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Oscar-Nominated Animator Michael Sporn Dies at 67

We are sad to report the passing of Oscar-nominated American animator Michael Sporn at the age of 67 from pancreatic cancer. The influential New York-based artist was working on Poe, ... Continue Reading →
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‘Riddick,’ ‘Marvel Knights’ Top Busy Week for New Discs

The return of Vin Diesel’s cult-favorite sci-fi hero in Riddick leads a strong and diverse week of animated and visual-effects home video releases. Riddick (Universal, $29.98 ... Continue Reading →
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PBS Kids Orders More ‘WordGirl’

Scholastic Media has announced a new production order from PBS KIDS for 26 more episodes of Emmy-winning kids series WordGirl. The show, produced by Scholastic’s animation studio ... Continue Reading →
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‘Simpsons’ & ‘Futurama’ Dominate WGA Nominations

The Writers Guild of America has announced the nominations for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio, promotional writing and graphic animation for the 2014 ... Continue Reading →
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Miyazaki’s ‘The Wind Rises’ Wins N.Y. Critics’ Prize

The New York Film Critics Circle has selected Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises as the Best Animated Movie of the Year. The Circle is well known for being one of the earliest groups ... Continue Reading →
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NBCUniversal Purchases Remainder of Sprout

In another shakeup in the small-screen landscape, NBCUniversal has bought out its partners in preschool cable network Sprout. The company says this move demonstrates its increased commitment ... Continue Reading →
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First Animated StoryCorps Special Premieres on Thanksgiving

The first ever animated special from StoryCorps, the CPB-funded documentary series drawn from oral history archives, will premiere on PBS on Thursday, November 28 at 9 p.m. (Thanksgiving ... Continue Reading →
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New Eps. of ‘Arthur’ and ‘Martha Speaks’ Debut on PBS

PBS Kids will premiere new episodes of popular animated children’s series Arthur and Martha Speaks, beginning November 11. The new outings feature guest voice actors Alan Cumming ... Continue Reading →
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A Tale of Two Johns

Last week would have been John Lennon’s 73rd birthday, a fact that was widely recognized around the world. While a lot of people realize that in addition to being a legendary ... Continue Reading →
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Peg + Cat = It All Adds Up Beautifully!

The whimsical new PBS series Peg + Cat helps kids understand simple mathematical concepts without ... Continue Reading →