Batgirl and Poison Ivy will join the new season of THE BATMAN, on the Kids WB! Saturday morning lineup this fall. The new season debuts with the introduction of the Caped Crusaders new, unwanted partner-in-crime Batgirl, as well as Batgirls first adversary Poison Ivy.
Disney Channel will add a new multi-cultural series about making things work, HANDY MANNY, to its Playhouse Disney, a learning-focused programming block for preschoolers. The 3D computer-animated show will premiere in early 2006.
Cartoon Network has launched a new cartoon canine to take a bite out of crime, Krypto weekdays at 9:00 am beginning April 4, 2005. KRYPTO THE SUPERDOG features Metropolis latest superhero, who also happens to be Supermans dog.
It looks like everything old is new again as the popular Japanese animated series about marble-shooting, BATTLE B-DAMAN, makes its U.S. debut on April 2, 2005, during JETIX on ABC Family (8:00-8:30 am) and APRIL 3 on Toon Disney(9:30-10:00 pm), Hasbro plus is onboard to launch a toy line based on the show in the fall.
CHARMED producer Brad Kern has written and will oversee an untitled pilot for The WB! centering around a mermaid, according to SCI FI WIRE.
"The mermaid is being played by a fresh new face that we've plucked out of Sydney, Australia," Kern said in an interview. "We were casting literally around the world looking for our mermaid. We looked in London and New York and New Zealand, Hollywood, Florida, Melbourne and Sydney."
Showtime Networks has joined with IDT Ent.s New Arc Ent., Industry Ent. and Nice Guy Prods. to present a new anthology series entitled MASTERS OF HORROR. For the first time, the most prominent directors of the horror film genre have joined forces to produce a series of new original horror films that promises to shock, terrify and captivate even the most discriminating horror film fans.
After a successful first season, with hundreds of entries received from around the world, Nicktoons joins forces again with Frederator Studios to showcase the diversity of independent animated filmmaking with the renamed Nextoons: The Nicktoons Film Festival. Animators from around the world can submit entries from March 28 through June 17, 2005. Entry forms can be downloaded on www.nicktoons.com. The TV festival is looking for a large selection of short films created in any style of animation which are 10-minutes in length or under.
Discovery Kids on NBC this spring will feature new and old series feature animal encounters that include animated interstitials. The new lineup begins on April 2, 2005.
The new schedule as of April 2 is as follows: CROC FILES 10:00-10:30 am (ET) / 8:00-8:30 am (PT) JEFF CORWIN UNLEASHED - 10:30 11:00 am (ET) / 8:30-9:00 am (PT) SCOUTS SAFARI 11:00-11:30 am (ET) / 9:00-9:30 am (PT) TRADING SPACES: Boys vs Girls 11:30 am - Noon (ET) / 9:30-10:00 am (PT)
Boomerang celebrates its fifth birthday on April 1, 20-05, with an April Fools-themed 24-hour "Fool-a-Thon," from 6:00 am to 6:00 am the following day, showcasing a cast of television's most foolish and funny cartoon characters. An all-star lineup of animation's "Who's Who" will help Boomerang blow out its birthday candles with favorite theatrical shorts and television episodes from the Time Warner library of 7,500 classic cartoons.
Starz Ent. Group LLC (SEG) threw the switch on the largest re-branding effort in the history of television. Effective at 6:00 am (MT) March 28, 2005, all 13 of the Starz and Encore channels sport new on-air looks and logos. Eleven channels have been renamed. Three new channels Starz Edge, Starz Comedy and Starz Kids & Family launched. In addition, an upgraded website for Starz, www.starz.com, and a new site for Encore, www.encoretv.com, will debut April 1.
Peak Entertainment Holdings Inc. has licensed 4Kids Entertainment Inc. the North American television broadcast, home video and merchandising rights to the new concept, THE WUMBLERS.
As a special farewell to the popular series, UPN will broadcast the final two episodes of STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE back-to-back on May 13 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT).
