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Simpsons to Continue Until 2009

Matt Groening said he plans to continue THE SIMPSONS for another five years, reports THE SUN. This would make the series tie with GUNSMOKE as the longest running series in U.S. primetime history. THE SIMPSONS is already the longest running sitcom ever in the U.S.

Groening said: "I'd love to get to 365 episodes, so there's one for every day of the year with no repeats."

However, to reach Groenings goal, the actors would have to extend their contract for an additional year.

Series Headline News

EM.TV Acquires TV/Home Entertainment rights to Zoé Kézako

EM.TV AG has secured exclusive distribution rights for free-TV, pay-TV and home entertainment to the 3D-animated series ZOÉ KÉZAKO from French production studio Sparkling. The German broadcast rights to the program were subsequently licensed to ZDF, which will premiere the series on KI.KA, the childrens channel owned jointly by German public broadcasters ZDF and ARD. ZOÉ KÉZAKO will start screening on Dec. 8, 2004. In the home entertainment sector, Universal Family Ent.

Kids Headline News

More MegaMan To Come To Kids’ WB!

Kids' WB! and ShoPro Ent. are teaming up for the third season of MEGAMAN NT WARRIOR: AXESS, for the 2004-05 season. The network has ordered 30 never-before-seen episodes of the Japanese animated series that will begin airing in spring 2005. The third season order brings the total commitment of the series to 80 episodes.

Movie Headline News

Silverwing Series Repackaged Into Movie Trilogy

Bardel Ent. has repackaged its SILVERWING series into a movie trilogy created for both broadcast and DVD/VHS distribution worldwide. Under the creative direction of veteran producer Chris Henderson, the 13x22 series has been edited into three 72-minute movies with Dolby 5.1 surround sound. Henderson recently completed Scholastic Ent.s theatrically released feature film CLIFFORDS REALLY BIG MOVIE and also worked on Disneys RETURN TO NEVER LAND.

Headline News

MoCap Legend Selects Ascension's ReActor 2 for Cotoons TV Series

Legendary broadcast animation studio director Herve Tardif (DONKEY KONG COUNTRY) has chosen Ascension Technology's ReActor2 -- active-optical motion-capture workstation -- for his latest TV production. COTOONS is a seven-minute, 26-episode 3D animated childrens series being created by Tardif's Paris-based animation studio 3dclic.

Total Headline News

Spelling TV Taps Comicstrip CEO Dad

Spelling Television has optioned the television rights to Tom Sterns comicstrip, CEO DAD, reports HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The story follows a ceo who is in total control at work, but in total chaos at home. Stern writes the strip and Emmy-winning art director Phyllis Hofberg Bruskin draws. No decision has been made on whether the series will be live-action or animation. Ed McMahon and his son Jeff are attached to produce.

Headline News

CBBC New Home for Britt Allcroft’s Scoobs

Britt Allcroft Prods. has announced that its SCOOBS animated series will be broadcast in the U.K. on CBBC in 2006. Britt Allcroft and Michael Carrington, head of CBBC Animation and Program Acquisitions, have agreed to terms of a deal which is subject to CBBC approval over cast and location. The ocean adventure series is targeted toward kids 6-11 and will co-produced by Cloud 9 Screen Ent.

Britt Allcroft said, "This is an exciting development for the future of SCOOBS and the series will benefit greatly from our creative collaboration with CBBC."

Media Headline News

New George Of The Jungle Swings Into Production

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 30, 2004 at 12:00am

Studio B and Classic Media announced that they will produce and distribute a new GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE Flash-animated series. Originally a primetime animated series from Jay Ward, the new series (52x11) has been commissioned by Canadian animation broadcaster Teletoon and is slated for broadcast in 2006.

Anime Headline News

ADV Films Lands MADLAX Rights

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 28, 2004 at 12:00am

On Sept. 25, 2004, at the Anime Weekend Atlanta convention, ADV Films co-founder Matt Greenfield and ADV representative David Williams let slip that the company had acquired the new anime series MADLAX. ADV will release the new series from Bee Train (NOIR, .HACK// SIGN) on home video and it will broadcast on the Anime Network. A release date has not yet been announced.

Production Headline News

The N Teams Up With MarVista & Brookwell McNamara

On the heels of the recently announced groundbreaking co-production and distribution agreement between MarVista Ent. and Brookwell McNamara Ent. (BME), the two companies announced that they have teamed up with The N, the nighttime network for tweens and teens, on a new, multi-series production and development deal for the network. The first of three series will be 22 half-hour episodes of the original teen drama, BOARDING SCHOOL.

Nickelodeon Headline News

Nickelodeon Orders 20 More SpongeBob SquarePants for 2005

Nickelodeon has taken the plunge, ordering 20 new episodes of SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, one of the most popular kids' shows in television history, adventures to premiere on in 2005.

Series creator Stephen Hillenburg will continue to exec produce the all-new nautical and nonsensical episodes featuring the original voice cast including Tom Kenny as SpongeBob, Bill Fagerbakke as Patrick, Rodger Bumpass as Squidward, Clancy Brown as Mr. Krabs and Carolyn Lawrence as Sandy Cheeks.

Headline News

TV-Loonland & ZDF tivi Team on Rudi and Trudi

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 21, 2004 at 12:00am

TV-Loonland will join with ZDF tivi to produce the series RUDI AND TRUDI. TV-Loonland and ZDF Enterprises will start marketing the worldwide TV and subsidiary rights at MIPCOM. Production of the series is slated to begin in the fall. Broadcast launch in Germany is planned for spring 2006.

