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Thursday - March 8, 2001
- Changes Coming to Cartoon Network After Merger
- Disney's Recess: School's Out Tops $27 Million
- Nintendo GameCube System to Hit U.S. Shores in September
- News Link of the Day - Aloha Shirts, Cartoons Fair Game for Cultural Studies


Changes Coming to the Cartoon Network After Merger
(by digitalmediafx.com) AOL Time Warner announced this week that it is merging the WB broadcast network and Turner basic cable networks, including the Cartoon Network, into one - the Turner Broadcasting System. The merger makes Turner Broadcasting the world's largest television network group and will allow advertising, marketing, and program development to be shared, according to the company.

But the move will come at a cost to some programming. In announcing the merger, AOL Time Warner also announced that Jamie Kellner, CEO and founder of The WB, is the new Chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting.

According to an article in the March 6 edition of Daily Variety, "Kellner said he'll begin by looking at ways to cross-pollinate the operations of Kids' WB and the Cartoon Network."

Daily Variety quotes Kellner as saying, "There are a lot of places where we can share programming and promotions at the two kids networks."

In a company press release, Bob Pittman, AOL Time Warner Co-Chief Operating Officer stated, "Grouping these networks under one management team makes enormous sense."

A lot of fans of the Cartoon Network, however, believe that is debatable. With The WBs Kellner at the helm, the Cartoon Network is likely to be much more tampered with than Kids' WB!. In addition, the structure of the Cartoon Network had been influenced by the Chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting (before the merger), Terence McGuirk. Because there is only room for one CEO in the merger, McGuirk has had to step aside.

"After more than 28 years at Turner Broadcasting, I have decided to step back from a direct operating role with the Company," said McGuirk. McGuirk will continue to be involved with the company as a Vice Chairman.

Outside of Kellner's comments to Daily Variety there have been no immediate details released how Cartoon Network programming will be affected by the merger.

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Disney's Recess: School's Out Tops $27 Million
(by digitalmediafx.com) Disney's
Recess: School's Out has passed the $27 million mark after 18 days in theaters. Last weekend, the animated film (based on the Disney TV series) placed 8th at the box office. The relative low cost of creating and marketing Disney's Recess: School's Out is already making it a profitable venture for Disney.

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Nintendo GameCube System to Hit U.S. Shores in September
Nintendo's GameCube(by digitalmediafx.com) Nintendo's new GameCube system will be available in the U.S. starting in September of this year, according to Atsuo Asada, executive vice president of Nintendo Company Limited. Japan will be the first to receive the system, however, beginning in July. Europe will receive GameCube systems beginning in spring of 2002.

Known formerly as "Project Dolphin," Nintendo's GameCube will sport a 405MHz Gekko MPU and will contain several optional accessory capabilities, including Internet connection and wireless game pads.

Editors Note: Months after the publishing of the above article, the release date was moved to November 5, 2001.

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News Link of the Day - Aloha Shirts, Cartoons Fair Game for Cultural Studies

According to The ABQ Journal

"A four-day conference opening today in Albuquerque will make fans of popular culture happier than Scooby Doo in a Mystery Machine full of Scooby snacks...

Grad students and professors who study the deeper significance of cartoons, pro wrestling, movies, fashion, etc. — what the PCA/ACA calls 'the life and culture of real people'— will give around 700 presentations at the Sheraton Old Town, nearly all of which are open to the public..."

Click here for the full story.

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