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LAIKA Appoints Mary Sandell as Head of Production

Mary Sandell is Portland-based animation house LAIKA’s new head of production, says The Hollywood Reporter. The animation veteran was a producer on the stop-motion studio’s Coraline ... Continue Reading →
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Beloved Children’s Book Artist Maurice Sendak Dies at 83

One of the most influential and beloved children’s artists of the 20th century, Maurice Sendak, died on Tuesday at the age of 83 from complications from a recent stroke. Sendak’s ... Continue Reading →
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Influential Animation Producer Buzz Potamkin Passes

We are sad to report that animation producer Buzz Potamkin (1945-2012) passed away from pancreatic cancer on Sunday, April 22nd. The much-liked and talented Potamkin founded many animation ... Continue Reading →
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Selick to Direct Gaiman’s ‘Graveyard Book’ for Disney

Acclaimed director Henry Selick will direct a stop-motion adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book for Disney, says Deadline.com. The Newbery Medal award-winning book is a ghostly ... Continue Reading →
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Veteran Animator Jim Hiltz Dies at 85

The Animation Guild Blog reports that veteran animator, director and teacher Jim Hiltz has passed away at the age of 85. Best known for directing Jay Ward’s Rocky and His Friends, ... Continue Reading →
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DeMarco Promoted to Marketing VP at Cartoon Network

Jason DeMarco has been promoted to VP of strategic marketing and promotions at Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. He will be responsible for developing promotional marketing programs, ... Continue Reading →
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Disney Chairman Rich Ross Steps Down

Disney Studios’ Chairman Rich Ross has resigned as what many believe is the direct result of the disappointing performance of John Carter at the box office. “I no longer believe ... Continue Reading →
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Katzenberg Is CinemaCon’s Pioneer of the Year

DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg will receive the 2012 Pioneer of the Year Award at the CinemaCon event in Las Vegas (April 23-26). The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers ... Continue Reading →
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The Sublime Madness of J.G. Quintel

The last time we chatted with J.G. Quintel, he was getting ready to launch his wonderful animated show Regular Show on Cartoon Network. Although the series has only been on the air ... Continue Reading →
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Loomis Upped to Chief Marketing Officer at Disney Channel

Disney Channels Worldwide has promoted Richard Loomis to the newly created position of senior VP and chief marketing officer. In his new position, Loomis, who joined Disney in 2007 ... Continue Reading →