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WGA To Honor "Simpsons" Writer

The Writers Guild of America will give The Simpsons‘ Don Payne the 2004 Paul Selvin Award at its February 19 WGA ceremony, AWN reports. Payne will be honored for his script for “Fraudcast News.” The Selvin Award is given for a script that “best embodies the spirit of constitutional and civil rights and liberties.”

Animated Shorts Play Well in Festivals

Chris Landreth’s “Ryan” picked up an honorable mention in the shorts category at the Sundance Film Festival, AWN reports. Benh Zeitlin’s “Egg” won for best animated short at the Slamdance Film Festival. Separately, icWales reports that Welsh productions “Tapiau” and “Ar Wah n” will compete in the animation category at this year’s Celtic Film and […]

"Playhouse Disney" Coming to Korea

Korea’s Hello D will roll out Playhouse Disney today under a carriage deal with Walt Disney Television International, World Screen News reports.

Disney Reports Profit Rise in Latest Quarter

The Walt Disney Company earned $723 million in the quarter ended December 31, up from $688 million in the same period last year, the company announced today. Revenues rose slightly to $8.7 billion. Better results at the company’s broadcast and parks units offset weaker results at the studio division. Earnings at the company’s Media Networks […]

THQ, Nick Announce Video Games for 2005

SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents, and Danny Phantom will be feature in video games released in 2005, THQ and Nickelodeon said today as they announced their lineup of Nickelodeon-related video games for release in the coming year. SpongeBob SquarePants will be a multiplayer collection of thirty party-style games for ages six to fourteen. The game, […]

Crest Studios Reports Loss in Latest Quarter

India’s Crest Animation Studios reported a net loss of five million rupees in the quarter ended December 31, compared to a loss of six million rupees in the same period a year ago, Indiantelevision reports. Crest revenues jumped 34% in the quarter to sixty-seven million rupees. For the nine months ended in December, Crest reported […]

Dan Lee, RIP

Dan Lee, the Canadian animator who designed the character of Nemo for the Pixar film Finding Nemo, died of cancer on January 15. He was 35. Lee also worked on other Pixar productions, including A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, and Monsters, Inc. He had been working on an upcoming 2007 release at the time […]

Josh Blaylock on Restarting "G.I. Joe"

Josh Blaylock of Devil’s Due Publishing has been interviewed by yojoe.com about the ending of the current G.I. Joe comic book series and its planned revival. (via Newsarama.com)

Kirby Descendants Comment on Stan Lee Court Victory

Robert Katz and Lisa Kirby, nephew and daughter of legendary comic creator Jack Kirby, have made critical statements to the New York Times about Stan Lee’s recent court victory over Marvel Comics. A judge recently ruled that Lee was contractually entitled to 10% of film and TV profits from Marvel Enterprises, reviving complaints about historic […]

"Valiant" Aims to Revive Ealing Studios and British Animation Industry

The Los Angeles Times has published a feature article about Valiant, an animated film about British carrier pigeons during World War II (free registration required). The films’ producers hope that the film will revive the famed Ealing Studios and a moribund British animation industry. Valiant is scheduled to debut in the United Kingdom on March […]

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