It looks like TVs hottest format works in animation as Comedy Central orders up a second season of drawn together, television's first animated reality series after only three episodes of cable's new sensation have aired. The second season of DRAWN TOGETHER, created by Matt Silverstein and Dave Jeser, will premiere during the fourth quarter of 2005 and consist of 15 episodes, including a reunion special.
Childrens entertainment producer/distributor Nelvana Limited in Toronto has partnered with entertainment and lifestyle brand company Zoup-ah!, based in Napa, California, to co-produce GASPERGOO and manage television distribution, merchandising and home video rights worldwide.
Amberwood Entertainment has licensed 26 half-hour episodes of its new animated series, THE SECRET WORLD OF BENJAMIN BEAR, to YLE for broadcast in Finland and TSR for broadcast in Switzerland.
This series, commissioned by Canada's Family Channel, was co-produced with Scotland's Red Kite Productions and has been licensed in numerous territories worldwide.
Beginning in November 2004, Nickelodeon Asia will air KAMPUNG BOY, which won the Best Animated Television Series award at the Annecy International Film Festival. Broadcast arrangements were negotiated by Syahrizan Mansor, director of programming and acquisitions for Nickelodeon Asia with Frank Saperstein, exec producer/creative director of pasi and Ira Tuffile, manager of media sales for the ASTRO Group.
Barcelona-based D'Ocon Films Prods. have teamed with Belgian animation company Pixanime to co-produce the TV series, HANBAGUI, reports VARIETY. D'Ocon will run pre-production and post with the animation outsourced to China. HANBAGUI is a 3D series, which follows a shape-shifting blue-colored alien who becomes marooned on Earth. The show is targeted to kids 3-10.
D'Ocon has two other 3D series LEONARD and MALIKA -- in production with France's Ellipse Anime.
G4techTV celebrates one of the biggest days of the year for videogame fans and viewers alike with HALO 2 Day, in honor of the release of HALO 2, the sequel to the best-selling Xbox game of all time from 9:00 am Nov. 9 to 4:30 pm, Nov. 10, 2004 on the only 24-hour television network plugged into games, gear, gadgets and gigabytes,
The entire day dedicated to this blockbuster release includes shows such as X-PLAY, CINEMATECH, G4TV.COM, THE SCREEN SAVERS and UNSCREWED WITH MARTIN SARGENT devoting programming entirely to HALO 2.
Nickelodeon, into its third week of presenting a festival of shorts to viewers, sees Comedy Central has jumped in on the action with its new shorts compilation show called, JUMP CUTS, that premieres Nov. 7, 2004, at 12:00 am, midnight. This half-hour for the next four Sundays is for late night, adult comedy viewing with an interesting mix of animation and live action with an encore presentation on Wednesdays at 2:00 am.
POW! Ent. Inc. has announced that it is developing an annual TV Christmas special based on the popular new children's book, STAN LEE'S SUPERHERO CHRISTMAS, published by Harper Collins. The company further anticipates the production of a DVD during the 4th quarter of 2005 to complement the animated annual specials.
Cartoon Network honors U.S. Election Day, Nov. 2, 2004, with a special 24-times-repeated telecast of HARVEY BIRDMAN: ATTORNEY AT LAW. A brand new original episode entitled, "Guitar Control," will air 24 times from 11:00 pm to 5:00 am.
NBC has pulled DreamWorks high-price tagged FATHER OF THE PRIDE from is schedule for the November sweeps rating period, reports REUTERS. NBC said the series will return for its unaired seven episodes, but no date has been set. For the fall season through Oct. 24, the CG series was tied for 42nd among household audiences.
To give kids an extra treat, the all-new Kids WB! morning lineup on Oct. 30, 2004, will be packed with all-new Halloween scream-themed episodes.
The revised Saturday schedule includes all-new double airings of anime hits YU-GI-OH!: WAKING THE DRAGONS and POKÉMON: ADVANCED CHALLENGE.
Cartoon Network will offer a bag full of treats for the Halloween weekend including a three-hour block on Oct. 30, 2004, to feature the Scary Saturday Block Party; and the Billy and Mandy Dare-A-Thon will take over seven hours on October 31.
As part of its horror movie line-up in celebration of Halloween, STARZ! will be hosting the STARZ! Hare-Raising Halloween Marathon, featuring the 30-Second Bunnies Theatre Troupe. The marathon begins at 9:00 pm ET/PT on Oct. 30, 2004, and runs through midnight of Oct. 31. Angry Alien Prods award-winning bunnies with re-enact SCREAM, FREDDY VS. JASON and THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE throughout the Halloween Marathon.
