 12, 2005
John Canemaker, director of the animation program at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, writes in The Wall Street Journal on the closure of the last Disney studio devoted to hand-drawn animation. (via Cartoon Brew)

Navarre Ups Deacon to President

by Maxie Zeuson August 12, 2005
Navarre Corp., parent of anime-distributor FUNimation, has named Cary Deacon as president and chief operating officer, the company says. [Source: PR Newswire]

"New Getter Robo" When Gore Goes Into Overdrive

by Dukeon August 12, 2005
You know you’ve got a good remake on your hands when not only does it appeal to old-school fans who enjoyed the original, but it also reels in newbies like myself who have never seen any previous Getter Robo series. New Getter Robo delivers a knockout punch, sending your head flying 300 feet while leaving […]

DreamWorks Animation Shows Loss in Second Quarter

by Maxie Zeuson August 11, 2005
DreamWorks Animation lost $3.7 million in the second quarter of 2005, the company said today. That compared to a profit of $146.1 million in the same quarter last year. Quarterly revenues fell to $35.4 million from $300.3 million in the same period last year. For the six months ended June 30, DreamWorks Animation had revenues […]