The X-MEN Trilogy and SIN CITY hit Blu-ray for the first time, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA prequel CAPRICA hits DVD, plus DVD set releases of FREAKAZOID, TINY TOON ADVENTURES and SQUIDBILLIES, for release April 21, 2009.
Cartoon Network will bring REBORN (working title) to the small screen, a re-telling of the legend of King Arthur that will be live action, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
The toon network has been pushing toward the live-action side, with more than half of their new 19 shows and movies to be live action. Lionsgate president of motion picture production Alli Shearmur will exec produce with Travis Wright, who also wrote the project.
VARIETY reports that two London-based Disney Channel EMEA execs have departed the company: Steve Aranguren, VP for global original programming and managing director Michael Cairns.
The departure happened two weeks ago, and is related to Disney's full takeover of Jetix Europe. Bob Ferguson is now set to run the television side in the U.K. and Ireland and act as general manager for the Jetix and Disney Channels. He has more than 20 years of broadcast experience and 13 years running three Jetix channels in the U.K. and the Nordic region.
Press Release from DECODE Enterprises
Toronto, London 15 April 2009. Leading kids and family entertainment specialist DECODE Enterprises, the distribution subsidiary of DHX Media Ltd., has boosted its presence in Israel with sales across its live action and animation catalogue totalling over 100 hours of programming.
Press Release from PorchLight Entertainment
Los Angeles -- April 13, 2009 -- Shea Fontana has been upped to Vice President, Children's Programming, it was announced today by Bruce Johnson, company President & CEO. In this new position, her responsibilities will expand to include the development, production and acquisition of all genres of children's programming for PorchLight Entertainment.
Cartoons on the Bay debuted in their new, more post-MIPTV friendly location. Now held in the three towns of Rapallo, Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino, the festival is just one jaw-droppingly stunning ride away from Cannes. What a place!
Online animation site MyToons has been shut down. The company laid off between 20 and 27 people in January (according to blog TechCrunch), and have now closed their doors.
The company sent out emails to their store sellers informing them of the close, and their site (http://www.mytoons.com/) is effectively shut down as well, with the page leading to a cartoon bouncer with the words, "MyToons has closed. Thank you for all your support." at the top.
The Pulcinella Awards 2009 were announced at the conclusion of Cartoons on the Bay on Sunday. The various Pulcinella Awards are presented in seven competing categories, including best series for preschool, children, tweens and young adults, educational programming, best pilot, cross-media project, interactive animation, short film, best character, TV series, European program and best soundtrack.
Cartoon Network Asia has announced a lineup of new cartoons that will be joining its current roster of animated shows.
Along with current shows BEN 10, BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE and STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS, these new cartoons will include original series L.O.S.E., JIMMY TWO SHOES, MATT'S MONSTERS and CREEP SCHOOL and familiar favorites such as THE GARFIELD SHOW and season two of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS.
Digital Anarchy has released a new 3D design tool for use in Adobe Photoshop. Co-developed with Zaxwerks Inc, 3D Invigorator for Photoshop allows artists to easily create incredibly complex 3D objects, logos and text.
"The product has long been known as the best 3D title creator and logo modeler for any 2D visual designer or special effects artist," said Zax Dow, president of Zaxwerks. "I have wanted to offer this kind of control to the Photoshop community for a long time, and Digital Anarchy is the company to do this for us."
Cartoon Network will premiere STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS: DECODED, a full slate of 22 enhanced episodes from season one of the CG-animated series from creator George Lucas and Lucasfilm Animation. Using text windows to provide in-the-moment insights into all aspects of the sweeping galactic conflict -- from trivia to background on characters and storylines -- STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS: DECODED enhances each episode with exclusive content created by the Lucasfilm Animation talent responsible for the show itself.
BEDTIME STORIES makes its DVD debut two days after its Blu-ray bow, along with DVD/Blu-ray releases of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, plus volume three of BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE on DVD, Disney Animation Collection, volumes 1-3 on DVD, MAX FLEISCHER'S SUPERMAN on DVD and more.
BEDTIME STORIES on DVD and Blu-ray
Brandissimo! promoted of two executives to better manage the company's continued growth in its online games and virtual worlds business.
Executive Vice President and General Manager Andy Babb was named president. Vice President Josh Fisher was promoted to executive producer and senior vice president of content. Additional promotions and new staff members will be announced in the next few weeks.
Multi-media company ToonUp Snippets has released its new product, ToonUps, a series of animation, templates and art for Microsoft PowerPoint presentations.
ToonUps enables business speakers, trainers, teachers and others to easily turn static PowerPoint slides into humorous presentations that engage the audience and make materials more memorable.
Fans of the down and dirty wrestling parody THUMB WRESTLING FEDERATION: TWF are gearing up for this Saturday's new season premiere. Featuring new characters, matches and the usual over-the-top thumbtastic action, season three of the hit show will debut April 4 on Cartoon Network during the popular Saturday morning "Crush Zone" block.
Jack Dunham, an animator at Disney starting with SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, died a few weeks ago at the age of 98, reports CARTOON BREW.
Dunham worked at Universal on Oswald shorts before heading over to Disney in the mid-1930s, working as an inbetweener on SNOW WHITE. He moved into management and was a unit manager until 1947.
Dunham moved to Canada to work for the Associated Screen News in Montreal, later working in live action and animated commercials in Montreal and Toronto Canada.
HIT Ent. is lining up its biggest retail promotion ever for THOMAS & FRIENDS this Easter.
THOMAS & FRIENDS has launched at Hamley's as part of the famous toy store's Cartoon Crazy promotion with themed in-store activity and a special THOMAS & FRIENDS-themed window. The promotion showcases new product lines from TOMY, Golden Bear and RC2 as well as in-store competitions to win tickets to Thomas Land as part of the U.K. theme park's first anniversary celebrations. The promotion runs until May 11 in Hamley's Regent Street and Dumfries, Ireland stores.
This April 1, spend a primate-packed day with Boomerang as the commercial-free network celebrates "Ape-Reel Fool's Day." The big star of the day is everyone's favorite fun-loving (and well-dressed) gorilla, Magilla. Debuting in 1964, THE MAGILLA GORILLA SHOW chronicles Magilla's antics in Mr. Peeble's Pet Shop. This classic cartoon will air in three-hour blocks on Wednesday, April 1, at 9 a.m. (ET) and 5 p.m. (ET), and again overnight at 2 a.m. (ET).
Stars Beyonce, Will Smith, Vanessa Hudgens, Jack Black, Selena Gomez, The Jonas Brothers, Jesse McCartney and Miley Cyrus captured the coveted orange Blimp trophies at Nickelodeon's 22nd Annual Kids' Choice Awards live telecast, Saturday, March 28.
Following hot on the heels of the news that CAKE Ent. has sold Fresh TV Inc.'s new animated surf comedy STOKED (26 x 22) to Cartoon Network USA, the kids' entertainment specialists have announced that the show has a double platform with CANAL+ and TPS Jeunesse.