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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 →
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‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ and ‘Episode VIII’ Helmer Confirmed

Director Gareth Edwards’ stand-alone Star Wars movie will be titled Rogue One and star Felicity Jones, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced this morning at the studio’s annual ... Continue Reading →
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Fournier Launching ‘Sendokai Champions’ Playing Cards

Nottingham Forest has inked a deal with playing cards manufacturer Fournier to develop official cards for Sendokai Champions. The first set is set to hit retailers this spring. Fournier ... Continue Reading →
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Cartoon Network Aussie Original ‘Monster Beach’ Wins ASTRA

Cartoon Network’s first Australian content commissioned for global distribution — Monster Beach — has picked up the 2015 ASTRA Award for Most Outstanding Children’s ... Continue Reading →
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Sony Unmasks ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ Teaser

Sony Pictures Animation has released three official stills and a spankin’ new teaser trailer for Genndy Tartakovsky’s upcoming CG sequel Hotel Transylvania 2 — coming to theaters ... Continue Reading →
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Mondo, Spin Master Launch SpindoTV

Spin Master Entertainment has officially launched its new kid-targeted YouTube channel, SpindoTV — developed in partnership with leading YouTube animation distributor Mondo Media. ... Continue Reading →
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Laika to Expand Studio by 70 Percent

Stop-motion house Laika, the Hillsboro, Oregon-based studio behind The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman and Coraline, has announced plans to increase the size of its facility by 70 percent. The ... Continue Reading →
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New Disney, Discovery Content Coming to Nabi

Fuhu, Inc. has finalized deals with Disney and Discovery Communications to bring a range of content from their kids’ entertainment libraries to Fuhu’s nabi tablet via the nabi Pass ... Continue Reading →
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DreamWorks Develops Online Channels for Verizon

DreamWorks Animation is developing with Verizon two new channels for its online children’s channels DreamWorksTV and AwesomenessTV. AwesomenessTV will produce more than 200 hours ... Continue Reading →
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Virtual Reality Enters a New Era

One of the major new trends at the recent Game Developers Conference was the introduction of headsets that enable gamers to enter high-resolution three-dimensional worlds that they ... Continue Reading →
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Making Money from Free Games, Part 1

One of the hottest topics at this year’s Game Developers Conference was how to earn money from free-to-play games, an increasingly important genre for both home and mobile devices. One ... Continue Reading →
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‘Ellen’ Debuts New ‘Inside Out’ Trailer

Guests Amy Poehler and Bill Hader brought along a special treat from Disney-Pixar to their appearance on The Ellen Show this week: the world premiere of the latest trailer for Pete ... Continue Reading →
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Nickelodeon Launches Animation Scholarship

Nickelodeon has partnered with national non-profit Get Schooled — co-founded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Viacom — to award one skilled, innovative animator ... Continue Reading →
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41 Entertainment Names Anna Kislevitz Senior L&M Manager

41 Entertainment has appointed Anna Kislevitz as Senior Manager – Licensing and Merchandising for the Greenwich, Connecticut-based animation production, distribution and marketing ... Continue Reading →
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‘China, IL’ Season Three Set for April

Adult Swim will be premiering the third season of Brad Neely’s 2D comedy China, IL this April as part of its spring 2015 line-up. The half-hour series takes place at the worst ... Continue Reading →
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‘Simpsons’ Co-Creator Sam Simon Dies Aged 59

Sam Simon, the nine-time Emmy winning writer who helped make TV animation history by co-creating The Simpsons, has died of colorectal cancer at home in Los Angeles, aged 59. Simpsons ... Continue Reading →
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Clip: Grunkle Stan Talks ‘Gravity Falls’ Secrets

To whet the appetites of Gravity Falls fans for tonight’s spectacular “cliffhanger” episode on Disney XD, the House of Mouse has released police station interview ... Continue Reading →
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China’s DMG Buys Stake in Valiant Comics

China/US film production group DMG has taken an equity stake in indie comics publisher Valiant Entertainment, with plans to turn some of the company’s more popular characters ... Continue Reading →