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Disney Headline News

Walt Disney Co. to Acquire Indian Kids Channel & Invests in UTV

The Walt Disney Co. plans to acquire Hungama TV, a leading Indian children's television channel, and take an equity interest in media company UTV Software Communications Ltd. as the media giant strengthens its presence in a rapidly growing media market, where local content production is key. Both transactions are subject to certain conditions and regulatory approval.

Hungama TV coo Zarina Mehta will work with the Disney team on the organizational and operational integration of Hungama TV into Disney's portfolio of kids' channels.

Channel Headline News

Walt Doublestein New Channel M VP Videogame Integration

Walt Doublestein has joined New York City- and Los Angeles-based Channel M as vp videogame integration.

For the past nine years, Doublestein worked at BBDO Detroit, where he was most recently director video gaming & non-traditional marketing. One of the pioneers in videogame integration, he oversaw projects, such as NASCAR 06 TOTAL TEAM CONTROL, TONY HAWKS UNDERGROUND 2, TONY HAWKS AMERICAN WASTELAND, THE MOVIES and TOMB RAIDER: LEGEND.

Channel Headline News

Navarre's FUNimation Channel Signs IPTV Distribution Agreement with Optical Ent.

FUNimation Ent. has finalized a distribution agreement with Optical Ent. Network (OEN), the leading provider of IPTV and broadband services optimized for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH). FUNimation Channel becomes part of the FISION service, OEN's lineup of 400 IPTV channels available in the Houston area. The FUNimation Channel is a 24-hour digital channel featuring programming from top anime brands in the U.S. and will be added to OEN's FISION lineup in fall 2006.

Channel Headline News

HIT to Launch Euro Kids Network

HIT Ent. is set to launch a European kids channel within 18 months in a partnership with Hallmark Intl owners Sparrowhawk Media, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

CEO Bruce Steinberg, former ceo of channel group Fox Kids Europe, plans to leverage the brand internationally, but will not launch in the U.K., where he feels the market is overcrowded.

The new partnership will be similar to the broadcaster's U.S. channel Sprout, which it operates in partnership with PBS, Comcast and Sesame Workshop.

Channel Headline News

FUNimation Channel Launches in Los Angeles

FUNimation Ent., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corp. and the market share leader for home video sales of Japanese animation in the U.S., announced today (June 16, 2006) that the FUNimation Channel is now live in Los Angeles via digital broadcast on LA 18.3. The FUNimation Channel provides 24-hour digital programming featuring top anime brands in the U.S. to more than five million households in the Los Angeles area.

Black Headline News

Black Hole Latest Installment In SCI FI Movies

BLACK HOLE is the latest installment in the current season of SC FI Movies. It premiered June 10, 2006, and encores on June 15 at 9:00 pm on the SCI FI Channel.

When a St. Louis based particle accelerator malfunctions, an ever-expanding and unstoppable black hole forms. Out of the hole comes a vicious "energy creature" that begins destroying everything in its path. It stars Kristy Swanson, Judd Nelson and Julia Sinks.

Channel Headline News

FUNimation Channel to be Part of Verizon’s FiOS TV Lineup

FUNimation Ent., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corp., announced that the company has signed an agreement with Verizon for distribution of the FUNimation Channel as part of the Verizon FiOS TV service.

Online Headline News

New SCI FI Pulse Broadband Video Channel Launched

The SCI FI network has launched its new content-rich online broadband channel, SCI FI Pulse. The launch lineup includes full episodes of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA and GHOST HUNTERS, deleted scenes from those shows, as well as from Stargate SG-1. The channel offers the popular BATTLESTAR videoblogs by exec producer David Eick, audition tapes for the new reality show, WHO WANTS TO BE A SUPERHERO, behind-the-scenes featurettes from BATTLESTAR and DR. WHO, a full complement of channel ID spots, brand films and more.

Channel Headline News

Web Surfers Pick Final Slot for Who Wants To Be A Superhero?

As the nationwide casting call for SCI FI Channel's new reality series WHO WANTS TO BE A SUPERHERO? comes to a close, one contestant spot remains unfilled. For the first time ever, SCI FI Channel is letting America choose a reality show contestant a worthy superhero in the making. Log onto before midnight (EST) on Friday, May 12, 2006, to vote for the 11th and final contestant for WHO WANTS TO BE A SUPERHERO?, the new SCI FI Channel original series premiering Wednesday, July 26, at 9:00 pm ET/PT.

Kids Headline News

PBS KIDS GO! Channel to Launch October 2006

PBS announced the planned launch of a new 24-hour digital broadcast channel for early elementary school-age children, called the PBS KIDS GO! Channel, in October 2006. The new channel, which follows the success of the PBS KIDS GO! afternoon programming block on PBS member stations, will be entirely devoted to early elementary school kids.

Channel Headline News

SCI FI Kicks Off Casting Call For Who Wants To Be A Superhero?

SCI FI Channel is partnering with legendary comic book creator Stan Lee's production company POW! Ent. Inc., and Bruce Nash's Nash Ent. to cast a six-episode, one-hour reality series that will challenge a lucky few to create their very own superhero.

Shows Headline News

Toonami Broadens Appeal To Tweens, Adds Live-Action

In the U.K., Toonami has added live-action drama and comedy to its cartoon lineup to broaden the appeal of the channel.

