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ADV Announces Five DVDs for August

ADV Films will release Gantz: Fatal Attractions; Gilgamesh: Cage Without a Key; Get Backers: Memories, Mementos & Monkeys; Saiyuki Double Barrel Collection; and Pretear: Complete Collection to DVD on August 9, the company said today. Gantz: Fatal Attractions will include episodes 14 through 17 of the series in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with […]

SAG, Industry Sign Toon Agreement

Actors and producers have reached a new three-year contract covering television animation, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The tentative pact calls for a 3% increase in minimum pay and a 1% increase to the union’s health and pension plans.

Terry Moore DVD Wins Telly Award

Hero Video’s Terry Moore: Paradise Found has been awarded a Telly Award for artistic excellence. The DVD is an interview with the Eisner-winning creator of Strangers in Paradise. A review can be found here. [Source: Hero Video]

Comcast On-Demand Adds Nelvana Toons

Corus Entertainment and Comcast Corporation are launching Vortex on Demand, a new video-on-demand service featuring Nelvana programming, World Screen reports. The service will be available to Comcast Digital Cable customers.

"Y Tu Mama" Scripter Opens Toon Studio

Carlos Cuaron and Rene Castillo will team up to form an as-yet unnamed animation company, AWN reports, citing Variety. Cuaron is the scriptwriter of Y Tu Mama Tambien, while Castillo is an animator.

Sony Sends "Spider-Man" to UMD

Sony will release Spider-Man: The New Animated Series – High Voltage Villians on UMD on September 13, TV Shows on DVD reports. It will retail for $19.95.

"Boohbah" Goes to China

Boohbah will come to China’s CCTV and South Africa’s SABC2 on July 11, World Screen reports.

"Dragon Booster" in Latin Deals

Dragon Booster will come to Latin America via a deal with Jetix, c21 Media reports. The series will launch in the fall of 2005.

4Kids Names Grossman to Post

4Kids Entertainment has named Steven M. Grossman to serve as executive vice president and chief operating officer, the company announced today. Grossman, who is a director of 4Kids Entertainment, is currently an officer at R.A.B. Holdings. He will take up his new post on September 1. [Source: Business Wire]

Telling Stories: The Comic Book Creators -- Off to See the Wizards

With the rise of DVD commentaries, mass media programming dedicated to entertainment, and specialized Internet news sites, it seems that audiences have more access than ever to the behind-the-scenes process of making art. Broadly, there are two ways to look at this phenomenon. On the one hand, it’s possible that too much intimate knowledge of […]

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