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VIZ Media Establishes European Presence

VIZ Media and the London-based Copyright Promotions Licensing Group (CPLG) will be forming a new company, VIZ Media B.V., which will focus on penetrating European comics markets with its manga and animation brands. The company will officially open in Amsterdam on October 3, 2005. (via the Comics Reporter weblog)

Guardian Interviews Hayao Miyazaki

The Guardian’s film section has interviewed Hayao Miyazaki (Howl’s Moving Castle). The interview subjects range from his recent films and his stature in the animation industry to challenges faced in his relationship with Disney and Miramax. (via Nausicaa.net)

Disney and Time-Warner Look Ahead for Wall Street

The New York Times covers the recent announcements that Disney is expecting disappointing results from its movie studio division, while Time Warner is expecting to meet its financial goals for 2005 (free registration required). The Times‘ coverage fails to note that Disney’s Chief Financial Officer Tom Staggs stated that Disney is still on-target to meet […]

Details for "Kimba the White Lion" DVD Set Announced

The Right Stuff International has provided details on their DVD release of Osamu Tezuka’s Kimba the White Lion anime series. The 11-disc limited edition boxed set will include all 52 original episodes of the show, the original Japanese episode 1, deleted scenes, and other extras. The set will be available on November 29 with an […]

Management Buy-out CPLG

Copyright Promotions Group — the licensing giant that represents the likes of Bratz, Care Bears, Dora the Explorer, Sabrina and The Simpsons — has been bought out by its management, who have acquired the share that was owned by US venture capital firm Beringea. The current management, led by Chairman Matthew Wheeler and CEO Kirk […]

"Rugrats" Alum Signs With National Geographic Kids

The LA-based kids programming and production unit of National Geographic Television & Film (NGT&F) has signed a development deal with the writer of Recess and Rugrats for a new animated series. Emmy-nominated writer/producer Holly Huckins will team with NGT&F to create a preschool comedy series featuring “a unique stop-motion animation style.” [Source: C21Media]

YTV Launches Fall Schedule

YTV is launching its new fall schedule. AWN has an overview.

"Lunar Jim" Licensing Agents Tapped

Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. has appointed BBC Worldwide (U.K.), m4e (Germany), and ABC (Australia) as licensing agents for their new children’s stop-motion animated property Lunar Jim, AWN reports. Each of the licensing agents — working alongside master toy licensee, Fisher-Price — will oversee the licensing program, including securing new licenses and managing product launches, in […]

Amberwood, YTV Develop "RollBots"

Canadian toon house Amberwood Entertainment has signed a deal with Corus-owned broadcaster YTV to develop a new 3D animated series for the international kids market, C21Media reports. Dubbed RollBots, the project is an action series for kids 6-11. Both YTV and federal financier the Canadian Television Fund have come in for development of the project, […]

"Code Lyoko" Licensed to Rai

Moonscoop has licensed the first season of its 2D/3D animated series Code Lyoko to Rai, World Screen reports, following sales to broadcasters worldwide. A second series of twenty-six 30-minute episodes is currently in production.

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