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How Homer Simpson Became Omar Shamshoon

An article in the Los Angeles Times examines the Arabic version of Fox’s The Simpsons, broadcast in the Middle East via Arabic satellite network MBC. Issues of translating humor and excising portions of the show that would be objectionable to a Middle Eastern Muslim audience are addressed, as are the varied reactions to the show […]

20th Century Fox Names Licensing VP

Twentieth Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising has named Michael Peikoff as VP of licensing, World Screen reports. In his new position, Peikoff will oversee the company’s U.S. licensing business with specific oversight of the category management team, its list of domestic licensees, and retail initiatives.

"The Simpsons: The Complete Seventh Season" Officially Announced

Fox has officially announced the seventh season of The Simpsons on DVD, confirming rumors that it would get a release before the 2005 holiday season. Though a list of commentaries and box art are not yet available, they will likely be revealed soon. TVShowsOnDVD has more.

Owen Dunne Webcomic Optioned by Fox for TV Series

Owen Dunne’s You Damn Kid! webcomic has been optioned by Fox TV to become an animated television show. Based on the content of the comic, the show is expected to follow in the tradition of irreverent animated family cartoons on Fox from The Simpsons to Family Guy. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat weblog)

David Mirkin on Simpsons' 17th Season, DVD sets, and Movie Progress

Simpsons producer-writer David Mirkin has been interviewed by the Houston Chronicle about all things Simpson, from the behind-the-scenes of the show’s 17th season, the sixth season DVD set, and the slow progress of the Simpsons feature film. (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing)

News Corp. Profits Rise in 2005

News Corp., parent of Twentieth Century Fox and Fox Broadcasting, had fourth-quarter net income of $717 million, up from $429 million in the same period last year. Revenues rose 12% to $6.1 billion. For the full year News Corp. had net income of $2.1 billion, up from $1.5 billion in fiscal 2004. Full year revenues […]

Sideshow Bob Returns to "Simpsons"

Kelsey Grammer will reprise his role as Sideshow Bob in next season’s The Simpsons, the Associated Press reports. In addition, Dennis Rodman and Terry Bradshaw will make cameos as themselves for the Halloween episode. Alec Baldwin, Ricky Gervais, William H. Macy, Lily Tomlin, Frances McDormand, Rob Reiner, Richard Dean Anderson, Randy Johnson, and Joe Frazier […]

"Ferngully" Coming to DVD in October

Fox will release Ferngully: The Last Rainforest Special Edition to DVD on October 18, Animated Bliss reports. The two-disc set will feature commentary track, featurettes, and games. It will retail for $19.98. Animated Bliss has further news on DVD releases, including Pet Alien; Garfield Prime Time Giftset; South Park: Season 6; Tripping The Rift: Season […]

Fox Buys Film Rights to "Emily the Strange"

Twentieth Century Fox has purchased the film rights to Rob Reger’s “Emily the Strange” and will produce a live-action/animated film based on the property, INSOMNIAC mania reports.

IDT and 20th Century Fox Sign Animation Deal

IDT Entertainment has signed a two-year, multi-picture distribution deal with Twentieth Century Fox — allowing Fox to distribute CG animated theatrical releases produced by IDT — AWN reports.

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