4Kids Acquires Licensing Rights to "YoMonkeys"

by Zeddon February 12, 2006
4Kids Entertainment, Inc. has acquired the exclusive worldwide licensing rights to Animation Collective’s health-oriented, new children’s yoga-inspired series, YoMonkeys. As part of this agreement, 4Kids Entertainment will manage the marketing, promotional and licensing initiatives of this short format television series on a global basis, while also controlling the U.S. broadcast and web rights. YoMonkeys consists […]

4Kids Entertainment To Kick Off American International TOY FAIR at NYSE

by Zeddon February 12, 2006
4Kids Entertainment, Inc. has announced plans to ring the Opening Bell of the New York Stock Exchange on Monday, February 13, 2006, in celebration of the 2006 American International TOY FAIR being held from February 12 – 15 in New York. 4Kids Chairman and CEO Alfred R. Kahn will preside over the ceremony, which takes […]

Julia Pistor Promoted at Nickelodeon Movies; Michelle Raimo Joins Nick Movies

by Zeddon February 12, 2006
Veteran feature development executive Julia Pistor has been promoted to the position of Executive Vice President, Nickelodeon Movies. In her new position, Ms. Pistor will oversee the development, production and release of all feature films produced under the Nickelodeon Movies banner, part of the newly formed MTV Networks Kids and Family Group. In addition, Paramount […]

"The Wonder Pets!" Comes to Nick Jr.

by Zeddon February 12, 2006
The Wonder Pets! — a new original series starring three courageous classroom pets who sing opera and travel the world — is coming to Nick Jr. The 20-episode, animated series from creator/executive producer Josh Selig of Little Airplane Productions, Inc. will debut with a simulcast on both Nick Jr. and sister network NOGGIN on Friday, […]

Nickelodeon Announces New Toy Lines Based on Nick Series

by Zeddon February 12, 2006
Nickelodeon has announced new toy lines based on The Backyardigans, Go, Diego, Go!, and Avatar, The Last Airbender. PR Newswire has details.

Nickelodeon Announces Executive Promotions

by Zeddon February 12, 2006
Nickelodeon President Cyma Zarghami has announced several key executive promotions to support Nickelodeon’s continued growth as a multiplatform kids and family brand. Tom Ascheim, a 16-year veteran of Nickelodeon, has been promoted to Executive Vice President and General Manager, Nickelodeon Television; Steve Youngwood, formerly Senior Vice President, Entertainment Products for Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products, […]

"Finding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue" Comes to Video Games

by Zeddon February 12, 2006
Finding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue is now available for Nintendo DS at retail outlets throughout North America. [Source: PR Newswire]

"Kingdom Hearts" Voice Cast Announced

by Zeddon February 12, 2006
Square Enix and Buena Vista Games have announced the voice cast and release date for Kingdom Hearts II, the action role-playing game exclusively for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. Kingdom Hearts II will be available on March 28, 2006 for $49.99 SRP. PR Newswire has details on the voice cast.

Denver Rocked by Anime Civil War

by on February 12, 2006
A feud has developed between two Denver anime retailers over the legality of bootleg anime imports. Citing a corresponding loss of sales, Gimme Anime’s Roger Morse reported bootleg seller Animeniacs’ Joseph Henderson to the FBI for intellectual property theft. Local anime convention Nan Desu Kan, enforcing a strict ban on bootlegged products, has blacklisted Henderson […]

Toon Zone Podcast Episode 7: "Zixx," Behind the Digital Curtain

by on February 11, 2006
Editor in chief Ben Applegate, producer Karl Olson, graphics editor Matthew Williams and former editor in chief Jay Allman dissect: The fusion of Pixar & Disney, and of UPN and the WB The animated Oscar nominations Tartakovsky’s Dark Crystal sequel The end of Bonus Stage? Plus, we talk about commercial machinema on the TV with […]