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‘We’re Going on A Bear Hunt’ Travels to New Territories

Animated special produced by Lupus Films and Walker Productions and distributed by Union Media secures significant overseas deals in Australia, Sweden, Norway and Finland.

Netflix Headline News

Mark Osborne’s ‘The Little Prince’ to Premiere on Netflix

Just days after director Mark Osborne reveals that that Paramount Pictures will no longer be distributing the stop-motion/CG-animated hybrid feature, Netflix swoops in to save the day.

In Passing Headline News

Former UCLA Animation Workshop Head Dan McLaughlin Dead at 84

A 1958 graduate of the UCLA Theater Arts Department, McLaughlin served as head of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s Animation Workshop from 1970 until his retirement in 2007.

Blackmagic Design Headline News

‘Bakuman’ Feature Taps Fusion Studio for Main-On-End Titles

Blackmagic Design’s Fusion Studio helps deliver action-packed main-on-end title sequence for Japanese live-action feature based on the hit manga series by Tsugumi Ohba and Ken Obata.

Games Headline News

Ubisoft’s ‘Tom Clancy’s The Division’ Records Biggest First Week Ever

Ubisoft announces ongoing record sell-through sales for ‘Tom Clancy’s The Division,’ which has grossed more than $330 million worldwide in its first five days.

Commercials Headline News

Isaiah Seret Joins Biscuit Filmworks

Commercial known for his 2015 Webby award-winning ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ short prequel, ‘Quarantine,’ has worked with brands including Adidas, Burger King, Coca Cola, Jack Daniels and Microsoft.

annecy Headline News

New Poster, Short Film Selections Unveiled for Annecy 2016

Official selections include 54 short films in competition -- 34 percent of them made by women -- out of nearly 2,700 submissions, with France, Belgium, Canada and Germany leading the pack.

Holland Animation Film Festival Headline News

HAFF Unveils 2016 Dutch Grand Prix Nominees

Films nominated for the Grand Prix for Best Dutch Animation at HAFF 2016 are ‘Andrej’ by Julia Veldman c, ‘De Staat: Witch Doctor’ by Floris Kaayk/Studio Smack, and Professional Award for Dutch Animation winner ‘Zeezucht’ (‘Jonas and the Sea’) by Marlies van der Wel.

GKIDS Headline News

GKIDS Announces English-Language Voice Cast for ‘April and the Extraordinary World’

English-language voice cast includes Paul Giamatti, Tony Hale, Susan Sarandon and J.K. Simmons; film opens March 25th in NYC, April 1st in LA, and expands nationally on April 8th.

Lucasfilm Headline News

Lucasfilm Names Rob Bredow Chief Technology Officer

Former Sony Pictures Imageworks CTO and Visual Effects Supervisor helped launch ILMxLAB, and has worked on films such as ‘Men in Black 3,’ ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ and ‘Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs.’ 

Troika Headline News

Troika Hires Emmy Award-Winning Creative Director Kasumi Mihori

Former Turner Studios exec has worked with almost every major network, broadcaster and media company including Disney/ABC, NBC Universal, CBS, Fox, Warner Brothers Studio, CNN, ESPN, PBS, Disney Channel and Discovery.

People Headline News

The Academy Appoints Jennifer Yuh Nelson to Leadership Board

As part of The Academy’s recent diversity initiatives, ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ director joins Academy’s 51-seat Board of Governors for a three-year term; Disney animator Floyd Norman appointed to the Education and Outreach Committee.

call for entries Headline News

BAFTA UK Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications

Deadline for submissions is Friday, June 17; previous recipients include ‘The Bigger Picture’ director Daisy Jacobs, ‘Edmond’ director of photography Ian Forbes, and ‘Manoman’ director of photography Steven Ferguson.

Studio Ghibli Headline News

Studio Ghibli Adapts World’s Oldest Manga for Conservation Project

New 30-second commissioned animation created for energy company Marubeni Shin Denryoku is based on ‘Choju Jinbutsu Giga’ (‘Scrolls of Frolicking Animals’), 12th and 13th century drawings that are widely considered to be the earliest examples of manga in Japanese history.

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