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Tokyopop to Shut U.S. Publishing May 31

Manga and anime publisher Tokyopop has announced it will close the doors on its remaining U.S. publishing operations effective May 31. According to a statement from the Los Angeles-based ... Continue Reading →
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Canal + Brings ‘Action Dad’ to France

ToonZone Studios’ animated series Action Dad has been picked up for broadcast in France by Canal +. The series consists of 26 22-minute episodes and was produced by Los Angeles-based ... Continue Reading →
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VIZ Kids Acquires Licenses for Five Animated Properties

VIZ Media is expanding its VIZ Kids imprint with the acquisition of licenses for the  popular animated properties Hero 108, Pokemon, Mr. Men and Little Miss, Voltron Force and Mameshiba. The ... Continue Reading →
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4Kids Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

The legal dispute over the licensing for Yu-Gi-Oh! has taken a toll on 4Kids Entertainment, which has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New York. The filing stays the Yu-Gi-Oh! ... Continue Reading →
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Nickelodeon’s Brodsky Named to Licensing Hall of Fame

Leigh Anne Brodsky, the president of Nickelodeon Consumer Products and a pioneer in popularizing such multicultural properties as Dora the Explorer, has been named to the Licensing ... Continue Reading →
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Studio100 Licenses Classic Series to Turkish Radio TV Corp.

Germany’s Studio100 Media has licensed three of its remastered classic kids series to Turkish Radio Television Corp. The deal made in Istanbul by TRT Director General Ibrahim ... Continue Reading →
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Voltron Relaunch Adds Clothing, Publishing Licensors

The revival of Voltron is picking up some major heat. With the new animated series Voltron Force set to debut on Nickelodeon this year, Classic Media and World Event Productions have ... Continue Reading →
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Fleischer Studios Loses Betty Boop Copyright Appeal

The heirs of animator Max Fleischer have lost a legal appeal to recover the copyright to the popular cartoon character Betty Boop, according to news reports. In a 2-1 ruling the 9th ... Continue Reading →
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kaboom! Brings New ‘Peanuts’ Special Back to Comics

We’ve already told you about Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown, the new Peanuts animated special. Now the special is getting Peanuts back into comics form with a graphic ... Continue Reading →
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Atlantyca Acquires Milan Children’s Publisher Dreamfarm

Atlantyca Entertainment, the Italian co-producer of hit kids animated series Geronimo Stilton, has expanded its publishing and intellectual property operations with the acquisition ... Continue Reading →