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Disney Legend Blaine Gibson Dies at 97

Animator, sculptor and Disney Legend Blaine Gibson, one-time head of the sculpture department at the precursor to Walt Disney Imagineering, died July 5. He was 97. Born in Rocky Ford, ... Continue Reading →
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‘Sesame Street’ Animator Jane Aaron Dies at 67

Animator and children’s book artist Jane Aaron, who is best known for creating dozens of animated shorts for Sesame Street, died June 27 from cancer in New York City. She was ... Continue Reading →
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Cottonwood, Federation Join Forces

Cottonwood Media and Federation Entertainment have entered a long-term, multilayered corporate partnership which will see Cottonwood’s David Michel joining Federation as a Founding ... Continue Reading →
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Matt Kaplan Tapped to Run Awesomeness Films

DreamWorks Animation’s Awesomeness TV has created a feature film division, and has tapped veteran entertainment exec Matt Kaplan to serve as president. Kaplan is the founder of production ... Continue Reading →
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Prolific Actor Christopher Lee Dies at 93

British actor Christopher Lee, who became the silver screen embodiment of Count Dracula for a slew of films in the latter 20th century, as well as the wizard Saruman in the Lord of ... Continue Reading →
Robin Chandler

Chandler to Head DreamWorks Animation Theatrical Publicity

Former Pixar Animation Studios publicity lead Robin Chandler will join DreamWorks Animation as the studio’s head of theatrical publicity. Chandler, a 25-year industry veteran ... Continue Reading →
Federico San Martin

Federico San Martin Named Licensing VP for Henson

Federico San Martin has been hired on as Vice President of Global Consumer Products for The Jim Henson Company. The appointment was announced by President & COO Peter Schube, to ... Continue Reading →
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LA Times Reflects on Toon Town Gender Imbalance

The Los Angeles Times reached out to major college-level animation programs to explore the rising tide of women enrolling to study the art form, and the way that hiring in the industry ... Continue Reading →
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Blanca Lista Upped to VP of Features at Henson

Blanca Lista has been promoted to Vice President of Feature Film Production for The Jim Henson Company. The announcement was made by CEO Lisa Henson, to whom Lista will report. “[Blanca’s] ... Continue Reading →
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John Lasseter Talks Disney-Pixar Slate

Disney-Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter gave an in-depth, two hour presentation on the studios’ upcoming features slate at the Cannes Film Festival Wednesday morning. Highlights ... Continue Reading →