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Headline News Family Guy Creators Win Suit Against Wish Upon a Star Publisher

A U.S. judge ruled Monday that FAMILY GUY creator Seth MacFarlane and producers did not infringe copyright laws when they parodied "When You Wish Upon a Star" in a 2003 episode, REUTERS reports.

Music publisher Bourne Co., who owns the U.S. rights to the song made famous in the Disney animated feature PINOCCHIO, sued Fox Broadcasting Co. in 2007 for copyright breach, saying the show's parody "I Need a Jew" was a thinly-veiled copy of the music from " When You Wish Upon a Star," just with "new anti-Semitic lyrics" that did damage to the original.

Headline News Imira Consolidates Lola & Virginia Presence in Iberia

Imira Ent. has strengthened the presence of its hit property LOLA & VIRGINIA in Spain and Portugal with a series of renewals and new broadcast deals. In Spain, TVE has renewed the pay TV rights for a further two years and will continue to air the series on its main channel La 2 and Clan TV. In a separate deal, Nickelodeon has acquired pay TV rights for Spain and Portugal.

Headline News Punisher: War Zone, Plus Early Debuts of Twilight (Saturday) & Bolt (Sunday)

March 17 releases include the DVD/Blu-ray debut of PUNISHER: WAR ZONE, plus AZUR & ASMAR, the second through fourth seasons of A PUP NAMED SCOOBY DOO, two volumes of THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN and season one of THE ZETA PROJECT on DVD. Saturday, March 21 brings the DVD bow of TWILIGHT and the Blu-ray release of BOLT.

AZUR & ASMAR: THE PRINCES' QUEST on DVD

Headline News Open Development Call for Batman: Brave and Bold Flash Game

Open Development Call for Batman: Brave and Bold Flash GameDeadline: March 27, 2009

Warner Bros. Animation and Mochi Media, in association with DC Comics, are having a casting call for developers to submit ideas for creating a new Flash game as a promotional brand extension for Warner Bros. Animation's hit animated series BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD (www.braveandthebold.com), airing Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network.

Headline News Rod Gilchrist, Cartoon Art Museum Exec Director, Passes Away

Anyone who believes cartoons are just idle doodlings never met Rod Gilchrist.

For the past 11 years, Gilchrist was cheerleader, town crier and fan No. 1 of the provocative, wacky world of art embodied by SNOOPY, BIZARRO, IRON MAN and every other comic strip or book that made you laugh or shout with excitement.

Headline News Week-long Ben 10 Specials Lead to 1-Hour Season Finale March 27

Cartoon Network presents an entire action-packed week of BEN 10 March 23-27. Experience favorite BEN 10 ALIEN FORCE episodes every day after school with a two-hour "Best of BEN 10" block from 3-5 p.m. (ET, PT).

Headline News Pinocchio, Transporter 3 on DVD/Blu-ray, Howard the Duck on DVD & South Park

PINOCCHIO's 70th anniversary edition hits DVD and Blu-ray today, March 10, along with a four-film BATMAN anthology on Blu-ray, SOUTH PARK (12th season) on Blu-ray for the first time, HOWARD THE DUCK on DVD for the first time, SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK and TRANSPORTER 3 on DVD/Blu-ray and an edition of WOODY WOODPECKER favorites on DVD.

ALL-STAR SPORTS DAY! on DVD

Headline News Secret of Kells, Tomm Moore & BAC Films Win at Cartoon Movie

The 2009 winners of the Cartoon Movie Tributes were announced Thursday in front of the 620 participants in Lyon.

Best European Director: Tomm Moore (Ireland) for THE SECRET OF KELLSBest European Distributor: BAC Films (France)Best European Producer: Cartoon Saloon (Ireland)/Les Armateurs (France)/Vivi Film (Belgium) for THE SECRET OF KELLS

Headline News This Week's Animation Trivia Quiz for March 9, 2009

Test your skills and challenge your brain with AWN's Animation Trivia Quiz. Check out the latest installment from quizmaster Karl Staven, an accomplished independent animator and head of the Animation Department at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Anime cartoon emotional conventions are a little different than some that we are used to in U.S. animation and comics. We will describe drawn anime visual shortcuts, all you have to do is match it to the emotion that it is associated with.

Headline News Production Starts on Live-Action Ben 10 Movie

Production has commenced on BEN 10: ALIEN SWARM, a new live-action movie based on the hit animated series BEN 10 ALIEN FORCE that will premiere on Cartoon Network in fall 2009. The live-action movie will have principal photography in Atlanta, Georgia.

