VeggieTales Creators File for Bankruptcy

Big Idea Productions, makers of the best-selling VeggieTales video series, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Tuesday, as part of a deal to sell the financially troubled company. | Big Idea has agreed to sell its assets?including copyrights to Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber and other VeggieTales characters?to Classic Media LLC, which owns or manages media properties such as “Rocky and Bullwinkle,” “Lassie,” “The Lone Ranger” and “Rudolph…

Lawrence Lessig: The BBC's lessons for America

The very idea of giving up perfect control over how and whether content is re-used is treason among insiders. But as the BBC understands, it does not live in Disney World. And in the course of its internal review an obvious question has become increasingly pressing: if the BBC could make its archive available cheaply, what reason is there for keeping it from the people who have already paid for…

Elfpunk/Urban Fantasy [List of Books]

Fantasy stories of elves, dragons, and other denizens of faerie who intersect with the gritty streets of today’s cities. –Elfpunk/Urban Fantasy [List of Books] (Readers Advice) Elfpunk, modeled on “cyberpunk.” Amazing… I asked my journalism students to submit a report on a modern-day crime committed by a well-known fictional character, and the example I gave was from nursery rhymes, though some students chose fantasy/fairy tale settings. (My goal was first for…

A Blair Rewrite

Ex-New York Times reporter Jayson Blair has agreed to write a memoir about his life… Los Angeles-based New Millennium Press has agreed to publish the book, to be called “Burning Down My Master’s House: My Life and the New York Times,” sources said. | A contract in the six-figure range could be signed as early as today for a book expected to hit newsstands in spring 2004. –Keith J. Kelly…

Breathed Returning to Newspapers

“Bloom County,” which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1987, appeared in nearly 1,300 newspapers via WPWG before ending in 1989. Its successor strip, the Sunday-only “Outland,” ran in about 225 papers before ending in 1995….Shearer said Breathed has made great artistic use of the half page. “It’s absolutely breathtaking,” he said. Newspaper editors are being shown “Opus,” but are not alllowed to keep copies of it. “We’re trying to keep…