ADV Acquires "Shadow Skill," "Macross" for North America

ADV Films has acquired Shadow Skill and the original Macross series for distribution in North America, the company announced last weekend. ADV plans to work with master licensor Harmony Gold to re-dub Macross in English. The company did not announce a release date for the series. Shadow Skill is a 26-episode series based upon a […]

Norm Prescott, R.I.P.

Norm Prescott, a co-founder of Filmation Studios with Hal Sutherland and Lou Scheimer, has passed away at the age of 78, according to writer Mark Evanier. Prescott also was a frequent voice actor in Filmation cartoons, often acting as narrator.

"Camp Lazlo" Falls Short of the Bar Set By "Rocko"

Javeman: Camp Lazlo is the latest series from Joe Murray, and it follows the antics of Lazlo, Raj and Clam, three kids spending a never-ending summer at Camp Kidney, who drive their scoutmaster, Lumpus, crazy, compete against the girl scouts on the other side of the lake, and that’s it. Though the setting is a […]

"Kong" Comes to Jetix

BKN International has licensed its Kong — the Animated Series and the animated film Kong — King of Atlantis to Disney ABC Cable Networks Group. The series is scheduled to premiere this fall on the Jetix programming blocks on ABC Family and Toon Disney. In addition, Joy Tashjian Marketing Group has been appointed to expand […]

"Grrr" Wins in Animation Category at Midsummer Awards

The 12th Midsummer Awards, celebrating London’s advertising industry, were recently handed out. In the Animation Category, Nexus Prods.’ Smith & Foulkes won the Gold award for its Honda spot, Grrr. The spot also took home the Grand Prix for Most Outstanding Commercial. A complete list of winners is available at www.midsummer.net/awards. [Source: AWN]

TV Schedules Updated

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Rowland B. Wilson, R.I.P.

Cartoonist Rowland B. Wilson, who worked at Walt Disney Feature Animation on such films as The Little Mermaid, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tarzan, and Hercules, passed away on June 28, 2005, AWN reports. A funeral service was held today in Oceanside, California.

CN and Boomerang Come to Fios TV

A slate of Turner Broadcasting System channels, including Cartoon Network and Boomerang, will be available on Verizon’s Fios TV platform, which launches later this year, World Screen reports. The service aims to offer customers a competitive alternative to cable or satellite via Verizon’s fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband network.

BBC Names "Little Robots" U.S. Licensing Agent

The Joester Loria Group has been named U.S. licensing agent for Little Robots by BBC Worldwide, World Screen reports. The series is set to air on Cartoon Network’s Tickle U block.

Jim Henson's Creature Shop Closes

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, the London-based visual effects and animatronics division, has been shut down, C21 Media reports. The closure was blamed on the weak U.S. dollar and the U.K. production environment.

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