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NATPE News: SPTI’s Astro Boy Premieres In U.S. NATPE Weekend

Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) big animated series, ASTRO BOY, premieres on the Kids WB! in the U.S. Jan. 17, 2004, the day before the NATPE exhibit floor opens. ASTRO BOY and CYBORG 009 are amongst a diverse slate from SPTI, which includes STEPHEN KING'S KINGDOM HOSPITAL, JOAN OF ARCADIA, MISSING and THE RESIDENTS, MACHOS and POOR ANASTASIA. SPTI will be located off the floor in the Venetian Hotel, Casanova Room 504.

Anime Headline News

NATPE News: Anime Net Prez On VOD Panel, Seeks Product

A newcomer to NATPE, Anime Network president Kevin Corcoran will join fellow industry leaders in a discussion on Video On Demand. He will also be looking for more product to add to the A. D. Vision catalog and shows to air on his network, at booth 1242.

Television Headline News

Sci Fi Channel to Air Tribune Ent.'s Andromeda and BeastMaster

Sci Fi Channel and Tribune Ent. Co. have entered into a program license agreement for the GENE RODDENBERRY'S ANDROMEDA, starring Kevin Sorbo. In addition to presenting the fifth and final season of ANDROMEDA (with VFX by Northwest Imaging & FX, Rainmaker Digital Pictures and Lost Boys Studios) next fall as an original series, Sci Fi will also have the television rights to the series' first four seasons. The Tribune deal also includes all 66 episodes of BEASTMASTER, starring Daniel Goddard and Monika Schnarre, which will begin airing sometime in 2004 exclusively on Sci Fi.

Series Headline News

NATPE News: TVS Trotts To NATPE With Angelic Animated Series

The Orlando-based Television Syndication Co. (TVS) and Pausoka, the Spanish co-producers of the 26 episode animated series, CLOUD TROTTERS -- which is drawing large audiences and raves in Europe -- have inked an exclusive distribution agreement that calls for TVS to distribute the English language version of the series in the USA and other English speaking countries of the world. TVS will introduce CLOUD TROTTERS to broadcasters at the upcoming NATPE 2004.

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NATPE News: CABLEready To Run 11th Annual NATPE Food Drive

CABLEreadys NATPE Food Project will mark its 11th year of community service this January 2004 by again encouraging exhibitors to donate leftover food from show booths and parties to the Community Food Bank of Clark County. This industry volunteer effort was launched in 1993 by Gary Lico, president/ceo of the international program distribution and development company, after he noticed the amount of food wasted each year at the annual convention.

Anime Headline News

ADV Films Acquires New Fist of the North Star Anime

ADV Films has acquired the exclusive home video and broadcast rights for the new FIST OF THE NORTH STAR trilogy, a modern animated series based on the world-renowned FIST OF THE NORTH STAR manga. Anime Network is planning a broadcast run of the new trilogy to support the upcoming home video release.

Channel Headline News

Dragon Storm Debuts Jan. 24 on Sci Fi Channel

Travel back to medieval times, where alien dragons are transported inside an earth-bound meteor, in DRAGON STORM, the two-hour original feature airing on Sci Fi Channel on Jan. 24, 2004 at 9:00 pm. John Rhys-Davies (THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy) stars along with Maxwell Caulfield and Angel Boris. Stephen Furst (ANIMAL HOUSE) directs.

Two enemy kingdoms must unite and, following the lead of a reclusive hunter (Caulfield), fight off the beasts before they scorch the countryside bare. VFX were provided by UFO.

Disney Headline News

Cram Session For Teacher’s Pet

Toon Disney is giving viewers a chance to do their homework on DISNEYS TEACHERS PET before the feature film hits theaters on Jan. 16, 2004. The Disney cable outlet is presenting a special four-hour marathon on Jan. 11 from 8:00 to noon, featuring eight consecutive episodes of the critically acclaimed animated TV series, produced by Walt Disney Television Animation.

Cartoon Headline News

Witch Hunter Robin Joins Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim

Cartoon Network has added the gothic anime series, WITCH HUNTER ROBIN, to its Adult Swim lineup. Beginning Feb. 16, 2004, the show will air Monday-Thursday at midnight.

Set in present-day Japan where witches abuse their supernatural powers, a special team, lead by the flame conjurer Robin, hunts this new threat with a blend of technology, forensic science and supernatural powers. The series is directed by animé veteran Shukou Murase, who served as character designer for GUNDAM WING and ARGENTOSOMA.

Headline News

Diablo Animation Studios Colors Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Dancing Diablo is collaborating with 4Kids for a third season of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES television series since its premiere on FOX. It has styled and painted backgrounds for 26 episodes that premiered February 2003, is finishing the last of 26 episodes for the second season and is embarking on 13 more episodes.

Series Headline News

DIC Sweeps Up Int’l Sales With Teenage Witch Sabrina

DIC Ent. is sweeping up some big international sales with its TOTALLY SABRINA package of 90 half-hour episodes to broadcasters in the U.K., Europe, Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Canada.

Headline News

Kellogg's Mud & Bugs and Lego Explore Are Charter Sponsors On NOGGIN

NOGGIN, the commercial-free, educational network for preschoolers, is taking on charter sponsorships from two of Starcom's key clients, Kellogg's Mud & Bugs and Lego Explore.

