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PGS Seals Asia Deals for ‘Jungle Bunch’

International brand manager PGS has secured media licensing deals in key Asian territories for The Jungle Bunch to the Rescue!, from TAT Productions and Master Films. New signees include ... Continue Reading →
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Emma Watson Starring in ‘Beauty and the Beast’

24-year-old British actress Emma Watson has been cast as leading lady Belle in Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, which is set to begin production later ... Continue Reading →
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NFB French Animation Founder René Jodoin Dies

The National Film Board of Canada has notified the film community of the death of director-producer René Jodoin. The Quebec native passed away January 22, 2015 at the age of 94. Jodoin ... Continue Reading →
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Framestore Ups Grant Walker to Senior CG AD

Effects house Framestore has promoted Grant Walker to the post of Senior CG Art Director just in time for his five-year anniversary with the studio. He will be charged with leading ... Continue Reading →
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Kristine Belson Named President of Sony Pictures Animation

Sony Pictures Entertainment has named Oscar nominee Kristine Belson president of Sony Pictures Animation. In her new role, Belson will lead the development and production of original ... Continue Reading →
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Presenters Set for 42nd Annie Awards

The pieces are falling into place for the 42nd Annual Annie Awards, which will be presented Jan. 31 in a black-tie event at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Scheduled to present the coveted ... Continue Reading →
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PBS KIDS Launches YouTube Channel

PBS KIDS has accomplished the launch of its own officially branded YouTube channel, youtube.com/pbskids. The channel will be geared towards kids aged 2-8 and their parents. The pubcaster ... Continue Reading →
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Mark Nicholls to Head Toonz Auckland Shop

Toonz Entertainment is building on its the reach of its India-based Toonz Animation flagship studio by setting up a dedicated subsidiary office in Auckland, New Zealand. Newly appointed ... Continue Reading →
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Kylie Ellis Upped to VP Production at Mainframe

Vancouver-based animation studio Rainmaker Entertainment has promoted its Director of Production, Kylie Ellis, to the newly created position of Vice President of Production at its television ... Continue Reading →
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’1001 Nights’ to Debut on Television in the United States

Big Bad Boo Studios announced that its hit animated series, 1001 Nights, will be airing for the first time in the United States this January on various public broadcast channels. The ... Continue Reading →
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Raimo Kouyate Leaving as Sony Animation Exec

Sony Pictures Animation production president Michelle Raimo Kouyate is stepping down from her post to take on a first-look producing deal for both live-action and animated projects ... Continue Reading →
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‘Kung Fu Panda 3′ Gets China Co-Pro Status

The government of China has granted co-production status to DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3, giving it greater access to the nation’s cinemas. According to the State ... Continue Reading →
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9 Story Media Racks Up Latin America Sales

9 Story Media Group has announced several free-TV sales within Latin America coming out of NATPE. TV Brasil has licensed the first season of Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood; Canal ... Continue Reading →
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Picture Box Inks Global Broadcast Deals

Toronto-based Picture Box Distribution announces a number of sales for its kids’ series slate to international broadcasters. Junior TV in Italy has picked up animated fare Yup ... Continue Reading →
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KCET Hosts ‘Space Racers’ Screening in L.A.

As part of its year of 50th anniversary celebrations, Southern and Central California’s independent public television station KCET will host a free family screening of its animated ... Continue Reading →
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‘Book of Life’ Comes to Home Video Libraries

One of the major animated features of 2014 comes to home video this week with the release of The Book of Life (Fox, $49.99 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy; $39.99 Blu-ray, ... Continue Reading →
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Geronimo’s ‘Nelly & Nora’ Attracts International Interest

Irish animation company Geronimo Productions is gearing up for the premiere of its new preschool series Nelly & Nora on RTEjr February 2. Ahead of the launch, the charming 2D series ... Continue Reading →
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‘LEGO Movie’ Wins PGA Award for Animated Feature

It may have been overlooked by the Academy Awards, but The LEGO Movie is tops with the Producers Guild of America. The Warner Bros. film took the top honor for producer Dan Lin in the ... Continue Reading →
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LEGO and WB Build Scooby-Doo Line

The LEGO Group has partnered with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to create a line of LEGO building sets inspired by classic animated series Scooby-Doo. Five brand new sets will bring ... Continue Reading →
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Nippon Animation Announces ‘Sinbad’

One of Japan’s oldest working animation studios, Nippon Animation, has announced a partnership with effects company Shirogumi to produce a new toon take on the Arabian Nights tales ... Continue Reading →