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U.K. Introduces Children’s TV Tax Relief Scheme

In a budget announcement by the British Film Commission and Film London today, Chief Executive Adrian Wootton announced that key changes will include a new Children’s Television Tax ... Continue Reading →
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Sony Teases ‘Pixels’

Columbia Pictures has released a teaser for the upcoming action-comedy Pixels, coming to theaters July 24, 2015. The film is directed by Chris Columbus (Percy Jackson: The Lightning ... Continue Reading →
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Three Top Toon Execs Depart Nick

Three top execs exited Nickelodeon Animation Studio last week: Rich Magallanes, senior VP, current series; Jenna Boyd, senior VP, animation development; and Jill Sanford, VP, animation ... Continue Reading →
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LAIKA Opts for Foundry’s FLIX on ‘Kubo’

Award-winning stop-motion studio LAIKA (The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman, Coraline) has picked London developer The Foundry’s web-based FLIX software solution to aid its pre-production ... Continue Reading →
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Michel Ocelot Gets Animafest Lifetime Award

The council of the 25th Animafest Zagreb will honor French animation master Michel Ocelot with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the festival’s official opening ... Continue Reading →
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Karen Vermeulen Named Head of Global Sales & Co-Pros at American Greetings

Zodiak Kids executive Karen Vermeulen is joining up with American Greetings Properties as the new Head of Global Sales and Co-Productions. Vermeulen’s appointment, which she will ... Continue Reading →
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Hamill Joins Forces With Free Comic Book Day

Actor and lifelong comic book fan Mark Hamill has lent his iconic voice to promote this year’s Free Comic Book Day, set for May 2. The prolific voice actor is best known as Luke ... Continue Reading →
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Brown Bag Tops Inaugural Irish Animation Awards

Brown Bag Films was the big winner at the first Irish Animation Awards, presented this past weekend in Dingle, Ireland. Dingle has been home to the Dingle Film Festival and specifically ... Continue Reading →
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‘Penguins,’ ‘Song of the Sea’ Ride New Disc Wave

This week’s key DVD/Blu-ray releases have a distinct aquatic theme, with DreamWorks’ Penguins of Madagascar and Cartoon Saloon’s Song of the Sea hitting shelves and ... Continue Reading →
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Nucleus Examines Origins of ‘Home’

Artist Adam Rex, whose book The True Meaning of Smekday is the basis of the DreamWorks Animation feature Home, will appear March 28 at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, Calif., for an exhibition ... Continue Reading →
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Technicolor Signs New Euro Broadcasters for ‘The Deep’

Technicolor has finalized several agreements with European broadcasters to deliver its CG-animated series The Deep (26 x half-hours in production). New partners include Ketnet (Belgium), ... Continue Reading →
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Genius Appoints Two New International Sales Agents

Genius Brands International is expanding its global representation with the appointment of two new international sales agents to handle its growing portfolio of original brands, including ... Continue Reading →
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‘Big Hero 6′ Becomes 2014′s Animated Box Office Champ

Disney’s Big Hero 6 has become the top-grossing animated feature of 2014, edging out DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 in worldwide box office haul. Big ... Continue Reading →
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New Trailer for ‘Thunderbirds Are Go!’

It’s not yet clear when Thunderbirds Are Go! will be shown in the United States, but with a preview like this, it can’t be soon enough for fans of the 1960s “supermarionation” ... Continue Reading →
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‘Animation Magazine’ to Celebrate 250 Issues with a Great Look Forward

It’s a big milestone: Our 250th issue! And it’s coming this summer with a street date of June 1. To celebrate, we’ve decided to look at the companies, people and projects ... Continue Reading →
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Guru Adds Nick Executive Rachel Marcus

Guru Studio has appointed Rachel Marcus as development executive. Marcus joins the award-winning Canadian studio directly from her position as digital content development producer at ... Continue Reading →
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Tartakovsky Off Sony’s ‘Popeye’ Feature

Director Genndy Tartakovsky announced in an interview that he is no longer working on a Popeye feature for Sony Pictures Animation. Speaking with Moviefone about the just-released trailer ... Continue Reading →
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Cooley to Co-Direct ‘Toy Story 4’

Josh Cooley will be co-director on Toy Story 4 with John Lasseter, Pixar confirmed via Twitter. Cooley joined Pixar as an intern in the story department for Cars, and most recently ... Continue Reading →
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Disney Confirms ‘Frozen’ Sequel

It’s official: There will be a sequel to Frozen. The directors of the first film, Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and producer Peter Del Vecho are back to develop the sequel, Disney ... Continue Reading →
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First Second Secures ‘Dam Keeper’ Books Rights

Graphic novel publisher First Second has preemptively acquired world rights to two graphic novels based on the Oscar-nominated animated short The Dam Keeper from Tonko House founders ... Continue Reading →