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Thursday - October 4, 2001
- King of the Hill Friction
- Update on Writers Guild Story
- Burger King Wins Spirit Tie-In
- News Link of the Day - Universal's New Game Franchises

King of the Hill Friction
(by There's a lot of friction currently going on behind the set of the animated TV series King of the Hill. According to Daily Variety, two principal creators of the show - Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger - abruptly quit over disputes leaving all creator duties to Greg Daniel.

"Aibel and Berger, who joined 'King' during its first season as executive story editors, ascended to the top spot in season six," says Variety.

No details were provided as to the exact cause of the tension that lead to the departures. The series, however, will go on.

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Update to Writers Guild Story
(by This is an update to yesterday's dFX story titled, Writer's Union Keeps Up Pressure on Nickelodeon. Yesterday's mock vote by writers of six Nickelodeon TV series resulted in a 90% vote for union representation. The final vote tally was as follows:

Yes for Union Representation - 19 votes
No for Union Representation - 2 votes

Voting was conducted by secret ballot at Nickelodeon Animation Studios yesterday during the noon lunch hour. Some animation writers weren't shy about wanting union representation, wearing Writer's Guild T-shirts to openly voice their support for the union.

"We held this election to demonstrate to Nickelodeon that it is time to begin the dialogue for a contract for these writers," said Victoria Riskin, President, WGAw.

Are animation unions a good thing or bad thing? Discuss animation unions here.

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Burger King Wins Spirit Tie-In
(by Burger King has kept its close ties with DreamWorks animation by securing the rights to do tie-in promotions for DreamWorks animated Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, which is scheduled to hit theaters Memorial Day weekend 2002, competing with Star Wars: Episode 2 - Attack of the Clones. Burger King held the fast food tie-in rights to DreamWorks animated megahit Shrek, which is currently the highest grossing movie of the year.

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News Link of the Day - Universal's New Game Franchises

According to Video Store Magazine:

"Universal Interactive is making the most of its new role as a video game publisher and unit of Vivendi Universal Interactive Publishing, while retaining a strategic relationship with Universal Pictures.

The video game publisher, which was formerly called Universal Interactive Studios, is developing new game franchises based on The Fast and the Furious, The Thing, Jurassic Park, The Hulk, The Scorpion King, The Mummy Returns and 'The Lord of the Rings' literary works by J.R.R. Tolkien..."

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