Wrestler, wizards top Fox Family slate

14 new skeins unveiled

NEW YORK — The Fox Kids Network/Fox Family Channel kidvid machine Wednesday unveiled a 2000-01 production slate of 14 new skeins and more than 600 original half-hour segs highlighted by live-action fare featuring a masked 500-pound wrestler, wizardry-studying teens and a teen dance show.

In an upfront presentation to kidvid ad buyers, Rick Sirvaitis, president, advertising sales for Fox Family Worldwide, announced that the company has launched Fox Kids Web Net, an Internet sales and marketing group that will represent kid and tween-targeted owned-and-operated properties.

Led by Matt Turner, manager national ad sales, Fox Kids Web Net will launch with Fox-owned Internet properties foxkids.com, foxfamilychannel.com, gchannel.com and bchannel.com, as well as four non-Fox Web affiliates: zeeks.com, funbrain.com, alfy.com and headbone.com.

‘Safe environment’

“Fox Kids Web Net is the first-ever interactive sales and marketing alliance that is exclusively on kids and tweens,” Sirvaitis said. “We can provide our advertisers with a broad reach of kids on the Internet in a totally safe and high-quality environment.”

Describing the Fox Kids brand as filled with “action, adventure and prankster comedy,” Maureen Smith, general manager, Fox Kids Net and exec VP, Fox Family Worldwide, unveiled a slate including both over-the-top live-action and animated series, such as “Action Man,” “Cybersix” and “The Ripping Friends” (Daily Variety, March 15).

New skeins

Fox Kids will also introduce the following series:

  • “Diabolik,” an animated series from Saban Int. that brings to life one of Italy’s favorite comic book characters, featuring a sophisticated hero who dedicates himself to battling the forces of evil.

  • “Dinozaurs,” a CGI and cel anime series from Sunrise and Bandai that introduces Dinozaurs, resurrected by science to stop the space Dragozaurs from robbing the Earth’s life force.

  • “Escaflowne,” a Japanese anime saga from Bandai Visual that follows the adventures of a female high school student who has special visions.

  • “Los Luchadores,” a live-action series featuring Lobo Solo, a 500-pound masked wrestling champion who takes on a young apprentice to battle the forces of evil.

  • “Xarandor: The Wizards’ Academy,” a live-action series about a school for teens of wizard ancestry.

    Fox Kids’ returning animated and live-action series include “NASCAR Racers,” “Digimon: Digital Monsters,” “Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue,” “Beast Machines” and “Scholastic’s The Magic School Bus.”

Family-friendly

As for Fox Family Channel, the family-friendly cabler has ordered three new animated skeins and three live-action series for its 2000-2001 daytime lineup. Newcomers include “Real Scary Stories.com,” featuring kids’ accounts of encounters with the supernatural; “House of Pop,” a half-hour music and dance show; “Da Mob,” a series that follows an untalented teen hip-hop band; and “The Zack Files,” based on the book series about a teen who attracts paranormal events.

Fox Family has also ordered more than 300 new episodes of returning shows including “Angela Anaconda,” “Big Wolf on Campus,” “The Kids From Room 402,” and “S Club 7 in L.A.”

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