Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) big animated series, ASTRO BOY, premieres on the Kids WB! in the U.S. Jan. 17, 2004, the day before the NATPE exhibit floor opens. ASTRO BOY and CYBORG 009 are amongst a diverse slate from SPTI, which includes STEPHEN KING'S KINGDOM HOSPITAL, JOAN OF ARCADIA, MISSING and THE RESIDENTS, MACHOS and POOR ANASTASIA. SPTI will be located off the floor in the Venetian Hotel, Casanova Room 504.
A newcomer to NATPE, Anime Network president Kevin Corcoran will join fellow industry leaders in a discussion on Video On Demand. He will also be looking for more product to add to the A. D. Vision catalog and shows to air on his network, at booth 1242.
Sci Fi Channel and Tribune Ent. Co. have entered into a program license agreement for the GENE RODDENBERRY'S ANDROMEDA, starring Kevin Sorbo. In addition to presenting the fifth and final season of ANDROMEDA (with VFX by Northwest Imaging & FX, Rainmaker Digital Pictures and Lost Boys Studios) next fall as an original series, Sci Fi will also have the television rights to the series' first four seasons. The Tribune deal also includes all 66 episodes of BEASTMASTER, starring Daniel Goddard and Monika Schnarre, which will begin airing sometime in 2004 exclusively on Sci Fi.
Mike Young Prods. has a strong hand of five animated shows it is holding to deal at NATPE in Las Vegas. Regis Brown, vp of international distribution thinks his ace in the hole is the captivating 3D series for young children, JAKERS! THE ADVENTURES OF PIGGLEY WINKS, which debuted to great reviews September 7, 2003 on PBS Kids in the U.S.
Monster Distributes has sold three programs to Animania HD, one of 21 brand-new, commercial-free HD (high-definition) channels created by Rainbow Media Holdings, LLC and available exclusively on VOOM, the first television service to offer a comprehensive array of HDTV programming to customers throughout the continental United States.
CABLEreadys NATPE Food Project will mark its 11th year of community service this January 2004 by again encouraging exhibitors to donate leftover food from show booths and parties to the Community Food Bank of Clark County. This industry volunteer effort was launched in 1993 by Gary Lico, president/ceo of the international program distribution and development company, after he noticed the amount of food wasted each year at the annual convention.
ADV Films has acquired the exclusive home video and broadcast rights for the new FIST OF THE NORTH STAR trilogy, a modern animated series based on the world-renowned FIST OF THE NORTH STAR manga. Anime Network is planning a broadcast run of the new trilogy to support the upcoming home video release.
Travel back to medieval times, where alien dragons are transported inside an earth-bound meteor, in DRAGON STORM, the two-hour original feature airing on Sci Fi Channel on Jan. 24, 2004 at 9:00 pm. John Rhys-Davies (THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy) stars along with Maxwell Caulfield and Angel Boris. Stephen Furst (ANIMAL HOUSE) directs.
Two enemy kingdoms must unite and, following the lead of a reclusive hunter (Caulfield), fight off the beasts before they scorch the countryside bare. VFX were provided by UFO.
The Orlando-based Television Syndication Co. (TVS) and Pausoka, the Spanish co-producers of the 26 episode animated series, CLOUD TROTTERS -- which is drawing large audiences and raves in Europe -- have inked an exclusive distribution agreement that calls for TVS to distribute the English language version of the series in the USA and other English speaking countries of the world. TVS will introduce CLOUD TROTTERS to broadcasters at the upcoming NATPE 2004.
Toon Disney is giving viewers a chance to do their homework on DISNEYS TEACHERS PET before the feature film hits theaters on Jan. 16, 2004. The Disney cable outlet is presenting a special four-hour marathon on Jan. 11 from 8:00 to noon, featuring eight consecutive episodes of the critically acclaimed animated TV series, produced by Walt Disney Television Animation.
Cartoon Network has added the gothic anime series, WITCH HUNTER ROBIN, to its Adult Swim lineup. Beginning Feb. 16, 2004, the show will air Monday-Thursday at midnight.
Set in present-day Japan where witches abuse their supernatural powers, a special team, lead by the flame conjurer Robin, hunts this new threat with a blend of technology, forensic science and supernatural powers. The series is directed by animé veteran Shukou Murase, who served as character designer for GUNDAM WING and ARGENTOSOMA.
Dancing Diablo is collaborating with 4Kids for a third season of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES television series since its premiere on FOX. It has styled and painted backgrounds for 26 episodes that premiered February 2003, is finishing the last of 26 episodes for the second season and is embarking on 13 more episodes.
NOGGIN, the commercial-free, educational network for preschoolers, is taking on charter sponsorships from two of Starcom's key clients, Kellogg's Mud & Bugs and Lego Explore.
"We are thrilled that Starcom sees sponsorship on NOGGIN as a smart complement to advertising opportunities on Nick Jr.," said Jim Perry, svp, advertising sales, Nickelodeon.
HOME MOVIES, the sly and sophisticated Adult Swim series on Cartoon Network about the less-than-idyllic life of a young filmmaker, returns with an all-new season, starting, Jan. 11, 2004 at 11:00 pm.
To ring in the new year, Adult Swim, Cartoon Networks highly rated block of animation for adults, will feature a New Years Eve party at Braks house on Dec. 31, from 11:00 pm 2:00 am, featuring all-new episodes of Adult Swims original series.
Vancouver-based animation house Studio B will give 20 Canadian kids a chance to see their best jokes delivered by TELETOONs animated star Yakkity Yak. YAKKITY YAK follows the day-to-day trails and tribulations of Yakkity Yak, a teenage yak who dreams of becoming a stand-up comedian.
"Yakkity Yak has a can-do attitude, and a quirky view of the world," said Blair Peters, co-founder and partner, Studio B Productions. "We're looking for kids who have the same attitude and sense of humor."
The members of the TEEN TITANS are back on Cartoon Network for a second season starting on Jan. 10, 2004 at 9:00 pm. TEEN TITANS, a half-hour action-adventure animated series based on the popular DC Comics series, debuted on Cartoon Network in July 2003 and became an instant hit.
Boomerang, Cartoon Network's 24-hour commercial-free classic animation network, will greet the new year with a full-day marathon on New Year's Eve (Dec. 31, starting at 8:00 am) to spotlight THE ADVENTURES OF JONNY QUEST. Entitled, A Hadji New Year, the holiday stunt will feature 26 original half-hour episodes from the 1964 series, as well as two made-for-television feature films JONNY'S GOLDEN QUEST (1993) and JONNY QUEST VS. THE CYBER INSECTS (1995) produced by the Hanna-Barbera Animation Studios.
COMEDY CENTRAL kicks off the holiday season for animation fans with holiday-themed episodes of SOUTH PARK and TV FUNHOUSE throughout December, and SOUTH PARKS NEW YEARS ROCK-A-THON on New Years Eve. Comedy Central will also start airing MAD-TV, which regularly features animated segments such as SPY VS. SPY or Corky Quakenbush stop-motion parodies of movies and TV shows.
Following is the holiday programming schedule:
ARTHUR wraps up its eighth season final five new episodes Christmas week, Dec. 22-26, 2003 (check local listings), culminating with blues musicians Koko Taylor and Taj Mahal guest starring in "Big Horns George."
In this episode on Dec. 26, a chance meeting with legendary Queen of the Blues Koko Taylor inspires George to write and perform his own blues song. Stage fright and self-doubt overwhelm him, but fortunately, Taylor and fellow blues great Taj Mahal give George the encouragement he needs to keep singing those blues!