Best Western Joins Cartoon Network Tsunami-Relief Program

Best Western Hotels will team with Cartoon Network’s “Kids Help Out” Tsunami-relief program by matching donations kids have or will continue make to UNICEF, the companies said today. Best Western will direct its recently announced $400,000 UNICEF donation to this matching funds effort. Donations from kids (under age 18) to UNICEF tsunami relief and recovery […]

Disney Shareholders Reelect Board of Directors

Shareholders of Walt Disney Company reelected all twelve members of its board of directors at the company’s annual meeting today, giving each board member at least 92% of the vote, the company says. Shareholders also approved the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the company’s independent accountants, approved the company’s 2005 Stock Incentive Plan, and voted […]

G4techTV Adds "Abenobashi" to Anime Unleashed!

G4techTV has added Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi to its Anime Unleashed! bloc of programming. [Source: ADV Films]

Studio Ghibli Severs Ties with Parent Company

Nausicaa.net is reporting that Studio Ghibli is separating from its parent company Tokuma Shoten by the end of March. It is not yet known how this will affect existing distribution rights and contracts or the output of the studio.

"Popotan" (Vol. 1) Made a Popofan Outta Me!

Popotan‘s packaging might lead you to think that it’s only about one thing—boobs—but it’s about a lot more. Don’t let this genre-bending show slip under your radar; it richly deserves to find an audience. Popotan is about three magical sisters who live in an equally magical house. The ditzy yet kindhearted Ai, the tomboyish Mai, […]

"Batman" Cast Signs on for Videogame

Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Katie Holmes, Cillian Murphy and Tom Wilkinson will reprise their Batman Begins roles for the film’s video game tie-in, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The game is scheduled to be released in June on the same day as the film.

"Home Movies" To Home Video in May

Home Movies: Season 2 will come to home video on May 31, according to Animated Bliss. The thirteen-episode, three-disc set will retail for $34.95.

"Di Gi Charat Nyo: Nyo Arrival" Due May 24

Bandai will release Di Gi Charat Nyo: Nyo Arrival (Vol. 1) to DVD on May 24, Animated Bliss reports. It will retail for $29.98.

Lucasfilm's Morris Moves to Pixar

Jim Morris will produce an as-yet-unnamed film for Pixar, Luxo (citing Variety) reports. He joins the company from Lucasfilm Digital, where he served as president. (via Animated-News)

4Kids Promotes Reed

4Kids Entertainment has named Antoinette Reed senior vice president of corporate marketing, where she will oversee 4Kids’ brand development efforts and strategic planning for retail and licensing areas. The new position marks a promotion for Reed. [Source: 4Kids Entertainment]

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