Alan Bergman Named President, The Walt Disney Studios

Alan Bergman has been promoted to president, The Walt Disney Studios (TWDS). In his new role, Bergman will continue to report directly to Dick Cook, chairman, TWDS, and oversee strategy and operations for all business units including Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group, Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Buena Vista Pictures Marketing, Buena Vista International, Miramax, Buena […]

"Cartoon Kings" Profiles Brian Cosgrove and Mark Hall

ITV1 has given UK startup Made in Manchester Productions its first commission: a profile of pioneering British animation duo Brian Cosgrove and Mark Hall — according to C21Media. Cartoon Kings will be broadcast during the spring of 2006, in time for the anniversary of Cosgrove and Hall’s 30th year in the animation business.

"Disney Plans to Buy Pixar" Rumors Resurface

A report in The Wall Street Journal is resurrecting a rumor (again) that Disney is considering an outright purchase of Pixar Animation Studios to essentially turn it into their animated film division. The two companies are still engaged in renegotiation talks over their partnership, where Disney co-finances Pixar films and pays for compensation and marketing […]

Time-Warner is First to Offer "Family Friendly" Cable Package

Time-Warner Cable has become the first cable company to offer a “family friendly” channel package, as was hinted at earlier this week. The channel lineup will include Boomerang, the Disney Channel, and Toon Disney, as well as other channels such as CNN, Food Network, HGTV, and Discovery Kids. The service will cost $33 a month […]

Marvel Begins Digital Comics Initiative

Marvel Comics has opened a new section of their site for digital comics, with the debut titles being Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1 by Peter David and Mike Wieringo, She-Hulk (vol. 1) #1 by Dan Slott and Juan Bobillo, Captain America #1 by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting, and an episode of Franklin Richards: Son of […]

Jared Stern to Pen for Disney Feature Animation

Writer Jared Stern has signed a two-year overall deal with Walt Disney Feature Animation, AWN reports, citing Variety. It is not yet known what his first project will be.

Disney Restructures EMEA

Walt Disney TV EMEA is restructuring in an expansion drive, bringing the company’s UK, Scandinavian and Middle East channels together under one person. AWN has details.

Jetix Europe Hires New Creative Director

Anil Mistry has been named creative director of Jetix Europe, C21Media reports. Mistry will report to Shari Donnenfeld, senior VP of marketing and communications at Jetix Europe.

Playhouse Disney Comes to Philippines

Walt Disney Television International (WDTI) has expanded its pay-TV presence in the Philippines with the launch of a Playhouse Disney Channel feed into the region, according to C21Media. The channel is WDTI’s second 24-hour network in the Asia region since Disney Channel.

Digital Dimension Completes "Deepo" Aquarium Film

Digital Dimension has completed Deepo, an underwater adventure piece that marks the company’s first all-CG entry. Renowned theme park attraction developer Gary Goddard entered a partnership with Digital Dimension to produce and direct the film, which is the centerpiece of the 4-D theater presentation at the recently opened 500,000-square-foot, $250 million new Georgia Aquarium in […]

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