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Sci Fi Renews Galactica for 2nd Season

Sci Fi Channel has ordered a second season of its hit series BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, with the number of episodes to be produced, timing for the new season and which cast members will return, to be announced.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA has been a ratings winner for Sci Fi since its Jan. 14, 2005 premiere.

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TELETOON Asks Johnny Bravo About Valentine's Day

Love is on the air with TELETOON, Canadas 24/7 animation broadcaster, airing especially romantic episodes for viewers to watch on Feb. 14, 2005 their favorite characters get struck by Cupid.

The network aired a special Valentines Day episode of JOHNNY BRAVO on Feb. 12 at 7:30 pm with rebroadcasts on Feb. 14 at 7:30 am and 6:00 pm. In it, Mama sets Johnny up on a blind date where Johnny finally meets the girl of his dreams and it turns out to be a night shed soon forget.

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Nelvana Re-Cultivates Care Bears Broadcast And Home Video

Toronto-based Nelvana Ltd. has completed a series of broadcast and home entertainment deals for its popular library series CARE BEARS in Scandinavia, Greece, Israel, Poland, Bulgaria and Romania.

Nelvanas Scandinavian agent Kidz Entertainment has completed deals for the first 49 episodes in Sweden (Channel 5), Denmark (TV Danmarks) and Norway (TV2), while Greece-based Alter Channel and Kazakhstans Channel 1 & 2 have also picked up the same 49. Meanwhile, EUROCOM TV in Romania has acquired episodes 1-26 of the 1980s 2D series.

Kids Headline News

Discovery Kids U.K. Picks up Bjorn Bear

Ohm:tv has been licensed its latest animation series, BJORN BEAR, to U.K.-based Discovery Kids.

The 7x39 series, produced by Swedish Animation House Happy Life, is co-produced with WDR, which holds the rights for German-speaking territories and Swedish SVT, which holds the Scandinavian rights.

Animated Headline News

Pepe Le Pew Marathon Smells Fine For Valentine Day

Boomerang, Cartoon Networks commercial-free classic animation network, will present a Valentines Day mock-celebration Love Stinks! featuring that odiferous lover with a French accent, Pepe Le Pew, in a 24-hour marathon beginning at 6:00 on Feb. 14, 2005. Looney Tunes ardently amorous skunk earnestly tries to win the tender affections of unwitting females never quite succeed, he remains loves greatest champion through his enduring optimism and never-say-die commitment to the pursuit of lamore.

Special Headline News

New Ed, Edd n Eddy Valentine’s Day Special on Cartoon Network

Ed, Edd and Eddy take a big whiff of Valentine love in HANKY PANKY HULLABALOO, a new 30-minute special makes its debut Feb. 11, 2005, airing at 7:00 pm, 9:00 pm and 11:30 pm with a replay on Valentines Day, Feb. 14, at 7:30 pm.

On Valentines Day at Peach Creek High, lanky Ed is bracing himself for the inevitable assault of kisses from May Kanker. Eddy wants to turn the days romantic yearnings into cold, hard cash. Double-D sees the day as a chance to let that special someone know you care.

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Hazy Mills to Shop Pooch Café For Animated Series

Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner's Hazy Mills Prods. has optioned the comic strip POOCH CAFé to develop as a half-hour animated comedy series, it was reported in THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

POOCH CAFé, created by cartoonist/animator Paul Gilligan, features a mutt named Poncho who frequents the local watering hole called Pooch Café, where he discusses with his doggie friends such issues as tail-chasing, cat surveillance and the embarrassment of toilet bowl water breath.

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Scooby Gang Loves Valentine Mystery In Primetime Special

The Scooby Gang returns to The WB for some heartly laughs and adventures in the half-hour special A SCOOBY-DOO VALENTINE, Feb. 11, 2005, at 8:30 pm. The primetime special also will have an encore presentation during The WBs EASY VIEW on Feb. 13 at 5:00 pm. This brand new program, produced by Warner Bros. Animation, features JC Chasez, from mega-group NSYNC, making a special animated appearance as himself and the star-studded love interest of Shaggys ex-girlfriend.

Studio Headline News

Nicktoons Kicks Off Yakkity Yuks Super Bowl Weekend Marathon

Nicktoons will feature 24 episodes, back-to-back, of YAKKITY YAK on Feb. 5 & 6, 2005, from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm during Super Bowl Weekend in the U.S. Viewers will see Yakkity, the class clown of Onion Falls High School, on his rocky road to stardom as he strives to become a standup comic.

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Power Rangers 13th Season Premieres in Special Hour Feb. 5

The 13th season of the incredible Power Rangers franchise gets underway n a special two-part one-hour premiere, POWER RANGERS: SPACE PATROL DELTA on Feb. 5 at 8:30 a.m. ET/PT as part of the Jetix programming block. It also will air on Toon Disney February 7 at 7:30 pm.

Star Headline News

UPN Docks Enterprise Forever

UPN and Paramount Network Television have jointly announced that this will be the final season of STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE on UPN. Production will continue until the end of this season, which will finish shooting in March. The series finale will air on May 13, 2005.

