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Pixel Animation Offers Major Studio Master Classes

The Pixel Animation event taking place in Quebec City’s TRYP Hotel Pur April 4-5 will offer two days of master classes and networking events with 14 key artists from major studios ... Continue Reading →
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Nick Shorts Program Seeks Pre-K Concepts

Nickelodeon is looking for preschool-targeted comedy gold for Nick Jr.’s 2014 Animated Shorts Program. Prospective short filmmakers have until April 28, 2014 to submit their concepts ... Continue Reading →
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‘Avengers’ Anime Tops Busy Disc Week

It’s a huge week for home video releases, but with superheroes all the rage there’s no way we could start off with a look at other title except a team-up between two of ... Continue Reading →
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HAFF Names ‘The Fake’ Top Feature

Yeon Sang-ho’s The Fake won the grand prix for feature films at the Holland Animation Film Festival, which was held in Utrecht from March 19-23. Here’s a look at the trailer ... Continue Reading →
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Locke Takes Exec Job at Portfolio

Veteran industry finance and business executive Trent Locke has been appointed VP of finance and chief operating officer of Toronto-based Portfolio Entertainment. Formerly VP of business ... Continue Reading →
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Zodiak, Ciwen Make China Deal

Zodiak Kids and China’s Ciwen Media Group have entered into a major content acquisition representation agreement for China, both companies announced today. Zodiak has granted ... Continue Reading →
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Aadarsh Announces ‘Purple Turtle’ Series

The India-based IP-development company Aadarsh is heading to MIPTV with the first episode of its anchor property, Purple Turtle, a new preschool animated property based on the popular ... Continue Reading →
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‘Calimero’ Lands Italy Air Date, Toy License

Gaumont Animation, together with its co-production partners Studio Campedelli, TV Tokyo, Kodansha and Calidra, has confirmed the record-breaking launch on France’s TFOU of the ... Continue Reading →
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‘Divergent,’ ‘Muppets’ Bump ‘Peabody’

It was a strong weekend for newcomers at the box office, as Lionsgate’s teen sci-fi fantasy Divergent and the return of Jim Henson’s signature characters pushed Mr. Peabody ... Continue Reading →
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DreamWorks’ $2.4B Shanghai Center Revealed

DreamWorks’ Animation will build a new entertainment complex called the Dream Center in Shanghai, China — a project expected to cost $2.4 billion. The complex will be called ... Continue Reading →
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Annecy Sets 176 Short Films for 2014

Annecy has announced the short film selections for its 2014 edition — a slate of 176 films that will compete for the Cristal award. Pulled from nearly 3,000 submissions, the official ... Continue Reading →
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‘Yup Yups’ Make New Friends

Just ahead of MIPTV, Canada’s Picture Box Distribution has gained two new broadcasting partners for its animated preschool series Yup Yups (50 x 2). The show has been picked up ... Continue Reading →
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‘Boondocks’ Returns to Adult Swim

Peabody Award-winning animated series The Boondocks is set to return to Adult Swim for a fourth — and final — season, premiering April 21 at 10:30 p.m. Produced by Sony ... Continue Reading →
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Sales Set for ‘Ratchet,’ ‘Sly Cooper’

Rainmaker Entertainment and independent production company Blockade Entertainment have closed distribution deals for its CG-animated feature films Ratchet & Clank and Sly Cooper. Cinema ... Continue Reading →
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Ottawa Fest Calls for Entries

The 2014 Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) has announced its worldwide call for entries. The biggest toon-dedicated film fest in North America will take place in Canada’s ... Continue Reading →
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Toon Hero Launches HTML5 Social Network

Toon Hero app creators Trigger Happy has launched its own social network at www.toonhero.com that allows users to quickly publish their creations using HTML5 technology. A user profile ... Continue Reading →
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Sprout Grows with ‘Earth to Luna’

24-hour preschool network Sprout has acquired its newest animated series Earth to Luna! from Brazilian toon house TV PinGuim. The science-based series will air exclusively in the U.S. ... Continue Reading →
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Kids’ Channel POP Joins Freeview in U.K.

POP channel aimed at 4- to 9-year olds has launched on the U.K.’s Freeview — the first channel to be added to Freeview’s children’s portfolio in eight years. ... Continue Reading →
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A Tale of Two Walts

This weekend is the 20th anniversary of the passing of Walter Lantz, creator — or at least producer and sometime director — of Woody Woodpecker, Andy Panda, Chilly Willy and a host ... Continue Reading →
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‘Frozen’ Makes Huge Debut on Disc

Disney’s Frozen proved it still has a lot of heat, selling 3.2 million Blu-ray and DVD discs on its first day of release. That makes it one of the biggest home video sellers in ... Continue Reading →