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Fox, DIC pact for kid shows

Loesch, Roberts to consult on educational p'gramming

DIC Entertainment has pacted with Fox to provide the network’s affiliates with 2½ hours of animated kids programming every week to help fulfill their FCC educational/informational requirement during the 2003-03 TV season.

Local stations across the country are required to broadcast three hours of FCC-friendly programming per week. As a courtesy, Fox has for several years provided its affils episodes of Scholastic-produced “The Magic School Bus.” The DIC programs will replace that show starting in mid-September.

Meantime, TV veteran Margaret Loesch and Stanford University’s Donald Roberts have joined the endeavor as consultants to DIC on the educational/informational programming for Fox.

The 2½ DIC hours can be aired as a strip or a block by stations. They consist of: two half-hour episodes each of DIC’s “Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century” and “Archie’s Weird Mysteries,” as well as one episode of half-hour “Stargate Infinity,” which DIC and MGM produce.

“Stargate” also is featured in the Saturday kids block 4Kids Entertainment programs, as part of a multi-year deal DIC has with 4Kids to provide a half-hour weekly of FCC-mandated programming.