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Viacom Quarterly Call Confirms ‘SpongeBob 3,’ ‘Loud House’ Movie

On Thursday, Viacom held its quarterly earnings call, putting a strong emphasis on the success of Nickelodeon animation brands and highlighting plans for feature film and merch expansions ... Continue Reading →
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Variety’s 2017 10 Animators to Watch Congratulations to these amazing artists! This year’s list: Arthur de Pins, Megan Nicole Dong, Dorota Kobiela, Kirsten Lepore, Kira Lehtomaki, ... Continue Reading →
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French-Indian Co-Pro ‘Hoodoo’ Gets in Tune

France’s Mozaic Productions, together with Bioscopewala Pictures and Suresh Eriyat’s Studio Eeksaurus — both based in Mumbai, India — announce a co-production endeavor ... Continue Reading →
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Facebook’s Oculus Story Studio Logs Off

Facebook has announced that it will be shutting down the two-year-old Oculus Story Studio, which produced the Emmy Award-winning animated VR short Henry and more recently, the vibrant ... Continue Reading →

Report from Stuttgart: ‘Loving Vincent’ Filmmakers Go Noir with ‘Shadows’

Loving Vincent‘s UK-Polish writer-director team Hugh Welchman and Dorota Kobiela will return to the world of painting for their next animation feature, The Shadows, which Welchman ... Continue Reading →
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Jon Cowley to Lead FuseFX Vancouver Production Team

FuseFX has hired on 18-year visual effects industry veteran Jon Cowley as Head of Production and Senior VFX Supervisor for its Vancouver facility, where he will oversee production activity ... Continue Reading →
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‘PinCode’ Scores Broadcast & Digital Success in China

Kid-targeted science series PinCode (52 x 13) is proving a hit with viewers in China since launching on CCTV Kids on March 1. Having beat out competitors in the ratings department, ... Continue Reading →
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Adult Swim Hits the Gas on ‘Rick and Morty’ Pop-Up Road Trip

Fans across the US will be smashing open their piggy banks as Adult Swim rolls through 40-plus cities with an exclusive Rick and Morty mobile pop-up shop tour. The “Don’t Even Trip ... Continue Reading →
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Morph Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Emoji Set

Bristol-based studio Aardman is offering fans of classic stop-motion a thoroughly modern way to celebrate with a newly released iMessage sticker pack featuring 16 Morph emojis, just ... Continue Reading →
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Scum & Villainy Cantina Extended Thru June The sold-out pop-up Star Wars dining experience is extending its LA run through June — ticketing and reservations are now open! ... Continue Reading →
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Media IM Scores International Sales for ‘Rosa & Dara’ & ‘Flying Animals’

London-based Media IM has secured a raft of sales for two of its key animated properties, Rosa & Dara and Their Great Adventures from Bionaut Animation and Kredenc in Czech Republic, ... Continue Reading →
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Encounters Fest 2017 Gets Immersive with VR Track

Bristol, UK’s Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival is calling for submissions from cutting-edge filmmakers for its virtual reality program: VRgins. Entries must be received ... Continue Reading →
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Report from Stuttgart: “Animation Germany” Launched at APD

The German animation industry came together at the end of this year’s Animation Production Day in Stuttgart to launch May 4 the Animation Germany label “as a way of creating ... Continue Reading →
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Disney Mixes Maker Studios into New Digital Network

A new entity will combine all of the Walt Disney Co.’s digital brands under one roof, the company announced at its NewFront presentation this week. Dubbed the Disney Digital Network, ... Continue Reading →
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Sonar Takes Over Tricon Programs Including ‘Counterfeit Cat’

TV production house Sonar Entertainment (The Shannara Chronicles) is making its first venture into the non-scripted and kids & family content spheres with the acquisition of assets ... Continue Reading →
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Clip: ‘RWBY Chibi’ Season 2 Premiering May 15

Rooster Teeth is gearing up for the debut of RWBY Chibi season 2 on May 15 with the release of cute and comical teaser clip, which introduces viewers to Chibi Penny for the first time. ... Continue Reading →
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Visegrad Animation Forum 2017 Winners Revealed

The fifth edition of the Visegrad Animation Forum, the linchpin industry event for Central and Eastern Europe, wrapped up Thursday, May 4 in Trebon, Czech Republic with the announcement ... Continue Reading →
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Mr. Wolf Taps John Ciampa to Lead New East Coast Ops

Boutique visual effects house Mr. Wolf (mrwolf.us) has opened a New York City studio, creating an East Coast complement to its Culver City, CA home base. The new operation, located ... Continue Reading →
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CalArts Premieres 2017 Character & Experimental Animation Showcases

In the last week, hundreds of students, faculty, alumni and entertainment executives gathered for a duo of screenings and celebrations showcasing the 2017 CalArts Character Animation ... Continue Reading →
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Clip: Disney XD Bricks Up for Star Wars Day

It’s the biggest holiday on the galactic calendar, Star Wars Day! To celebrate, Disney XD has built up an all-day marathon of fun and adventure in a galaxy far, far away. The entire ... Continue Reading →