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New Deals Put "George," "Casper" on New Networks

George of the Jungle and Casper’s Scare School have picked up new European broadcasters, c21 Media reports. Distributor Entertainment Rights has placed George on networks in Scandinavia, Russia, Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland, and Iceland, and has licensed Casper in France, Scandinavia, and the Middle East. In addition, Entertainment Rights is negotiating new licenses for Toopy […]

"Captain Biceps" Getting Toon Adaptation

The comic book Captain Biceps will be adapted into an animated series, c21 Media reports. The series, which is being developed by Futurikon for France 3, is about a superhero who battles the Super Bad Guys. The action-comedy is being aimed at the 6- to 12-year-old demographic.

"Huckle" and "Will & Dewitt" Get New Euro Gigs

Hurray for Huckle! and Will & Dewitt have been picked up by additional European networks for broadcast, Cookie Jar Entertainment said yesterday. Hurray for Huckle, which is based on a series of books by Richard Scarry, has been purchased by Nickelodeon (Itay), ZDF (Germany), SVT (Sweden) and France 5 and TiJi in France. Will & […]

"The Simpsons" Pulled from Venezuelan TV

E! Online reports that a TV station in Venezuela has pulled The Simpsons off an 11:00 a.m. time slot because one spokesman said the show is inappropriate for children. Station managers for the Venezuelan TV station Televen is considering putting reruns of the long-running sitcom at a later time slot. The show replacing The Simpsons […]

Russian Channel Licenses Disney Toons

CTC Media and Walt Disney have struck a licensing deal that will bring Disney features and live-action and animated series to the Russian broadcaster, the companies announced today. The deal will give CTC rights to Cars and The Incredibles along with other Disney and Pixar titles. Animated series Ducktales, Chip ‘N’ Dale Rescue Rangers, and […]

"Oggy" Getting Christmas Special and New Lines of Goods

Oggy and the Cockroaches will get a DVD Christmas special courtesy of producer Xilam Animation and France Television Distribution, Variety reports. The announcement comes simultaneously with news (via AWN) of licensing deals struck by the producers with manufacturer Jemini for a line of Oggy-themed plushes and with Benjamin SA for a line of Oggy-related socks. […]

"Bakugan" Rolling Out Overseas

Cartoon Network is adding Bakugan to many of its international channels, c21 Media reports. The series is set to air in the UK, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, and south Asia.

Rabbits to Run "International Hareport" for French Broadcaster

Jan Bultheel and Fabrice Fouquet will co-direct International Hareport, a new CG-animated series about two rabbits that open an airport after all the animals of the world acquire the ability to fly. TeamTO, Filmwerken, and ViviFilms will produce 26 13-minute episodes; Frances’ TF1 has picked up broadcast rights. [Source: Animation Magazine]

Briefly: Int'l Studios Order New Shows, Specials

* Mediatoon will shop Inami, an ecologically themed animated series, at MIPTV. [World Screen] * Decode Entertainment, Neptuno Films, and OLC Entertainment will co-produce and split distribution rights to the animated pre-school series Poppets Town. [c21 Media] * TV-Loonland has ordered Halloween- and Christmas-themed specials of Little Princess. [World Screen]

Church Groups Trying to Push Russian Cartoon Channel Off the Air

An advisory council representing Russian Protestant churches has asked the government’s Prosecutor General’s Office to revoke the broadcast license for the adult-oriented cartoon channel 2×2, RIA Novosti reports. The churches have also asked the government to ban such cartoons as Battle Vixens, Beavis and Butthead, Angry Kid and South Park for promoting violence, “moral imbecility,” […]

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