The first episode "Terra Prime" will complete a two-part arc revealing the first steps in the foundation of the Federation. Captain Archer and the crew must stop Paxton (guest star Peter Weller), a well-armed, radical human isolationist leader, who is threatening to destroy Starfleet Command unless all aliens leave Earth immediately.
America Online has signed major licensing deals with the Cartoon Network and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, which extend its original PRINCESS NATASHA webisode series beyond the Internet. Twenty original animated short cartoons developed for the KOL kids service by Animation Collective, an independent animation house, will be available on television later this year, marking one of the first online children's animated properties to make this transition.
Mike Young Productions (MYP) is fashioning a new CGI animated look for BRATZ, MGA Entertainments wildly popular brand of fashion dolls who will be making their way onto TV in a cutting edge new series and feature length DVD, aimed at kids 6-13, scheduled for worldwide release in September 2005.
Cartoon Network announced five new series to join the Adult Swim block in September and October 2005, new seasons and greenlights of existing series, airdates for previously announced series and pilots in production during its upfront presentation to advertisers in New York City.
Budding animators will stand a chance to see their story come alive on Animax! announced today, the Q & T Storyboard Competition organized by Animax Asia the first-ever 24-hour Japanese Animation Channel and the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) will give animation talents a regional platform to showcase their work.
STAR WARS: CLONE WARS returns with five new 12-minute chapters on Cartoon Network beginning March 21, 2005, and will air nightly at 7:00 pm through March 25, as well as broadcast all five new chapters back to back on March 26.
4Kids Ent. Inc. announced that it has signed an exclusive agreement with Hasbro Inc. to broadcast the new G.I. JOE SIGMA SIX animated series on 4Kids TV, beginning September 2005. 4KIDS TV is the 4Kids Ent.'s four hours of children's programming airing Saturday mornings on FOX.
Walt Disney Television Animation president Barry Blumberg has signed an overall deal with Mike Moon and lengthened his long-term agreement with KIM POSSIBLE creators Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle, reports VARIETY. The new deals give the studio first look rights to the toon makers TV projects. The move is the studios effort to ramp up animation production to fill timeslot on its Playhouse Disney, Jetix and Disney Channel networks.
animate! tv is commissioning another slate of experimental personal projects for television, with running times of up to 6 minutes and production budgets between £5,000 and £20,000. animate! believes that animation is not, and indeed never has been, exclusively driven by frame-by-frame process but by wider notions of synthesis. animate! supports innovative content and 'agenda' as well as new forms and techniques.
Contender Entertainment Group has secured a VHS/DVD deal in Australia with Roadshow Entertainment for its pre-school favorite TRACTOR TOM.
TRACTOR TOM has become an enormous success amongst pre-schoolers, combining a farmyard environment, cheery sing-alongs and bright imagery. It debuted down under in November 2004 on the Seven Network.
Roadshow Ent. will release the first TRACTOR TOM title, BAA BAA TOM SHEEP & OTHER STORIES VHS/DVD on May 19, supported by a huge integrated marketing campaign.
Sundance Channel has acquired the pay television rights to the recent Oscar-winning short film, RYAN, directed by Chris Landreth and will broadcast it in fall 2005.
Nickelodeon will roll out six new live-action and animated series for the 2005-06 season, and premiere 248 episodes of 18 returning hit Nick and Nick Jr. series, totaling 124 hours of new, original programming. Cyma Zarghami, president, Nickelodeon Television, announced the ambitious slate during the networks upfront meeting presentation to advertisers in New York City.
While the U.S. isnt seeing much hockey action these days, those Canadians stay animated about the sport as hockey star Trevor Linden is featured in Studio Bs animated series, BEING IAN, airing at 6:30 pm on March 15, 2005, in the episode 'Hockey Night In Burnaby, on YTV.
The SOUTH PARK boys teacher gets in touch with his feminine side in the ninth season premiere of the series entitled, "Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina," premiering March 9, 2005, at 10:00 pm. on Comedy Central.
Mr. Garrison gets what hes always wanted a sex change. As he enjoys his new womanly attributes, the rest of the townspeople gets in touch with their inner feelings too. Meanwhile, Kyle doesnt want to accept that Jews just arent good at basketball.