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"Zoom Suit" Filmmakers Sponsor Katrina Animal Relief; Stake $10K as Second Donation

The team behind the animated short film Zoom Suit has sponsored a van of volunteers to aid in animal rescue in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. John Taddeo, writer and director of the movie, has further committed the $10,000 grand prize of the Hayden Online Film Festival to the Tri-County Humane Society of Boca Raton, […]

On-Line Comics Preview Roundup: October 7, 2005

Several on-line previews for comics have been released this week. They include: – Newsarama.com has posted a 5-page preview of the original graphic novel The Quitter by Harvey Pekar and Dean Haspiel, along with a complete 2-page story about the novel originally published in this month’s Playboy magazine. The book is published by DC/Vertigo and […]

Eisner Leaves Disney Board

Michael Eisner, who stepped down as The Walt Disney Company’s CEO last week, also unexpectedly quit the company’s Board of Directors, the company announced on Thursday in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Eisner, 63, resigned from the board on September 30. He had originally planned to see out his term, which expires […]

Playhouse Disney Comes to New Zealand

Sky Network Television has partnered with Walt Disney Television to bring the Playhouse Disney Channel to New Zealand, C21Media reports. The channel will launch on Sky NZ’s satellite TV service on December 24.

Autodesk to Acquire Alias

Autodesk Inc. will acquire Alias for $182 million in cash, AWN reports. The merger brings the chief 3D software applications — 3ds Max and Maya — under one roof. Autodesk anticipates that the transaction will close within the next four-to-six months.

"Pet Alien" Gets Second Season

Mike Young Prods. is beginning production on a second season of its 3D, CGI animated character comedy Pet Alien, AWN reports. Taffy Ent. has ordered 26 new half-hour episodes of the series to feed the demand for new episodes now playing in more than 160 countries worldwide.

Jules Borkent Promoted to VP of Programming at Nickelodeon Int'l

Jules Borkent has been promoted to VP, Programming, Nickelodeon International, AWN reports. Based in London and reporting to Steve Grieder, SVP of Nickelodeon International, Borkent will be responsible for coordinating Nickelodeon’s global programming and acquisitions strategy, with a particular emphasis on working with local programming heads to coordinate and develop pan-regional deals for Nickelodeon’s thirteen […]

Nick/Other Networks Fighting FCC

Nickelodeon is leading a campaign of intimidation to prevent the Federal Communications Commission from implementing safeguards designed to protect children under twelve years of age from the excesses of TV and online marketing. Nick is fighting new rules — slated to go into effect on January 1, 2006 — that would limit its ability to […]

"Finding Nemo" Videogame Now Available

Finding Nemo: Learning With Nemo, Buena Vista Games, Inc.’s underwater learning game, is now available for the PC and Macintosh at retail outlets nationwide. The software carries a suggested retail price of $19.99. [Source: PR Newswire]

Viacom/CBS Announce New Executive Positions

Jacques Tortoroli has been appointed Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of new Viacom, following the separation of the organization into two publicly traded companies. Tortoroli will report to Michael J. Dolan, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of new Viacom. Mr. Tortoroli will oversee accounting and financial reporting, financial planning […]

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