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MTV Networks Appoints Chief Digital Officer

MTV Networks has named Jason Hirschhorn to the new post of Chief Digital Officer to lead the music-television network’s digital businesses and strategy, the company announced on Thursday. Hirschhorn, who was previously Senior Vice President of digital music and media, will now be responsible for developing MTV’s strategy for growing its brands — including the […]

Nicktoons Characters Join "Nicktoons Unite!" Video Game

THQ Inc. and Nickelodeon on Friday announced that Nicktoons Unite! for the PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, and Game Boy Advance videogame systems has shipped to retail outlets throughout North America. The game allows players to interact with the stars from certain Nickelodeon TV shows including SpongeBob SquarePants, Timmy Turner (from The Fairly OddParents), Jimmy Neutron […]

Tonik Barber Joins Viz Media

Tonik Barber has joined Viz Media as Senior Vice President, Business Affairs and General Counsel. In her new position, Barber will work alongside VIZ Media management, contributing to business development, strategic planning and initiatives, as well as managing the company’s wide-ranging legal and business affairs activities. Barber joins Viz Media from Lucasfilm Ltd., where she […]

Four "Muppet" Anniversary DVDs Coming Next Month

In celebration of Kermit’s 50th Anniversary, Walt Disney Home Entertainment will release four anniversary edition “Muppet” films on DVD. The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppet Christmas Carol, and Muppet Treasure Island are all coming restored, remastered, and packed with several new bonus features. The re-releases will be available for $19.99 (SRP) each […]

"Animaniacs" and "Pinky and the Brain" Reportedly Coming to DVD

TVShowsOnDVD reports that insiders in WB’s Home Entertainment division are planning to potentially release DVD box sets of Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain in mid-2006. The sets are said to feature around two dozen episodes. Nothing has been officially announced by WB at this point, but please stay with Toon Zone News for more […]

Lightning Doesn't Quite Strike Twice for "Samurai Champloo" Vol. 3

It’s tough to craft a follow-up to a masterpiece. When an artist has created something successful and beloved, pressures are high to meet or exceed it on the second go-round, and sometimes expectations can be set unreasonably high. Like Orson Welles post-Citizen Kane, or Nirvana after recording Nevermind, all eyes were on the creators of […]

"Yu Yu Hakusho" Dead At 112 Episodes

Yusuke Urameshi is dead. At least, that’s how the first episode ended. Or was that Tekken 5 or Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance? Either way, he’s been back for the better part of a hundred episodes at this point, and is currently fighting in the tournament to decide the fate of the demon realm. If he […]

'Ultimate Avengers' Designs Revealed

Steve E. Gordon, the character designer and CO-director on the upcoming Ultimate Avengers direct-to-DVD feature, has posted the character designs for Nick Fury and The Black Widow on his blog. The Ultimate Avengers, the first of nine direct-to-DVD animated features from Marvel and Lions Gate, will be released on February 21, 2006. The trailer for […]

Broadband Enterprises Syndicating Warner Brothers Online Shorts

Broadband Enterprises has entered into an agreement to syndicate animated short films from Warner Brothers Online. The shorts will include “Looney Tunes,” “Gotham Girls,” and “Timberwolf”; Broadband Enterprises will sell advertising sponsorships around the programming. (via TZ Moderator Stu)

New "Johnny Quest" Comic Book Series Coming from DC

Wizard magazine is reporting that Johnny Quest will get a five-issue mini-series from DC Comics next year. The book will be written by Joe Kelly (JLA, Space Ghost) with artwork by Howard Porter.

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