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ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2004 | From Associated Press
The British Broadcasting Corp. announced Monday that it would phase out ties between its popular children's television characters and fatty or sugary snack foods. Teletubbies chocolate bars, Tweenies chocolate crispies and Fimbles shortcake are to be replaced with healthier products, like yogurt with dried fruit and shaped pasta. The BBC, largely funded by British taxpayers, licenses its children's TV cartoon characters around the world for a variety of products, such as books and videos.
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BUSINESS
March 24, 2004 | From Associated Press
Viacom Inc., owner of the CBS, Nickelodeon and MTV television networks, plans to collaborate with Shanghai Media Group on producing children's programs in China's largest city -- the first such joint venture since China opened TV production to foreign investment. Viacom Chief Executive Sumner Redstone said at a news conference in Beijing that his company would have a "huge stake" in the venture, though it's limited by law to a minority share.
NEWS
February 26, 2004 | Elizabeth Jensen
Kids' WB! is moving into live-action shows this summer with its first original movie and a hidden-camera prank show called "Gagsters." The movie, "Zolar," follows a band of semi-pro athletes who discover their newest team member is an alien. It will include cameos from sports stars.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2003 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
Tune into a PBS station during the day and there's "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," with beloved TV icon Fred Rogers. The shows, with their quiet reassurance, emotion-exploring songs and puppet vignettes, are the self-effacing legacy of Rogers, who died in February.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2003 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
At a time when commercial broadcasters seem to be decreasing their commitment to children's programming, the Corp. for Public Broadcasting has given its largest single grant for a children's show to fund "The Misadventures of Maya and Miguel," a new PBS animated situation comedy chronicling the lives of 10-year-old Latino twins. It's set to premiere in the fall of 2004. Scholastic Entertainment Inc.
NEWS
March 20, 2003 | Lee Margulies
Ever wonder what the toddlers on Nickelodeon's cartoon series "Rugrats" would be like as adolescents? You'll be able to find out this fall when the cable network unveils "All Grown Up," a spinoff series that features Tommy, Chuckie and the gang as preteens, with 13-year-old Angelica still the older nemesis. That was one of seven new series Nickelodeon announced Wednesday. Others included "Romeo!"
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2002 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Children's cable network Nickelodeon has drawn fire from a conservative group over an upcoming "Nick News" special that will explore the issue of gay parenting, with comic Rosie O'Donnell and the Rev. Jerry Falwell among the participants. "Nick News Special Edition: My Family Is Different" is scheduled to run in prime time on June 18 and will examine "issues related to diversity, tolerance and respect, particularly to kids of same-sex parented families," according to the network's announcement.
BUSINESS
November 29, 2001 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Unable to compete in the crowded children's television market, NBC and Fox are preparing to call it quits by leasing their Saturday morning TV slots to the highest bidders. The two networks are in serious negotiations with outside programmers, including Nickelodeon, Warner Bros., Discovery Communications, DIC Entertainment, Sony, Pokemon producer 4 Kids Entertainment and Canadian children's television producer Nelvana. None of the parties involved would comment.
BUSINESS
November 9, 2001 | Bloomberg News
News Corp.'s Fox television network will suspend its children's programming on weekday afternoons and give the two-hour block back to its affiliated TV stations in local markets. The 2 to 4 p.m. time period that now airs Fox Kids shows will be returned to the stations starting Dec. 31, Fox said in a statement. Fox Kids programming will still run for four hours on Saturdays.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 2001 | MICHAEL MALLORY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Behind the glass wall of a tiny sound booth, 14-year-old actress Kyla Pratt reads the lines for her leading role in a new animated series, "The Proud Family." On the other side of the glass sit series creator and executive producer Bruce W. Smith, co-executive producer and writer Ralph Farquhar, supervising producer Calvin Brown Jr. and story editor/series co-developer Doreen Spicer, among others. All are following along in the scripts, suggesting bits of direction, approving takes and laughing.
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