Paul Giamatti (SIDEWAYS), David Hyde Pierce (FRASIER) and Molly Shannon (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE) will lend their voice talents to SCI FI Channel's AMAZING SCREW-ON HEAD. Currently in production, this humorously quirky animated pilot is slated to premiere in 2006.
GERRY ANDERSONS NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET, the 3D-animated TV series currently airing in the U.K. and picked up for U.S. distribution by Sony Pictures Television, marks the first entertainment project completed with Vicons four-million pixel MX40 motion capture cameras.
Nickelodeon has ordered 20 new episodes of MISS SPIDER'S SUNNY PATCH FRIENDS, a 3D animated co-production from Nelvana/Absolute Pictures, which airs weekdays on Nick Jr. at 10:00 am. The series is based on the beloved book series by David Kirk (published by Callaway & Kirk).
"Miss Spider's message of friendship and kindness to fellow bugs is an important one for all of us ... bug or human!" said Brown Johnson, exec creative director, Nickelodeon Preschool Television. "It's great to be working with Nelvana and David Kirk on another season of this beautiful series."
Kids WB! has ordered 26 episodes of the anime/action/comedy series, VIEWTIFUL JOE, from Geneon Entertainment, which will air during the 2005-2006 broadcast season on Saturday mornings. VIEWTIFUL JOE is one of Japans hottest television series
NBC Universal will present an unprecedented motion picture preview as all nine of its networks simultaneously telecast the world premiere of the first trailer for Universal Pictures' KING KONG, on Monday, June 27, 2005, from 8:59:30-9:02 pm ET.
Issues about remarriage are sweetly addressed in a special primetime episode of Playhouse Disney's hit series for preschoolers, JOJO'S CIRCUS premiering June 20, 2005, at 7:30 pm on the Disney Channel. Erik Estrada is the voice of groom-to-be, Mr. Muscles, and sings an original song with lyrics written by Kathie Lee Gifford in this stop-motion episode A Circus Town Wedding.
Two short-form series, the new SHANE'S KINDERGARTEN COUNTDOWN (a spinoff of the popular SHANNA'S SHOW) and new installments of ADVENTURES IN NUTRITION WITH CAPTAIN CARLOS, premiered June 20 during Playhouse Disney's new "Breakfast with Bear" hour on Disney Channel. The programming block will now air weekdays from 7:00-8:00 am.
The art direction and gags in the new animated new comedy, DISNEYS THE BUZZ ON MAGGIE, from Walt Disney Television Animation, may leave viewers bug-eyed like the design of its insect stars in a series that is quite a departure for the Disney Channel. The show debuted June 17, 2005, at 8:00 pm and now airs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on the channels weekend block at 5:30 pm.
Lucasfilm has sent out a letter to potential network buyers inviting bids for the TV broadcast rights to the STAR WARS film franchise, reports VARIETY. The price tag for the six-film series could go as high as $50 million.
The Tampa-based animation studio Tri-Dimensional Animation Studio has completed production on THE STORY TELLER CAFÉ Episode 5 for the Christian Broadcast Network. THE STORY TELLER CAFÉ is the first of 10 episodes the network hired Tri-Dimensional Studios to continue production on, in its successful and award-winning childrens animated series.
FIREFLY, the critically-acclaimed space western from BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER creator Joss Whedon and Twentieth Television, is re-ignited on SCI FI. The channel will present the action adventure series 14 episodes, including three previously unaired in order, beginning July 22 at 7:00 pm. The show will lead into SCI FI's successful SCI FI Friday lineup.
Though short-lived, FIREFLY earned a devoted following which has resulted in the upcoming feature film SERENITY from Universal Pictures, slated for theatrical release on Sept. 30, 2005.
Nicktoons has announced that Digital-Tutors has joined the lineup of sponsors for the 2005 NEXTOONS: THE NICKTOONS FILM FESTIVAL. Digital-Tutors, a creative training development company based in Oklahoma City, is providing several prizes to 2005 film festival winners and entries placing in the top 10.
Beginning June 13, 2005, Jetix will kick off a Super Summer of Heroes, an on-air and online programming event that includes the premiere of the popular 1990s animated series THE TICK and the return of FANTASTIC FOUR to ABC Familys Jetix block. Jetix airs evenings on Toon Disney and mornings on ABC Family, seven days a week.
The FAIRLY ODDPARENTS special to air June 10, 2005 at 8:00 pm on Nickelodeon will be music to the ears of big musical and series fans as the animated gang breaks into song after song for an hour in "Schools Out! The Musical." There is a ton of music in this ambitious special, 11 musical numbers, ranging from pop to rap to classic show tunes. The show takes place on the last day of school in Dimsdale, as Timmy Turner and his friends want to start summer vacation. The show repeats June 11 at 7:00 pm and June 12 at 4:00 pm.
