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"Kong" Comes to Jetix

BKN International has licensed its Kong — the Animated Series and the animated film Kong — King of Atlantis to Disney ABC Cable Networks Group. The series is scheduled to premiere this fall on the Jetix programming blocks on ABC Family and Toon Disney. In addition, Joy Tashjian Marketing Group has been appointed to expand […]

"Grrr" Wins in Animation Category at Midsummer Awards

The 12th Midsummer Awards, celebrating London’s advertising industry, were recently handed out. In the Animation Category, Nexus Prods.’ Smith & Foulkes won the Gold award for its Honda spot, Grrr. The spot also took home the Grand Prix for Most Outstanding Commercial. A complete list of winners is available at www.midsummer.net/awards. [Source: AWN]

TV Schedules Updated

Several schedule updates are now available on the Toon Zone Schedules Page. Remember to keep checking back for further updates.

Rowland B. Wilson, R.I.P.

Cartoonist Rowland B. Wilson, who worked at Walt Disney Feature Animation on such films as The Little Mermaid, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tarzan, and Hercules, passed away on June 28, 2005, AWN reports. A funeral service was held today in Oceanside, California.

CN and Boomerang Come to Fios TV

A slate of Turner Broadcasting System channels, including Cartoon Network and Boomerang, will be available on Verizon’s Fios TV platform, which launches later this year, World Screen reports. The service aims to offer customers a competitive alternative to cable or satellite via Verizon’s fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband network.

BBC Names "Little Robots" U.S. Licensing Agent

The Joester Loria Group has been named U.S. licensing agent for Little Robots by BBC Worldwide, World Screen reports. The series is set to air on Cartoon Network’s Tickle U block.

Jim Henson's Creature Shop Closes

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, the London-based visual effects and animatronics division, has been shut down, C21 Media reports. The closure was blamed on the weak U.S. dollar and the U.K. production environment.

"Postman Pat" Comes to Japan

On the heels of the recent U.S. broadcast deal, Postman Pat is now set to begin airing in Japan next year. Some 80 of the new 15-minute episodes, plus four half-hour specials, will launch on the Disney Channel in Japan in April 2006. [Source: C21 Media]

"Benjamin Bear" Gets Third Season

The Canadian Family Channel has ordered a third season of Ottawa-based Amberwood Entertainment’s cartoon The Secret World of Benjamin Bear, C21 Media reports, adding another 13 half hours to the library. The order brings the total library to 39 half hours.

Nickelodeon Launches TurboNick

Nickelodeon is launching TurboNick, a broadband video platform available on Nick.com that allows viewers to watch full length shows online at any time. The service features up to 20 hours of new programming each week, allowing viewers to watch programming clips and full length episodes ranging from 30 seconds to 22 minutes in length. TurboNick […]

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