The Weinstein Company LLC (TWC) and Genius Products, Inc. have signed a definitive agreement to form a new venture to exploit the exclusive U.S. home video distribution rights to all feature film and direct-to-video releases owned or controlled by TWC, including the existing home video distribution operations of Genius Products. As a result of the […]
The Jim Henson Company has hired Jason Lust as Senior Vice President, Feature Films. In his new role, Lust will oversee and expand the company’s film development slate by continuing to pursue strategic creative partners as well as tap into the company’s dedicated development fund for optioning existing properties, such as children’s books, comics and […]
PBS KIDS GO! will celebrates the Christmas season on December 16 with its first-ever “PBS KIDS GO! Winter Pop-Up-Palooza.” The two-hour event includes the one-hour special Arthur’s Perfect Christmas; Maya & Miguel‘s “Miguel’s Wonderful Life”; and Cyberchase‘s “Starlight Night,” with seasonal facts appearing on the screen throughout the block. PR Newswire has more info on […]
Lewis Coleman, a DreamWorks Animation board member and former vice chairman and chief financial officer of Bank of America, has been named president of the DreamWorks Animation. Mr. Coleman will report to DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. Together with COO Ann Daly, Coleman and Katzenberg will lead the company’s efforts as it continues to produce […]
Viacom Inc. has appointed Wade Davis as Senior Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions for new Viacom, following the separation of the organization into two publicly traded companies. Mr. Davis reports to Michael J. Dolan, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Viacom, and is responsible for identifying and assessing potential mergers and acquisitions, […]
CinemaNow Japan Inc. — a joint venture between CinemaNow Inc., Tokyo-based Transcosmos, and Microsoft — has announced a licensing agreement with Warner Bros. International Television to make movies available for download via its website on a pay-per-view and subscription basis. Details are available on the Time Warner corporate website.
Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (WBITD) has signed a long-term free television output deal with Mexico’s largest commercial television broadcaster, Grupo Televisa. The deal covers the free television rights to Warner Bros.’ feature film output including such films as Batman Begins and Scooby Doo; the renewal of television series currently under license; new series for […]
A report by the National Academy of Sciences has sharply criticized the marketing practices of the food and beverage industries, especially the use of popular cartoon characters like SpongeBob SquarePants and Shrek to sell junk food to children. The report recommends Congress take action to restrict marketing practices if the food companies do not act […]