In a landmark agreement, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced that its animated series NARUTO Shippuden has been acquired by Disney-ABC Cable Networks Group for debut on Disney XD (www.DisneyXD.com) television channel beginning in October.
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Press Release from Studio100 Media GmbH Munich, July 29, 2009 -- Studio100 Media GmbH has signed a buy-out agreement with Waldemar Bonsels Foundation for the endearing classic MAYA THE BEE. Studio100 Media already holds all exploitation rights including TV, Video, VOD and merchandising to the existing animated series of 104 episodes produced in 1975 and to the 1977 animated feature film.
Press Release from VIZ Media, LLC
San Francisco, CA, July 20, 2009 -- VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, will publish a series of new releases based on Ponyo, the new animated film from Studio Ghibli and Academy Award-winning director and world-renowned Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki.
Press Release from Switchover Media
Following The Walt Disney Company's rebranding announcement of Jetix channels within the end of 2009, the Italian Jetix Management -- led by Managing Director Francesco Nespega -- who carried on the Jetix business for the past 9 years since April 2000, approached Disney with an acquisition proposal for TV channels GXT and K2, both exclusively available in the Italian market where they were launched in May 2005 and July 2009, respectively.
Press Release from Classic Media
NEW YORK, NY (June 2, 2009) -- Classic Media, a global media company and home to popular Halloween, Christmas and Easter brands, announced today that it will launch new consumer products programs for its seasonal portfolio: SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN, an original Christmas classic; CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST, the official Ambassador of Halloween; and #1 Chief Easter Bunny, PETER COTTONTAIL.
Press Release from IFC
THE WRONG DOOR, a CGI enhanced distinctly adult British sketch comedy created by Jack Cheshire (NOT TONIGHT WITH JOHN SERGEANT) and Ben Wheatley (MODERN TOSS) is coming to IFC beginning June 9 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. Thirty-minute episodes of this six-part series will air as part of IFC's Tuesday night AUTOMAT programming block.
Press Release from Studio100
Munich, May 11, 2009 -- Belgian media company Studio100 has merged its German subsidiaries Studio100 Media N.V. & Co. KG, EM.Entertainment GmbH and Junior.TV GmbH & Co.KG. Since April 19, 2009 all three companies are now trading under the name of Studio100 Media GmbH. In July 2008 Studio100 took over the children's and youth entertainment unit of EM.Sport Media AG (now known as Constantin Medien AG) when it acquired EM.Entertainment and Junior.TV GmbH & Co.KG.
C21 MEDIA reports that what was formerly Entertainment Rights will operate as Classic Media. Subsidiaries Classic Media and Big Idea were acquired last month by Boomerang Media and private equity group GTCR.
Big Idea, owner of the VEGGIE TALES line, will continue to operate under its own name. Boomerang is under the management of Eric Ellenbogen and John Engelman, who founded Classic Media.
Boomerang plans to invest $200 million in equity capital into ER's franchises, which include CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST and HE-MAN.
Press Release from Ascent Media Group
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Digital Intermediate (DI) Colorist Scott Gregory, whose credits include such films as TWILIGHT, LAKEVIEW TERRACE, DISTURBIA and THE BUCKET LIST, has joined Ascent Media's Company 3. Gregory will be based out of Company 3's facility on Arizona Avenue in Santa Monica, where he will focus exclusively on DI work for feature films. His first project will be THE MAD COW, an independent feature from directors Jamie Bradshaw and Alexander Doulerain.
Press Release from VIZ Media, LLC
San Francisco, CA, APRIL 24, 2009 -- VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, brings the latest action-packed English dubbed episodes of BLEACH to Adult Swim. Beginning with episodes 110 and 111 of the Arrancar story arc, Adult Swim premiered two new BLEACH episodes back-to-back on Saturday, April 18th and will continue air two new back-to-back episodes each week.
Press Release from VIZ Media
San Francisco, CA April 20, 2009 -- VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, continues to expand the global audience base for its successful NARUTO animated series with a continuing terrestrial broadcast partnership with SBT (Sistema Brasileiro de Televisao), one of the largest television networks in Brazil.
Press Release from Studio100 Media GmbH
Munich, April 14, 2009 -- Studio100 Media GmbH, a subsidiary of Belgium's leading family entertainment group Studio100 and the BBC children's channel CBeebies announced today that they have secured a deal for the pre-school animation series ZIGBY.
Real Media recently completed post-production on an extended video promotion for author Julie Garwood's new novel FIRE AND ICE. Garwood has more than 35 million books in print and has been on the NEW YORK TIMES Best Sellers List more than thirty-five times. One of her previous novels, FOR THE ROSES, was turned into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie of the week starring Jennifer Garner.
C21MEDIA is reporting that Entertainment Rights is now going into administration, selling its U.K. and U.S. subsidiaries to Boomerang Media. Boomerang is a U.S.-based group founded by the founders of its subsidiary, Classic Media.
ER said in a statement, "Despite the financial support of the group's lender, the group has been unable to achieve a solvent restructuring of the company," and has appointed administrators Nicholas Guy Edwards and Carlton Malcolm Siddle of Deloitte, effective immediately.
Avid Technology has addressed customer requests for native support of the Sony XDCAM format, a groundbreaking 3-D stereoscopic workflow and the "death of the dongle," with the release of Avid Media Composer (v3.5), Symphony (v 3.5) and NewsCutter (v 7.5) software. In addition to an innovative new architecture designed to make these Avid solutions more open, the latest version of the software delivers a variety of new features that enable customers to take advantage of:
-- More streamlined and efficient HD audio and video workflows
C21 MEDIA reports that U.K. global entertainment media company Entertainment Rights is in advanced negotiations with bidders to sell the company's subsidiaries and assets.
Corel Corporation has released Corel Painter 11, the newest edition of the painting and illustration software. With more than 40 new and enhanced features, Painter 11 provides the most inventive drawing and painting tools available, making it the ultimate art studio for those ready to expand their definition of creativity.