Animation Production Day, hosted by the FMX Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia and the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film, takes place April 24-25, 2014; the deadline for submissions is February 28.
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Steve Macallister is appointed CEO at Zodiak Rights; he succeeds Matthew Frank, who is stepping down after 20 years.
Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity leads the field with 11 nominations for this year's British Academy Film Awards, presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
DreamWorks Animation’s 3D prehistoric family adventure wins the award for Best Animated Feature at Italy’s Capri Hollywood Film Festival.
Belgium’s Grid Animation acquires the option to create the feature film version of Michel Gagné's graphic novel, “The Saga of Rex.”
In the Night Garden, the preschool TV brand acquired in September by Canada’s DHX Media, is set to have a place at the new CBeebies Land attraction at UK-based Alton Towers Resort.
Following a brief hiatus in 2013, the 17th edition of Italian international animation festival Cartoons by the Bay takes place in Venice April 10-12, 2014.
The Mill teams with agency AMV/BBDO and production company Stink to create “One Day” for Cancer Research UK.
Dutch animation house Studio Smack helps Greenpeace bring home its message about the alarming rate of disappearing species by removing the animals from the opening sequence of Disney’s The Lion King.
London-based creative agency Man+Hatchet partnered with health brand Withings to create “Sam’s Body,” an amazing stop-motion animation made entirely from naked people.
French-Belgium co-production Approved For Adoption receives the Grand Prize award for best animation at the 17th Japan Media Arts Festival.
De Planeta, a short and stylized procedural animation from Bournemouth University student Leonardo Cavaletti, revolves around the birth, life and death of a little planet, showing all the colorful wonders it has to offer.
9 Story Entertainment signs new licensing deals for Camp Lakebottom, Artzooka, and Making Stuff throughout Asia.
As part of HarperCollins’ ongoing product strategy to create “living and breathing” experiences for consumers, the publisher taps Aardman Digital to create The Hobbit: Official Visual Companion App, an app designed to accompany the film experience of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Daredevil Development and Walker Books announce the launch of the first ever Tilly and Friends iOS app, featuring over 30 mini-games based on the CBeebies series.
Animatricks Festival issues a call for entries for its 2014 edition, taking place in Helsinki April 25-27.
nWave Pictures' new feature-length 3D Film, The House of Magic 3D to enchant audiences this Christmas; two 4D attraction films based on the studio's fifth feature film will be launched in 2014 for theme park and attraction exhibitors worldwide.
The 2014 edition of Italy’s VIEW Conference will be held October 14-17; submissions for the 2014 VIEW Award and VIEW Social contest for short films employing animation or visual effects are now being accepted.
Croatia’s International Children and Youth Animation Film Festival Varaždin issues a call for entries to VAFI 5, to be held April 22-27, 2014.
Global computer graphics technology developer ARM acquires game lighting company Geomerics for an undisclosed amount in an agreement that enables the company to accelerate its development in mobile graphics.
Disney Junior greenlights new animated original production, Nina Needs to Go; Bristol-based animation studio ArthurCox to produce series.