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Television Headline News

SCI FI Channel Catches Firefly

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.

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Tri-Dimensional Completes First Episode of Christian CG TV Series

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.

Festival Headline News

Nicktoons Adds Digital-Tutors as Sponsor of 2005 Nextoons

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.

Series Headline News

Jetix Heats Up With Special "Super Summer Of Heroes"

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.

Special Headline News

OddParents Musical Special Tunes Up June 10 on Nick

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.

Series Headline News

FUNimation Finds Basilisk Anime Series

FUNimation Prods. has acquired North American rights for the 24-episode BASILISK anime series produced by Gonzo Digimation, reports 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.

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Noga & Pil Animation Launch Just a Minute

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.

Kids Headline News

Warner Bros. Lands Top Voice Talent for Loonatics

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).

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TELETOON Offers Special Father’s Day Programming In June

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.

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YTV Goes Fairly Odd With Superheroes In June

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.

Channel Headline News

SCI FI Channel Rings the Start of The Triangle Miniseries Production

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.

Series Headline News

Postman Pat Back for More, Now On HBO, Rai

Entertainment Rights Plc announced that it has secured a commission from the BBC for a further 28 episodes of POSTMAN PAT. This agreement takes the total number of episodes and specials licensed to the BBC to 114 and adds to the long-term visibility of POSTMAN PAT on the children's broadcast platforms, BBC and CBeebies.

Kids Headline News

Kids’ WB! Shrinks Weekdays & Expands on Saturdays in 2006

The WB Television Network will replace the Kids WB!, 3-5:00 pm timeslot with a branded general entertainment programming block Monday through Friday for its affiliate group of over 200 television stations beginning January 2006, it was announced today (may 31, 2005) by Garth Ancier, chairman of The WB. At the same time, the Kids WB! Saturday morning lineup, considered primetime for kids programming, will expand from four to five hours, running from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm, noon.

Series Headline News

BVITV Launches Record Number Of Series At International Upfronts Event

Buena Vista International Television (BVITV) had plenty to crow about and celebrate at its recent Fifth Annual International Upfronts event to launch to the international TV market 21 new and returning network series for the 05-06 season, the highest-ever number in the companys history. This count includes 11 returning series plus eight new scripted series and two fresh reality series.

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Fifi and the Flowertots Pollinate New Territories

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.

Media Headline News

G4 – Videogame TV & Mondo Media Form Strategic Partnership

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.

Cartoon Headline News

Life & Times of Juniper Lee Premieres May 30

THE LIFE & TIMES OF JUNIPER LEE, an animated comedy/adventure created by comicbook auteur Judd Winick, premieres May 30, 2005, at 7:00 pm on Cartoon Network and then will air regularly on Sunday nights at 7:30 pm. The series centers around 11-year-old Juniper Lee, a seemingly normal Asian American girl who possesses magical powers to protect the world.

Digital Headline News

Discovery Channel Presents CG Accurate Battle of the Bulge March 29

The Discovery Channel will broadcast one of the major battles of the 20th Century, THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE, as a one-hour cable show on May 29, 2005, at 8:00 pm with a rebroadcast at 10:00 pm. This is one of a series of historical shows produced by Morning Star Ent., with 3D-animated effects by Double Edge Digital, the Glendale, California studio that did the vfx on the first show of the series, ALEXANDER THE GREAT AND THE BATTLE OF GAUGAMELA.

Game Headline News

Winx Club Joins Cartoon Network's Miguzi Lineup & NICKELODEON UK

It must be in the cards that the month of May is a good time for fairies as the WINX CLUB joined Miguzi's Monday-Friday lineup on May 16, 2005 and now airs on the Cartoon Network afternoon adventure block at 5:00 pm. The action-packed series features teenaged fairies and witches use magical powers for both good and evil. The series also premiered this month (May 2) on Nickelodeon UK, as well as a trading card game at Toys "R" Us stores.

International Headline News

TV France International Showcase in Italy

Seventeen French TV companies are attending the seventh meeting of French and Italian distributors and producers organized by TV France International, which will be held in Rome on May 19, 2005 at the Intercontinental Hotel and on the following day in Milan at the Sheraton Diana Majestic Hotel.

Italy is Frances second largest market for television productions, buying 10.64 million euros worth of French programs in 2003. Italy ranks sixth amongst countries participating with France in co-productions and presales in 2003.

Season Headline News

SCI FI Announces Summer Lineup

On July 15, 2005, SCI FI Friday premieres with brand-new episodes of hit original series STARGATE SG-1 (8:00 pm), STARGATE ATLANTIS (9:00 pm) and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (10:00 pm). In addition to STARGATE SG-1's newest team member Ben Browder (FARSCAPE), Emmy winner Beau Bridges, Oscar winner Lou Gossett, Jr. and sci-fi favorite Mitch Pileggi (THE X FILES) have joined the STARGATE family. Bridges will join the cast of STARGATE SG-1 and will also appear in a several episodes of STARGATE ATLANTIS.

Licensing Headline News

Chaotic Card Game Turned into Series 4Kids

4Kids Ent. Inc. has acquired the worldwide licensing rights to CHAOTIC, Apex Marketing and Dracco Company Ltd.'s trading card game.

4Kids Entertainment will manage the licensing, marketing and promotional initiatives for this trading card property and will join creative forces with Apex Marketing to develop and produce an all-new children's animated series based on the property. 4Kids will jointly own the copyright to the television series, which is expected to debut on 4Kids TV in fall 2006.