Disney-owned DIC Entertainment will provide fivehours of animation programming a week to Paxson Communications' new U.S.family entertainment network, Pax Net. An exclusive, two year agreementreached between the two companies names DIC as the sole provider ofchildren's programming for the television network group, which will launchon August 31, 1998. Much of the programming will be from DIC's existinganimation library, packaged as an educational program block called"Freddy's Firehouse," which will air for three hours on Saturday and twohours on Sunday. In addition to airing on Pax Net, "Freddy's Firehouse"will also be sold internationally as an independent formatted package.Distribution is being handled by Disney arm, Buena Vista International.
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.