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"Kim Possible: So the Drama" Not Bad, But No Big

“Direct to DVD” releases are often stigmatized as junk unworthy of even a small theatrical release. But in the world of animation, Disney has been laboring hard to change that impression. If widespread critical acceptance still eludes them, they have found the key to rich financial dividends. Such sequels as Lion King 1 1/2 and […]

Henry Corden, RIP

Henry Corden, who took over the role of Fred Flintstone in 1977, has died, The Hollywood Reporter says. He was 85. (hat tip: dtemplar)

Tickle U To Feature "Mommy Bar"

To encourage parents to watch its new Tickle U programming bloc alongside their kids, Cartoon Network says the new bloc will feature a “Mommy Bar” carrying humorous subtitles aimed at adults. The bar will also carry cues for show content and length. The announcement was made as part of the New York City Humor Symposium, […]

Nextoons Names Judges for Panel

Mark Hamill, Michael DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko, Mike Gabriel, and Elizabeth Ito will be the judges for this year’s Nextoons: The Nicktoons Film Festival, organizers said today. The panel will review selected films and choose a $10,000 Grand Prize winner. Hamill is best known for creating the role of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars and the […]

Konami Announces TMNT 3 Game

Konami Digital Entertainment-America will produce Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare for the Playstation, Xbox, GameCube, and Nintendo DS platforms, GamesIndustry reports. A bonus feature on the game will let players unlock one of the original TMNT arcade games. The game will be available this fall.

Animax Coming to Latin America

Sony’s all-anime channel Animax will launch in Latin America in July, World Screen reports. The channel will be distributed by HBO Latin America Group.

CiTV Orders Second Season of "King Arthur's Disasters"

CiTV has ordered thirteen new half hours of King Arthur’s Disasters, according to World Screen. The new episodes are expected to be ready by September 2006. Meanwhile, Cartoon Network will air the first season of the series in France, Russia, and the Benelux countries.

"Charlie & Lola" Set for Merchandising Push

Charlie & Lola will get a major U.S. merchandising push, c21 Media reports. BBC Worldwide has appointed The Wildflower Group to develop merchandising strategies for the Disney Channel series.

Nettleton, Goldberger Named to Posts

DIC Entertainment has promoted Shannon Nettleton to vice-president of production, World Screen reports. Separately, the site also reports that Icon Animation has named Christophe Goldberger to head its distribution and marketing units.

Time Warner To Begin Paying Dividend

Time Warner, parent of Warner Bros. and Cartoon Network, will begin paying a $0.05 quarterly dividend beginning in the third quarter of 2005, the company said today. [Source: Business Wire]

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