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Michael Carrington Named CEO of The Foundation

Kids entertainment veteran Michael Carrington is leaving his post as VP of global content & executive producer at London’s HIT Entertainment to become Chief Executive Officer ... Continue Reading →
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First Look at Sports Series ‘City of Hoops’

Sports is a fertile but underdeveloped genre for entertainment, something that the animated series City of Hoops is looking to rectify. The 3D series explores the game of life through ... Continue Reading →
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HIT Appoints Christopher Keenan Global Head of Content & Production

Leading preschool entertainment company and Mattel subsidiary HIT Entertainment has announced the appointment of Christopher Keenan as new VP, Creative & Executive Producer. Based ... Continue Reading →
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TVO, Markle Prod. Team up for ‘Craft Kids’

Markle Productions has set up a deal with Canadian pubcaster TVO to develop a new 2D animated preschool series called Craft Kids (26 x 22). The show follows six-year-old creative whirlwind ... Continue Reading →
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ShortsHD Celebrates Animation All Summer

ShortsHD, the high-def network devoted to short films, will be celebrating the art of animation with its Summer of Animation promotion. Some of the biggest names in the genre will be ... Continue Reading →
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‘Star Wars’ Adds 2 to ‘Episode VII’ Cast

Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson have been cast in Star Wars: Episode VII as the result of an open casting call that attracted some 67,000 hopefuls seeking a role in the much-anticipated ... Continue Reading →
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Oh My Glob: ‘Adventure Time: Princess Day’ Lumps Off

At the end of the month, Cartoon Network will coronate Adventure Time: Princess Day, an all-new episode feting the hit show’s popular princesses. In a twist, the episode will ... Continue Reading →
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Ex Nick Exec Wright Joins Netflix

Former Nick exec Brian Wright has joined Netflix to oversee original children’s and family programming for the streaming video service. Wright will oversee exclusive live-action, ... Continue Reading →
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Gaumont Inks New Deals for ‘Lanfeust Quest’

Gaumont Animation has signed on new international broadcast partners for its comic-book adaptation Lanfeust Quest (26 x half-hour), including a multi-territory deal with Disney Channel. ... Continue Reading →
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‘Naruto Shippuden’ Leads Week of Reissues, Anime

It’s a slim week for animated home video releases, but there’s always something out there to get if you’ve got some money burning a hole in your pocket. Top of the ... Continue Reading →
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VIDEO: Jon Stewart Guests on ‘Phineas and Ferb’

Just when you think every possible combination of media properties has already been done, along comes a cool surprise like Jon Stewart doing a guest voice on Monday’s brand-new ... Continue Reading →
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Ottawa Sets Feature Competition Slate

Two animated documentaries highlight the feature film competition slate for the Ottawa International Animation Festival, set for Sept. 17-21. The documentaries are Seth’s Dominion ... Continue Reading →
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‘Transformers’ Repeat For Holiday Weekend

Transformers: Age of Extinction is about as far from extinct as you can get at the box office. The mega-hit topped an overall soft Independence Day holiday weekend for ticket sales ... Continue Reading →
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‘Clarence’ Creator Out Amid Assault Allegation

Skyler Page, creator of Cartoon Network’s Clarence, has left the show amid allegations of sexual assault. Online reports on Cartoon Brew and The Wrap broke the story of Page’s ... Continue Reading →
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Trailer for Ghibli’s ‘Marnie’

A trailer has popped up online for Studio Ghibli’s next movie, When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Marnie). Take a look: The movie is co-written and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, ... Continue Reading →
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Reliance Takes Stake in Prime Focus

India-based Reliance Group has bought a major stake in Prime Focus and will merge its visual-effects and media-services company with Prime Focus to create what will be the world’s ... Continue Reading →
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VES Releases VFX Reference Platform

The Visual Effects Society has released of the industry standard VFX Reference Platform, a set of tools and library versions to be used as a common target platform for building software ... Continue Reading →
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‘Once’ Casts Live Action Anna, Kristoff from ‘Frozen’

Here’s a cool thought for the hot summer days: ABC has cast actors to play Anna and Kristoff from Disney’s hit animated feature Frozen in the upcoming fourth season of Once ... Continue Reading →
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Bob Hastings, Voice in DC Toons, Dies at 89

Bob Hastings, a veteran radio and animation voice actor best known for his roles in various DC Comics cartoons and in sitcoms McHale’s Navy and All in the Family, died at his ... Continue Reading →
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LIMA Elects New Chairman, Directors

Rick Van Brimmer of The Ohio State University has been elected chairman of the board of The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association. He succeeds Maura Regan ... Continue Reading →