John Lasseter Hire Prompts Tough Questions at Skydance Town Hall; David Ellison Asks Staff for Time & Patience
Deadline reports that Skydance Media CEO Ellison made it clear that the ousted Disney-Pixar chief is under a one-strike-and-out policy — the company held town halls at its Interactive division, film/TV corporate offices and Skydance Animation. The latter division’s senior female executives, including Chief Creative Officer Dana Goldberg and Chief Marketing Officer Anne Globe, hosted a women’s lunch to discuss concerns. The CCO and CMO reportedly expressed a belief in giving Lasseter a second chance.
CROWDFUND: Journey into IMAGIMATION TV Series
This new project from the Animation Hall of Fame seeks to explore the international history of animation with an in-depth, groundbreaking TV series which has been planned and researched for many years. Each 10- to 30-minute of the first season will focus on a chunk of 140 historic works and the pioneers behind them.
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Stuttgart AniMovie Competition
International producers now have until January 25, 2019 to submit for the feature film section of the 26th Stuttgart Int’l Festival of Animated Film, taking place April 30-May 5.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Animafest Scanner VI Symposium for Contemporary Animation Studies
The 6th edition will be held June 4-5, 2019 during the 29th World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb (June 3-8), keynoted by special awardee Jayne Pilling. International scholars are invited to submit proposals on one of four timely categories by March 1, 2019.
WATCH: New Clips for ‘Modest Heroes’
The first collection of theatrical shorts from Studio Ponoc, Modest Heroes plays in NorAm theaters Jan. 10 and 12 only. Check out new clips from Kanini & Kanino, Life Ain’t Gonna Lose, and Invisible.
WATCH: Hear Michael B. Jordan and Dakota Fanning in ‘gen:LOCK’ Clip
Julian Chase (Jordan) didn’t become one of the best fighter pilots in the Vanguard without taking risks. But if he goes too far, he may not make it through the war against the Union in one piece. Fifty years in the future, an oppressive authoritarian force threatens to conquer the world. A daring team is recruited to pilot a new form of weaponized neuroscience that powers devastating mecha, but they must be willing to sacrifice everything to save the world. Premieres on Rooster Teeth on January 26.