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Books We Love – Issue #240

Magic Color Flair: The World of Mary Blair By John Canemaker [Walt Disney Family Foundation Press, $40] Iconic Disney artist Mary Blair (1911-1978) is one of the most notable illustrators ... Continue Reading →
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New Signe Baumane Film to Premiere at Karlovy Vary

The first ever feature effort from acclaimed indie animator Signe Baumane, titled Rocks in My Pocket, will have its world premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in ... Continue Reading →
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Ex-Film Roman CEO Charged in Fraud Case

Federal agents have accused a Los Angeles production company of defrauding investors in a 3D animated remake of more than $22 million and arrested the company’s principals, including ... Continue Reading →
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LAIKA Sets ‘Boxtrolls’ Final Trailer Premiere for Annecy

The stop-motion wizards at LAIKA have announced that the final trailer for its upcoming neo-Victorian fantasy tale The Boxtrolls will have its world premiere at the Annecy International ... Continue Reading →
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‘ALVINNN!!!’ Finds Homes in Spain, Germany

Germany’s Super RTL and Atresmedia Television in Spain have pre-bought two seasons (104 x 11) of the upcoming animated series ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks from Bagdasarian Productions ... Continue Reading →
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Imira’s ‘Lola & Virginia’ Comes to Amazon On-Demand

Spanish kids’ entertainment production/distribution house Imira Entertainment has inked a deal that will boost its on-demand content availability by bringing its original series ... Continue Reading →
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SPA Buys ‘Medusa’; Lauren Faust to Director

Sony Pictures Animation has acquired an original animated comedy feature pitch by Todd Alcott and Holly Golden, titled Medusa, which will tell an all-new story behind the infamous snake-headed ... Continue Reading →
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Nick Takes Short Submission ‘Loud House’ to Series

Nickelodeon has ordered 13 episodes of The Loud House, the first series to be greenlit out of its 2013 Animated Shorts Program. Inspired by first-time creator Chris Savino’s (Rocko’s ... Continue Reading →
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Fionna and Cake Return to ‘Adventure Time’

Fionna and Cake, intrepid stars of the fan favorite gender-swapped (oh, and species-swapped) episodes of Penn Ward’s Adventure Time, will return to the Land of Aaa in their third ... Continue Reading →
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SeaWorld Toons Up for Licensing Expo

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has announced it will be scouting broadcast and licensing partners for three new 52 x 11 animated series at next month’s Licensing Expo in Las ... Continue Reading →
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Josh Trank to Direct Stand-Alone ‘Star Wars’

Lucasfilm and new guardians of the franchise universe Disney announced on StarWars.com that Josh Trank (Chronicle) is the latest director slated to helm a stand-alone Star Wars film. ... Continue Reading →
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Genius Brands Grows Distribution Arm

Global kids’ entertainment brand management company Genius Brands International has expanded its operations, launching a new global distribution division and appointing longtime ... Continue Reading →
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Devil & Demon Appoints VFX Legend Richard Edlund to the Board

Supercharged computer manufacturer The Devil & Demon Strategy (devilanddemon.com) is welcoming renowned visual effects creator Richard Edlund to its board of directors. A seven-time ... Continue Reading →
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Derrickson to Direct ‘Doctor Strange’

Marvel Studios has reportedly tapped writer-director Scott Derrickson for a planned Doctor Strange feature film. Derrickson is best known as a writer and director of horror films, including ... Continue Reading →
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Disney Movies Anywhere Presents Pixar Summer Content

If your eyes tire of the brilliant sunshine and you feel like you scream if you pick up one more over-charred BBQ burger this summer, you can take a break with a slate of surprises ... Continue Reading →
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‘Letter to Momo’ Opens July 23 in New York

GKIDS will release Hiroyuki Okiura’s A Letter to Momo at New York’s IFC Center on July 23, followed by an expansion into top U.S. markets including Los Angeles, San Francisco, ... Continue Reading →
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Trailer Previews Folman’s ‘The Congress’

A new trailer is offering a tantalizing look at Ari Folman’s new hybrid feature film The Congress. The film, which played at this year’s Cannes, stars Robin Wright as herself ... Continue Reading →
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Imaginary Forces, SeePolitical Join Forces to Inform Calif. Voters

In light of two California state ballot measure propositions considered confusing to citizens of the Golden State which face voters today, Imaginary Forces, Guru Media Solutions and ... Continue Reading →
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Woodbury Is Lucky No. 13 for Western Animation Schools

Woodbury University, located in the traditional capital of animation in Burbank, Calif., is pleased to announce that the 2014 Animation Schools rankings from online resource Animation ... Continue Reading →
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Genius Brands Hop Onto LeapPad

Genius Brands has signed a new agreement with LeapFrog Enterprises that will feature GBI’s Baby Genius, Secret Millionaires Club and Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab content in ... Continue Reading →