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“Axe Cop” breaking into Saturday late-prime on FOX

Axe Cop

Axe Cop

Animation Domination HD, the new animation unit created by Fox Broadcasting Company, has acquired the rights to the hit comic phenomenon Axe Cop, Nick Weidenfeld, head of Animation Domination HD, announced Tuesday.

Axe Cop will premiere as part of FOX’s new Saturday late-prime Animation Domination HD block (11 to 12:30 p.m. ET/PT), debuting in 2013, and across digital platforms.

Axe Cop is one of the most creative, hilarious and naturally viral comic properties to emerge in the last decade,” Weidenfeld said. “I’ve hoped someone would adapt Axe Cop for television for years, and couldn’t be happier that we get to be that someone. Axe Cop has all the makings of an iconic animated series, and it will help set the tone for FOX’s new late-prime Saturday animation lineup.”

Axe Cop is the first new series in development by Animation Domination HD. The new unit has ordered six quarter-hour episodes of the series. Additional auspices will be announced.

The Axe Cop Web comic was created by then five-year-old Malachai Nicolle and his 29-year-old brother Ethan, and chronicles the adventures of an axe-wielding police officer and his loyal team of allies as they fight bad guys. Written by Malachai and drawn by Ethan, the first five installments of Axe Cop were put online on January 25, 2010 and went viral in a matter of days.

Three days after AxeCop.com went live, it was featured as Entertainment Weekly‘s “Site of the Day,” and the series quickly became an Internet meme. Since its debut, Axe Cop has gained cult status and prominent recognition in the comic sphere through Dark Horse, on the Web, and through various media circuits.

FOX gives moms a special gift on Sunday

Fox Animation Studios

Fox Animation Studios

In celebration of Mother’s Day, the animated kids of FOX Sundays reveal what they’re getting their moms — Donna Tubbs, Marge Simpson, Linda Belcher, Lois Griffin and Francine Smith.

Plus, FOX promises no regifting with all-new episodes of The Cleveland Show, The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy and the season finale of American Dad, airing from 7:30 to 10 p.m. ET/PT Sunday, May 13.

The Cleveland Show (7:30 to 8 p.m.)

Roberta Tubbs: “I’m gonna sign my name to whatever Junior gets her.”
Cleveland Brown Jr.: “For Mother’s Day, I’m going to make breakfast in bed. Then, after I’m done eating, I’m gonna give Miss Donna some socks.”
Rallo Tubbs: “I’m gonna sign my name to whatever Junior gets her.”

The Simpsons (8 to 8:30 p.m.)

Bart Simpson: “Every year my prayer for Mother’s Day is that Mom’s not a widow by the time it rolls around.”
Lisa Simpson: “I hope Mom gets to spend the day with her favorite child: not Bart.”

Bob’s Burgers (8:30 to 9 p.m.)

Tina Belcher: “It’s Mother’s Day. Mom has glasses. I have glasses. I’m gonna clean her glasses.”
Gene Belcher: “Mother’s Day is the reason I don’t just give hugs out willy nilly. Make her wait, and she’ll love you for it.”
Louise Belcher: “Mother’s Day Present: Take a piece of paper, scribble some shape, sign it, done. One year, I literally drew a circle. Mom cried.”

Family Guy (9 to 9:30 p.m.)

Chris Griffin: “I got her a pineapple!”
Meg Griffin: “A picture of her from when she was my age to remind her she wasn’t as hot as she claims to have been.”
Stewie Griffin: “What would I get Lois for Mother’s day? Hmm, what did Rosemary’s baby give her mother?”

American Dad (9:30 to 10 p.m.)

Hayley Smith: “I want to say a facial or pedicure, but I’m probably going to go with a Sharper Image gift certificate. It’s the polite way to get a middle-aged woman something that vibrates.”
Steve Smith: “I gave her a gift 14 years ago, and it didn’t come from a store. It came bursting from her uterus; it was me.”

50 Days of Futurama

Futurama

Futurama

Comedy Central is taking “Futurama” fans on a 50 day multi-platform journey leading up to the series’ seventh season premiere on Wednesday, June 20 at 10:00 p.m.  The “Countdown To ‘Futurama’” launches on Facebook on Tuesday, May 1 and for 50 consecutive days  will provide fans with exclusive content including preview clips, character designs, episode stills, story boards and more each day.  For the countdown kick-off, Comedy Central will post a sneak peek clip from the season premiere episode, “The Bots and the Bees.”  “Futurama’s” Facebook page has over 20 million fans and ranks among the top five animated television show pages.

