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CALL FOR ENTRIES: Anima2017 Cordoba Int’l Animation Festival Submit your work in any animation genre, technique or screening media — from feature films to mobile videos — ... Continue Reading →
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Cosmic Forces Taps Mark Caplan to Grow VR/AR Offerings

Cosmic Forces, the LA-based creators of mobile VR hit Goosebumps: Night of Scares, has brought on entertainment industry veteran Mark Caplan to help lead the company’s aggressive ... Continue Reading →
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Toei Revives ‘Mazinger Z’ for the Big Screen

Tokyo-based Toei Animation is bringing back its classic anime brand Mazinger Z for a new feature film, 45 years after the original manga by Go Nagai debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump. The ... Continue Reading →
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Sony Pictures & Mitsui Form Animation Joint Venture

A new animation-focused joint venture, AK Holdings Corporation, will be launched by Sony Picture Entertainment (Japan) and local general trading giant Mitsui & Co. as of March 31 ... Continue Reading →
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Alriiight! Sub Pop Releasing ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Album May 12

Fox animation fans will be licking their musical chops when they find out that Sub Pop is releasing The Bob’s Burgers Music Album on May 12. This massive collection pulls together ... Continue Reading →
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Academy Foundation Receives $250k Gift from Walmart

AMPAS announced that 89th Oscars sponsor Walmart has gifted $250,000 to the Academy Foundation in support of its educational outreach initiatives. The donative will all the Academy ... Continue Reading →
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Founder & CEO Brian Robbins Departing AwesomenessTV

After five years of rapid growth and shifting shareholder ownerships, AwesomenessTV’s co-founder and CEO Brian Robbins has announced he is leaving the multi-channel network, Deadline ... Continue Reading →
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WB Uncages ‘VIXEN: The Movie’ This May

Summer is going to start heating up early as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced that feature-length animated adventure VIXEN: The Movie will arrive on Digital HD on May 8, ... Continue Reading →
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CALL FOR ENTRIES: TOFUZI 2017 Submit your animated films and series by June 30, 2017 for consideration in the 9th annual international festival of animated films, taking place Oct. ... Continue Reading →
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Gallery: Cast & Character Art for ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’

Sony Pictures Animation has released some smurftastic special art featuring voice cast stars and their characters from its upcoming, fully-animated, Peyo-inspired family adventure Smurfs: ... Continue Reading →
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GKIDS Trailers ‘My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea’

GKIDS has released the official trailer and a poster for My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea — a visually inventive, offbeat animated comedy feature from cartoonist Dash ... Continue Reading →
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CEO Brad Grey Departing Paramount Pictures

Brad Grey is stepping down from his role as Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, but will remain for a time to support a transition to new leadership. Viacom President & CEO ... Continue Reading →
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2017 Ottawa Animation Fest Opens Submissions

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), North America’s premiere festival for animated works, is now open for competition entries for 2017. This year’s edition will ... Continue Reading →
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Farshid Almassizadeh Named SPYR Chief Strategic Advisor

SPYR, Inc. — a holding company with wholly owned subsidiaries in the mobile game and app development/publishing industry (as well as restaurants) has hired on Farshid Almassizadeh ... Continue Reading →
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TinyCo & Fox Team for ‘Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow’

TinyCo, a Jam City Company, and Fox Interactive have announced the development of a new mobile game inspired by the hit animated series, Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow. The game features ... Continue Reading →
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Will Mahmood Named Head of Strategy at DHX’s WildBrain

Leading online kids’ network and AVOD expert WildBrain has appointed senior executive Will Mahmood to the newly created position of Head of Strategy. Mahmood will focus on helping ... Continue Reading →
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Nick Short ‘The Fairly Odd Phantom’ Is a Butch Hartman Reunion

The worlds and characters created by animation hitmaker Butch Hartman collide in the new, original animated short The Fairly Odd Phantom. The Nickelodeon presentation features an ensemble ... Continue Reading →
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Floyd Norman & Leo Sullivan to Lead New Punch Animation

Punch TV Studios is expanding its media endeavors by unveiling its latest division: Punch Animation, Inc. The studio will focus on developing animated series and movies for syndication ... Continue Reading →
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Up to 10% of Jobs May Be Cut at Restructuring Rovio Animation

Rovio Entertainment, creator of the hit Angry Birds mobile game, entertainment and licensing franchise, may eliminate up to 35 jobs or nearly 10% of total employees as it restructures ... Continue Reading →
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Cinesite Adapting Classic Harold Lloyd Films to Animation

Montreal-based Cinesite Studios has partnered with the Harold Lloyd Estate and Comic Animations to adapt the early Hollywood legends’ films into a series of animated features. ... Continue Reading →