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Daily News Bytes: Disney Originals Under Threat, HAFF’s Upheaval, Bot-Written Wizardry & More

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 2018 Hiroshima International Animation Festival The biennial, Oscar-qualifying Japanese fest is now accepting entries for the 17th edition (August 23-27). Submit your ... Continue Reading →
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Tiger Aspect Serves Up 3rd Season of ‘Mr. Bean’

Tiger Aspect Productions (part of Endemol Shine Group) will be producing a third season of Mr. Bean: The Animated Series, to air in 2019 on CiTV in the UK, and across international ... Continue Reading →
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A Beloved Furry Friend Returns in ‘Paddington 2’

This weekend, a friendly Peruvian bear named Paddington is back in the spotlight. The loveable ursine hero of Michael Bond and Peggy Fortnum’s 1958 book has returned to the big screen ... Continue Reading →
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Paul McCartney Taps New Writer for Animated Movie

It’s helter skelter (last Beatles joke, I swear) as famed Beatle and Wing Paul McCartney has found a replacement writer for his animated film in development, High in the Clouds. Hollywood ... Continue Reading →
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WB Wins Bid War for ‘Paddington 2’

Deadline reports that StudioCanal’s charming family sequel Paddington 2 has been snatched up for US distribution by Warner Bros., following a scramble to find the little bear from ... Continue Reading →
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Weinstein Co. Tries to Find New Parent for ‘Paddington 2′

StudioCanal’s live-action/CG-animated feature Paddington 2 enjoyed a great opening box office in the U.K, beating heavy-hitters such as Murder on the Orient Express and Thor: ... Continue Reading →
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‘Magic Adventures,’ ’44 Cats’ Most Watched Shows at MIP Jr.

Korean studio Hong Dang Moo’s animated series Magic Adventures: The Crystal of Dark and Italy’s Rainbow Media’s 44 Cats were the top most-screened shows at this week’s ... Continue Reading →
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New Kidz Global Study: SpongeBob, Peppa Pig, Doraemon Among Top Toons

LIMA has released its bi-annual Kidz Global Study, providing a snapshot of children’s favorite brands and characters across more than 40 countries. Calculated from consumer surveys ... Continue Reading →
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Funko Opens Flagship Store in Everett, WA

Toys and collectibles company Funko has opened its first brick-and-mortar retail store and headquarters, dubbed The Funko HQ, in Everett, Washington. A Grand Opening street fair style ... Continue Reading →
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Disney, WB & Mattel Top 2017 LIMA Licensing Awards

Tuesday night, LIMA presented the 2017 International Licensing Awards to winners in 20 categories at a ceremony held during the Licensing Expo, underway at the Mandalay Bay Concention ... Continue Reading →