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May 25, 2007
Schwartz to leave WB Animation
Sander Schwartz is ankling his post as Warner Bros. Animation prexy after six years with the studio.

Schwartz will segue to a production pact with the studio. He'll focus on developing a range of animated projects for broadband and new-media outlets as part of the Warner Bros. TV Group's big push into original programming for the Net. Warners has yet to name a successor for Schwartz, a search is under way and is expected to take a few months.

Warner Bros. Television Group prexy Bruce Rosenblum confirmed Schwartz's exit Thursday. He praised the veteran kidvid exec for leading Warner Bros. Animation "through a transitional, tough period in the TV animation business with great success."

Schwartz oversaw Warner Bros.' animation production for the small screen and direct-to-video titles and worked with Warner Bros. Pictures brass on developing animated features based on vintage Termite Terrace, Hanna-Barbera and DC Comics properties.

TV skeins produced on Schwartz's watch were primarily for the Kids' WB! Saturday morning block, which has endured on broadcast TV stations despite the merger of the WB network and UPN last year into the CW. Warner Bros. Animation's active Kids' WB! slate includes "Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue," "The Batman" and "Legion of Super Heroes."

Insiders said Schwartz is well liked by Warner Bros. brass, but there were concerns that the division had not branched out much in recent years or had much success of late in fielding hits to its Time Warner sib Cartoon Network.

Warner Bros.' commitment to animation production remains solid, insiders said, pointing to the division's planned move next week from a satellite office in Sherman Oaks to a facility specially built for the toon wing on the Warner ranch lot, which formerly housed the WB weblet.

Schwartz said he felt the time was right to "try my hand at a full-time creative post" and the opportunities opened up for animation production through new technologies and platforms.

Before joining Warners, Schwartz spent a dozen years working in animation and kidvid development and production at Columbia TriStar and Sony Pictures. He established the Sony Pictures Family Entertainment unit and served as its president from 1999-2001.

May 22, 2007
Chill Out, Scooby-Doo!: The Latest Original Full Length Movie from Warner Home Video
Warner Home Video (WHV) brings the all-new, must-have animated Scooby-Doo original movie Chill Out, Scooby-Doo! into retail outlets September 4, 2007. Consumers won’t want to miss the high-jinks with Scooby-Doo and his pals as they embark on a bone chilling journey to the top of Mount Everest in search of the legendary Abominable Snowmonster. In addition to its availability on DVD, the film has also been scheduled for television broadcast in Fall 2007 on Cartoon Network. Outfitted in dazzling foil O-sleeve packaging, Chill Out, Scooby-Doo! is priced at $19.98 SRP.

Set in the remote and dangerous region of the Himalayas, Chill Out, Scooby-Doo! takes kids and adults on one of Mystery Inc.’s most daring adventures ever. Leave it to Scooby-Doo and Shaggy to get into all sorts of mishaps when they miss their connecting flight and accidentally wind up on a skydiving expedition halfway around the world! What was supposed to be a splendid sight seeing tour of the City of Lights suddenly turns into a terrifying trip to the Himalayas after the gang’s dream Paris vacation is completely derailed, thanks to Scooby-Doo and Shaggy’s slip-up. What can be scarier for Scooby-Doo and Shaggy than free-falling thousands of feet from the sky? Coming face-to-face with the fabled Abominable Snowmonster! When the gang is finally reunited, they can’t seem to shake the beast as it spreads its icy terror and they find themselves hightailing it through ancient monasteries, underground caverns and even outracing an avalanche. Will they crack the mystery behind the chilling creature before it has a chance to put them permanently on ice?

Chill Out, Scooby-Doo! will include the following cool bonus features:

-- Menu Challenge: Scooby-Doo’s Shangri-La Showdown

-- Deleted Scenes

“It’s our goal to continue to deliver entertaining and original movies such as Chill Out, Scooby Doo! to viewers. Parents and kids love to see Scooby-Doo get into all sorts of new adventures and predicaments. This title offers consumers a brand new adventure filled with plenty of comedy, action, high-jinks, eye-catching animation and a very engaging story line with a big mystery to solve at the end,” said Dorinda Marticorena, WHV Vice President of Family, Animation & Sports Marketing. She added, “We think parents will feel great about adding this title to their home entertainment libraries.”

For more information on this and other titles distributed by Warner Home Video, visit

April 24, 2007
Scooby-Doo Prequel Slated for 2008 Release
Warner Bros. plans to release the Scooby-Doo Prequel in 2008 as a direct-to-video release. It is currently in development. For more information, about upcoming direct-to-video releases, see the article at The Wall Street Journal Online.

April 18, 2007
Snack on More Scooby: Final Pup Named Volume in August!
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo - Volume 7 is coming out on August 14th, completing the series with the final 5 episodes. The DVDs have followed the episode order right down the line, with four cartoons per volume until the upcoming sixth and seventh releases, which will have five each. That's all 30 episodes of the program, so you can complete your collection just three months after the May 15th release of Vol. 6. Cost for the 7th Volume will be $14.97 SRP. In the meantime, here's the studio description of this disc, with all the details:
    In New York City, the crime-solving youngsters slap-shot the slimy plans of a giant snail hockey monster in "The Mayhem of the Moving Mollusk". Then Scooby-Doo discovers his family tree's missing link is a 'weredog' in "The Were-Doo of Doo Manor". After Scooby-Doo refuses to take his bath he encounters a determined doggie opponent in "Catcher on the Sly". In "The Ghost of Mrs. Shusham", a librarian warns that if you don't check in your overdue book by midnight... you'll check out! Commander Cool and Mellow Mutt face "The Wrath of Wait-Ro", an evil master chef who hypnotizes Coolville into eating his stinky food.

April 16, 2007
"Scooby" director heading "South" with Disney
"Scooby-Doo" director Raja Gosnell has signed to steer "South of the Border," a Walt Disney Pictures talking-animal comedy.

The live-action movie chronicles the adventures of Chloe, a pampered Beverly Hills Chihuahua accustomed to riding in a purse. While on a vacation in Mexico, she gets lost and must rely on her friends to help her get back home.

Gosnell has some experience with chatty critters, having directed the "Scooby-Doo" movies. He most recently directed the 2005 family comedy "Yours, Mine and Ours," starring Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo.
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