Posts Tagged ‘industry’

DreamWorks Animation in Talks for Acquisition by SoftBank

by Ed Liuon September 29, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter reports that the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank is in talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., in a deal that would value the animation studio at $3.4 billion, according to an anonymous source. The same source stated that current CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg would sign a five-year contract to stay with the studio, and […]

Channel Frederator Network Adds 141 New Channels, Expands Subscriber Base

by Ed Liuon September 24, 2014
CHANNEL FREDERATOR NETWORK ADDS 141 NEW CHANNELS AND EXPANDS SUBSCRIBER BASE TO 10.5 MILLION DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST As its Audience Numbers Continue to Balloon, Channel Frederator Network Establishes Itself as the Go-To Destination for Online Animation Across the Globe NEW YORK—September 24, 2014–They’re just getting bigger! During the month of August, Channel Frederator […]


Wall Street Journal Reports on Hub Takeover and Rebranding by Discovery

by Ed Liuon September 18, 2014
The Wall Street Journal reports that a long-rumored takeover and rebranding of the Hub Network is about to take place. The joint venture between Discovery and Hasbro has struggled to gain market share in the kids TV network environment dominated by Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, shifting from its original lineup of programming to include other […]
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Disney Not Planning Animated Marvel Feature Films

by Ed Liuon September 2, 2014
Even though Walt Disney Feature Animation’s Big Hero 6 is based on a Marvel Comics superhero team (and mini-series) of the same name, and Disney now owns Marvel Comics, there are currently no plans for the parent company’s animation studio to dabble in the expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe films. According to a post in New […]


SEC Hits DreamWorks With Turbo Investigation

by Alex Beanon July 29, 2014
In more financial news, DreamWorks Animation is being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] after disclosing that they took a $13.5 million hit on last year’s “Turbo” feature film. “Turbo” had a disclosed budget of $135 million but only took in $83 million domestically at the box office. “Turbo” performed much better in […]

Nickelodeon Pulls “Legend of Korra” TV Premieres; Moves to Digital Distribution

by Ed Liuon July 24, 2014
In a surprise move, Nickelodeon has pulled five upcoming premiere episodes of The Legend of Korra‘s third season, with the last TV episode (“The Terror Within,” episode 8 of this season’s 14) premiering on Friday, July 25, 2014, at 8:00 PM (ET/PT). A subsequent announcement by series co-creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino (through […]

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Paramount Animation Recruits Disney’s Lino DiSalvo for Creative Director

by Ed Liuon July 1, 2014
Variety reports that Paramount Pictures has hired Lino DiSalvo as its new creative director for Paramount Animation. DiSalvo comes from Walt Disney Animation Studios after a 16-year tenure, where he was an animator on Meet the Robinsons and Chicken Little; the supervising animator on Bolt and Tangled; and the head of animation on Frozen. DiSalvo […]

Vishnu Athreya named VP, Program Scheduling, for Cartoon Network & Boomerang

by Ed Liuon June 24, 2014
Vishnu Athreya Named Vice President, Program Scheduling at Cartoon Network and Boomerang Vishnu Athreya has been named vice president, program scheduling for Cartoon Network and Boomerang, it was announced today by Rob Sorcher, chief content officer for Cartoon Network. In this position, Athreya will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day scheduling and strategic positioning of […]


Fisher-Price Green Lights “Little People” CGI Series for 2015

by Ed Liuon June 18, 2014
FISHER-PRICE GREEN LIGHTS FIRST SEASON OF GLOBAL PRESCHOOL FAVORITE LITTLE PEOPLE® SERIES HIT Entertainment In Production on 52 Episodes To Debut Fall 2015 For the First Series of Little People LONDON /NEW YORK / EAST AURORA, NY – June 16, 2014 –HIT Entertainment, one of the world’s  leading preschool entertainment companies and an affiliate of […]
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Netflix Orders New “Magic School Bus 360°” Animated Series

by Ed Liuon June 11, 2014
The New York Times reports that Netflix has made a 26-episode order of a new Magic School Bus animated series with Scholastic Media, reviving and updating the long-running educational series that was a mainstay on PBS and currently lives on in reruns on Qubo. The new series will be titled The Magic School Bus 360°, […]