Beginning on Monday, May 7, CC Digital will feature the first of seven weekly podcasts, which will include a week’s worth of “Countdown To ‘Futurama’” content. Hosted by Executive Producer David X. Cohen, who will be joined by a rotating cast of other “Futurama” writers and producers, this all-new feature will provide viewers with inside commentary on each piece of exclusive content along with a first look at images from upcoming episodes, as well as character designs, stills, storyboards and concept sketches. The “Futurama” weekly podcasts will only be available on iTunes.

Fox To Save Kingdom

Hero's Guide To Saving Your Kingdom

Hero's Guide To Saving Your Kingdom

Fox has announced they have optioned children’s book Hero’s Guide To Saving Your Kingdom as a possible future animated feature. The book, which comes out today, was written by Christopher Healy.

The story follows four wanna-be Prince Charmings: Liam, Duncan, Frederic, and Gustav. When they are kicked out of their castles by their respective princesses, the four come across an evil plot that threatens each of their kingdoms and must fight their own imperfections as well as all sorts of fantasy villains in order to become true heroes.

The film will be produced by Chernin Entertainment. No scriptwriter or director has yet been attached to the film.

SEC probing DWA, Disney over business in China

DreamWorks Animation SKG

DreamWorks Animation SKG

DreamWorks Animation and Disney have received letters of inquiry from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission over their business activities in China, according to an unnamed person familiar with the matter.

The SEC wrote to at least five movie studios in the past two months, including 20th Century Fox, said the source, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the letters.

The letters ask about possibly inappropriate payments and how the companies dealt with certain Chinese government officials.

Representatives of DreamWorks, Disney and News Corp. — the owner of 20th Century Fox — declined to comment. An SEC spokesman wouldn’t comment, either.

The state-owned China Film Group, which has long had a firm hold on the Chinese film market, didn’t answer repeated requests for comment.

Although China Film Group had a quota of foreign films of 20 per year, it relaxed some restrictions in February after Chinese leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping visited Washington for a week. The agreement exempts 14 premium-format films, such as IMAX or 3D, from the quota, along with those films’ 2D versions.

Also in February, DWA announced that it had reached a deal to build a production studio in Shanghai with some of China’s largest media firms. Last year, the studio’s Kung Fu Panda 2 became the highest-grossing animated movie in China, raising about $100 million at the box office.

The inquiry comes in the face of intensified SEC and United States Justice Department scrutiny into potential violations of the 1970s-vintage Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which forbids American companies and individuals from bribing foreign government officials.

Flintstones Saved From Becoming The Family Guy

The Flintstones

The Flintstones

Fox Animation has put animation wunderkind Seth MacFarlane’s modern update of the stone-age family on hold. MacFarlane’s reboot of The Flintstones has been put on indefinite hold no word on when (or if) production will resume.

Reportably the production was just at the point of ramping up production, hiring writers and producers. Many of the artists and animators from MacFarlane’s American Dad were hoping to make the jump over to The Flintstones as their show winds down production.

It has been speculated that MacFarlane, whose current animated productions include Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show as well as Fox’s Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, is too busy to accommodate the new series. MacFarlane is in postproduction on his feature directorial film Ted, which will hit theaters on July 13. He wrote, produced and voices a character in the new combination live-action-CG film.

The Flintstones have been a passion of MacFarlane for decades. Seth has noted that he began drawing Fred Flintstone at age 2.

The series will be jointly produced by 20th Television and Warner Bros. Television, which owns the rights to the original Hanna-Barbera cartoon.

IFC heading “Out There” for 2012-13 season

Out There

Out There

At IFC’s first-ever Upfront event in New York, the network unveiled its 2012-13 original programming lineup, which includes a new scripted comedy, the animated series Out There.

Running for 10 half-hour episodes, Out There premieres next January.

Out There follows the coming-of-age adventures of Chad, his little brother Jay and best friend Chris. Living in a small town, the boys run face first into the wall of adolescence, the horrors of puberty, first loves, mortal enemies, local legends, and social ostracism. They experience the wonderment and frustration of that terrifying limbo between childhood and adulthood. Growing up is weird to do… out there.

Out There is created, written and executive produced by Emmy-winning animation director and produce, Ryan Quincy, who was the longtime animation director for South Park. The series is produced for IFC by 20th Century Fox Television.

“Homer The Father” winner of Writers Guild Awards

One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish (1991) - The Simpsons

One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish (1991) - The Simpsons

Homer The Father,” written by Joel H. Cohen, won a Writers Guild Award in the Animation category Sunday, defeating — among others — three other episodes of Fox’s The Simpsons.

