Home video releases for May 19 include A BUG'S LIFE on Blu-ray, the 20th anniversary edition of BATMAN on Blu-ray, the DVD/Blu-ray release of VALKYRIE, ENEMY AT THE GATES and PAYCHECK on Blu-ray, two volumes of classic 1960s and '70s cartoons, season seven of 24 and season one of TRUE BLOOD on DVD/Blu-ray and more.
Press Release from DECODE Enterprises
Toronto, London 13 May 2009. Leading kids and family entertainment specialist DECODE Enterprises, the distribution subsidiary of DHX Media Ltd., has scored further deals in Asia for KID VS KAT (52x11' / 26x22'), an animated series produced by Studio B Productions in association with YTV Canada and Jetix Europe.
Press Release from Rebel Rebel / Blue Zoo
Award-winning animation studio Blue-Zoo Productions today announces a strategic re-brand for its advertising work under the name Rebel Rebel. Comprising of Blue-Zoo's team of in-house creatives and leading 3D talent, Rebel Rebel offers bespoke and high-quality character animation to the advertising world. Commercial representation is continued by Dept.A at HSI London.
Due to overbooking an event honoring Milt Kahl last month, the Academy will host an encore presentation on June 30, reports Cartoon Brew.
The screening on video will be held Tuesday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Linwood Dunn Theater at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. Free parking can be found behind the building if you enter on Homewood. The event is free but reservations are required.
Press Release from Nick India
Mumbai 4 May 2009: As kids merry make and enjoy their summer picnics and have loads of fun! It's also time for them to indulge in some shopping. Nick and Only Kidz announce the launch of a whole new range of Tableware and Back To School range with the most loved Nicktoon DORA THE EXPLORER!
Press Release from LucasArts
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- May 11, 2009 -- Fans of the popular STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS TV series can continue the battle for galactic peace this September in an all-new videogame from LucasArts and Krome Studios. Based on the Cartoon Network series and collaborating directly with Lucasfilm Animation, STAR WARS THE CLONE WARS: REPUBLIC HEROES allows players to take up arms on behalf of the noble Galactic Republic, while pursuing the mysterious bounty hunter Cad Bane and combating the all-new Skakoan super villain Kul Teska.
Classic STAR TREK series and films make their Blu-ray debut, plus the first season of CSI on Blu-ray, classic Disney animated shorts collections on DVD, GALAXY QUEST Deluxe Edition on DVD, THE GRUDGE on Blu-ray, LICENCE TO KILL and THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN on Blu-ray and more.
BLEACH Volume 16 on DVD
Press Release from Cartoon Network Enterprises
Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) announced today it has been named exclusive North American licensing agent for the hit Fresh TV Inc. television franchise TOTAL DRAMA. The deal marks the expansion of a successful relationship between Cartoon Network and CAKE that builds on a record-breaking first season broadcast run of 2008's TOTAL DRAMA ISLAND, as well as the online success of its interactive website.
Press Release from 9 Story Entertainment
TORONTO, CANADA, April 27, 2009 -- Toronto-based production studio 9 Story Entertainment today announced that children's programming producer Liliana Vogt has been named Vice President, Development for the award-winning animation, production and distribution company.
IESB reports that Todd McFarlane is in negotiations to produce another SPAWN film. McFarlane said that he hopes to write and direct the new film. Offers for the film have been put out to five studios with budgets ranging from big tentpole releases to indie sized productions. McFarlane is leaning toward the smaller film, which would be "creepy."
Cartoon Network Enterprises will work with Del Rey Manga to develop graphic novels based on the animated adventure series THE SECRET SATURDAYS, reports KIDSCREEN.
The first title is set to debut in September, with volume two coming before the end of the year. Featuring detailed, full-color stills from the series, the SATURDAYS comics will follow the same format as those based on BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE and BAKUGAN BATTLE BRAWLERS.
Press Release from Cartoon Network
Chris Waldron has been promoted to the position of vice president, gaming operations for Cartoon Network, it was announced today by Paul Condolora, senior vice president, digital for Turner Broadcasting's Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media group. Waldron is now responsible for overseeing Cartoon Network's game development studio, game production, and overall games strategy for Cartoon Network Digital. Waldron is based in Atlanta and reports directly to Condolora.
Press Release from Breakthrough Entertainment
TORONTO (April 27, 2009) -- Breakthrough Entertainment announced today that they have licensed the children's animated series, JIMMY TWO-SHOES, to Cartoon Network in Asia and Australia. The announcement was made today by Craig McGillivray, Sales Executive.
For April 28, home vid releases include AMERICAN DAD! Volume 4, season one of STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES on Blu-ray, THE DA VINCI CODE on Blu-ray, a Looney Tunes cartoon collection, two volumes of X-MEN the animated series on DVD and more.
AMERICAN DAD! Vol. 4 on DVD
Press Release from Hasbro
G.I. JOE: RESOLUTE, an adult fan oriented animated mini-series, will be broadcast via Cartoon Network's Adult Swim on television as well as online. Based on the classic G.I. JOE brand, Hasbro created 60 minutes of total content for this new, stand-alone story which will be presented as 11 episodes.
Press Release from Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network announced today that rocker Andrew W.K. will host the new heavy duty destruction and demolition competition show DESTROY BUILD DESTROY. Andrew W.K., popular musician, television star and motivational performer, will moderate the mayhem between two teams as they take charge of demolition and construction. DESTROY BUILD DESTROY will premiere this summer as part of Cartoon Network's new block of alternative live-action series.
Press Release from PorchLight Entertainment
Los Angeles -- April 20 -- Rick Eldridge has joined PorchLight Entertainment's Board of Directors, it was announced today by PorchLight's CEO, Bruce Johnson.
"With over 30 years in the entertainment business as a musician, producer, director and entrepreneur, Rick knows how to make projects happen," said Johnson. "PorchLight is moving in new directions and Rick gives us access to new people, places and ideas that can aid in our expansion."
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.
CAPRICA on DVD
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.