THE SIMPSONS dishes out a triple Halloween treat on the annual Treehouse of Horror XV special featuring three frightful mini-episodes airing at 8:00 pm Nov. 7, 2004 on FOX.
Comedy Centrals animated series, SHORTIES WATCHIN' SHORTIES, returns with all-new episodes tonight, Oct. 28, 2004, at 10:30 pm. The inventive half-hour show pairs animation and stand-up comedy, with potty-mouthed, under-supervised infants whose primary babysitter is the television set. The show premiered on April 28.
Sci Fi Channel has given the thumbs up on a two-hour pilot, PAINKILLER JANE, based on Joe Quesada and Jim Palmiotti's Event Comic series. NBC Universal TV Studios is set to produce in association with MGM TV. John Harrison (FRANK HERBERT'S DUNE), Don Opper and Greg Gold will write and exec produce the show. Production is set to start by the end of the year. The story follows Jane, a young Marine who after being exposed to a biochemical weapon gains self-healing powers, which she uses to fight crime and dodge the military.
Tempers flare and ideologies are tested when the kids of SOUTH PARK must choose a new school mascot in an all-new episode premiering tonight, Oct. 27, 2004, at 10:00 p.m. on Comedy Central to kick off the second half of the hit shows eighth season.
Comedy Centrals DRAWN TOGETHER, television's first animated reality series, premieres tonight, Oct. 27, 2004, at 10:30 p.m. with the first of eight episodes. This sexy, outrageous adult cartoon takeoff on this latest TV genre was created by Matt Silverstein and Dave Jeser and animated by Rough Draft Studios Inc. (FUTURAMA, BABY BLUES AND THE MAXX).
Indie animator Mitch Butler did a short animation in two days for NIGHTLINE, which aired Oct. 22, 2004, at 11:30 pm on ABC and will be shown again sometime this week on ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT WITH PETER JENNINGS. It shows little cartoon voters running around being influenced by campaign workers.
Ive been lucky enough to do a number of character animations for ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT and NIGHTLINE this year, said Butler. Animation for journalism is really an interesting area, a bit of the SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK approach.
Earthworks Entertainment signed an exclusive multi-year deal with Cartoon Network to air its NINE DOG CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, during the cablenets holiday schedule in 2004.
Earthworks president/ceo Peter Keefe, who produced the NINE DOG CHRISTMAS SPECIAL and developed the propertys marketing strategy, said, Were absolutely thrilled to have the Cartoon Network become the TV home for our first NINE DOG SPECIAL. Cartoon Network is a powerful television broadcast platform for the introduction of the NINE DOG franchise to kids and their families.
Nicktoons, Nickelodeon's digital channel for animation, Frederator Studios and ANIMATION MAGAZINE launched the first half-hour of the 14-week Nicktoons Film Festival on Oct. 24, 2004, at 10:00 pm (ET)/7:00 pm (PT). The on-air festival showcases the diversity of independent cartoon filmmaking by animators from around the globe. A total of 14 half-hour specials will air every Sunday from Oct. 24 to Jan. 23, with repeat airings Mondays at 10:00 pm (ET)/7:00 pm (PT).
Fox, Ice Cube and FUTURAMA co-creator David X. Cohen have teamed on an animated series about an early 1980s hip-hop crew, titled GRANDMASTER FREAK & THE FURIOUS 15, reports VARIETY. The idea was formed by Cohen, who will produce the series through Ice Cube and producing partner Matt Alvarez's Cube Vision Prods with Alvarez and Cube serving as exec producers.
G4techTV has picked up three new adventure anime series, R.O.D-THE TV-, GUNGRAVE and GAD GUARD, from Geneon Ent.(USA) Inc. As part of the networks late night block, Anime Unleashed, R.O.D-THE TV- and GUNGRAVE will air throughout the month of October, Monday through Sunday, at 12:00 am (ET), 9:00 pm (PT). GAD GUARD will air every night at 12:00 am (ET), 9:00 pm (PT), beginning Nov. 8, 2004.
Tiger Aspects documentary for the Discovery Channel, VIRTUAL HISTORY: THE SECRET PLOT TO KILL HITLER, airing Oct. 24 at 8:00 pm throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, adopted cutting edge CGI from The Moving Picture Co. (MPC) to transform the faces of actors into exact replicas of Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Josef Stalin. The program unfolds on the momentous day of July 20, 1944.