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Fox Acquires Distribution Rights to HIT's Library

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and HIT Entertainment have entered into a multimillion dollar, multi-year agreement for the exclusive marketing, sales and distribution rights to HIT’s portfolio of children’s programming in the U.S. and Canada. Fox will begin distributing HIT’s full slate of home entertainment releases in fall 2006, performing all of the business functions […]

Brady Stars on "Family Guy"

New England quarterback Tom Brady will make a guest voice appearance on a football-themed episode of Fox’s Family Guy on January 29, at 9:00pm. AWN reports.

"Futurama" Possibly Returning With New Episodes

20th Century Fox TV is in “early discussions” to create a “limited number” of new episodes of Futurama, Digital Spy reports, citing Variety. The animated series ended after four seasons amid lackluster ratings and broken scheduling on FOX.

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 […]

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