Sci-Fi Channel Renews "Rift," Adds Two New Series

Sci Fi Channel has greenlit two new primetime animated shows, Gordion and Amazing Screw in Head, and renewed Tripping the Rift, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Disney Unhappy with Forthcoming "DisneyWars" Book

The Walt Disney Co. is putting pressure on Simon & Schuster over James B. Stewart’s forthcoming DisneyWar: The Battle for the Magic Kingdom, according to The Los Angeles Times (free registration required). The closely guarded book reportedly paints an unflattering picture of Disney CEO Michael Eisner’s tenure at the company, and Disney has warned Simon […]

Hillenburg Dismisses "SpongeBob" Controversy

SpongeBob SquarePants-creator Stephen Hillenburg has dismissed rumors about his creation’s sexuality, Reuters reports. Speaking with the wire service shortly before the premiere of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie in Singapore, Hillenburg said the recent controversy about a school video featuring SpongeBob “doesn’t have anything to do with what we’re trying to do.” “We’re just trying to […]

Disney Documentary Gets Minneapolis Screening

The Independent Film Project of Minneapolis will screen Dream On Silly Dreamer, which features recollections of “the good old days” at Walt Disney Feature Animation before layoffs and workforce reductions devastated the unit, SaveDisney.com reports. The forty-minute film, which was written and directed by Dan Lund and produced by Tony West, will have five free […]

"Braceface" Goes to Poland, Denmark

Braceface will head to Poland and Denmark via deals with Canal+ Cyfrowy and DRTV, <a href="http://www.worldscreen.com/newscurrent.php?filename=nelvana127.htm” target=”_blank”>World Screen News reports. The Polish channel has picked up the first 26 episodes of the series while the Danish channel has ordered an additional 13 to the ones it currently airs.

Rumor Mill: Pink Panther Collection Coming in 2005

The Rumor Mill at TheDigitalBits.com says that MGM has tentative plans to release a Pink Panther Classic Cartoons Giftset in 2005. (via Craig Crumpton)

News Corp. Extends Deadline To Buy Fox

News Corporation is extending the deadline to buy the remainder of Fox Entertainment Group until February 22, The New York Times (free registration required) reports. Fox’s committee of independent directors says it needs more time to analyze the offer.

Kids WB Ratings Report for Saturday 1/22

Kids WB’s exclusive U.S. premiere of Pokémon The Movie: Destiny Deoxys gave the network its best delivery in key demographics since 2003. On Saturday, January 22, the network finished as #1 among all Saturday morning competition in Boys 6-11 (5.8/23) and Male Tweens 9-14 (5.4/26), and ranked as the #1 broadcaster in Kids 2-11 (3.1/12), […]

Toon Disney February Programming Highlights

Here are highlights of programming events airing in February on Toon Disney. Please note information is subject to change without notice. “Hey Cupid, don’t point that at me!” Marathon It’s a “Hey Cupid, don’t point that at me!” programming event featuring Valentine-themed episodes of series including Fillmore! and Recess, leading into Toon Disney’s Big Movie […]

Jetix February Animated Highlights

February animated highlights of the Jetix block seen mornings on ABC Family and evenings on Toon Disney are: A month of new W.I.T.C.H. episodes kicks off with a surprise party for Will where the girls must battle an expected guest: Phobos’ henchman Cedric, who is intent on finding the heir to his master’s throne…a long-lost […]

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