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Dusty Fest Sets Schedule, Honors Kupershmidt

The School of Visual Arts will honor Disney animator Alex Kupershmidt and TV director Daniel Minahan with outstanding alumni awards at this year’s Dusty Awards, set for May 12. Kupershmidt ... Continue Reading →
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GKIDS Books ‘Prophet’ for Aug. 7 Release

GKIDS will release Aug. 7 the animated feature Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet in New York and Los Angeles, followed by expansion to major markets. Adapted from the award-winning book ... Continue Reading →
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2015 World Animation Celebration Set for Oct. 24-25 at Sony Pictures Animation

Animation Libation Studios and Animation Magazine present the 2015 edition of The World Animation Celebration international short film animation festival, hosted by Sony Pictures Animation. The ... Continue Reading →
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‘What’s Opera, Doc?’ Cels Headline Animation Auction

Two animation cels from the iconic 1957 Warner Bros. short “What’s Opera, Doc?” will be among the rare animation items to be auctioned next month at Heritage Auctions’ ... Continue Reading →
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Boing France Snags ‘Get Ace’ from 9 Story

9 Story Media Group has licensed animated comedy series Get Ace (52 x 11) to Boing, part of Turner Kids’ portfolio in France which also includes Boomerang and Cartoon Network. ... Continue Reading →
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‘Johnny Express’ Takes NYICFF Grand Prize

Following a month jam-packed with kid friendly fare, the votes and ballots have been tallied up to determine the winners of the 2015 New York International Children’s Film Festival. ... Continue Reading →
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ArsenalFX Expands to New Santa Monica HQ

Visual effects, motion graphics and design studio for commercial media and entertainment ArsenalFX has expanded its commercial operations by relocating its headquarters to a brand new ... Continue Reading →
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Pixar Releases Free Noncommercial RenderMan

Pixar his released its Academy Award-winning RenderMan software to use for free for noncommercial use. The program can be used for research, education, evaluation, plug-in development ... Continue Reading →
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Shout! Bringing ‘Maya the Bee’ to U.S. Theaters

Shout! Factory Kids will be bringing the CG animated Maya the Bee Movie to theaters in Los Angeles and New York on May 1, 2015. Based on the globally known children’s novel, the ... Continue Reading →
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PGS Signs Euro and Asian Deals for Playmobil Show ‘Super 4′

PGS Entertainment has inked a bundle of media licensing agreements for the Playmobil-inspired animated series Super 4 from Method Animation and Morgen Studios (commissioned by France ... Continue Reading →
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‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy Completes its Journey Home

The final battle is coming home at last to complete the collection of J.R.R. Tolkein fans everywhere with the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Warner Bros., $44.95, ... Continue Reading →
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Pio Vernis Named Marketing Director of DeAPlaneta Group

DeAPlaneta Group, comprising fiction (DeAPlaneta Cine) and animation (Planeta Junior) divisions, has named company veteran Pio Vernis as Marketing Director. Vernis will be charged with ... Continue Reading →
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‘Home’ Earns $19 Million in Overseas Debut

DreamWorks Animation’s Home had a strong opening overseas with a $19.2 million gross in a handful of markets one week before its United States release. That total included $9.3 ... Continue Reading →
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GDC: Making Money from Free Games, Part 2

This is a continuation of a previous article on one of the hottest topics at GDC 2015: How to earn money from free-to-play games, an increasingly important genre. The two top F2Ps, ... Continue Reading →
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Ireland Honors Four Animation Projects with Stamps

Guess it’s time to find an animation pen pal in Ireland! Ireland has issued a new set of four postage stamps honoring the nation’s most iconic animated projects. The honored ... Continue Reading →
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First Look at ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’

It’s coming up quickly, and Paramount has sneaked out an early look at the upcoming Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, due in theaters July 31. Take a look: The fifth ... Continue Reading →
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Trailer Teases ‘Astro Boy Reboot’ Series

As proof that some franchises are perennial, a new TV version of Astro Boy is in the works and an advance trailer of the new series, Astro Boy Reboot, was screened at a convention in ... Continue Reading →
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World Animation Night Presents Poland Focus

Cinema Without Borders, East Los Angeles College and the Polish Film Festival Los Angeles are planning a World Animation Night Festival on May 7 focused on work from Poland. The program, ... Continue Reading →
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TV Spots Incrementally Tease ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

As the May 1 release nears for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, the number of fan-teasing clips showing up is only likely to increase. Example one is this extended TV spot for the ... Continue Reading →
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‘Seth’s Dominion’ Earns Hot Docs Spot

The National Film Board of Canada is sending off eight projects to be featured at the 2015 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, running in Toronto from April 23 to ... Continue Reading →