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Sega Revitalizes Game Franchise with ‘Sonic Boom’
by+Thomas J. McLean
Sonic Boom, a new CG-animated series starring video-game icon Sonic the Hedgehog, is being coproduced by Sega of America and OuiDO! Productions as part of broad initiative to revitalize the character that also will include new video games and a toy line.
The TV series — the franchise’s fifth but its first CG entry — will take an ensemble comedy approach and is set to premiere on Cartoon Network in the United States and Canal J and Gulli in France during during the 2014-15 season. It will consist of 52 11-minute episodes.
AMC Seals Deal for 'Preacher' TV Series
The AMC basic cable network, which has scored a huge hit with its adaptation of the comic book-based The Walking Dead, has announced that it has sealed the deal for another comic book-based live-action TV series—one that will be based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s controversial (and highly entertaining) Preacher comic book series published by DC’s Vertigo imprint. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the edgy writing team behind Superbad, Pineapple Express, and last summer’s This Is the End. Perhaps even better news for Preacher fans is the fact that AMC has hired Sam Catlin, who was the showrunner for the award-winning Breaking Bad, to executive produce and function as the showrunner for Preacher.
Tales from the Toon Trenches Joe Barbera’s Snow Job
As regular readers of this blog know, whenever I’m at a loss for a story idea, I turn back to the book of Joe … Barbera, that is. I knew Joe for the last several years of his life and would often go up to his office and have lunch with him, or just sit and talk. No matter where we were, though, I was an audience for his stories, which flew out of him like confetti out of a cannon. His stories of his early days in animation, prior to teaming up with Bill Hanna at MGM, were of particular interest. One involved the Van Beuren Studios in New York, where Joe had applied to get out of working in a bank. “I strolled in, very cool, and they took a look at the magazine [cartoons he had drawn], and hired me … for three bucks less than I was getting at the bank,” he told me in 1998, adding:
Romita Moving to DC To Work on 'Superman'
In a surprising move, John Romita, Jr. is moving to DC, and will be drawing the ongoing Superman title beginning this summer. And to make the book even more high profile, DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns will be writing. The announcement was made in DC’s All Access web show, released Tuesday.
Romita has worked for Marvel for almost his entire career, with a handful of exceptions, and has never before worked for DC. His father was also a Marvel lifer.
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