Kids' WB! will add two new animated series and two live-action projects to its top-rated Saturday morning and weekday slates. The network continues to build on its all-new all-year-round strategy and success with its diverse and innovative programming schedule, beginning this spring and leading into the 2004-2005 television season according to John Hardman, svp, Kids' WB!, speaking to advertisers and media at the third annual joint Kids' WB! and Cartoon Network upfront sales presentation in New York.
Cartoon Network claims it will broadcast more new episodes than ever before in its 11-year history more than 500 new half-hours, including five new animated series, new episodes of returning original series and new acquisitions. The new schedule was unveiled Feb. 25, 2004 at Cartoon Network's Upfront presentation to advertising executives and the media in New York City, during its pitch for on-air advertising buys.
On March 1, 2004, PBS will launch the PBS HD Channel, making PBS the first broadcaster to provide a fully packaged 24/7 channel consisting entirely of High Definition and Widescreen content. It will be available from local PBS stations that have transitioned to digital broadcasting, as well as through digital cable systems that have agreed to retransmit the digital signal of their local public television station.
Manchester, U.K.-based animation house Cosgrove Hall has started production on THE WUMBLERS, a 26x11 2D preschool series for Peak Ent. and The Silly Goose Co.
THE WUMBLERS is a heart-warming collection of tales featuring Bertrum, a young Wumbler, and his best friend, Raimundo, a Spanish-speaking snail. Laura Wellington, recipient soon of the New Jersey Business Woman of the Year award, created the series.
Spike TV premieres brand new episodes of STRIPPERELLA, starting on March 4, 2004 at 11:00 pm on the newly named cable network for men. The show, produced by, took a broadcast hiatus and is back with more episodes throughout March along with uncut, digitally re-mastered episodes of REN & STIMPY CLASSICS from Spumco at midnight.
Agoura Hills, California-based Krislin Co. has completed production on ROOM TO GROW, an all CGI half-hour special ready for broadcast and DVD release. ROOM TO GROW has been chosen as an official selection in both the Durango Film Festival and the East Lansing Childrens Film Festivals.
Star Wars fans can catch a small screen glimpse of the next big villain to see big screen action in STAR WARS: EPISODE III, when General Grievous threatens The Force in the next 10 installments of Cartoon Networks STAR WARS: CLONE WARS, beginning with chapter 11 on March 26, 2004 at 9:30 pm. Subsequent chapters of the animated micro-series will air weeknights at 8:00 from March 29 through April 8.
When do the likes of Alec Baldwin, Jessica Biehl and Don Knotts find they play second fiddle to another star in Hollywood? When one is a cartoon, with the self-appointed magnitude and ego of Johnny Bravo, in JOHNNY BRAVO GOES TO HOLLYWOOD, a 30-minute special premieres on Cartoon Network on Friday, Feb. 20, 2004 at 8:00 pm.
Contender Entertainment Group (CEG) is tickled pink that its new preschool animated series, PEPPA PIG, has secured sales in seven key international territories in less than four months. The 52x5 series is also set to premiere on Channel Five in the U. K. on May 31, 2004 and will broadcast later this year on Nick Jr. in the U.K.
Comedy Central has ordered eight episodes of ODD TODD, an animated series about the plight of a modern day, unemployed character named Todd and his struggle to make ends meet. Its based on the real life adventures of creator Todd Rosenberg, who made webisodes of his predicament.
Following many suitors responding to the YOUNG SKUNK presentation at Cartoon Forum 2003, Cartoon Saloon has opted to team up with Telescreen as partner to produce a 26x30 series about a kung-fu-fighting skunk trying to protect a forest and his friends in China.
Late-night comedian Jay Leno is taking in on the chin in a very animated way, providing the voice of the Crimson Chin, a caped crusader, in THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS BIG SUPERHERO WISH, the first FAIRLY ODDPARENTS special, which airs in primetime on Nickelodeon at 8:00 pm on Feb. 16, 2004.
