January 2005

Google Ad smart-placement can be funny sometimes. Posted Monday, January 31, 2005, 10:50AM by Pepito
"And yes, you will all become compost sooner or later. I'll make sure of it.

Neglect is getting commonplace around here. Posted Sunday, January 30, 2005, 7:19PM by TylerL
"I hope you like D.I.C.E., 'cause that's all I got today.
D.I.C.E. section created and populated.
D.I.C.E. First Promo
D.I.C.E. Intro
D.I.C.E. Mini Toonami Intro
D.I.C.E. Toy Promo

...and Michael Vick tells you to get off your duff and burn off that Twinkie you just ate...unless you're in a Nielson family.

ReBoot lives on!...Sort of. Posted Thursday, January 27, 2005, 10:10PM by TylerL
"A few months old, but it stayed pretty far under the radar...

Mainframe Entertainment, creators of ReBoot, Beast Wars, etc. are producing a children's show starring the Binomes of Mainframe appropriately titled ""Binomes"".

From the show's preview page:
Not so far from where you are, are the most wonderful kind of folks...INSIDE OF A COMPUTER!

Meet Bin! And his friends and family: Cookie, Digit, Browser, the Kernel, Mr. and Mrs. Fontface, and the Wizzywigs! They live on a chip farm where computer chips grow, cables are trees, and children are told to eat their electrons -- because they're good for them.

The Binomes. They're just plain processors in a world where beta-balls hover, the sky is blue circuits, and static storms are the norm. But kids still like to play, have adventures and be read to at bedtime -- because some things never change (including Bin's Mom's hair... but that's another story!)

52 x 11' minute episodes from leading CGI Animation producer Mainframe Entertainment---a pre-school show for every little kid that's surfed the net!

Teen Titans & JLU superpower Toonami ratings Posted Wednesday, January 26, 2005, 1:20AM by Nobuyuki
"The latest press release regarding Cartoon Network ratings is out!

Cartoon Network Celebrates Four Weeks of Solid Double-Digit Ratings, Delivery Growth Across the Board

New Episode Premieres of Teen Titans and Justice League Unlimited Fuel Triple-Digit Gains among Target Demos


Claiming a solid four-week winning streak, Cartoon Network earned dramatic double-digit ratings and delivery growth across all its target demos in both prime time and kids total day, according to Nielsen Media Research. Standouts from the network’s blistering line-up of original series include new episode premieres of Teen Titans (Saturday, 8 p.m.) and Justice League Unlimited (Saturday, 8:30 p.m.), as well as the second-season launch of Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends (Friday, 7 & 10:30 p.m.) within the FRIDAYS (7 p.m.-12 a.m.) franchise (which we'll skip coverage of here- Nobu).

Read more for the Toonami highlights:

Highlights of Cartoon Network’s outstanding performance vs. the same time periods last year include the following:

DC Comics-themed Teen Titans and Justice League Unlimited, currently anchoring TOONAMI (Saturday 7-11 p.m.), the network’s weekend block of edgier action-adventure programming for tweens, each premiered new episodes that eager viewers simply inhaled:

Teen Titans (Saturday, 8 p.m.)

* Ranked #1 in its time period on basic cable in delivery/rating among tweens 9-14, boys 9-14 and boys 6-11.
* Tweens 9-14 delivery (921,000) surged by 199% and ratings (3.7) by 185%.
* Kids 6-11 delivery (1,222,000) exploded by 221% and ratings (5.0) by 213%.

Justice League Unlimited (Saturday, 8:30 p.m.)

* Ranked #1 in its time period on basic cable in delivery/rating among boys 9-14.
* Tweens 9-14 delivery (800,000) increased by 118% and ratings (3.3) by 120%.
* Kids 6-11 delivery (1,029,000) jumped by 49% and ratings (4.2) by 45%.

Cartoon Network, currently seen in 87.1 million U.S. homes and 160 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s 24-hour, ad-supported cable service offering the best in animated entertainment.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.

RATING PERIOD: 1/17/05-1/23/05

SOURCE: Turner Entertainment Research from Nielsen Media Research data. These television ratings data are reproduced here with permission from Nielsen Media Research. Reproduction of these data in volume, without permission from Nielsen Media Research, is prohibited. (Oops. :P)

NOTES: All ratings based on Total U.S. Television Universe of 109,600,000 homes.

