PorchLight Ent. announced the appointment of MAX Ent. (MAX) as its new representative in Middle and South East Asia. Under the agreement, MAX will exclusively handle licensing and merchandising rights for PorchLights flagship preschool brand JAY JAY THE JET PLANE throughout Malaysia, Singapore, the Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East.
Criterion Ltd. & Rick Ungars Brentwood Television Funnies Inc. are producing a brand new animated series of the 1990s hit series, BIKER MICE FROM MARS.
Spike TV will adapt the successful theatrical franchise, BLADE, based on the cult favorite Marvel superhero, as a two-hour, action/adventure television movie in early 2006.
"The action-adventure genre is largely ignored in today's television landscape, and we know it is something that our male viewers really want," said Spike TV president Doug Herzog. "BLADE is a great movie franchise with an established brand that men already recognize and identify with."
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS returns for a fourth season premiering with a new half-hour episode, Fear of a Krabby Patty/Shell of a Man, on May 6, 2005, at 8:30 pm on Nickelodeon (ET/PT). This episode about working stress is the first of 20 all-new adventures to premiere on Nick in 2005/2006.
A favorite of viewers of all ages, the series launched in July 1999 and has held rank as the number-one kids show on broadcast and cable television for three years. New SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS episodes will continue to air on Fridays at 8:30 p.m.
Nickelodeon Latin America and Mattel Latin America announced that after a very successful partnership during 2004, the companies have renewed their multi-platform agreement for a second consecutive year. The alliance goes beyond traditional advertising and includes original programming, online components, and programming rights for Nickelodeon centering on Mattel's MY SCENE property.
MTV Networks vice chairman Bill Roedy announced several new developments for its businesses in China, including a strategic partnership for digital music content with the world's second largest mobile player, China Mobile, and the premiere of locally produced animation and live-action programming created through its joint venture with the Shanghai Media Group (SMG) HAHA Nick.
Samuel L. Jackson is set to voice and produce the animated action/adventure AFRO SAMURAI for Spike TV, with Japanese anime studio Gonzo and Japan's largest TV network, Fuji Television. The five-episode series will premiere on Spike TV in 2006.
Pileated Pictures has completed 16 animated shorts that will open and close for the hit PBS show, BETWEEN THE LIONS, as well as a music video, which will air on several episodes.
The shorts are 30-second mini-rap songs, presenting vocabulary words highlighted within a particular episode. The shows cast of lions raps the lyrics, while Pileateds animation appears in thought bubbles above the big cats heads.
Fox Broadcasting Co. has arranged a great many varieties of animated sitcoms into a great bouquet to be presented to viewers on May Day, May 1, 2005, with the return of FAMILY GUY at 9:00 pm, debut of the AMERICAN DAD series, airing at 9:30 pm, KING OF THE HILL at 7:00 pm and, reportedly, 350th episode of THE SIMPSONS at 8:00 pm.
An all-day Mother's Day marathon celebration, an AMERICAN DRAGON: JAKE LONG marathon including an all-new episode, a Movin' and Groovin' with JoJo Week featuring dance-filled episodes of Playhouse Disney's JOJO'S CIRCUS and a THAT'S SO RAVEN Memorial Day marathon featuring guest stars Cyndi Lauper, Paula Abdul, Kathie Lee Gifford, Susan Lucci, Macy Gray, James Avery, Bobb'e J. Thompson and Ricky Ullman, are featured during May on Disney Channel. Also, new episodes of THE SUITE LIFE OF ZACK & CODY, LILO & STITCH: THE SERIES and BRANDY & MR. WHISKERS are presented.
The long awaited, highly requested STAR WARS: CLONE WARS VOLUME II (Chapters 21 - 25) premieres for TELETOON viewers on Wednesday, May 4, 10:00 pm on The Detour on TELETOON. This back-to-back "May the 4th be With You" special 90-minute presentation is a Canadian exclusive. VOLUME II picks up right where VOLUME I left off with a team of Jedi trapped in a wrecked starship on Hypori, being hunted maliciously by General Grievous.
If you are a loyal SOUTH PARK fan and think you know all there is to know about these hilariously bad little boys then you might have a chance to take over the programming on COMEDY CENTRAL for four straight days in the South Park Your Way contest.
From May 9 to May 19, fans can compete online at comedycentral.com to test their knowledge about SOUTH PARK factoids. The winner will choose his/her favorite episodes of SOUTH PARK to air during the primetime slot, May 23-26, 2005, at 9:30 pm.
