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Universal Unveils First International Blu-ray Lineup

Universal Pictures International Entertainment announced plans to release 29 titles on Blu-ray for the first time, unveiling a line-up of the year's most anticipated film and television content to be made available on the next generation high definition disc.

This major international debut, part of Universal's global Blu-ray rollout, begins on August 26 with the release of the top-rated, critically acclaimed NBC phenomenon HEROES Season 2. The announcement was made today by Eddie Cunningham, President of Universal Pictures International Entertainment.

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Universal And Dark Horse Sign Deal

Universal Pictures and indie comic book company Dark Horse Entertainment have signed a worldwide production and distribution agreement, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

Universal is now the studio home of Dark Horse, which is one of the largest comic book companies outside of Marvel and DC.

It has access to all Dark Horse characters, properties and any material Dark Horse acquires on its own.

In return, Dark Horse projects have financial backing and a distribution entity.

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They’re Game: Universal Cuts Deal with Hasbro

Universal Pictures and Hasbro announced a six-year partnership to make at least four feature films based on Hasbros board games and branded properties, VARIETY reports.


DreamWorks and Paramounts summer hit TRANSFORMERS (also a Hasbro property) paved the way for a sequel and the deal between Hasbro and Universal.

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Universal Finds New Wolfman Helmer

Universal Pictures has hired Joe Johnston, helmer of JURASSIC PARK III and THE ROCKETEER, to step into the empty director's chair on WOLFMAN, after the original director, Mark Romanek, left the project last week, reports VARIETY. Production is set to begin in London in March. Romanek left the project suddenly over budgetary issues.

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Unrated Battlestar Galactica: Razor Available on DVD

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: RAZOR UNRATED EXTENDED EDITION, arrives in stores today (Dec. 4) from Universal Studios Home Ent. ($26.98).

THE BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: RAZOR UNRATED EXTENDED EDITION DVD contains an extended version of the two-hour broadcast event on SCI FI that includes all-new characters and more action and vfx than any previous episode in the popular series, as well as behind-the-scenes interviews with the series' creators.

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S4 Studios Goes to Xtremes for Universal HD Series Promo

S4 Studios has completed a new :20 3D-animated and live-action branding promo for Universal HD's XTREME SPORTS ZONE bloc of extreme sports programming. Directed and produced by S4 co-owner Geoffrey Kater for the client team of NBC Universal HD's SVP of Emerging Networks Dan Harrison and Director of On-Air Promotion Sarah Pierce, the initial promotions are focused on new series JEEP'S WORLD OF ADVENTURE SPORTS and the AST DEW TOUR.

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NBCU Goes to Jupiter for Japanese Sci Fi

NBC Universal Inc. and Jupiter Telecommunications Co., Ltd. have signed an agreement for NBC Universal to acquire Jupiter Telecommunications' subsidiary company JSBC2, and launch Sci Fi Channel on J:COM.

Under the terms of the agreement, NBC Universal will acquire 100% of the equity of Jupiter Telecommunications' subsidiary company JSBC2, which currently holds the broadcasting license for Reality TV on the SkyperfecTV platform in Japan. The deal is expected to close in April 2008.

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Universal Starts Production on Scorpion King DTD

Universal's direct-to-DVD feature THE SCORPION KING: RISE OF THE AKKADIAN has commenced principal photography in Capetown, South Africa. Universal Studios Home Ent. Family Prods. is co-producing with Film Afrika and ApolloMovie. Universal Studios Home Ent. is distributing on DVD in 2008.

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Nelvana Inks Home Entertainment Deal with Universal

Universal Studios Home Ent. Canada and Nelvana Enterprises announced today a seven-year sales services agreement with a potential two-year extension, beginning in fall 2007. The terms of the deal will see Universal manufacture, market and sell five properties on DVD for Nelvana Enterprises in Canada, including JANE AND THE DRAGON, GROSSOLOGY, DI-GATA DEFENDERS, RUBY GLOOM and a feature-length FRANKLIN movie. In all, the deal represents more than 150 episodes.

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Universal Goes Ahead with Land of the Lost

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, October 10, 2007 at 12:00am

Universal has greenlit a bigscreen adaptation of Sid & Marty Krofft's LAND OF THE LOST, starring Will Ferrell, says VARIETY. Production will start in March.

Chris Henchy and Dennis McNicholas adapted the script, which follows a disgraced paleontologist, his assistant and a manly tour guide as they are teleported to a prehistoric world where dinosaurs, monkey people and reptilian Sleestaks live.

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Fury Catches Fire at Universal

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 12:00am

Universal has snatched up Leonard Hartman's action spec script FURY in a mid-six figure deal, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Scott Stuber and Mary Parent will produce out of their Stuber/Parent company.

The contemporary thriller follows a group of special-forces officers as they encounter supernatural events.

Jon Moan, who brought the project to Stuber/Parent, will shepherd for the company with Jeff Kirschenbaum doing the same for Universal.