Headline News Kalamazoo Cartoon-Creating Competitors Set

Ten teams from animation programs spanning North America will engage in a "24/4" cartoon-creating competition prior to the start of the fifth Kalamazoo Animation Festival International (KAFI) scheduled for May 14-17 in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Earning spots in the competition for the 2009 "Cartoon Challenge" are four- and five-person teams from:

-- San Jose State University in California.-- College for Creative Studies in Detroit.-- Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.-- South Dakota State University.

Headline News This Week's Animation Trivia Quiz for March 2, 2009

Test your skills and challenge your brain with AWN's Animation Trivia Quiz. Check out the latest installment from quizmaster Karl Staven, an accomplished independent animator and head of the Animation Department at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Genndy Tartakovsky burst into public consciousness back in 1995 when DEXTER'S LABORATORY appeared on Cartoon Network and he's been a big time animation player since.

Headline News Australia, Wonder Woman, Watchmen Motion Comic on DVD/Blu-ray for March 3

AUSTRALIA, WATCHMEN MOTION COMIC, WONDER WOMAN and BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA hit Blu-ray and DVD on March 3, along with the DVD releases of SPONGEBOB VS. THE BIG ONE and volumes of CHOWDER and THE SMURFS.

AUSTRALIA on DVD and Blu-ray

Headline News VFX Supervisor Brevig to Help Yogi Bear Steal Picnic Baskets

Longtime VFX Supervisor Eric Brevig has been hired by Warner Bros. to direct the 3-D CG/live action YOGI BEAR film, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

The classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon was originally set to be a 2-D film and had SURF'S UP director Ash Brannon attached. Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia will write the screenplay. Donald De Line and Karen Rosenfelt will produce with Jon Berg overseeing for WB.

Headline News New Sales for Franny's Feet

DECODE Enterprises, the distribution subsidiary of DHX Media, has scored further deals for its property FRANNY'S FEET (52x22 or 104x11) including sales into new territories.

Disney Channel U.K. has licensed season three and renewed its commitment to the first two seasons. In addition, Italy's RAI has picked up all three seasons with RTV Slovenia renewing season one and TV3 Catalunya in Spain and IRIB in Iran acquiring seasons one and two. The deal with RAI was brokered through Gary Kallenbach.

Headline News Bakugan Getting Videogame Treatment

Activision Publishing and Corus Ent.'s Nelvana Enterprises will develop and distribute video games based on the toy and action animated television series BAKUGAN. The first BAKUGAN game will be released for Wii, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2 in fall 2009.

Headline News Sketching in Modern Toss on IFC

MODERN TOSS, a partially-animated, distinctly adult British comedy complete with gross-out moments, profanity and inappropriate cartoon characters was created by former journalists Mick Bunnage and Jon Link based on their comic and website also dubbed MODERN TOSS. This hilarious mutant television offspring that grew out of UK Channel 4's famed comedy lab anthology series will soon run rampant across the world of pop culture on IFC.

Headline News Finalists for Cartoon Movie Tributes 2009 Announced

The European Association of Animation Film has announced this week the nominees selected for the Cartoon Movie Tributes 2009, one of the most prestigious prizes in the world of animation. Created in 2001, the awards for best director, distributor and producer of the year seek to reward companies and personalities who have contributed to the development of European animation over the last year.

Headline News CNE Signs New Hardline, Softline Partners for Bakugan

Cartoon Network Enterprise (CNE) will have an extended hardlines and softlines program for the BAKUGAN brand. The consumer products options for young battle brawlers everywhere will soon be expanded in to all new categories as CNE, Nelvana's exclusive U.S. licensing agent for BAKUGAN, has signed partners to extend "Baku-mania" in to new hardlines categories and add to the tremendous success of the master toy line from Spin Master.

Headline News Marvel Super Hero Squad to Hero up with Cartoon Network U.S.

Cartoon Network has picked up 26 episodes of the new MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD animated series to debut on the network in late 2009. MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD is an action-packed show featuring super-stylized versions of its most popular characters including Captain America, Silver Surfer, Hulk, Wolverine and Iron Man.

Headline News CNE Names New Partners for Ben 10 Alien Force at Toy Fair

As one of the top-selling brands in the boys' action space, BEN 10 ALIEN FORCE will welcome three new partners in the hardlines space. Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE), the licensing and merchandising arm of the kids cable network, has signed Basic Fun, The Canadian Group and Dynatch to the brand and each will create a range of products for the hit Cartoon Network original series.

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