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Disney Legend Bill Justice Dies at Age 97

Bill Justice, one of the legends of Walt Disney animation and imagineering who contributed to 57 short films and 19 features, died in Santa Monica of natural causes. He was 97. Justice ... Continue Reading →
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‘Redwall’ Creator Brian Jacques Dies

Brian Jacques, an English author whose Redwall books were adapted into an animated series that ran three seasons on PBS and Teletoon, died Saturday of a sudden heart attack in his hometown ... Continue Reading →
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Ex-Target Execs Found Children’s IP Firm Hoho Entertainment

Oliver Ellis and Helen Howells — both former executives at Target Entertainment — have formed a new production and rights company for children’s entertainment called Hoho ... Continue Reading →
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Storyboard Veteran John Dorman, 58, Dies

Veteran storyboard artist John Dorman died Saturday at the age of 58, according to a post on The Animation Guild blog. The cause of death has not been revealed. Dorman began his career ... Continue Reading →
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Prolific Batman, Marvel Writer/Director Boyd Kirkland Dies

Boyd Kirkland, a prolific director of animated shows including Batman: The Animated Series and X-Men: Evolution, died Friday while awaiting a lung transplant, according to a post on ... Continue Reading →
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Okun Re-Elected Chairman of VES Board

The Visual Effects Society has announced its 2011 Board of Directors, with Jeffrey A. Okun being re-elected to a third one-year term as chairman. “I am honored to have been re-elected ... Continue Reading →
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Woolley Tapped to Run U.K.-Based Impossible Kids

Karl Woolley has joined U.K.-based Impossible Pictures as head of its children’s production division. A veteran writer, producer and director, Woolley will be responsible for ... Continue Reading →
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Hasbro Signs Writer-Producer Kline to Animation Exclusive

Writer and producer Jeff Kline, whose recent credits include Transformers: Prime and G.I. Joe: Renegades for The Hub, has signed a four-year deal to develop and produce children’s ... Continue Reading →
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Little Airplane Ups Brown to VP Production and Operations

Little Airplane Productions has promoted Tom Brown from head of production to VP of production and operations. Brown joined the company in 2002, working first as an assistant director ... Continue Reading →
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Gaumont-Alphanim Adds Dhrami to Exec Team

French animation company Gaumont-Alphanim has named Marc Dhrami, formerly of Millimages, its head of production financing and co-productions. Dhrami joined the company on Jan. 3 and ... Continue Reading →