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Reliance Takes Stake in Prime Focus

India-based Reliance Group has bought a major stake in Prime Focus and will merge its visual-effects and media-services company with Prime Focus to create what will be the world’s ... Continue Reading →
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VES Releases VFX Reference Platform

The Visual Effects Society has released of the industry standard VFX Reference Platform, a set of tools and library versions to be used as a common target platform for building software ... Continue Reading →
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‘Once’ Casts Live Action Anna, Kristoff from ‘Frozen’

Here’s a cool thought for the hot summer days: ABC has cast actors to play Anna and Kristoff from Disney’s hit animated feature Frozen in the upcoming fourth season of Once ... Continue Reading →
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Bob Hastings, Voice in DC Toons, Dies at 89

Bob Hastings, a veteran radio and animation voice actor best known for his roles in various DC Comics cartoons and in sitcoms McHale’s Navy and All in the Family, died at his ... Continue Reading →
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LIMA Elects New Chairman, Directors

Rick Van Brimmer of The Ohio State University has been elected chairman of the board of The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association. He succeeds Maura Regan ... Continue Reading →
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SIGGRAPH Announces 2014 Festival Winners

SIGGRAPH, which takes place in Vancouver this year August 10-14, has announced the award recipients for the 41st edition of the Computer Animation Festival — an Academy Award ... Continue Reading →
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Academy Sets Oscars Submissions Deadlines

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced category submission deadlines for 87th Academy Awards consideration. The dates are as follows: • Scientific and ... Continue Reading →
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Disney Fairies Flit to DMA

The plucky fairies of Pixie Hollow will make their big debut on the studio’s digital movie service Disney Movies Anywhere this month with an all-new Pixie Preview Pixie Hollow ... Continue Reading →
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iTunes Corrals ‘Pokemon’ in One Place

The Pokemon Company International has announced that iTunes is providing fans of the collectable pocket monsters a one-stop content destination at iTunes.com/Pokemon. Animated TV episodes ... Continue Reading →
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‘Gravity,’ ‘Frozen’ Take Top Honors at Saturns

Gravity and Frozen took top honors at the 40th Annual Saturn Awards, presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. Frozen took the best animated feature honor, ... Continue Reading →
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Shout! Bringing ‘Slugterra’ Film to Theaters

Shout! Factory, Screenvision and Nerd Corps Entertainment have teamed up to bring the feature-length original movie Slugterra: Return of the Elementals to theaters across the U.S. The ... Continue Reading →
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Report: DreamWorks Lays Off 40-50 in Features

The Animation Guild Blog is reporting layoffs last week in DreamWorks Animation’s feature division. According to a post on the blog, an estimated 40 to 50 employees were let go. TAG ... Continue Reading →
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‘Horrid Henry’ Gets Multi Territory Deal with Netflix

Indie studio Novel Entertainment has inked a deal with streaming distributor Netflix for its hit kids’ animation Horrid Henry (156 x 11). The deal, which covers U.K. and Ireland, ... Continue Reading →
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Catch up with ‘Korra’ on Home Video

The upcoming holiday weekend offers an ideal chance to catch up on some favorite animated shows new to home video such as Nickelodeon’s hit series The Legend of Korra. Arriving ... Continue Reading →
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Borie Joins Click 3X as Animation Director

Noella Borie has joined Click 3X as animation director and will design and direct animation using traditional frame-by-frame techniques. Borie is an accomplished animator who has previously ... Continue Reading →
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‘Transformers’ Opening Hits $100 Million

It looks like the robots in disguise’s real talent is to transform a movie into a money-making machine. Transformers: Age of Extinction became the first film of the year to score ... Continue Reading →
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DiSalvo Named Creative Director of Paramount Animation

Veteran animator Lino DiSalvo has joined Paramount Animation as its new creative director. The announcement came from Adam Goodman, president of the Paramount Film Group, who oversees ... Continue Reading →
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Netflix Debuts Anime ‘Knights’ July 4

The sci-fi mecha series Knights of Sidonia has been picked up by Netflix as its first original anime series and is set to debut in all territories on the streaming service starting ... Continue Reading →
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Academy Invites 27 to Join Shorts and Animation Branch

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions ... Continue Reading →
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Del Toro Sets ‘Pacific Rim’ Sequel, Toon Series

Get ready for monsters vs. robots, round two! Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has announced that last summer’s visual-effects blockbuster Pacific Rim is getting both a sequel and ... Continue Reading →