A 24-hour-work-shift-a-day keeps the insurrection away! Posted Tuesday, January 25, 2005, 4:40PM by Pepito
"I know what you want. You want a new Pepito column. Fine. If it distracts you from defending yourself from my inevitable onslaught, I'm all for it.
Here you go, you resource-consuming greasy statistic-points:
New Ask Pepito Column!
Remember to keep writing me with your idiotic questions. They amuse me inbetween bouts of immense rage.

Still More Fight In The Dragonball Franchise? Posted Thursday, January 13, 2005, 2:02PM by JJc14
"It was recently reported in this GameSpot.com article that Atari has renewed their exclusive gaming rights to the Dragonball franchise for another five years. However, the end of the article revealed some information concerning FUNimation's future plans:

""FUNimation officials said the next Dragon Ball Z movie, Broly: Second Coming, will hit the market in April, followed by Dragon Ball Z Ultimate Uncut special editions, which feature unreleased footage and extras, like an exclusive Goku vs. Vegeta featurette, plus interviews with voice actors and fans. Dragon Ball Z will return to broadcast television in May.""

Of course, nothing is set in stone at this time, but if Dragonball Z does return to the airwaves, it'll be interesting to see how it would affect the Toonami schedule.


Source: GameSpot.com

The Batman arrives in April Posted Wednesday, January 12, 2005, 4:18PM by Andromaton
"When Warner Bros. announced The Batman for the WB they also stated that it would be joining the ranks of Cartoon Network in the not to distant future. Well, that future is in April. April 2nd to be exact. To be even more exact-- April 2nd at 9.0p

That means Toonami. It also means as of the current schedule it will be replacing Megas XLR.

Funimation going, going, gone!" Posted Monday, January 10, 2005, 7:24PM by andromaton
"Navarre Corporation a leading publisher and distributor of a broad range of home entertainment and multimedia software products, announced that it has executed a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the general and limited partnership interests in FUNimation Productions, Ltd. and The FUNimation Store, Ltd. Navarre anticipates that this transaction will close before May 15, 2005.

Translation: Navarre is about to own Funimation and all of it's liscenses.

Will this aquisition affect Toonami? It's hard to say at this point in time as Navarre will have to honor all of Funi's current contracts. Once they expire, it very well could a whole new ballgame.

Source: arrivenet.com
Read More for full Arrivenet article

Navarre Corporation a leading publisher and distributor of a broad range of home entertainment and multimedia software products, announced that it has executed a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the general and limited partnership interests in FUNimation Productions, Ltd. and The FUNimation Store, Ltd. Navarre anticipates that this transaction will close before May 15, 2005.

FUNimation, based in Fort Worth, Texas, is a leading home video distributor and licensor of Japanese animation and children's entertainment in the United States providing titles that include Dragonball Z, Dragonball GT, Yu Yu Hakusho, Case Closed and Fullmetal Alchemist. In addition to the home video distribution of its proprietary content, FUNimation engages in third- party marketing, sales and distribution agreements with content providers, including 4Kids Entertainment Inc., Nelvana, Alliance Atlantis and WGBH. FUNimation also acquires master licenses to properties through long-term arrangements and leverages this proprietary content into various revenue streams including television broadcast, VHS and DVD home videos, toys, video games, and trading cards. For the years ended December 31, 2001, 2002 and 2003, FUNimation had net sales of $49.8 million, $63.7 million and $81.6 million, respectively, and pre-tax net income of $20.0 million, $24.9 million and $30.5 million, respectively.

Navarre is acquiring the FUNimation partnership interests for a payment at closing by Navarre of approximately $100,500,000 in cash, plus its issuance of between 1,495,216 and 1,827,486 shares of Navarre common stock. These shares of Navarre common stock will be unregistered, but they will be subject to certain registration rights. Additionally, the sellers could receive up to $17,000,000 in cash to be paid over five years if FUNimation achieves certain agreed-upon financial targets during that time period. The closing of the transaction is subject to the satisfaction of customary conditions including a requirement that Navarre shall have obtained financing sufficient to enable Navarre to consummate the transaction.

Eric Paulson, Chairman and CEO of Navarre stated, ""The completion of the FUNimation acquisition will be a continuation of the transformation of our company as it reflects the ongoing execution of our strategy to utilize the strong underlying asset of our distribution business to support and assist in the growth of our higher margin publishing business."" Paulson continued, ""FUNimation will bring new business skills of international licensing and brand development. With the signing of this agreement, we look forward to welcoming FUNimation to the portfolio of companies in our Publishing segment.""

