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Ubisoft To Make Games Based on Sony CGI Features

Ubisoft will publish games based on Open Season and Surf’s Up under a deal with Sony Pictures Consumer Products, Reuters reports. The Open Season game is scheduled for a September 2006 release, and the Surf’s Up game will be released in the summer of 2007.

Anime Network Draws Interest from Cablers

A Beta Research survey says that Anime Network is scoring high interest among cable operators, placing third after NFL Network and College Sports Television among cable operators with more than 25,000 subscribers, Anime Network says. The survey of 151 cable operators was designed to measure provider interest in adding emerging or digital networks in 2005. […]

Marvel Names Kids HQ and Mad Engine as Key Licensors

Marvel Enterprises has awarded Kids Headquarters the rights to produce and market all kids and adult apparel featuring certain Marvel franchise characters, the company said today. It has also awarded Mad Engine the right to produce and market T-shirts and related knit tops based on Marvel characters. The deal is part of Marvel’s continuing drive […]

"Braceface" Stripped on Disney Channel; New Episodes to Air

Starting this Monday, The Disney Channel will begin stripping Braceface Mondays through Thursdays, airing it at 5:00pm (ET/PT). The channel will also begin broadcasting previously unaired episodes of the series on Mondays. [Source: FUNimation]

Japan To Open Graduate School in Animation

Japan’s Wao Corp. will establish the country’s first graduate school for animation studies, Big News Network reports. A two-year degree at the school will cost about $10,000 per year and will include courses covering the business side of animation.

ISS Backs Disney Directors in Annual Vote

Institutional Shareholder Services, which last year joined dissident director Roy Disney in opposing the re-election of Michael Eisner to the board of directors of Walt Disney Co., is recommending a favorable vote for all twelve Disney directors, including Eisner, the Los Angeles Times (link requires registration) reports.

Mainframe Series Headed Down Under

Imagine Entertainment will distribute four IDT/Mainframe titles to home video in Australia and New Zealand, according to World Screen News. The titles include Inspector Gadget’s Biggest Caper Ever: The Case of the Giant Flying Lizard, Popeye’s Voyage: The Quest for Pappy and two feature-length ReBoot movies.

Latin America Networks Pick Up New Series

Cartoon Network Latin America has picked up regional rights to three animated series from Cookie Jar Entertainment, World Screen News reports. The deal renews Cartoon Network’s rights to The Little Lulu Show and adds Arthur and Mona the Vampire to the package. Separately, World Screen News also says that Hola Entertainment will represent Atomic Betty […]

"Spriggan: Special Edition" Heads to DVD

ADV Films will release Spriggan: Special Edition to DVD on February 15, Animated Bliss reports.

Manga Market Grows in 2004; Anime Market Flat

A report on ICv2.com states that the manga market grew by 40-50% in 2004 due to increasing bookstore sales, while the anime market was flat for the same time period. The on-line article also names the top 10 manga and anime properties last year. Their results are printed and analyzed in their annual in-depth report […]

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