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]
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 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.
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.
REAL D — the leader in the delivery of premium 3-D experiences — has announced that Disney’s newest animated feature, Meet the Robinsons, will be presented in REAL D Cinema starting December 2006. This announcement follows the historic success of REAL D Cinema’s presentation of Disney’s Chicken Little in 3-D, which has generated more than […]
The Weinstein Company LLC (TWC) and Genius Products, Inc. have signed a definitive agreement to form a new venture to exploit the exclusive U.S. home video distribution rights to all feature film and direct-to-video releases owned or controlled by TWC, including the existing home video distribution operations of Genius Products. As a result of the […]
The Jim Henson Company has hired Jason Lust as Senior Vice President, Feature Films. In his new role, Lust will oversee and expand the company’s film development slate by continuing to pursue strategic creative partners as well as tap into the company’s dedicated development fund for optioning existing properties, such as children’s books, comics and […]
PBS KIDS GO! will celebrates the Christmas season on December 16 with its first-ever “PBS KIDS GO! Winter Pop-Up-Palooza.” The two-hour event includes the one-hour special Arthur’s Perfect Christmas; Maya & Miguel‘s “Miguel’s Wonderful Life”; and Cyberchase‘s “Starlight Night,” with seasonal facts appearing on the screen throughout the block. PR Newswire has more info on […]
Lewis Coleman, a DreamWorks Animation board member and former vice chairman and chief financial officer of Bank of America, has been named president of the DreamWorks Animation. Mr. Coleman will report to DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. Together with COO Ann Daly, Coleman and Katzenberg will lead the company’s efforts as it continues to produce […]
Nickelodeon has acquired GoCityKids, an online city directory and resource for both visiting and local families. PR Newswire has more.