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Rushes Provides VFX & Titles for ‘Dirk Gently’

London post facility Rushes provided VFX and the main title sequence for the BBC4’s “Dirk Gently” comedy series, based on the books by Douglas Adams.

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Aardman Creates Comedy Shorts for DC Nation

Aardman Animation has teamed up with Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment to create DC’s World’s Funnest, a series of original animated shorts that will be a part of DC Nation, a full hour of exclusive kid’s programming and shorts based on DC Comics characters.


Oscar Tour 2012 LA Day 4: DreamWorks Animation

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 7:55am

Each year on the Oscar Showcase Tour, our day at DreamWorks is always great. The studio goes out of its way to provide a full day of demonstrations, a great lunch with executives and a packed screening of the nominated shorts. Of all the stops on the tour, DreamWorks always shares the most detailed and intimate look at films in progress, which for an assembly of animation directors and producers, is always a welcome treat. This year was no different.

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Turner Hires New VP of Program Acquisitions

Turner Broadcasting Systems has named Valerie Watts Meraz as VP of program acquisitions for Turner Entertainment Networks (TEN) and the Young Adults and Kids Media Group (AYAKM).

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Luxology Ships Parasolid-based CAD Loaders for modo 601

With the release of the new CAD Loaders for the recently announced modo 601 software, CAD designers working with XT, IGES, and STEP files will now be able to use Luxology’s powerful 3D software to create photorealistic images and animations.


Oscar Tour 2012 LA Day 3: Disney Feature Animation

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 2, 2012 at 8:03am

Fresh from our morning at the ARL, we were greeted in the lobby of Disney’s whimsical animation building by Stephanie Morse, Talent Development Coordinator. She ushered the nominees into the screening theater for a quick introduction. Then, leaving the lunchtime crowd to watch the nominated shorts, our band set out on a fast-paced tour of the neighboring Disney lot.


Oscar Tour 2012 LA Day 3: Disney's ARL - Animation Research Library

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 12:07pm

Thursday morning found our traveling band of Oscar short animation nominees and AWN staff trekking eastward for a morning at the Animation Resource Library (ARL). The definitive, company-owned archive for all Disney production materials, ARL is something of an in-house secret, playing host to over 60 million pieces of original production artwork.

Season Headline News

Nickelodeon Signs Canadian TV Deals

Canadian French-language broadcasters Telequebec, TVA/Yoopa and VRAK TV, along with English-language kidsnet YTV, have acquired and renewed licenses for a raft of Nickelodeon series from Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN).

Universal Headline News

Universal to Debut New Logo in Front of 'The Lorax'

As part of Universal Pictures' yearlong Centennial celebration, the studio will reveal an updated animated logo in honor of its 100th anniversary. The new animated logo will make its debut with Universal and Illumination Entertainment's 3D-CG feature “Dr. Seuss' The Lorax,” which is being released in theaters nationwide on March 2, and it will be used on all film releases going forward.

Cartoon Headline News

Cartoon Movie Tribute Nominations Announced

The European animation industry will pay tribute to the sector's personalities of the year during the Cartoon Movie Tributes ceremony on 9 March in Lyon, France.


Oscar Tour 2012 LA Day 1: Paramount Studios

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 8:29am

Paramount Studios is one of the oldest and most venerable of the big Hollywood studios. While the studio has been distributing animated films for some time through its relationship with DreamWorks, only announced last July it announced it was getting back into the animation production business. Our group spent the entire day on the lot and were not disappointed.

Autodesk Headline News

Autodesk to Unveil New Versions of Gameware Products at GDC 2012

Autodesk plans to unveil new versions of its gameware products, including an enhanced solution for mobile game development and an expanded artificial intelligence (AI) toolset, at GDC 2012.

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New Pac-Man Series Coming to Disney XD

Namco Bandai Games, Arad Productions and 41 Entertainment LLC (“41e”) announced that they have granted the U.S. television rights to Disney XD for the brand new animated action comedy series tentatively entitled “PAC-MAN - The Adventure Begins” in time for a fall 2013 airing.