""We are extremely excited to join the Navarre family of companies,"" said Gen Fukunaga, president of FUNimation Productions, Ltd. ""Utilizing Navarre's capital structure and distribution efficiencies will aid FUNimation in its ongoing business.""

Cary Deacon, Navarre's Chief Operating Officer of Publishing and Licensing commented, ""The FUNimation acquisition is consistent with our overall business strategy and will significantly increase our publishing offerings, establishes long-term relationships with new vendors and customers, and solidify our position as a premier provider of published and licensed home entertainment products. We believe in FUNimation's business model and its brand management success in anime and children's entertainment, licensing, and home video industries. As well, FUNimation brings a strong management team that will bolster our overall group.""

Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. acted as financial advisor to Navarre Corporation in connection with the transaction, and A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. acted as financial advisor to FUNimation.

Get a sneak peek of D.I.C.E. at Toonami.com Posted Monday, January 10, 2005, 1:47PM by TylerL
"Toonami.com is offering the first episode of D.I.C.E. as a two-part streaming download.

Visit Toonami.com to watch.

Thanks to Naruffy for the discovery.

I wish to buy all your D.I.C.E. products. Please point me to your D.I.C.E. section. Posted Saturday, January 8, 2005, 8:09PM by TylerL
It's Saturday.
Again.
D.I.C.E. is coming.
Hide.
D.I.C.E. First Promo

Shareholders: Your voice does work... at least a bit Posted Thursday, January 6, 2005, 5:58PM by andromaton
"Walt Disney Co's board said on Thursday it has made permanent the policy to separate the roles of chief executive and chairman, responding to criticism and requests from shareholders.

The board amended corporate governance guidelines to read, ""the chairman of the board shall be an independent director unless the board concludes that the best interests of shareholders would otherwise be better served,"" and to require a written explanation in proxy materials if the two jobs were held by a single person.

Source: Reuters
Click read more for the whole article.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co's board said on Thursday it has made permanent the policy to separate the roles of chief executive and chairman, responding to criticism and requests from shareholders.

The board amended corporate governance guidelines to read, ""the chairman of the board shall be an independent director unless the board concludes that the best interests of shareholders would otherwise be better served,"" and to require a written explanation in proxy materials if the two jobs were held by a single person.

The board stripped the chairmanship from Chief Executive Michael Eisner after a strong protest vote against him at the March 2004 annual meeting, but directors had resisted pressure from shareholders to make separation of the jobs company policy.

Connecticut Treasurer Denise Nappier, who runs the state's pension fund, praised the board's move and dropped her shareholder proposal for Disney's 2005 annual meeting that urged such a policy.

""This represents a significant victory for Disney shareholders and corporate governance advocates, and is certainly in the best interest of the company,"" Nappier said in a separate statement.

Why couldn't it have been the other Eisner Posted Tuesday, January 4, 2005, 12:31PM by andromaton
"from Andromaton.com
Newsarama reports that comic legend Will Eisner died Monday evening, due to complications from heart surgery performed on December 22nd. Eisner had undergone quadruple bypass surgery, and was last reported to be recovering well.

Eisner was 87 years old, and was still actively working. His latest graphic novel, The Plot is due to be released later this year by W.W. Norton.
Click here for the story.

A moment of silence please.

There's not to much linking us back to the comicbooks golden age anymore. This is just a reminder that all greatness has an end, there are few who have been as influential on comic books around the world as Will. He will be missed. The Spirit fades but never for long, rest in peace Will.

Pertinent Highlights of the 2004 Cartoon Network Annual Ratings Report Posted Sunday, January 2, 2005, 11:11PM by Nobuyuki
"According to a press release from Cartoon Network summarizing their overall yearly ratings (you know, what primes the money pump to produce/acquire new cartoony goodness), the following highlights were presented:

Miguzi (Monday-Friday, 5-7 pm)
*Kids 6-11 delivery (646,000) expanded by 24% and ratings (2.7) by 23%.

Toonami (Saturday, 7-11 pm)
*Tweens 9-14 delivery (513,000) rose by 16% and ratings (2.1) by 17%.

Ratings listed are compared same period year-to-year (i.e. 2003 vs. 2004).
Basically, this data supports the argument that Miguzi is kicking the old weekday Toonami lineup where it hurts, and why Toonami isn't coming back to afternoons any time soon.