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An Interview From Abroad with Brenda Chapman

Academy Award winning writer and director Brenda Chapman recently gave a masterclass at the Verdens Beste Children’s Film Festival in Tromso, Norway, meeting professionals from the ... Continue Reading →
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John Knoll Upped to ILM’s Chief Creative Officer

Oscar-winning vfx veteran John Knoll has been promoted to Chief Creative Officer at Industrial Light & Magic. Knoll, who joined ILM In 1986, has been a vfx supervisor for the house ... Continue Reading →
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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ to Shoot in the U.K.

Lucasfilm announced on Friday that production of Star Wars: Episode VII will take place in the United Kingdom. All of the six previous live-action Star Wars movies have included U.K. ... Continue Reading →
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Netflix Nabs Disney’s ‘Jake’ and ‘Tron: Uprising’

Five animated Disney series will now be available on Netflix’s subscription-based streaming service in the U.S. The multi-year, non-exclusive licensing deal features Disney XD’s ... Continue Reading →
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Course of the Force Returns, Benefits Make-A-Wish

The organizers of the Course of the Force Star Wars-themed charity run have announced that the event will return to Southern California this summer, once again benefiting the Make-A-Wish ... Continue Reading →
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Around 150 Staffers to Lose Jobs at Disney

Disney is in the process of laying off around 150 employees at Walt Disney Studios today (March 10). Variety reports that employees began receiving pink slips on Wednesday morning. ... Continue Reading →
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Disney Plans Layoffs in Next Two Weeks

According to the Hollywood trades, Disney will be laying off employees in the next two weeks. The layoffs will come primarily from marketing and home video at the studio, with a smaller ... Continue Reading →
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‘Empire Strikes Out’ on DVD

It’s time to dust off the ol’ lightsaber as LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out [Fox, $14.98] tops our DVD watch list this week. The half-hour special, which aired on Cartoon ... Continue Reading →
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‘Star Wars: Clone Wars’ Ends Run on Cartoon Network

Lucasfilm has announced that Star Wars: Clone Wars has ended its run on Cartoon Network. “As we enter into an exciting new era focused on the next Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm ... Continue Reading →
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Peters Named to VES Board for Northern California

Jon V. Peters, CEO and founder of Athena Studios, has been named to the board of directors for the Visual Effects Society’s Northern California chapter. I am thrilled to play a more ... Continue Reading →