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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
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.