The anime studio's first release since co-founder Hayao Miyazaki's retirement, directed by Isao Takahata, opens in the top spot.
In North America, the Hunger Games sequel scores the top November opening of all time with a $307.7 million global opening, easily outpacing the first film's $211.8 million debut in March 2012.
Nexus director Johnny Kelly partners with Grey Canada to create Food, Clothing and Shelter, three new 15-second spots for The Salvation Army.
A Squared Entertainment and Genius Brands International announce merger to create a branded multi-media distribution company under the Genius Brands International banner.
BBH and director Noam Murro tap MPC to create a futuristic warzone in a promo for PS4’s Killzone: Shadow Fall.
Imaginary Forces delivers the latest in luxury for Oral-B in Black, a sleek, all-CG spot directed by Ronnie Koff.
Visual effects artists plan a rally outside the DreamWorks Animation campus in Glendale, where President Obama plans to visit on Tuesday.
A planned collaboration between director Ridley Scott and the Machinima online gaming network fizzles due to scheduling issues.
Pixar Animation Studios lays off an undisclosed number of people at its Emeryville, Calif., headquarters due to the delay of its forthcoming film The Good Dinosaur.
Frederator Studios raises over $850,000 through Kickstarter to fund the production of additional episodes of its hit animated short, Bee & PuppyCat.
Story Entertainment announces its slate for Asia Television Forum, which features both animated and live-action programming including Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood and Camp Lakebottom.
Nathan Love creates a flowery new spot to promote the American Floral Endowment’s research and education initiatives.
BBC Wales Interactive and CBBC tap Aardman Animations to create Eye of Bashtarr, a fun and fast-paced scrolling puzzle platform for the show Wizards Vs Aliens.
UK-based IP incubator Wildseed Studios announces a raft of six new pilots, including a new animation from Tom Gran and Martin Woolley (AKA the Spin Kick Bros) and animation from award-winning director Matthew Walker.
Thor: The Dark World is Disney’s third movie to cross $500 million this year, following Iron Man 3 and Monsters University.
Luca Milano is promoted to executive deputy director at RAI Fiction, the producer of 2D animated comedy/adventure series Bat Pat and children’s animated series Geronimo Stilton.
Global VFX house Digital District now manages Render Farm with PipelineFX’s Qube! 500 new licenses to be used immediately across global organization on new 3D feature.
Creative studio Imaginary Forces adds Christopher Harrington as Director of User Experience and Technology, reporting to Executive Producer and General Manager Gabriel Marquez.
The International Animation Film Market (Mifa) is a major event in the world of animation and over the past 25 years has established itself as the leading event on the industry calendar.
Pixar Animation Studios announces the release of RenderMan Studio 18, with a major emphasis on lighting workflows including path-traced re-rendering.
Former HIT Entertainment executive Natasha Fishman is appointed VP of global brand management and marketing for Peanuts Worldwide and Iconix Entertainment.