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Disneyland Producer Greg Smith Dies

Greg Smith, who for nearly three decades helped produce special live entertainment for Anaheim, California’s iconic Disneyland theme park, died March 12 from complications of lung ... Continue Reading →
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Chinese Animation Legend Ma Kexuan Dies

Chinese animation fans who grew up in the ‘80s and ‘90s are mourning the passing of national animation trailblazer Ma Kexuan, the artist and director who was the driving force behind ... Continue Reading →
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‘Brother Bear’ Director Bob Walker Dies

Disney artist and Oscar-nominated director Bob Walker died suddenly April 1 at his home in California at age 54. According to his hometown paper, the Ottawa Citizen, the suspected cause ... Continue Reading →
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Recording Legend Stan Freberg Dies at 88

Acclaimed satirist, radio and recording artist and animation voice actor Stan Freberg died April 7. He was 88. Freberg’s death was reported by his estranged son, Donavan Freberg, ... Continue Reading →
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Elizabeth Stephens Upped to VP at Foothill

Santa Barbara, Calif. and London, U.K.-based Foothill Entertainment has promoted Elizabeth Stephens to Vice President – Sales and Development. Stephens attains the new position ... Continue Reading →
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Filmakademie Names Andreas Hykade Director of Animation Institute

Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Andreas Hykade has taken on the position of Director of the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at the renowned Filmakademie ... Continue Reading →
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Margaret Loesch Joins Genius Brands Board

Multiple award-winning children’s entertainment veteran Margaret Loesch has joined the Board of Directors for global brand management company Genius Brands International. The announcement ... Continue Reading →
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Philippe Alessandri Launches WatchNext Media

Former CEO of Tele Images, Marathon and GTV (Zodiak Media) Philippe Alessandri has launched his new venture, WatchNext Media — a next-generation animation and drama production ... Continue Reading →
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Pio Vernis Named Marketing Director of DeAPlaneta Group

DeAPlaneta Group, comprising fiction (DeAPlaneta Cine) and animation (Planeta Junior) divisions, has named company veteran Pio Vernis as Marketing Director. Vernis will be charged with ... Continue Reading →
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Three Top Toon Execs Depart Nick

Three top execs exited Nickelodeon Animation Studio last week: Rich Magallanes, senior VP, current series; Jenna Boyd, senior VP, animation development; and Jill Sanford, VP, animation ... Continue Reading →