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A New Oscar Record: 27 Animated Features Submitted for Awards Race

A record setting 27 films have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 89th Academy Awards. A major increase over last edition’s 16 contenders, ... Continue Reading →
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Baobab Studios’ ‘Invasion!’ Arrives on Daydream Award-winning VR animation lands as a launch title on Google’s Daydream platform for high-quality mobile VR — catch Invasion! ... Continue Reading →
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TeamTO’s ‘Yellowbird’ Soars to China

European CG studio TeamTO has secured a distribution agreement with Taikong Works for all rights to its debut theatrical feature Yellowbird in China — a triumphant first deal ... Continue Reading →
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‘Robot Chicken’ Competition Will License Fan Art

Stoopid Buddy Stoodios and Cartoon Network Enterprises have teamed up with WeLoveFine to launch a fresh Robot Chicken merchandise collection, featuring a special assortment of T-shirts ... Continue Reading →
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Fathom and Disney Celebrate Mickey’s B-Day with Kids’ Screening

Mickey Mouse is having a big screen celebration in honor of his big day, as Fathom Events and Disney Junior invite kids and their guardians to celebrate the iconic character’s birthday ... Continue Reading →
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Ben & Jerry’s Taps Musician Ben Cocks for Animated Social Anthem

Adelphoi Music has teamed up with singer-songwriter Ben Cocks to create a compelling track to accompany a new social activism campaign from Ben & Jerry’s aimed at championing ... Continue Reading →
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Iconic TV Genie Barbara Eden Guests on ‘Shimmer and Shine’

The legendary star of I Dream of Jeannie Barbara Eden is returning to her genie roots and getting animated star treatment in a brand-new episode of Nickelodeon’s hit preschool series ... Continue Reading →
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New ‘Wild Kratts’ Movie Premieres on PBS KIDS Nov. 23

There’s more to celebrate this Thanksgiving week as PBS KIDS dives into the deep sea in a new movie from intrepid explorers of the natural world, Martin and Chris Kratt. Wild Kratts: ... Continue Reading →
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Samantha Traub Upped to COO, Michel Pratte CRO at Boat Rocker

Global entertainment company Boat Rocker Media has promoted Samantha Traub to Chief Operating Officer and Michel Pratte to Chief Revenue Officer — the announcement was made by ... Continue Reading →
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Animation Guild Ratifies Nickelodeon Renewal Agreement Nick Animation Studios employees “strongly ratified” a new two-year contract, which includes 10 sick days per year on ... Continue Reading →
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‘Vroomiz’ Hits Top 10 Boys’ Toys List in Russia

SAMG Animation (South Korea) and its Moscow-based distribution and licensing agency partner CLS Media announce that animated property Vroomiz has made it onto the top 10 most popular ... Continue Reading →
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CBeebies Launches in East Africa

The BBC’s preschool channel CBeebies is coming to young audiences in East Africa through a new deal between BBC Worldwide and pay TV platform Zuku TV. The kids’ channel is available ... Continue Reading →
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Big Bad Boo’s ‘1001 Nights’ Heads to China

Big Bad Boo Studios has secured a multi-year deal with Big Bad Boo Studios’s children channel, CCTV-14, for its animated comedy series 1001 Nights. Aimed at kids ages 6-9, the show ... Continue Reading →
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LIMA Names Sesame Workshop’s Maura Regan EVP

Maura Regan has stepped down as SVP and General Manager of International Media at Sesame Workshop to join the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) as ... Continue Reading →
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Not To Scale Amsterdam Expands, Appoints EP Emily Scott

Film and animation production company Not To Scale Amsterdam has appointed Emily Scott as Executive Producer and leader of its brand-new Amsterdam studio. Having scaled up from the ... Continue Reading →
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ASIFA-Hollywood Donates $20K to AMPAS

ASIFA-Hollywood has made a $20,000 donation to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to assist with the curation and documentation of a major collection of original production ... Continue Reading →
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Toei Animation Joins Tubi TV Streaming

Toei Animation Inc. has signed a deal with US digital network Tubi TV to bring several of its top animated properties to the streaming platform. The AVOD service is available via mobile ... Continue Reading →
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Turner Launches International Digital Innovation Division

Turner announces a new division to lead its digital innovation internationally, with two key executive moves ensuing. Aksel van der Wal, currently SVP and CFO, is being promoted to ... Continue Reading →
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Platige Image & Imaginew Producing ‘Fatima’ Film

Polish animation studio Platige Image and Portuguese audiovisual shop Imaginew have joined forces to produce a new animated feature titled Fatima, a dynamic, colorful 3D film inspired ... Continue Reading →
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GFM Animation Peeks ‘Here Comes The Grump’

GFM Animation, the just-announced toon production and sales division of UK sales agency GFM Films, has released the first look at CG feature project Here Comes The Grump, Screen Daily ... Continue Reading →