Media FX News Archives
- June 13, 2001
- Cartoon Network to Target
- First Annual MuppetFest
Coming in September
- Disney and Other Studios
Targeted for DVD Price Fixing
- News Link of the Day
- Dr. Sweet Disney's First Black Feature Film Character?
Network to Target Adults
(by digitalmediafx.com) The Cartoon Network is implementing
a new strategy to target adults during certain days and time.
Beginning September 2, the Cartoon Network will introduce a new
segment called "Adult Swim" - programming aimed at 18-34
year olds. The new "Adult Swim" segment will air on
Sundays and Thursdays from 10PM - 1AM.
one-third of our viewers are adults over 18, so it's a natural
extension of our programming to create new shows specifically
for the adult audience," said Betty Cohen, president of Cartoon
Network Worldwide. "The humor in ADULT SWIM will definitely
be aimed at a more sophisticated audience than our other programming.
Our mission for these shows will be the same as for the network
at large - to create shows that are enduringly smart, fun, funny
and fearless but never antisocial or mean-spirited. ADULT SWIM
will truly complement what we already do so well - present the
best in animated entertainment."
Here are details
from the Cartoon Network on its new segment, which will contain
warning messages of adult-targeted content:
Swim's rotating lineup will be anchored by new episodes of Home
Movies, the story of a socially awkward third grader named Brendon
Small. A budding auteur, Brendon writes, directs and acts in short
films with neighborhood friends as a way of overcoming his shyness
and dealing with the recent divorce of his parents. Brendon provides
telling insight on the dysfunction of the adults in his life using
his third grade lens. Home Movies was originally developed for
UPN by Soup 2 Nuts (formerly Tom Snyder Productions).
will feature the return of television's crankiest talk show host,
Space Ghost. Space Ghost Coast to Coast is the planet's only late-night
talk show hosted by a cartoon superhero. Fully costumed and on
the scene with an array of superpowers, Space Ghost is joined
by archenemies Moltar and Zorak, whom he has enslaved as unwilling
members of his late-night crew. The bossy inquisitor grills pop
culture luminaries ranging from Al Roker to Beck. And when Space
Ghost is really feeling testy, he vaporizes them with a blast
from his power bands.
A number of
new shows will be developed at Cartoon Network's Williams St.
facility, the launching pad for Space Ghost Coast to Coast. Sealab
2021 is a kitschy update of a Hanna-Barbera production about an
undersea city, featuring the voice talents of Eric Estrada. Aqua
Teen Hunger Force tells the story of an elite group of detectives
who happen to be human-sized food products. Harvey Birdman is
the world's first animated courtroom drama, trying the crimes
and misdemeanors of the cartoon world, like when Shaggy gets pulled
over in the Mystery Machine for 'possession.' Finally, demented
space alien Brak returns in Leave It to Brak, which parodies the
beloved tenets of classic family sitcoms but with a wry sensibility
and plenty of catchy songs."
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"MuppetFest" Coming in September
digitalmediafx.com) A first annual festival honoring The Muppets
creations will take place on September 22 & 23 at the Pasadena
Civic Center. Called MuppetFest, the festival will include guest
appearances by the original multitalented puppeteers and writers
who helped create the Muppets, live musical performances of original
Muppet music, screenings of rare footage, presentations from Jim
Henson's Creature Shop, and interactive exhibitions.
"The Muppets have a truly one-of-a-kind relationship with
longtime fans around the world," said Michael Polis, Senior
Vice President of Marketing for The Jim Henson Company. "With
MuppetFest we are thanking those who have taken our characters
to their hearts, while simultaneously recognizing the amazing
talents that epitomize the history and future of the Muppets."
is a co-production of The Jim Henson Company and Creation Entertainment.
For more information on MuppetFest, click
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and Other Studios Targeted for DVD Price Fixing
(by digitalmediafx.com) The European Commission is investigating
Disney and seven other studios for DVD price fixing. Disney is
the first to be investigated and is cooperating fully with the
investigation that is looking into the high prices of DVDs in
the panel is investigating is Regional Coding and whether it is
fair that DVDs purchased in the U.S. can't be played in Europe
and vice versa. While studios claim it is necessary to fight piracy,
some within the commission believe it is really for the ability
to charge high prices in different regions and to prevent distribution
of some CD titles in some areas.
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of the Day - Dr. Sweet Disney's First Black Feature Film Character?
According to USA Today:
Joshua Sweet, one of the heroes of Disney's Atlantis: The Lost
Empire, is a heroic member of the team searching for the undersea
world of Atlantis. And he's the first black character in the history
of Disney animated feature films. That may surprise you
here for the full story.
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