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Ringo Starr: Superhero?

An article on CNN.com reports that former Beatle Ringo Starr will become an animated superhero in direct-to-DVD animated movies, courtesy of a team-up with Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment. In a departure from prior animated projects, Starr will provide his own voice as well as original songs and incidental music. (via Comicon.com’s PULSE News)

Viz Merges with ShoPro Entertainment

VIZ, LLC, has announced a merger with ShoPro Entertainment, another publishing company that specializes in licensed anime adaptations. The as-yet-unnamed new company will become the largest manga producer in the US. Management promises to leverage their collective strengths into a brand-building synergies to produce at least six more business buzzwords in addition to significant market […]

Brandon Jerwa Talks Storm Shadow in "G.I. Joe: Master and Apprentice II"

Comicon.com’s PULSE News has posted an interview with Brandon Jerwa about G.I. Joe: Master and Apprentice II, an upcoming mini-series focusing on Storm Shadow, the elusive and enigmatic Cobra ninja operative. The interview includes several preview pages for the comic.

On-line Preview for "Superman: Strength" #2

PopCultureShock has posted a four-page preview for Superman: Strength #2, by Scott McCloud and Aluir Amancio. This three-issue limited series reunites the creative team from their Superman Adventures days. The site also has previews for Power Pack #1, which reunites the pre-teen super team from Marvel Comics, and We3 #3, the final issue in Grant […]

New "JLU," "Teen Titans" Eps Score Strong Ratings

The premiere of much-anticipated new episodes drove Teen Titans and Justice League Unlimited to triple-digit gains in the ratings, Cartoon Network said today. Overall, the network saw its prime time and total day ratings for the week jump by impressive amounts. Teen Titans and Justice League Unlimited were the number one basic cable shows in […]

FUNimation Brings "Noddy" to North America

FUNimation Productions has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to Chorion’s preschool series Noddy, the companies announced today. The series, which is based on a series of best-selling books by Enid Blyton, will make its debut on PBS Kids in July 2005. FUNimation is also the master licensor for Noddy in North America and will feature […]

DIC Launches DIC Kid's Network for Cell Phones

DIC Entertainment and SmartVideo Technologies will launch the DIC Kid’s Network, the world’s first animation channel for cell phones, the companies announced today. Under the deal, DIC will make its library of animated properties available on cell phones and wireless devices using SmartVideo’s technology. [Source: Business Wire]

Brad Globe Joins Warner Consumer Products

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Updated: "Futurama" One-Disc Collection Due in May

Fox will release four Futurama episodes to DVD on the Futurama: Monster Robot Maniac Fun Collection on May 10, according to TVShowsOnDVD (citing Video Business). Details have not been announced. Update: TVShowsOnDVD has the episode list for the new disc: “Hell is Other Robots,” “Anthology of Interest I,” “Roswell That Ends Well,” and “The Sting.”

Nicktoons Picks Up Worldwide Rights to "Kappa Mikey"

Nicktoons has picked up the worldwide broadcast rights to Kappa Mikey, a fish-out-of-water animated action comedy about an American actor who becomes a top star in Japan, the network announced at NATPE today. The deal covers 26 episodes, which will premiere on the channel in 2006. [Source: PR Newswire]

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