Peter Völkle, ceo of TV-Loonland said, "We are very pleased about the new co-production with ZDF. It is the continuation of many years of successful collaboration.

Series Headline News

INDIGO Brings Tenali Raman To Nick

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 21, 2004 at 12:00am

INDIGO has signed a deal with Nickelodeon Asia for its Indian animated series THE ADVENTURES OF TENALI RAMAN. The series will air on Nickelodeons Philippine and Asia feed reaching out to viewers in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Korea and Singapore. It is due to air in November 2004.

Mainframe Headline News

Mainframe & Protocol Team On Live-Action Harriet The Spy

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 21, 2004 at 12:00am

Mainframe Ent. and Protocol Ent. have announced that Protocol will create a new half-hour live-action series based on the classic HARRIET THE SPY children's novels. Protocol will produce 22 half-hour episodes, with HARRIET rights owner 2 Friends Ent. acting as exec. producers and U.S. sales agent and Mainframe retaining international distribution rights. Rick Mischel, ceo of Mainframe, will be engaged by Protocol as an exec producer on the project.

Friends Headline News

2 Friends Ent. Acquires Rights To Develop Harriet The Spy & Marsupial Sue

Kids entertainment veterans Wendy Moss-Klein and Nancy Steingard have just formed 2 Friends Entertainment, a multimedia company in Los Angeles to produce childrens programming. Concurrently, 2 Friends Entertainment has acquired rights to existing, successful childrens properties, including HARRIET THE SPY and original properties, such as BABY SPROUT, and aims to produced content for television, DVDs, movies and the Internet for children from infancy to 12 years old.

Dark Headline News

Kids’ WB! Brings on The Batman

The caped crusader is back in new animated adventures from Warner Bros. TV Animation in the new series, THE BATMAN, which premiered at 10:30 am, Sept. 11, 2004, on Kids WB!. Based on the famed DC Comics superhero, he has a new look and a new range of experimental Bat-gadgets and an amped-up Batmobile. It also features a new theme song composed and performed by The Edge from multi-Grammy Award-winning sensation U2.

Animated Headline News

Bible Gets CGI Animated Series

With Hollywood hot on adapting projects from the word of God, Australian producer Tom Broadbridge will create a 12-episode series titled, THE ANIMATED ADVENTURE BIBLE, reports HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Funded by a group of private Malaysian Christian investors, the budget is set at AUS$15 million ($10.4 million).

Kids Headline News

Discovery Kids on NBC Returns This Fall with New Show

Discovery Kids on NBC got a jump-start on its fall season lineup over the Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 4, 2004) in the U.S., rolling out new episodes of some of its popular Saturday morning series and starting, Oct. 2, a brand new series from the producer of LIZZIE MCGUIRE called, DARCY'S WILD LIFE.

DARCY'S WILD LIFE is new live-action comedy series that follows the antics of a teenage girl who has been transplanted to a rural farm with her movie-star mom. The series premieres on Oct. 2 and will air weekly from 12:30-1:00 pm ET/10:30-11:00 am PT.

Headline News

Postman Pat Delivers New Season

The U.K.s favorite postman and his faithful black and white cat, Jess, return to television in a brand new, action-packed series of 26 episodes and four half hour specials, to be shown on BBC2 and CBeebies, as of Sept. 6, 2004. POSTMAN PAT airs Monday through Friday at 8:30 am on BBC2 and at 8:30 am, 12:30 pm and 4:30 pm on CBeebies.

Channel Headline News

New Andromeda Strain and The Thing Bound for Sci Fi Channel

Sci Fi Channel has partnered with Ridley Scott (GLADIATOR) and Tony Scott (MAN ON FIRE) to revisit the Michael Crichton bestseller, THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN, while Frank Darabont (THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION) joins Sci Fi for a re-invention of the sci-fi thriller, THE THING.

Headline News

Pride Roars in Ratings for NBC

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 2, 2004 at 12:00am

FATHER OF THE PRIDE had a rip roaring debut Aug. 31, 2004 on NBC, bringing in high rating in the coveted adults 18-49 demo. The much hyped CG series averaged 12.4 million viewers and a 5.4 rating/15 share in the adults 18-49 demographic in its commercial-free debut from 9:00 - 9:30 pm, according to Nielsen Media Research. This performance easily won PRIDE the time slot.

Animation Headline News

Father of the Pride Bows Tuesday Night on NBC

There is a lot riding on DreamWorks first primetime 3D-animated series, FATHER OF THE PRIDE, about the backstage antics of the family of lions in the Siegfried and Roy Vegas act, which debuts tonight (Aug. 31, 2004) at 9:00 pm on NBC.

First, there is the fact that DreamWorks is attempting to spin off its animation company, headed by partner Jeffrey Katzenberg, which needs more than the SHREK phenomenon to entice investors, so the success of this adult-themed series would go a long way.

Series Headline News

Seconds From Disaster Premieres on National Geographic

National Geographic Channel employs some of the best CGI techniques to help explain to viewers how but not always why an unimaginable disaster can happen, from the crash of the Concorde to the Oklahoma City bombing and more in a new series, SECONDS FROM DISASTER, that premieres at 8:00 pm on Aug. 31, 2004 on NGC.