Disney Expands International TV Toon Production

The Walt Disney Co. has announced plans to triple its investment in animation production for programs in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, increasing its output from two to seven ... Continue Reading →

Germany’s KI.KA Buys ToddWorld, SamSam

German broadcaster KI.KA has bought from Moonscoop the broadcast rights to the popular series ToddWorld and SamSam. KI.KA will air in 2010 the second series of ToddWorld (78 x 11 min.), ... Continue Reading →

Box Office Sees Quiet Before Frog Storm

It’s a quiet week for new animation and VFX films at the box office ‘ something that will be rectified with next week’s wide release of Disney’s The Princess ... Continue Reading →

DiCaprio Chills Out as Jack Frost in The Guardians

Leonardo DiCaprio has signed on to the voice cast of his first animated feature film, agreeing to voice the character Jack Frost in an upcoming DreamWorks Animation feature tentatively ... Continue Reading →

DreamWorks Taps THQ for Three Franchise Games

THQ has signed a multi-year deal with DreamWorks Animation to be the exclusive maker of video games based on several of the studio’s top franchises. The game developer had already ... Continue Reading →

ESRB Offers Ratings Info in iPhone App

The Entertainment Software Ratings Board, which rates video games as a guide to parents, has developed a free iPhone app that provides instant access to ratings information. The app ... Continue Reading →

Xing Xing Adopts TACTIC System

Chinese animation studio Xing Xing Digital Corp. has acquired Southpaw Technology’s TACTIC digital asset management system for use in production of all its animated shows, visual ... Continue Reading →

Vicon’s Blade Makes Inroads at Game, VFX Studios

A number of top gaming and visual effects companies have adopted Vicon’s Blade motion-capture processing software for the creation of 3-D animation. Among the companies that have ... Continue Reading →

Kalangis to Head Up Originals at marblemedia

Filmmaker and producer Johnny Kalangis has joined marblemedia as its creative director for the interactive division. In the new role, Kalangis will oversee all of the company’s ... Continue Reading →

VCL Opens Santa Monica Studio

Global visual-effects and animation company Visual Computing Labs is opening a new studio in Santa Monica that will be headed up by industry veterans Joel Hynek, Tricia Ashford and ... Continue Reading →