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Disney Teasing ‘Tomorrowland’ Sunday

Among the pricey array of spanking new commercials and trailers set to run this Sunday during Super Bowl XLIX will be a teasing glimpse at Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, which Disney will ... Continue Reading →
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Cake to Distribute ‘Woozle & Pip’

Cake has been named international distributor for preschool property Woozle & Pip. The series was created by Amsterdam-based The Dreamchaser Company and co-produced with KRO NCRV ... Continue Reading →
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Global Screen Picks Up Animated ‘Luis’ Feature

Global Screen has acquired Luis and his Friends from Outer Space, the new 3D animation project coming from the producers of Niko & The Way To The Stars and Ooops! Noah is Gone… ... Continue Reading →
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Genius Brands Appoints Jason Brumbaugh VP Digital

Genius Brands International has appointed former Disney Interactive Media Group producer Jason Bumbaugh to the newly created position of Vice President of Digital. He will report to ... Continue Reading →
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Nickelodeon Launching Standalone Sub Service

Nickelodeon plans to follow the example of HBO by launching a direct-to-consumer, standalone subscription service this February. The decision was revealed during a call between parent ... Continue Reading →
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Director and Studio Co-Founder Phil Robinson Dies

Award-winning director Phil Robinson, co-founder and creative director at San Francisco’s Special Agent Productions, has died. Animation Magazine was informed of his passing by producer ... Continue Reading →
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‘World of Tomorrow’ Snags Sundance Grand Jury Prize

The Sundance Film Festival has awarded this year’s Short Film Grand Jury Prize to indie animator Don Hertzfeldt’s World of Tomorrow. The short made its premiere during the festival’s ... Continue Reading →
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PGS Seals Asia Deals for ‘Jungle Bunch’

International brand manager PGS has secured media licensing deals in key Asian territories for The Jungle Bunch to the Rescue!, from TAT Productions and Master Films. New signees include ... Continue Reading →
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Emma Watson Starring in ‘Beauty and the Beast’

24-year-old British actress Emma Watson has been cast as leading lady Belle in Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, which is set to begin production later ... Continue Reading →
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NFB French Animation Founder René Jodoin Dies

The National Film Board of Canada has notified the film community of the death of director-producer René Jodoin. The Quebec native passed away January 22, 2015 at the age of 94. Jodoin ... Continue Reading →
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Framestore Ups Grant Walker to Senior CG AD

Effects house Framestore has promoted Grant Walker to the post of Senior CG Art Director just in time for his five-year anniversary with the studio. He will be charged with leading ... Continue Reading →
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Kristine Belson Named President of Sony Pictures Animation

Sony Pictures Entertainment has named Oscar nominee Kristine Belson president of Sony Pictures Animation. In her new role, Belson will lead the development and production of original ... Continue Reading →
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Presenters Set for 42nd Annie Awards

The pieces are falling into place for the 42nd Annual Annie Awards, which will be presented Jan. 31 in a black-tie event at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Scheduled to present the coveted ... Continue Reading →
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PBS KIDS Launches YouTube Channel

PBS KIDS has accomplished the launch of its own officially branded YouTube channel, youtube.com/pbskids. The channel will be geared towards kids aged 2-8 and their parents. The pubcaster ... Continue Reading →
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Mark Nicholls to Head Toonz Auckland Shop

Toonz Entertainment is building on its the reach of its India-based Toonz Animation flagship studio by setting up a dedicated subsidiary office in Auckland, New Zealand. Newly appointed ... Continue Reading →
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Kylie Ellis Upped to VP Production at Mainframe

Vancouver-based animation studio Rainmaker Entertainment has promoted its Director of Production, Kylie Ellis, to the newly created position of Vice President of Production at its television ... Continue Reading →
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’1001 Nights’ to Debut on Television in the United States

Big Bad Boo Studios announced that its hit animated series, 1001 Nights, will be airing for the first time in the United States this January on various public broadcast channels. The ... Continue Reading →
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Raimo Kouyate Leaving as Sony Animation Exec

Sony Pictures Animation production president Michelle Raimo Kouyate is stepping down from her post to take on a first-look producing deal for both live-action and animated projects ... Continue Reading →
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‘Kung Fu Panda 3′ Gets China Co-Pro Status

The government of China has granted co-production status to DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3, giving it greater access to the nation’s cinemas. According to the State ... Continue Reading →
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9 Story Media Racks Up Latin America Sales

9 Story Media Group has announced several free-TV sales within Latin America coming out of NATPE. TV Brasil has licensed the first season of Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood; Canal ... Continue Reading →