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News Bytes: Trailer for Hybrid Doc ‘UnMASKing HOPE’, ‘Jetsons’ TV Update, Student Oscars Open & More

Charlie Collier: Here Comes the ‘Fox Mom’ Era of Animated Comedies
The Fox Ent. chief says the network is building its strong adult animation lineup with two new series that offer a strong female perspective: Bless the Harts from Emily Spivey and Lord & Miller, and Duncanville from Amy Poehler and Mike Scully and Julie Thacker-Scully, starring Poehler and Rashida Jones.

BAFTA Game Awards Winners 2019
It’s good to be God of War, which scored the most prizes this year. Its honors include Audio Achievement, Music, Narrative, Performer and Best Game. Racing title Forza Horizon 4 won the British Game award.

Hiroshima Animation Festival 2020
The official website for the 18th edition of the biennial event has officially launched! Hiroshima is an ASIFA-endorsed and Oscar short film category qualifying fest which focuses on a message of “Love & Peace.” A call for entries with updated regulations will go live in fall 2019. Hiroshima 2020 will be held August 20-24 next year.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Student Academy Awards 2019
The competition is now open, with a submission deadline of June 1, 2019. The SAAs offer animation and experimental categories in the Domestic Film School Competition, as well as an animation category in the International FIlm School Competition. Winners are eligible for nomination in the Academy Awards short film categories.

Robert Zemeckis Will Direct ‘The Jetsons’ Live-Action TV Show Pilot
The director of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Back to the Future, The Polar Express and Welcome to Marwen (among many others) will also be exec producer of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon adaptation. The project will be a multi-camera sitcom set 100 years in the future, written by Gary Janetti (Family Guy).

WATCH: UnMASKing HOPE Trailer
From survivors of 9/11 and mass shootings, to service members in combat and chronic sexual abuse victims, the film goes behind the “masks” of trauma survivors to reveal their truths and uncover a common thread of hope in the face of the unthinkable. Set for a 2020 release via national public media, this latest work by acclaimed documentarian Eric Christiansen is given added dimension through animation by fellow CalArts alum and animation luminary Ed Bell (Unchained Memories).

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