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Daily News Bytes: ‘The Cat Returns’ To Ghibli Fest, ‘Isle of Dogs’ Prize App, ‘Solo’ Blasts Off to Cannes & More

Black Girl Animators Collective Aims to Make Animation More Inclusive Teen Vogue talks to creator, producer & writer Taylor K. Shaw about the first and only animation company specifically ... Continue Reading →
44 Cats

TV Bytes: ‘44 Cats,’ ‘Everything’s Rosie,’ ‘Geronimo Stilton,’ ‘Mia and Me,’ ‘Saladin’

+      Italian content creator Rainbow has found a home in Germany for its shiny-new CG-animated preschool series 44 Cats on top kids’ channel Super RTL. Combining music, edutainment ... Continue Reading →
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Guru Studios EVP Mary Bredin Moving On

Mary Bredin will be leaving Toronto-based Guru Studio after serving as Executive Vice President of Content and Strategy for over 10 years. The industry veteran, who has also held posts ... Continue Reading →
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NFB’s ‘Biidaaban’ VR Premier Brings Indigenous Futurism to Tribeca

A bold new virtual reality piece from the National Film Board of Canada will be introduced at the Tribeca Film Festival (April 20-28) when Biidaaban: First Light premieres as part of ... Continue Reading →
Big Fish and Begonia

‘Big Fish & Begonia’: A Magical, Mystical Tale

***This article originally appeared in the April ‘18 issue of Animation Magazine No. 279*** After a successful run on the festival circuit, the Chinese feature Big Fish & Begonia ... Continue Reading →
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‘Ballmastrz: 9009’ – Misfits of the Apocalypse!

***This article was written for the May issue of Animation Magazine No. 280*** It’s loud, weird and set in a post-apocalyptic world gone mad — which means Christy Karacas’ new ... Continue Reading →
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Animated People: Sofia Astrom, Director, Eels’ “Bone Dry”

The popular California band Eels (led by Mark Oliver Everett) has just released a beautiful stop-motion animated video for their new song “Bone Dry.” The video, which is directed ... Continue Reading →
Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern

Eleven Arts Invites ‘Haikara-San’ to NorAm Theaters

ELEVEN ARTS Anime Studio has licensed North American distribution rights to anime feature Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern, based on the best-selling manga series by Waki Yamato. ... Continue Reading →
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MIPTV: Imira Adds Two Short-Form Toons to Slate

Spain’s Imira Entertainment has acquired two new short format series for its distribution slate ahead of MIPTV in Cannes: AstroLOLogy from Lemon Sky, and Buck & Buddy from Lil ... Continue Reading →
Isao Takahata

Isao Takahata, Studio Ghibli Co-Founder, Dies Age 82

Isao Takahata, a globally revered writer, director and producer who co-founded Studio Ghibli, died Thursday, April 5 at the age of 82. Creator of powerful and well-loved films such ... Continue Reading →
Tasty Tales of the Food Truckers

‘Tasty Tales of the Food Truckers’ Serves a Moveable Feast

***This article was written for the April 2018 issue of Animation Magazine No. 279*** Sometimes the simplest ideas can inspire brilliant animated shows. Take, for example, the  upcoming ... Continue Reading →
Fate of the Furious

Digital Domain Taps Karey Maltzahn to Lead VFX Viz for Features, Series

Visual effects and immersive experiences shop Digital Domain has promoted Karey Maltzahn to Vice President of Feature and Episodic Production. Further, studio leads Nikos Kalaitzidis, ... Continue Reading →
One Thousand and One Animals

MIPTV: Haruworks Brings Its First Two Toons to Cannes

Finland-based animation start-up Haruworks will be debuting its first two series at MIPTV (April 9-11): One Thousand and One Animals and Everyone’s Invited. Founder & CEO Nick ... Continue Reading →
The Witch Sisters

Kid Glove, James Proimos Conjure ‘Witch Sisters’ Shorts for Sesame Studios

Children’s and family entertainment company Kid Glove, founder Brenda Wooding and award-winning author, illustrator and animation creator/co-director James Proimos have teamed up ... Continue Reading →
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Universal Kids Sets Sights on New ‘Where’s Waldo?’ Toon from DreamWorks

NBCUniversal Cable’s Universal Kids network will dramatically expand it content slate over the next 18 months with an infusion of DreamWorks Animation Television titles — including ... Continue Reading →
Paradise P.D.

Netflix Greenlights ‘Paradise P.D.’ from ‘Brickleberry’ Creators

Netflix is adding to its adult animation lineup, greenlighting a new 10-episode series, Paradise P.D., from Brickleberry creators Waco O’Guin and Roger Black. The 2D animated cop ... Continue Reading →
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Inaugural Ibero-American Quirino Confab Kicks Off This Week

This Friday and Saturday, April 6-7, the Ibero-American animation community will gather in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain) for the first edition of the Quirino Awards, Coproduction Forum ... Continue Reading →
Touch the Earth

Gaumont Options Julian Lennon’s ‘Earth’ Books for Series

New York Times bestselling children’s author Julian Lennon has inked a deal with Gaumont to produce an animated TV series based on his kids’ book Touch the Earth and it’s just-released ... Continue Reading →
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Nimble Collective Unites with Talent Site Zerply

Nimble Collective, the cloud-based animation platform and community which aims to democratize the $13 billion animation technology industry, has teamed up with Zerply, an online matchmaking ... Continue Reading →
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Boat Rocker Sails to MIPTV with 200+ Hours of Content

Global content distributor Boat Rocker Rights is setting course for MIPTV (April 9-11) with a slate of over 200 hours of award-winning kids & family content and factual programming. Boat ... Continue Reading →