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Cartoon Network To Produce Original Anime

Itochu Corp. and Cartoon Network will team to produce original Japanese animated programing and related merchandise, Asia Times reports. The two companies will initially produce three programs, which will have per-episode budgets of approximately 20 million yen, which is significantly higher than the typical budget for such programs, the site says. The first program is […]

News Corp. Extends Deadline To Buy Fox

News Corporation is extending the deadline to buy the remainder of Fox Entertainment Group until February 22, The New York Times (free registration required) reports. Fox’s committee of independent directors says it needs more time to analyze the offer.

Viacom Declares Dividend

Entertainment giant Viacom has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.07 per share on its Class A and Class B common stock, payable on April 1 to stockholders of record at the close of business on February 28, the company said yesterday. [Source: Viacom Inc.]

Cookie Jar Gets New Financing

The Cookie Jar Group has secured two credit lines collectively worth more than $60 million to finance its entertainment and education businesses, the company said today. [Source: Canada Newswire]

American Entertainment & Animation Begins Trading

American Entertainment & Animation Corporation has begun trading on the NASDAQ-operated Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board (OTCBB), the company said today. The company will trade under the ticker symbol “AEAN.” [Source: Business Wire]

Sam Register Talks "Teen Titans" and New CN Shows

Sam Register, Senior VP of Development at Cartoon Network, has spoken to Comicon.com’s PULSE News about upcoming Teen Titans storylines. In addition to answering, “Why Bumblebee?” and dropping hints at upcoming plot threads, Register states that more DVDs and new superhero cartoons are in the works. Discuss this news on the DC Animation Forum.

Cartoon Network Announces New Seasons of Returning Series

Cartoon Network announced plans for new and returning series at the Television Critics Association meeting in North Hollywood today. Among the highlights: * Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends will debut a new season of episodes on Friday, January 21, at 7:00pm (ET/PT). * Ed, Edd n Eddy will premiere “Hanky Panky Hullabaloo,” a new 30-minute […]

"The Batman" Flies to Cartoon Network in April

The Batman will join Cartoon Network’s lineup of superhero shows on Saturday, April 2, at 9:00pm (ET/PT), the network said today. The series, from Warner Bros. Animation, premiered last fall on sister network Kids WB. [Source: Cartoon Network]

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