Disney Sales and Profits Jump in Latest Quarter

Third-quarter net income rose 41% at the Walt Disney Company and nine-month net income rose 24%, the company announced yesterday. Revenues in both the third-quarter and nine-month periods were up 4%. For the three months ended July 2, Disney had net income of $851 million, compared to $604 million in the same period last year. […]

4Kids Sales, Profits Fall in Second Quarter

4Kids Entertainment had net income of $0.6 million in the second quarter of 2005, down from income of $2.0 million in the same period in 2004, the company said yesterday. Revenues fell to $19.0 million from $22.1 million. For the six months ended June 30, 2005, net income fell to $2.6 million from $5.2 million […]

Corporate Shark Circling Time Warner

Corporate raider Carl Icahn is trying to form a faction of shareholders that would press Time Warner into a corporate restructuring, The New York Times (access requires free registration) reports. Icahn controls a hedge fund that owns five million shares of Time Warner, which is the parent of Warner Bros. Pictures and Cartoon Network. Icahn […]

Du Chau Taking on "Underdog"

Disney Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment have approached Frederik Du Chau to direct the live-action bigscreen version of Underdog, Dark Horizons reports.

"Juniper Lee" Crosses Pond to UK

Cartoon Network’s The Life & Times of Juniper Lee will launch in the United Kingdom on Saturday, August 20, c21 Media reports.

"Zatch Bell!" DVD Coming in November

VIZ Media will release the first volume of the Zatch Bell! anime series to DVD in November with a retail price of $19.98, the company says. In addition, Viz will release the first two volumes of the manga series in August with a retail price of $9.99 each. Limited quantities of the second volume will […]

"Valiant" Soundtrack Lands in Stores August 16

Walt Disney Records will release the soundtrack to Valiant on August 16, the company said today. The original score, composed by four-time Oscar nominee George Fenton, will retail for $18.98. [Source: Business Wire]

Judge Rules for Disney Board in Shareholder Lawsuit

Chancellor William Chandler III handed down a decision in favor of the Disney board of directors in the shareholder lawsuit over the hiring and firing of Michael Ovitz as president in 1995. Disney shareholders sued the board for breaching their fiscal responsibilities in paying Ovitz a hefty severance package after supposedly poor corporate governance.

Future Animated DC DVD Box Sets Planned

Nancy Spears, director of marketing for Warner Home Video, recently answered fan questions on the message board for Warner’s Classic Cartoons DVD website. The questions were mostly concerning future Animated DC Box sets. Spears states that not only are more Batman: The Animated Series/The New Batman Adventures and Superman: The Animated Series box sets coming, […]

"Yugo the Negotiator": The Man with the Golden Tongue

Although there are a number of anime with very original execution, most can comfortably be pigeonholed in one of the popular genres like sci-fi, comedy, romance, or horror. Which is to say, genres that are easily digestible for the core teen audience. So it is both a treat and a shock to encounter an anime […]

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