Aimed at boys and girls 6 to 12 years old, Toonami is the first kids channel from Turner Broadcasting to include live-action series, which will be added to the channels popular cartoons including THE BATMAN, POKÉMON, JUSTICE LEAGUE, TEEN TITANS and STATIC SHOCK.

Disney Headline News

Disney ABC Kids Networks Unveils 2006-7 Programming Slate

Disney ABC Kids Networks unveiled its programming slate for the 2006-07 television season during its upfront meeting with advertisers, a powerful mix of live-action and animated programming, reaching every segment of youth from kids and tweens to preschoolers, across its multiplex of television platforms ABC Kids, Toon Disney, Jetix and Disney Channel. The slate totals 849 new episodes, 11 new series and 25 new movies, including seven from the Disney Channel Original Movie franchise.

Disney Headline News

Disney's The Emperor's New School Premieres on Four Platforms

Disney's animated comedy series, THE EMPEROR'S NEW SCHOOL, premieres on four platforms Disney Channel, Disney Channel on Demand, Toon Disney and the ABC Television Network's ABC Kids, beginning Jan. 20-30, 2006. Based on the 2000 theatrical movie, THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE, the comedy/action series is the first to premiere across the four kids' TV platforms.

Channel Headline News Launches Anime News Channel

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at 12:00am

Vegas Buzz ( has launched a new channel dedicated to Anime News. The channel will cover the gamut of anime, including manga. The new service will cover TV series and features that have kids as their core audience or adults only in mind. Vegas Buzz hopes to capitalize on the ever-growing arena, which has quietly become a billion dollar a year business. For more information, visit

Channel Headline News

Convicted Sex Offender Arrested for Molestation on Nick Campus

On Dec. 16, 2005, Ezell Elester Channel, a convicted sex offender, was arrested on the suspicion of molesting a 14-year-old boy at Nickelodeon Animation Studios while he served as a production assistant on the film, ADAM SANDLER'S EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS, reports the BURBANK LEADER.

Disney Headline News

Walt Disney TV, EMEA & Asia Pacific Set New Structure For Expansion

Walt Disney TV, EMEA and Asia Pacific are reorganising in an expansion drive, both into new technology and into new business areas, which take effect on Jan. 1, 2006. Leading off the new structure is Robert Gilby who joins Disney Channel UK and Disney Channel Scandinavia and the Middle East as vp/md.

Gilby most recently was vp, network development and strategic marketing for Turner Ent. Networks Asia in Hong Kong.

Channel Headline News

Original Movie Manticore Debuts on SCI FI Nov. 26

SCI FI's next Saturday Action Movie premiere is MANTICORE, an original movie produced to air on the SCI FI Channel Nov. 26, 2005, at 9:00 pm and encores Dec. 1 at 9:00 pm.

Some 2,000 years ago, the ancient Babylonians created the ultimate weapon twin beasts insatiable in their thirst for blood, intended to drive the infidels from Babylon. With their mission accomplished, the beasts were imprisoned in stone by a mystical spell and have slept undisturbed.

Frederator Headline News

Frederator Studios Launches Channel Frederator for Cartoon Podcasts

Frederator Studios founder Fred Seibert has launched Channel Frederator, the world's first cartoon video podcast created expressly for distribution of world-class content on portable video devices, such as the Apple iPod and the Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP).

Episodes released weekly will contain several shorts from original and vintage cartoons submitted by producers from around the world, packaged into 10- to 15-minute episodes by the Channel Frederator programming team.

Channel Headline News

Family Channel Gets Behind Bullying Awareness Week

Astral Media's Family Channel is launching its 2005 Take the Pledge campaign in support of the third annual Bullying Awareness Week, Nov. 14-20, 2005, to encourage kids to stick up for each other rather than silently watch if they see someone being bullied.

Disney Headline News

Paul O’Higgins to Market Walt Disney Television, EMEA

Paul OHiggins has been appointed vp, marketing, Walt Disney Television, EMEA, to oversee all aspects of marketing, on and off air, across Europe, Middle East and Africa. He will be responsible for creating major marketing campaigns for Disneys key TV shows and channel launches, plus work with local markets to create the most successful strategies for them.

OHiggins was vp, creative at Nickelodeon, where he led the creative plans for on- and off-air, creating programming stunts, marathons, competitions and short-form interstitials.

Television Headline News

Nicolas Cage Does Some Detective Work For SCI FI Channel

Academy Award-winner Nicolas Cage is set to exec produce THE DRESDEN FILES (working title) for SCI FI Channel. The 2-hour backdoor pilot Cage's first foray into television will be produced by Lions Gate Television, in association with Cage's Saturn Films (THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE, SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE). Production is slated to begin in Toronto this fall with plans for a summer 2006 premiere.

Channel Headline News

New FUNimation Channel Offers 24-hour Digital Anime Network

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 29, 2005 at 12:00am

FUNimation Ent. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corp., launched the FUNimation Channel today (Sept. 29, 2005), a 24-hour, digital network that will feature distinguished anime programming from FUNimation's anime brands. Working with OlympuSAT, one of the leading distributors for independent programming in the U.S., the channel will be available to video service providers throughout the nation. The plan is for the FUNimation Channel to be part of the basic and extended digital packages, so it will be a regular channel in the lineup.