Iger Reports Good Negotiations with Pixar

by Ed Liuon June 8, 2005
At a Deutsche Bank conference, Disney CEO-elect Robert Iger stated that he has had “really good” talks with Pixar to renew their movie distribution deal, but declined to state if or when a new agreement would be reached. At the same conference, Iger also commented on Disney’s overall strategy and its position in the next-generation […]

Disney Channel Gives Viewers Say in Saturday Night Programming

by Zeddon June 8, 2005
Disney Channel viewers will have the opportunity to determine upcoming programming every Saturday night during Disney Channel’s So Hot Summer “Click It to Pick It” event, running Saturdays, June 18 through August 27 (8:00pm – 10:00pm, ET/PT). The two-hour block, hosted by Disney Channel stars, features different series each week along with the premiere of […]

"Rock & Rule" Cranks it Up to Eleven

by Chris Woodon June 8, 2005
Giants Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, and Fox’s steady stream of entertaining films such as Lilo & Stitch, The Incredibles, Madagascar, and Robots have recently spoiled fans of western animation. While business is booming, it is doing so within a very narrowly defined genre: safe family fare with some clever jokes for mom and dad. That wasn’t […]

Matthew Manning Strikes with "The Batman"

by James Harveyon June 8, 2005
A recognizable name to readers of DC Comics animated comics lines, writer Matthew Manning will return to familiar animated ground this month with The Batman Strikes #10, hitting shelves this Wednesday. Having written for Justice League Adventures, previous experience and a bit of good timing helped him land his latest gig. “It just so happened […]

Kids WB Announces Wonka Sweepstakes

by Zeddon June 7, 2005
On Saturday, June 11, Kids WB teams up with Warner Bros. Pictures and Nestlé to give kids a chance to win a “golden ticket” during the “Kids’ WB! Glippity, Gloppity, Goopity, Chocolately Sweepstakes.” The national promotion will award five Grand Prize winners with a “golden ticket” to Hollywood for the U.S. theatrical premiere of Charlie […]

Nickelodeon Encourages Kids to Be Active and Healthy/Announces October 1 Blackout

by Zeddon June 7, 2005
Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. are conducting an on-air campaign this summer to encourage kids to get up and be active. Nickelodeon will air a series of on-air “Let’s Just Play” spots throughout the summer, emphasizing the importance of play. All feature original music, developed exclusively for the “Let’s Just Play” campaign. The spots will air […]

"Madagascar" Tops Box Office

by Zeddon June 7, 2005
DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar became the top movie at the box office in its second week in release, taking in an estimated $28.1 million. The picture has now grossed an estimated $100.4 million to date. [Source: PR Newswire]

Sequential Tart Interviews Tajja Isen of "Atomic Betty"

by Ed Liuon June 7, 2005
Tajja Isen, the 13-year old actress who provides the voice for Cartoon Network’s Atomic Betty, has been interviewed by Sequential Tart about her career and her role on the show.

McDonald's and Disney May End Exclusive Marketing Deal

by Ed Liuon June 7, 2005
An article in the Wall Street Journal states that McDonald’s and Disney may end their 10-year exclusive relationship to pack in special Disney movie-themed merchandise with Happy Meals. Sources close to the negotiations state that the breakup is mutual, with both sides desiring more freedom. The two companies are promising to stay friends despite the […]

Judge Rules Disney/Gold Lawsuit May Proceed

by Ed Liuon June 7, 2005
A Delaware judge ruled that a complaint brought by Roy E. Disney and Stanley Gold against the Walt Disney Company will go to trial. The complaint centered on the search for a successor to outgoing CEO Michael Eisner, with Disney and Gold asserting that the Disney board of directors failed to conduct a thorough evaluation […]