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Peters Named to VES Board for Northern California

Jon V. Peters, CEO and founder of Athena Studios, has been named to the board of directors for the Visual Effects Society’s Northern California chapter. I am thrilled to play a more ... Continue Reading →
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Investment Unites Cosmic Toast, Partners as Toast & Jam

Financiers Howard Silverman and Neil Grossman have invested in animation producer Cosmic Toast Studios, folding it and several other companies under the umbrella Toast & Jam Holdings. Folding ... Continue Reading →
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Peter Byrne to Head DHX Media’s Licensing Company

DHX Media has appointed Peter Byrne as the new CEO of its wholly owned licensing company, Copyright Promotions Licensing Group. CPLG has a renowned reputation in the licensing business, ... Continue Reading →
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Previz House Proof Adds Katie Wells as Exec Producer

Leading pre-visualization house Proof Inc. has hired Katie Wells as executive producer. Wells will manage the company’s ongoing expansion and work closely with visual effects ... Continue Reading →
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Japan Pollsters Rank Favorite Miyazaki Flicks

Most animation aficionados have a soft spot for Studio Ghibli founder and animation master Hayao Miyazaki’s works—some would even be hard pressed to pick a favorite out of the director’s ... Continue Reading →
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Oscar-winning British Animator Bob Godfrey Dies at 91

We were saddened to hear of the passing of influential British animator Bob Godfrey on Friday (Feb. 22). The 91-year-old animator was best known for creating the  popular animated ... Continue Reading →
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VFX Pioneer Petro Vlahos Dies at 96

Special effects pioneer Petro Vlahos passed away at 96 on February 10. Vlahos, who improved the composite-image process known as the blue-screen effect for the 1959 epic Ben Hur also ... Continue Reading →
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Tim Reckart and the Making of ‘Head Over Heels’

A couple of days ago, we had the chance to catch up with Timothy Reckart, the young animator who wrote and directed the Oscar-nominated stop-motion short Head Over Heels. The project, ... Continue Reading →
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LCAD Announces Stephen Chiodo Master Class

Laguna College of Art & Design has announced the Animation Master Class for Summer 2013 will feature stop-motion maestro Stephen Chiodo (Vincent, Team America, Elf, The Simpsons, ... Continue Reading →
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‘Underdog’ Co-creator William Biggers Dies at 85

William Watts Biggers, the co-creator of the popular animated series Underdog died at 85 of undisclosed causes last Sunday. Biggers, who was also a novelist, was part of the influential ... Continue Reading →