SCI FI Channel will start production on the two-hour pilot movie EUREKA on British Columbia's Vancouver Island. Starring Colin Ferguson (ARMISTEAD MAUPIN'S MORE TALES OF THE CITY), Salli Richardson-Wittfield (ANTWONE FISHER), Greg Germann (ALLY MCBEAL, FRIENDS WITH MONEY), Joe Morton (PAYCHECK), Debrah Farentino (THE DIVISION) and Jordan Hinson (GO FIGURE), EUREKA will be helmed by Peter O'Fallon (HOUSE, M.D., WONDERFALLS).
At Star Wars Celebration III, director George Lucas enthralled fans by confirming that he is working on two STAR WARS-themed television series one a CG animated CLONE WARS.
Hyderabad-based Green Gold Animation has sold the India satellite rights for its 85-minute 2D animated feature VIKRAM AUR BETAAL to Cartoon Network, reports IndianTelevision.com. The feature is targeted at an 11+ audience.
ONE PIECE, an anime series featuring pirate adventures, makes its U.S. debut on April 23, 2005, during Toonami, Cartoon Network's popular Saturday night action-animé block. New episodes will air back-to-back at 10:00 and 10:30 pm. Set in the age of the greatest pirates who ever lived, ONE PIECE, from 4Kids Ent., follows the Straw Hat Pirates in search of a hidden treasure that once belonged to the legendary Gold Roger.
Buena Vista International Television - Asia Pacific (BVITV-AP) struck a multi-year agreement for a Jetix block on CHAMP, a new animation channel that will be carried on both cable and satellite platforms in South Korea.
CHAMP takes its name from a popular comic book series in South Korea. A joint venture between Daewon digital broadcast and CJ Media, will launch on May 2, 2005, and has positioned itself as a 24-hour channel that will showcase the best in action and adventure animation.
DC Comics fans can double their pleasure during the SMALLVILLE season finale as The WB presents the world premiere of an exclusive eight-minute special footage preview of the eagerly awaited summer release, BATMAN BEGINS, during the 90-minute presentation SMALLVILLE broadcast at 8:00 pm on May 18, 2005.
Avid Technology Inc. announced that G4, the only 24/7 television network dedicated to videogames, is implementing Alienbrain Studio asset management software to streamline its in-house computer graphics production process. The Los Angeles-based network purchased 60 seats of the Alienbrain Studio Designer Client to enhance its workflow with integrated version control and approval processes. Running on both Windows and Mac workstations, G4s workflow includes 15 Avid Media Composer Adrenaline editing systems and an Avid Unity shared-storage network.
Creative Media has announced multiple deals including a co-development deal with Bob Thompsons Good Story Prods. as well as new series announcements for LITTLE ROBOTS and HIPSTER & JACK.
Vanessa Chapmans new media and rights ownership company, Create Media Ventures, and former Create TV & Film Ltd. colleague Thompson will form a key co-development alliance.
Beginning Sept. 5, 2005, PBS KIDS JAKERS! THE ADVENTURES OF PIGGLEY WINKS will begin airing Mondays through Fridays. The Emmy-winning, CGI-animated program from Entara Ltd. has run on weekends for the past two years.
SCI FI Channel announced new additions to its series development slate for '06-'07, including a new animated series and a new live-action supernatural series exec produced by Oscar-winner Michael Douglas.
BARBARIAN CHRONICLES is a half-hour animated series from Brendon Small, creator of the offbeat series HOME MOVIES. Described as cross between LORD OF THE RINGS and CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, the ensemble comedy set in a magical realm of swords, sorcery and Middle-earth metrosexuals. Small and David Letterman's Worldwide Pants are exec producing.
Moonscoop has signed a far-reaching deal with Cartoon Network at MIP-TV 2005. The broadcaster is to co-produce Moonscoops action comedy series FANTASTIC FOUR based on the classic Marvel characters and has acquired the worldwide broadcast rights outside the U.S. French commercial broadcaster M6 has also picked up the show which is currently in production.
FUNimation announced that Cartoon Network will return DRAGON BALL Z to a daily strip in June, in a time slot to be announced at a later date. In addition, FUNimation announced that the latest DRAGON BALL Z feature, BROLY: SECOND COMING, had broken all FUNimation records for first week sell-through of a DRAGON BALL Z DVD release.
Funimation (www.funimation.com) is a leading brand management company for anime content and one of the nation's largest independent home video entertainment companies.
EM.TV´s subsidiary EM.Entertainment GmbH will be responsible for the distribution of the new animation series STAINES DOWN DRAINS, which is at present being co-produced with Australian animation studio Yoram Gross-EM.TV and New Zealand producer Flux Animation. EM.Entertainment will be responsible for international sales to non English-speaking territories whilst Yoram Gross-EM.TV will cover English-speaking countries.