Channel Headline News

Turner Launches Boomerang In South Africa

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 2, 2005 at 12:00am

On March 1, 2005, Turner Broadcasting, the creators of Cartoon Network, will launch Boomerang, the home of classic shows and stars from the Hanna-Barbera library in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi, Swaziland, Lesotho and Southern Angola. Boomerang will offer MultiChoices DStv channel 81subscribers a channel dedicated to shows such as WACKY RACES, CAPTAIN CAVEMAN, THE HAIR BEAR BUNCH, DASTARDLY AND MUTTLEY and INCH HIGH PRIVATE EYE.

Series Headline News

FOX Gets Twisted with Todd McFarlane

SPAWN creator Todd McFarlane has partnered with AngryFilms to develop TWISTED TALES, a half-hour anthology series, for FOX. Fox TV Studios' alternative division is producing in association with McFarlane and Angry Films (THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN). Trey Callaway (I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER) will serve as exec producer/showrunner. McFarlane, Terry Fitzgerald, Rick Benattar, Susan Montford and Don Murphy will also exec produce.

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Stan Lee, Ringo Starr Team to Develop New Animated Superhero Franchise

Stan Lee's POW! Ent. has forged a joint venture partnership with Ringo Starr to create and launch an original entertainment franchise. Financed, produced and distributed by IDT Ent., the new animation will transform Starr into an evil-battling, earth-saving (though reluctant) superhero with a great sense of rhythm.

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Taffy Reaches Latin America With Hola

Taffy Ent. announced that it has entered into a representation agreement with Hola Ent. to support Taffys distribution efforts in Latin America. Taffy already has a strong presence in the Latin American market with recent deals that include PET ALIEN for Cartoon Network Latin America, and TODDWORLD and JAKERS! THE ADVENTURES OF PIGGLEY WINKS for Discovery Kids Latin America.

International Headline News

MTV Taking Kappa Mikey Global

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 12:00am

MTV Networks announced its first-ever global program acquisition, securing the worldwide broadcast rights to Animation Collective's property KAPPA MIKEY, for Nicktoons in the U.S. and Nickelodeon's international channels. The deal comprises 26 half-hour episodes of the animated action comedy that will premiere on the channels in 2006. Also part of the agreement, MTV Networks International secures international distribution rights for third-party broadcast sales.

Karma Headline News

TOKYOPOP Taps Top Screenwriters For 2 TV Projects

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 12:00am

TOKYOPOP has recruited two of the animation worlds most celebrated scribesCraig Bartlett and Mark Seidenbergto develop television scripts inspired by two of its hot youth properties, STRAY SHEEP and KARMA CLUB.

First on deck, veteran screenwriter Bartlett, creator and writer of HEY ARNOLD! and JOHNNY BRAVO, has just wrapped development on a kids comedy series based on the beloved characters in Tatsutoshi Nomuras international sensation STRAY SHEEP. The series debuted in 1994 as a series of animated shorts on Japanese television.

Series Headline News

Atomic Betty Says Hola To Latin America

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 12:00am

Breakthrough Animation has appointed HOLA Ent. as the agent selected to represent the companys animated comedy-adventure series ATOMIC BETTY in Latin America. Following on the heels of the Cartoon Network Latin America deal, HOLA will concentrate on the broadcast rights for Free Television for the animated series.

Film Headline News

Man-Thing Skips Theaters for Sci Fi

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 12:00am

Marvels MAN-THING feature will skip theaters and debut on Sci Fi Channel in April, reports FANGORIA. The Lions Gate Films and Marvel Studios flick was schedule to hit the big screen in August. Lions Gate will then release the film on DVD June 14, 2005. The horror story chronicles a man who is transformed into a swamp creature and wrecks havoc on humans. Brett Leonard directed the film.

Disney Headline News

Disney Opens Channel & Playhouse in Thailand

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 12:00am

For the first time, Disney content will be available in Thailand via a distribution deal with P. Southern Network (PSN), reports VARIETY. PSN is working with Thailand's Cable TV Assn., a group of 500 cable TV operators, to include the Disney Channel and Playhouse Disney in their basic programming package. Animated programs will be dubbed into Thai and live-action programs will have subtitles. Disney plans to provide local content in the near future.

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IDT Ent. Sales Signs Distribution Agreement With Ledafilms

IDT Ent. Sales (IDTeS) announced that Ledafilms S.A. has acquired all television broadcasting rights throughout Latin America for select IDTeS animated and live-action properties. The distribution agreement covers 34 Latin American countries and Spanish speaking regions, including Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela and Brazil.

Series Headline News

3D Pet Aliens Let Loose on Cartoon Network Jan. 23

Cartoon Network, which until now has been a bit alien to 3D-animated series, started airing PET ALIEN on Jan. 23, 2005, at 10:00 am. The new series follows the adventures of aliens who leave outer space and land in the seaside town of DeSpray Bay to experience Earth life firsthand.

Animation Headline News

Cartoon Network Rolls Out D.I.C.E. Jan. 22

Cartoon Network presented the U.S. television debut of D.I.C.E. on Jan. 22, 2005 at 7:30 pm. The anime series was created by Bandai Ent. and animated by renowned animation studio, Xebec (subsidiary of Production I.G.), and showcases cutting-edge CG/cel animation for TV animation from Japan.

Friends Headline News

McCracken’s Imaginary Friends Starts New Season

Craig McCrackens latest 2D creation, FOSTERS HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS, is back with a new season beginning Jan. 21, 2005 at 7:00 pm on Cartoon Network. The second season continues the adventures of Mac, a normal 8-year-old, and Blooregard Q. Kazoo, his imaginary friend.