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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 […]

"Superman Returns: The Videogame" Coming Next Summer

Superman Returns: The Videogame is now scheduled for a summer 2006 release in conjunction with the release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ film Superman Returns on June 30, 2006. You can find more information on the Time Warner Corporate website.

DVD Talk Interviews Voice of Cinderella

DVDTalk.com has interviewed Ilene Woods, the voice of Disney’s Cinderella. Among other things, Woods delves into how she stumbled into the role and what she has been doing since leaving the industry 30 years ago.

"Kakurenbo": Freakily Satisfying

When Toon Zone covered the Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival, one of the short films highlighted was a piece by Shuhei Morita entitled Kakurenbo. After winning a bunch of awards, Central Park Media has brought this little piece over to our shores, but was it worth it? There is an old folk tale that […]

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