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Unrated Battlestar Galactica: Razor Coming to DVD

In a first, fans of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA will be able to vote for their favorite DVD packaging of the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: RAZOR UNRATED EXTENDED EDITION, which will be released Dec. 4 (Universal Studios Home Ent., $26.98). This follows the Nov. 24 premiere of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: RAZOR on SCI FI Channel. The website will display a selection of three choices for fans to cast their votes now through 12:00 am midnight PST on Sept. 7. The final selection will be posted Sept. 14 on the site.

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Johnson Moves Up to EVP at Universal

Bret Johnson has been promoted to EVP, physical production at Universal Pictures, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Johnson, who has held various posts at Universal since joining the studio in 1988, will continue to work with filmmakers on all aspects of physical production, including scheduling, budgeting, hiring crews and managing day-to-day production.

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Bromstad New NBC Universal Int'l TV Production Chief

Angela Bromstad has been upped to president, International Television Production, NBC Universal International, based in London. Heading the newly created division as of Sept. 1, 2007, Bromstad will lead television production and strategic TV content partnerships across all territories and will be responsible for driving NBC Universal's international growth through increased local production, geographical expansion and new business creation.

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Universal Introduces Woody Woodpecker and Friends to DVD

Making its DVD debut uncut and digitally re-mastered is a Walter Lantz treasure trove: THE WOODY WOODPECKER AND FRIENDS CLASSIC CARTOON COLLECTION (Universal Studios Home Ent., $39.98), which lands on store shelves July 24, 2007. The three-disc collection features 75 zany adventures, including eight Academy Award-nominated shorts, and offers more than an one hour of vintage bonus materials, such as the doc "Walter, Woody and the World of Animation," behind-the-scenes footage and a full episode of THE WOODY WOODPECKER SHOW.

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Cowboys & Aliens Play on the Silver Screen

DreamWorks and Universal Pictures are teaming to make a live-action adaptation of the graphic novel COWBOYS & ALIENS.

Imagine partners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard and Platinum Studios chairman/ceo Scott Mitchell Rosenberg with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are set to produce. Ervin Rustemagic and Rich Marincic will be co-producers. IRON MAN writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby are penning the screenplay.

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Harry Potter Theme Park Coming to Universal Orlando

Warner Bros. Ent. Inc. and Universal Orlando Resort are partnering to create the world's first fully immersive HARRY POTTER themed environment based on the bestselling books by J.K. Rowling and feature films from Warner Bros. Envisioned as a "theme park within a theme park" and titled "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter," the new environment will become part of the experience within Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park at the Universal Orlando Resort.

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Universal Hires Grass as Int'l Pres, Pacts with Night Watch Director on Toons

Universal Pictures has confirmed that, beginning in October 2007, Christian Grass will become president of the studio's new international production arm at Universal Pictures International (UPI).

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The Simpsons Ride to Open In Both Orlando & Hollywood

Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson -- stars of TV's longest running series, THE SIMPSONS, will ride along with guests in a new mega-attraction opening at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood in spring 2008.

Guests will experience a side of Springfield previously unexplored as they enjoy the new ride's interpretation of the thrill rides, dark rides and "live" shows that make up a new fantasy amusement park dreamed up by the show's cantankerous Krusty the Clown.

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Universal Brings Woody Woodpecker and Friends to DVD

Coming to DVD uncut and digitally remastered is a Walter Lantz treasure trove: THE WOODY WOODPECKER AND FRIENDS CLASSIC CARTOON COLLECTION lands on store shelves July 24, 2007, from Universal Studios Home Ent. The three-disc collection priced at $39.98 features 75 zany adventures, including eight Academy Award-nominated shorts, and offers more than an one hour of vintage bonus materials, such as the doc "Walter, Woody and the World of Animation," behind-the-scenes footage and a full episode of THE WOODY WOODPECKER SHOW.

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Acclaimed Children of Men Now on DVD

One of last year's gems, CHILDREN OF MEN, the riveting futuristic thriller from director Alfonso Cuarón, comes to DVD and HD-DVD on March 27, 2007 (Universal Studios Home Ent., $29.98). No stranger to vfx after HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN, Cuarón elicits superb seamless work from London's Double Negative and Framestore CFC in crafting a bleak, naturalistic vision of London in 2027.

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Universal Buys International DVD Rights To Bernard

Universal Pictures Int'l Ent. has just bought the international DVD rights to the first 52-episode season of BERNARD. This deal for producer BRB Internacional represents the first time that the Spanish company has entered into such a wide-ranging alliance covering so many countries. Universal has also acquired mobile rights to BERNARD in the U.K.

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Battlestar Producer Re-Signs First Look with NBC Universal

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA exec producer David Eick has resigned his first-look agreement with NBC Universal, reports VARIETY. Despite the deal with NBC Universal, he has set up a host of projects in various stages at various studios, including Fox thriller THEM, two projects with FX, projects with SCI FI Channel and a miniseries with Lifetime. With NBC, he is overseeing the re-imagining of THE BIONIC WOMAN.