The WB announced it has cancelled the BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER spin-off ANGEL after five seasons on the air. With nine episodes left in the season, the announcement was released early to allow "the show's creators time to wrap up the season appropriately." The cancellation doesn't spell the complete end of the character, which the network might give special movie events to next year.
NBA All-Stars such as Shaquille O'Neal, Steve Francis and Jason Kidd - will team with animated shorts about sports during Cartoon Network's CARTOON NETWORK NBA ALL-STAR SLAM, airing, Feb. 15, 2004, from 1-5:00 pm. The players will give Cartoon Network stars like JOHNNY BRAVO, THE KIDS NEXT DOOR and DEXTER tips on how to handle themselves on and off the court.
On Feb. 14, 2004, Website www.JETIX.tv and TV networks ABC Family and Toon Disney will simultaneously launch "Jetix Cards Live!," the world's first trading card game that is played concurrently on TV and online. Web surfers and TV watchers will have the opportunity each weekend during the channels' new Jetix action/adventure line-up to play. The online trading card game, with skill levels designed for a range of ages, was developed by the New Media and Technology team at ABC Cable Networks Group.
Internet superstar and celebrity personality Cindy Margolis, has inked an agreement with Gang of Seven Animation (G7 Animation) to develop an animated TV series based around her persona, with an adult-oriented premise intended to capitalize on the burgeoning late night adult, male viewing market.
Upon the success of the networks mini-series, SCI FI Channel has given the go ahead for the production of a new BATTLESTAR GALATICA TV series. Based on the top-rated December miniseries, which was based on the 1970s TV series, the one-hour drama is scheduled to begin production on 13 episodes in Vancouver next month.
NBC has announced that it will premiere the new full-length trailer for SHREK 2 during its broadcast of the original SHREK on Feb. 15, 2004. As part of sweeps week, the trailer will be accompanied by behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the 3D feature. The film hits theaters on May 21 after debuting at the Cannes Films Festival May 15.
Cartoon Network will air a 90-minute special to introduce the new series, DUEL MASTERS, on Feb. 27, 2004 at 5:30 pm. The series will then air Saturdays at 7:00 pm, starting March 13, during Cartoon Network's Saturday action/adventure programming block. CN acquired the series from Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro Inc.
Vancouver-based Bardel Entertainment Inc. has landed a deal with Mega Bloks Inc. to develop the top-selling DRAGONS toy line for an animated TV movie, which will air on Canadas TELETOON.
Were very excited to work with Mega Bloks and bring the DRAGONS universe to the big screen, said Bardels ceo Delna Bhesania. These toys are already a huge hit and the evolution into a feature film is a natural progression. Kids are going to love this.
Nicktoons, Nickelodeons digital channel for kids favorite animated hits, will present the U.S. premiere of CORNEIL AND BERNIE, the hit animated comedy series from Europe. The half-hour series, produced by Millimages in France will premiere Feb. 21, 2004, at 8:00 pm with repeats at 11:00 pm on Saturdays, 9:00 am, noon and 7:30 pm on Sundays, as well as 8:00 and 11:00 pm on Wednesdays.
The caped crusader is returning in another animated TV series, THE BATMAN, produced by Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) for Kids' WB! and Cartoon Network.
This series picks up Batman's story in year three when the famed DC Comics hero is in his mid-twenties, just finding his way as protector, while balancing his public persona as billionaire bachelor Bruce Wayne. The new cartoon will feature a new range of experimental Bat-gadgets and amped-up Batmobiles and a theme song performed by The Edge from multi-Grammy Award-winning sensation rock group U2.
CBS NEWS SUNDAY MORNING is scheduled to broadcast a segment on the current state of the animation industry and what it sees as trends in TV animation on Feb. 8, 2004. The report will feature interviews with a number of key talents in the industry, among them J. J. Sedelmaier, of J. J. Sedelmaier Productions, representing the traditional 2D side of the business.