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Azureus Reaches For the Starz

by Nobuyuki samaon February 12, 2007
Azureus Inc. has reached a deal with Starz Media to make content available for online download from Azureus’ digital media platform Zudeo, WorldScreen reports. Utilizing BitTorrent technology to facilitate the rapid download of large files, Starz Media will bring titles like Street Fighter Alpha, Ghost in the Shell, Astroboy and Ninja Scroll, as well as […]

‘Cars’ Finishes First at Annie Awards, But ‘Flushed Away’ Takes the Most Hardware

by Nobuyuki samaon February 12, 2007
Pixar’s Cars was named best animated feature at the 34th annual Annie Awards, handed out Sunday at the Alex Theater in Glendale, California. But ASIFA-Hollywood presented Flushed Away, from DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Animations, with more trophies than any other film. ‘Flushed’ earned honors in five categories: Scott Cegielski took the prize for animated effects; […]

Cox Steps Down at Sony Animation

by Nobuyuki samaon February 12, 2007
Penney Finkelman Cox, who launched Sony Pictures Animation with her longtime business partner Sandra Rabins, is leaving her position as executive vice-president to become a producer for the division, Variety reports. The move will leave Rabins as the sole operational executive running SPA’s day-to-day operations. Ms. Cox will remain as a producer on several projects […]

Nickelodeon & TeamTo Help Greenlight on ‘Oasis’

by Nobuyuki samaon February 11, 2007
Nickelodeon, French channel TF1 and French animation studio TeamTo have signed on as co-producers of the Korean 3-D animated TV series Oasis, according to Variety. The deal with Nickelodeon was sealed at the KidScreen Summit in New York, which opened February 8. Roughly 70% of the series’ $10.8 million budget is expected to be financed […]

Disney’s ‘Winnie the Pooh’ Trademarks Under Fire, Again

by Nobuyuki samaon February 10, 2007
Stephen Slesinger Inc. (SSI) has fired another shot in their long-running battle against The Walt Disney Company over “Winnie the Pooh” rights by petitioning the U.S. Patent Office to cancel several of Disney’s trademark registrations from A.A. Milne’s classic brand. SSI is petitioning for the cancellation of about 25 Pooh-related names registered by Disney since […]

EM.Entertainment In For a Kabillion

by Nobuyuki samaon February 10, 2007
German-based EM.Entertainment GmbH, a subsidiary of EM.TV AG, has joined as a shareholder with 22.5 percent in the new American video-on-demand platform Kabillion, a joint venture of Taffy Entertainment and REMIX Entertainment, according to a company announcement yesterday. Launched in January 2007, Kabillion’s free television VOD service is available via Comcast’s digital cable Select On […]

‘The Simpsons’ To Launch Line of Video Game Accessories

by Nobuyuki samaon February 10, 2007
Solutions 2 GO Inc., a Canadian-based provider of electronic entertainment products, has reached a deal with 20th Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising to develop a line of video game accessories based on The Simpsons. The accessories are scheduled to hit stores later this spring to coincide with The Simpsons movie release on July 27. The […]

New ‘Toward the Terra’ to TV in Tokyo

by Nobuyuki samaon February 10, 2007
Keiko Takemiya’s classic 1970s science fiction manga “Toward the Terra”, previously adapted in movie form in 1980, is returning in television anime form this April on Mainichi Broadcasting and Tokyo Broadcasting stations. The series is set in the far future, after mankind has fled the polluted Earth to live in computer-regulated space colonies. On the […]

‘Haruhi Suzumiya’ Website Updated; Cast Announced

by Nobuyuki samaon February 9, 2007
A new video was posted at Kadokawa USA and Bandai Entertainment’s official website for the upcoming anime series release of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, announcing that Bang Zoom! Entertainment would be handling the production of the English-language dub, with company president Eric Sherman on directing duty. The cast list was also announced, with Wendee […]

Trump Says "You’re Hired" to Animated Dimensions

by Nobuyuki samaon February 9, 2007
Premiere Publishing Group announced today that Animated Dimensions has been appointed to help develop an animated pilot for a Donald Trump-themed series. The project’s development deadline was extended to March 31, 2007 to help accomodate Animated Dimensions in completing the show’s presentation materials to The Trump Organization. Upon approval by The Trump Organization, Premiere Publishing […]