Homer The Father triumphed over “Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts,” written by Tim Long; The Blue and the Gray, written by Rob LaZebnik; and Donnie Fatso, written by Chris Cluess.

Also nominated in the Animation category were the Ben 10: Ultimate Alien episode “Moonstruck,” written by Len Uhley, and the Futurama episode The Silence Of The Clamps, written by Eric Rogers.

In the category of Television Graphic Animation, the winner — and sole nominee — was “CBS News Animations” (CBS News), Graphic Animation by David Rosen.

For Original Screenplay, the winner was Midnight in Paris, written by Woody Allen. The Descendants, with screenplay by Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, won for Adapted Screenplay; it was based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings.

Better This World, written by Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega, won for Documentary Screenplay.

Presented by the Writers Guild of America, the Writers Guild Awards were held at simultaneous ceremonies at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles and at B.B. King Blues Club in New York City.

Fox forges new unit for Saturday night animation

Fox Animation Studios

Fox Animation Studios

Building on its more than 20 years of animation domination, Fox Broadcasting Company has created a new unit to oversee the development and production of alternative animated series, shorts and user-adapted material for a brand new late-night animated programming block and new digital multi-platform network, FOX president of entertainment Kevin Reilly announced Sunday.

To run this new unit, FOX has inked an exclusive deal with Nick Weidenfeld, former head of program development for Adult Swim and executive producer of acclaimed series Children’s Hospital and The Boondocks. The network has also tapped producer Hend Baghdady (Warren The Ape, The Andy Milonakis Show) as the executive in charge of production for the new division.

Under their leadership, the unit will develop and produce an ambitious slate of original animated shorts and series to run both on-air and online. The late-night programming block will air Saturdays (11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. ET/PT) on FOX and will feature four new animated series per season, starting in January 2013.

The digital channel will extend across platforms such as Web, mobile apps, game consoles and Video on Demand. It kicks off this year and will feature 50 original short-form pieces per year, online windows of FOX animated shows, and user-adapted content.

It will create a unique opportunity for fans and up-and-coming talent to engage with professional FOX-curated content, which they could possibly platform into their own series. FOX will also use its expertise and cross-promotional power to nurture these new assets through this pipeline.

“This may be the first time a network is building a clear bridge for talent to develop and grow ideas in the digital/alternative arena and organically move them into the mainstream,” said Reilly. “These new late-night series will be assets in their own right — but the clear possibility exists for a breakout digital success to graduate to primetime.

“Nick had an incredible track record at Adult Swim and is a dynamic guy with the instincts to cultivate and produce inventive and irreverent series that animation fans love. Together with Hend, they are the perfect partners for us in this exciting new venture,” Reilly continued.

Prior to teaming with FOX under his Friends Night production company banner, Weidenfeld served as the head of program development for Adult Swim. Over the last eight years, Weidenfeld helped grow the late-night block of programming on Cartoon Network — featuring breakout hits such as Robot Chicken and Aqua Teen Hunger Force — into the No. 1 cable entertainment channel among young men. He executive-produced a variety of animated and live-action shows, including the Peabody Award-winning The Boondocks, Children’s Hospital, NTSF:SD:SUV::, Metalocalypse, Superjail! and China, IL.

In 2009, Weidenfeld co-created and co-wrote the animated hour-long cartoon Freaknik: The Musical, starring Grammy Award-winning singer T-Pain as well as Cee Lo, Lil Wayne, Andy Samberg and Bill Hader. The musical is currently being adapted for the stage. Most recently, he adapted the feature film Black Dynamite into an animated series and built a sketch show around the rap group and Internet sensation Odd Future.

Baghdady began her career in New York working on the first season of Crank Yankers with Jackhole Industries. Since then, she has developed, produced and created production formats and templates for live-action and animated comedy series for MTV, Comedy Central and Adult Swim. Her most recent credits include the Community stop-motion Christmas special “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas”; the first strip animated show, DJ & The Fro; The Andy Milonakis Show; Warren The Ape; and Kanye West’s pilot Alligator Boots.

Marge Vs. The Monorail (1993) – The Simpsons Cartoon Episode Guide

Marge Vs. The Monorail (1993) - The Simpsons

Marge Vs. The Monorail (1993) - The Simpsons

CotD: In one of the great early Simpsn’s episode titled “Marge Vs. The Monorail” has the whole town up in arms when Leonard Nimoy comes to town.

Marge Vs. The Monorail (1993) – The Simpsons Cartoon Episode Guide

After getting $3 million from a fine due to Mr. Burns’ illegal disposal of nuclear waste, the town decides to spend money on a needless monorail… built from shoddy materials.

Watch “Marge Vs. The Monorail” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase