Rich Ross, President of Disney Channels Worldwide, has been named Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, it was announced today by Disney President and CEO Robert A. Iger.
Variety is reporting that Rich Ross is all but certain to be promoted to head of Walt Disney Studios.
Nelvana Enterprises has reached a broadcast deal with boys’ action giant RTL2 in Germany for Hot Wheels® Battle Force 5™.
Pixar Animation Studios today released version 15.0 of its Academy Award® winning RenderMan Pro Server software.
Aardman Animations is further consolidating its ongoing relationship with ABC Australia, securing a pre-sale for its new live action series Wallace & Gromit present A World of Invention.
Target Entertainment Group has struck a deal with Chapman Entertainment to sell the international TV rights to the 52x10' pre-school comedy animation, Rah Rah! The Noisy Lion, excluding North America and the UK.
Press Release from FlickerLab
NEW YORK, NEW YORK and COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - October 5, 2009 – In the wake of a successful eighteen-month partnership designed to launch Gonzoft Television Animation’s live animation software in the U.S., FlickerLab and Gonzoft have agreed to merge. FlickerLab, LLC will formally announce the new company at MIPCOM, the world’s entertainment content market, in Cannes France, October 5, where they will also present a range of products. The new company will operate from both New York and Copenhagen.
SPECIAL AGENT PRODUCTIONS has opened a new boutique animation studio in San Francisco offering a host of streamlined services to meet the production demands of the new economy and the digital age.
Press Release from Rhino
Rhino (formerly RhinoFX) is pleased to announce the launch of its new Los Angeles-based studio. The recent move expands Rhino's reach and follows 18 months of integrating the company's Connecticut, New York and Tel Aviv offices; transforming it into the Rhino-Gravity Group with offices around the globe. The expanded company will closely collaborate internally on various projects, as well as take a two pronged approach; focusing on film and television projects as a VFX vendor and also serving as an outsourcing solution to the larger houses in the area.
Trace Pictures is thrilled to announce their new Creative Director, Hector Herrera. Hector has joined the ranks of Trace heading up the design and animation team.
Press Release from CCI Entertainment
Toronto (October 4, 2009) CCI Entertainment, MotionWorks and Nickelodeon Germany have partnered up to produce the first local version of the live action / cgi blended series Artzooka! The local language episodes will feature Nils Bomhoff as the German host, who embodies all that is Artzooka! The property will also launch with a localized website and an extensive grassroots marketing campaign that will be executed across Germany.
Meteor Studios, a Montreal-based effects house that went bankrupt in 2007, has reached an agreement to back pay at least some of the money owed to more than 100 visual effects artists who worked for the company, Variety reports.
Deadline Hollywood has an exclusive on pre-production coming to a screeching halt on HALLOWEEN 3-D, which is due in theaters next October.
A script for an animated project from Seth Green, Matthew Senreich and Tom Robot has been ordered by Fox, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Children's book character Thomas the Tank Engine from the THOMAS & FRIENDS series in the 1940s is gearing up for the big screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Disney has brought on a trio of actors to join the cast of JOHN CARTER OF MARS, Heat Vision reports.
Press Release from Bandai
Classic Media, which owns and manages a portfolio of some of the world’s leading family and pop-culture entertainment brands, today announces that Bandai has been appointed the master toy partner for its new produced-in-Africa preschool animated series Tinga Tinga Tales. Bandai will create a broad range of toy product based upon the brand and is expected to launch its range in the UK in late 2010.
Press Release from Kipany Productions
Kipany Productions has launched a new commercial and film-specific division, Kipany Pictures. Headed by Vice President/Executive Producer Melissa Levins, the company features an international roster of top creative and emerging talent, and is currently producing its inaugural project; a series of web spots for Rite Aid.
VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced that it has acquired the domestic TV, Home Entertainment, Streaming, DTO, and Merchandising rights to the hit VAMPIRE KNIGHT animated series.
Stephen King has inked a deal to turn his novella THE COLORADO KID into an hour-long TV series, Variety reports.
SUPERMAX, an action horror film set in a maximum-security prison, has been picked up by Columbia Pictures, according to The Hollywood Reporter.