"We are thrilled that Starcom sees sponsorship on NOGGIN as a smart complement to advertising opportunities on Nick Jr.," said Jim Perry, svp, advertising sales, Nickelodeon.

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Brak’s Crazy Dad Hosts Cartoon Network’s New Year’s Eve Bash

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, December 31, 2003 at 12:00am

To ring in the new year, Adult Swim, Cartoon Networks highly rated block of animation for adults, will feature a New Years Eve party at Braks house on Dec. 31, from 11:00 pm 2:00 am, featuring all-new episodes of Adult Swims original series.

Studio Headline News

Kid Jokes to be Featured in Yakkity Yak Contest

Vancouver-based animation house Studio B will give 20 Canadian kids a chance to see their best jokes delivered by TELETOONs animated star Yakkity Yak. YAKKITY YAK follows the day-to-day trails and tribulations of Yakkity Yak, a teenage yak who dreams of becoming a stand-up comedian.

"Yakkity Yak has a can-do attitude, and a quirky view of the world," said Blair Peters, co-founder and partner, Studio B Productions. "We're looking for kids who have the same attitude and sense of humor."

Headline News

Teen Titans Returns with New Season Jan. 10

The members of the TEEN TITANS are back on Cartoon Network for a second season starting on Jan. 10, 2004 at 9:00 pm. TEEN TITANS, a half-hour action-adventure animated series based on the popular DC Comics series, debuted on Cartoon Network in July 2003 and became an instant hit.

Headline News

Boomerang Offers Jonny Quest New Year Marathon

Boomerang, Cartoon Network's 24-hour commercial-free classic animation network, will greet the new year with a full-day marathon on New Year's Eve (Dec. 31, starting at 8:00 am) to spotlight THE ADVENTURES OF JONNY QUEST. Entitled, A Hadji New Year, the holiday stunt will feature 26 original half-hour episodes from the 1964 series, as well as two made-for-television feature films JONNY'S GOLDEN QUEST (1993) and JONNY QUEST VS. THE CYBER INSECTS (1995) produced by the Hanna-Barbera Animation Studios.

Headline News

South Park Rocks the Holidays & New Years On Comedy Central

COMEDY CENTRAL kicks off the holiday season for animation fans with holiday-themed episodes of SOUTH PARK and TV FUNHOUSE throughout December, and SOUTH PARKS NEW YEARS ROCK-A-THON on New Years Eve. Comedy Central will also start airing MAD-TV, which regularly features animated segments such as SPY VS. SPY or Corky Quakenbush stop-motion parodies of movies and TV shows.

Following is the holiday programming schedule:

December 24

Headline News

Musicians Taj Mahal and Koko Taylor Guest Star On Arthur

ARTHUR wraps up its eighth season final five new episodes Christmas week, Dec. 22-26, 2003 (check local listings), culminating with blues musicians Koko Taylor and Taj Mahal guest starring in "Big Horns George."

In this episode on Dec. 26, a chance meeting with legendary Queen of the Blues Koko Taylor inspires George to write and perform his own blues song. Stage fright and self-doubt overwhelm him, but fortunately, Taylor and fellow blues great Taj Mahal give George the encouragement he needs to keep singing those blues!

Cartoon Headline News

Cartoon Network Offers Four-Day Christmas Party

Cartoon Network is having a four-day Christmas party beginning at 9:00 am, Dec. 22, 2003 featuring cartoon characters like Scooby-Doo, The Smurfs, Space Ghost and Yogi Bear for CNs longest holiday blast. Viewers can enjoy Christmas cartoon classics, new and old, for four days straight to carry them into the holiday. Following is the lineup for Cartoon Networks Christmas Party Marathon.

Dec. 22:9:00 am, OLIVE THE OTHER REINDEER 10:00 am, THE POWERPUFF GIRLS: TWAS THE FIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

11:30 am, SMURFS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

Series Headline News

Nickelodeon Renews Five Series For 50 Hours

Nickelodeon has ordered 90+ new episodes of its series, THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS, ALL GROWN UP, MY LIFE AS A TEENAGE ROBOT, CHALKZONE and THE ADVENTURES OF JIMMY NEUTRON, BOY GENIUS, totaling more than 50 hours, according to Cyma Zarghami, evp/gm of Nickelodeon.

The order breaks down to 30 episodes of THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS and 20 episodes of THE ADVENTURES OF JIMMY NEUTRON, BOY GENIUS.

Kids Headline News

Kids' WB! Orders Second Season of MegaMan NT Warrior

Kids' WB! has ordered 26 more episodes of the cyber/adventure anime hit series MEGAMAN NT WARRIOR from ShoPro Entertainment for a second season that will kick off in Spring 2004.

"MEGAMAN NT WARRIOR proved to be the breakout hit we knew it would be," said John Hardman, svp of Kids' WB! Programming (www.KidsWB.com). It debuted on May 17, 2003 as the #2 overall program among boys 6-11, and ranked #1 against the broadcast competition in kids 2-11 and kids 6-11, #2 in boys 2-11, and among the top seven programs in tweens 9-14 and male tweens 9-14.

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