PorchLight Entertainment will produce a new season of JAY JAY THE JET PLANE episodes that will include an interactive mystery element and a new Latina airplane character friend for Jay Jay.
FUNimation Prods. has acquired North American rights for the 24-episode BASILISK anime series produced by Gonzo Digimation, reports ICv2.com. Based on the manga by Futaro Yamada and Masaki Segawa published by Kodansha, the show mixes aspects of the ninja and horror genre with a ROMEO & JULIET romance between the leaders of two mutant ninja clans. Set in the early 17th Century, BASILISK can also be seen as a new take on the martial arts "tournament" genre since ten representatives from two ninja clans fight to the death.
Noga Communications and Pil Animation have launched a new 26x2 series, JUST A MINUTE. Noga will be attending Annecy and MIFA with the project.
This animated show provides kids 6-12 with core knowledge in nature, science, architecture and history. Each clip presents at least five interesting facts on any given subject. For example, the program's viewers will learn why it is that Leonardo da Vinci wrote backwards, or why the Food Chain should not be confused with a fast-food joint.
Warner Bros. Animation and the Kids WB! announced the all-star voice cast for the Looney Tunes-inspired series, LOONATICS UNLEASHED, set to debut on Kids WB! in fall 2005. Headlining the ensemble cast for the series are Emmy Award-winning Rob Paulsen (PINKY & THE BRAIN, ANIMANIACS), Emmy Award-nominated Kevin Michael Richardson (THE BATMAN, THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS), Charlie Schlatter (DIAGNOSIS MURDER, FERRIS BUELLER), Jason Marsden (SPIRITED AWAY, STATIC SHOCK), Candi Milo (¡MUCHA LUCHA!, DEXTERS LABORATORY) and newcomer Jessica DiCicco (THE BUZZ ON MAGGIE).
Its Fathers Day and TELETOON pays tribute to dads everywhere with special daddy dearest programming on Sunday, June 19 including:
* ATOMIC BETTY 9:30 am The Really Big Game/And the Winner Is
In The Really Big Game, Betty and her Dad are competing in a fishing derby with Penelope and her father. But Betty gets called into space, because DeGill has been captured by his old nemesis, the big game hunter, Pontifadora the Conquistadora. Betty must help DeGill in time to return to the fishing derby.
Nicktoons, Nickelodeons 24-hour animation network, announced pop-culture icon Mark Hamill (STAR WARS) has signed on to judge the networks 2nd annual NEXTOONS: THE NICKTOONS FILM FESTIVAL.
In June, the Kids' WB! will air the wild and wacky "Pillow Head Hour," the premiere of new JACKIE CHAN ADVENTURES and the return of THE BATMAN for a two-week mission on the Monday-Friday lineup.
Canada's YTV will be holding a FAIRLY ODDPARENTS marathon and superhero themed programming block during June.
YTV will air four back-to-back episodes of THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS to honor the beginning of summer vacation, on Thursday, June 23, beginning at 4:00 pm.
Beginning Saturday, June 4, YTV will kick off its month long superhero programming. On June 12, HOLLYWOODS 10 BEST SUPERHEROES will countdown the best movie superheroes in history at 7:00 p.m.
SCI FI Channel will start production on the six-hour miniseries THE TRIANGLE this week, in Cape Town, South Africa. Starring Eric Stoltz (PULP FICTION, MASK), Catherine Bell (JAG, BRUCE ALMIGHTY), Michael Rodgers (AUTO FOCUS), Bruce Davison (X-MEN) and Sam Neill (JURASSIC PARK), THE TRIANGLE is helmed by Craig Baxley (KINGDOM HOSPITAL). Hollywood's sci-fi standouts Dean Devlin (INDEPENDENCE DAY) and Bryan Singer (X-MEN) will exec produce with Devlin's Electric Ent. producing.
Rights management company Target Entertainment, acting as agent for Chapman Entertainment, has signed new TV deals for FIFI AND THE FLOWERTOTS in Asia and the Middle East. Target reps the stop-motion series from Chapman Ent., which continues to impress buyers across the globe, taking root in 42 territories that have picked up the rights to the TV series since its launch at MIPCOM 2004.
G4 - videogame TV, the only 24/7 television network dedicated to videogames, and San Francisco-based Mondo Media, an award-winning production studio that creates animated entertainment for online, DVDs and videogames; announced they are forming a strategic partnership to co-produce content including shorts, series and promos for distribution on G4s air, online and through other new media outlets such as VOD.