Jim Samples, head of Cartoon Network, stepped down earlier today after a tumultous two weeks. Parent company Turner paid a whopping $2 million dollars to settle a dispute with the city of Boston following an advertising promotion for “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” that went horribly awry, causing the shut-down of roads and bridges and bringing in bomb squads and units from Home Land Security.

From TheDrudgeReport.com:

MEMO: CARTOON NETWORK PRESIDENT RESIGNS OVER BOSTON BOMB SCARE BLUNDER
Fri Feb 9 2007 13:56:11 ET

To: Colleagues
From: Jim Samples

I am sure you are aware of recent events in which a component of an Adult Swim marketing campaign made Turner Broadcasting the unintended focus of controversy in Boston and around the world. I deeply regret the negative publicity and expense caused to our company as a result of this campaign. As general manager of Cartoon Network, I feel compelled to step down, effective immediately, in recognition of the gravity of the situation that occurred under my watch. It's my hope that my decision allows us to put this chapter behind us and get back to our mission of delivering unrivaled original animated entertainment for consumers of all ages. As for me, there will be new professional challenges ahead that will make the most of the experiences I've had as part of this remarkable company. Through my 13 years at the company I have found myself continuously in awe of the talented artists and business people surrounding me, from those who realize their vision in creating a cartoon to those who so brilliantly deliver the animation to viewers. I will always cherish the experience of having worked with you. I appreciate the support that you have shown me. As a friend and a fan, I also look forward to seeing your best and most personally fulfilling work yet. Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang and each of you deserve nothing less.

Check out the links for more info and late breaking news:

Cartoon Brew

http://www.cartoonbrew.com

The New York Times

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/02/09/cartoon-network-chief-steps-down

Yahoo News

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070209/ap_on_re_us/suspicious_devices;_ylt=AleR1weCC8bwYyeh5ZYdYihH2ocA

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