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Actor Anton Yelchin of Star Trek Films Dies in Freak Accident Actor who played Russian starship navigator Chekov in franchise reboot dies at age 27. Finding Dory Blows Animation Record ... Continue Reading →

‘Octonauts’ Grows Russian Presence

Silvergate Media has renewed its broadcast agreement with Russian broadcaster CTC for its undersea adventure preschool series Octonauts. The series also airs daily on the country’s ... Continue Reading →

Ink Previews Licensing Expo Slate

Ink Global is preparing to jet off to Las Vegas with a slate of hot toon properties in tow for the annual Licensing Expo, taking place June 21-23 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. ... Continue Reading →

Just Another Reminder That ‘Life Sucks’

A new short-form animated series has arrived online to break up your existential doldrums. Life Sucks but at Least I’ve Got Elbows blends live-action and 3D animation to follow ... Continue Reading →

Clip: Rovio Teases New ‘Piggy Tales’

The pernicious peridot porkers made famous in the Angry Birds games (and now enjoying big screen success with The Angry Birds Movie) are staging another invasion today as Rovio Animation ... Continue Reading →

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TVKids Special Report: Kids’ Comedies Top entertainment execs talk the surprisingly difficult task of making kids laugh and the benefits of animation. Disney Exec Joins WBCP as ... Continue Reading →

Patrick Osborne’s ‘Pearl’ Launches for Spotlight Stories

Google Spotlight Story Pearl, directed by Academy Award winner Patrick Osborne (Feast), officially launched at Google I/O on Friday. The 360 interactive, animated short has also premiered ... Continue Reading →

Nickelodeon Animation Podcast Series Launches

In celebration of 25 years of Nickelodeon animation, the network is talking toon shop in the Nickelodeon Animation Podcast, now available on iTunes, SoundCloud, YouTube and nickanimationpodcast.com. ... Continue Reading →
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Sandrine Pechels de Saint Sardos Tapped by TFO

Groupe Media TFO has taken a big step in distribution of its multiplatform content and expansion into international markets with the appointment of Sandrine Pechels de Saint Sardos ... Continue Reading →

Cheesecake Factory Gets Animated for ‘The Kitchen Speaks’

The Cheesecake Factory restaurant chain is introducing online audiences to The Kitchen Speaks, a seven-part animated series featuring an “all-star cast” of kitchen utensils: upbeat ... Continue Reading →