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Fox/Blue Sky Set for "Horton Hears a Who"

Twentieth Century Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios have begun prepping the 3D-animated Horton Hears A Who, with Robots story consultant and former Pixar animator Jimmy Hayward CO-directing with Robots art director Steve Martino, AWN reports, citing Variety. A spring 2008 release is currently scheduled.

"Pet Alien" Goes Into Print

Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, has agreed to an exclusive publishing contract with Taffy Entertainment to create a young readers book line based on the animated television series Pet Alien. Grosset & Dunlap plans to publish Pet Alien chapter books, comic-style books, activity books, joke books, and coloring books. The […]

Cartoon Network Enterprises Expands Team

On the heels of hiring Christina Miller as VP of U.S. consumer products, Cartoon Network Enterprises has added three more people to its global licensing and merchandising team. Deena Boykin has been hired as senior director of retail development; Rick Blanco as director of hardlines design; and Daria Cronin as director of softlines. [Source: C21Media]

Radical Sheep Options "Stella and Sam"

Canadian children’s programming producer Radical Sheep Productions has optioned the rights to produce a 2D animated preschool series based on the book property Stella and Sam, C21Media reports. Written by awarding-winning Canadian writer/illustrator Marie-Louise Gay, the series of books centers on Stella and her little brother Sam and their exploration of the natural world.

Fortitude Ent. Group & Maya Ent. Merge

Fortitude Ent. Group and Mumbai-based animation company Maya Ent. have joined forces to form Fortitude Maya, AWN reports, citing Variety. The new deal will raise Fortitude’s workforce to 300 in computer animation, pre-production, and digital visual effects in the U.S. and India.

Jetix Europe Delivers Profit

For the year ended September 30, 2005, Jetix Europe reported revenues of $187.8 million, a 14 percent increase on the year-ago period, with net income up 239 percent to $19.8 million. World Screen has details.

Disney to Release Newest Animated Feature in REAL D Cinema

REAL D — the leader in the delivery of premium 3-D experiences — has announced that Disney’s newest animated feature, Meet the Robinsons, will be presented in REAL D Cinema starting December 2006. This announcement follows the historic success of REAL D Cinema’s presentation of Disney’s Chicken Little in 3-D, which has generated more than […]

The Weinstein Company and Genius Products Sign U.S. Home Video Distribution Agreement

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 Hires Jason Lust as Senior Vice President of Feature Films

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! Introduces "Winter Pop-Up-Palooza"

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 […]

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