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OCON Completes Financing for "Dibo The Gift Dinosaur"

Korean animation studio OCON has completed financing for its new preschool property Dibo The Gift Dinosaur, World Screen reports. The 3-D series is set in Cozy Land, where everything is made of soft fabrics, and follows the adventures of DIBO, a dinosaur who delivers gifts to his friends. The studio is now looking for an […]

Time Warner Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend

Time Warner’s Board of Directors yesterday declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.05 per share on its common stock, payable in cash on December 15, 2005 to stockholders of record at the close of business on November 30, 2005. This is the second quarterly dividend declared under the company’s dividend policy, which was announced at […]

"Time Warner Highlights" Released

Just ahead of Time Warner’s announcement of their quarterly financial results, the company has released a Time Warner Highlights edition. The document highlights accomplishments of Time Warner’s businesses and progress in achieving their strategic goals. Online links to further information are also available, including Cartoon Network Emmy Awards and ratings.

"Futurama" Coming to Comedy Central

Comedy Central has signed a multiyear deal with syndicator Twentieth Television to acquire all 72 episodes of the animated comedy series Futurama. The series will begin airing on Comedy Central in January 2008, after Cartoon Network’s rights to the series expire. [Source: Reuters/The Hollywood Reporter]

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 […]

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