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Animated Wearables

The 2015 Wearables TechCon in Santa Clara was proof positive of how large—and how rapidly changing—this technology is. Wearables are devices other than smartphones which are worn ... Continue Reading →
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Henson, Cyber Group Strike Two Title Co-Pro Deal

The Jim Henson Company and Cyber Group Studios have finalized a first-time agreement to co-finance and co-produce two new children’s series: Jim Henson’s Enchanted Sisters and Cyber ... Continue Reading →
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Milk VFX Opens Cardiff Studio

BAFTA-winning London visual effects company Milk is opening a second studio in Cardiff, Wales, to support its expanding slate of TV and film projects. Milk is one of the latest creative ... Continue Reading →
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StudioCanal Bringing Acamar’s ‘Bing’ to DVD

Acamar Films’ award-winning preschool show Bing is set to expand its U.K. presence with a new deal that will see Canal+ Group’s StudioCanal label launching a DVD in the country. ... Continue Reading →
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Untitled Smurfs Film Gets 2017 Release

Sony Pictures Animation has announced that its “Untitled Animated Smurfs” feature project has been slated for global release March 31, 2017, taking advantage of the family-friendly ... Continue Reading →
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Philippe Alessandri Launches WatchNext Media

Former CEO of Tele Images, Marathon and GTV (Zodiak Media) Philippe Alessandri has launched his new venture, WatchNext Media — a next-generation animation and drama production ... Continue Reading →
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‘Yoko’ Named Toon with Most Potential by MIP Organizers

Russian-Spanish animated co-production Yoko has for the second year in a row been named the “Animated Series with Highest International Potential” by Reed MIDEM, the organizing ... Continue Reading →
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Turkey’s ‘Limon and Oli’ Rolls Out on Disney Junior

Disney Junior has picked up popular Turkish cartoon Limon and Oli for its programming lineups in 111 different markets, including Poland, South Africa, Greece, Romania, Middle East ... Continue Reading →
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Dusty Fest Sets Schedule, Honors Kupershmidt

The School of Visual Arts will honor Disney animator Alex Kupershmidt and TV director Daniel Minahan with outstanding alumni awards at this year’s Dusty Awards, set for May 12. Kupershmidt ... Continue Reading →
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GKIDS Books ‘Prophet’ for Aug. 7 Release

GKIDS will release Aug. 7 the animated feature Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet in New York and Los Angeles, followed by expansion to major markets. Adapted from the award-winning book ... Continue Reading →
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2015 World Animation Celebration Set for Oct. 24-25 at Sony Pictures Animation

Animation Libation Studios and Animation Magazine present the 2015 edition of The World Animation Celebration international short film animation festival, hosted by Sony Pictures Animation. The ... Continue Reading →
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‘What’s Opera, Doc?’ Cels Headline Animation Auction

Two animation cels from the iconic 1957 Warner Bros. short “What’s Opera, Doc?” will be among the rare animation items to be auctioned next month at Heritage Auctions’ ... Continue Reading →
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Boing France Snags ‘Get Ace’ from 9 Story

9 Story Media Group has licensed animated comedy series Get Ace (52 x 11) to Boing, part of Turner Kids’ portfolio in France which also includes Boomerang and Cartoon Network. ... Continue Reading →
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‘Johnny Express’ Takes NYICFF Grand Prize

Following a month jam-packed with kid friendly fare, the votes and ballots have been tallied up to determine the winners of the 2015 New York International Children’s Film Festival. ... Continue Reading →
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ArsenalFX Expands to New Santa Monica HQ

Visual effects, motion graphics and design studio for commercial media and entertainment ArsenalFX has expanded its commercial operations by relocating its headquarters to a brand new ... Continue Reading →
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Pixar Releases Free Noncommercial RenderMan

Pixar his released its Academy Award-winning RenderMan software to use for free for noncommercial use. The program can be used for research, education, evaluation, plug-in development ... Continue Reading →
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Shout! Bringing ‘Maya the Bee’ to U.S. Theaters

Shout! Factory Kids will be bringing the CG animated Maya the Bee Movie to theaters in Los Angeles and New York on May 1, 2015. Based on the globally known children’s novel, the ... Continue Reading →
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PGS Signs Euro and Asian Deals for Playmobil Show ‘Super 4′

PGS Entertainment has inked a bundle of media licensing agreements for the Playmobil-inspired animated series Super 4 from Method Animation and Morgen Studios (commissioned by France ... Continue Reading →
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‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy Completes its Journey Home

The final battle is coming home at last to complete the collection of J.R.R. Tolkein fans everywhere with the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Warner Bros., $44.95, ... Continue Reading →
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Pio Vernis Named Marketing Director of DeAPlaneta Group

DeAPlaneta Group, comprising fiction (DeAPlaneta Cine) and animation (Planeta Junior) divisions, has named company veteran Pio Vernis as Marketing Director. Vernis will be charged with ... Continue Reading →