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Awards Headline News

ASIFA-EAST Announces 46th Annual Festival Winners

Nate Theis wins Best in Show for ‘Driving.’ ‘Birthday’ by SVU’s Nick Tustin wins the first place student award, followed by ‘Religatio’ by Jaime Giraldo and ‘Panty Fairy’ by Junwei Chen.

humble Headline News

Humble Signs Director Sasha Levinson

Award-winning director and screenwriter working with Humble on the development of ‘Sydney Levy’s Sacred Things,’ a coming-of-age transmedia series that uses memory recall as a departure from linear storytelling.

Wicked Cool Toys Headline News

GBI Appoints Master Toy Partner for ‘Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab’

Wicked Cool Toys to develop and market a comprehensive line of toys based on Genius Brands International’s original animated adventure series, ‘Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab.’

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Winners Announced for 26th Dusty Awards

Claire van Ryzin’s ‘Hotbod’ wins the award for Outstanding Animated Film at the 26th Dusty Film & Animation Festival; Kyra Kupetsky and Elena Manetta awarded Outstanding Achievement in Character Animation.

Education & Training Headline News

ASIFA-Hollywood Announces Animation Educators’ Scholarships

Applications for merit-based scholarships designed to support college students in continuing their education in the field of animation are due by June 15.

Home Entertainment Headline News

Studio Ghibli’s ‘Spirited Away’ and ‘The Cat Returns’ Arrive on Blu-ray June 16

Two beloved films from Studio Ghibli -- Oscar-winning masterpiece ‘Spirited Away’ and the enchanting fantasy-adventure ‘The Cat Returns’ -- to be made available for the first time on Blu-ray.

Rainmaker Entertainment Headline News

‘Ratchet & Clank’ Signs Celebrity Voice Cast, Headed to Cannes

Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson and Sylvester Stallone join voice cast of Rainmaker and Blockade’s ‘Ratchet & Clank’; CG-animated feature based on the iconic PlayStation video game franchise set to screen at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

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9 Story Options Bestselling Children Series ‘Otis the Tractor’

9 Story Media Group inks deal with Penguin Young Readers to produce an animated television series based on the ‘New York Times’ bestselling children’s book series, ‘Otis the Tractor,’ written and illustrated by Loren Long.

Awards Headline News

2015 Critics’ Choice Television Award Nominations Announced

Fox nets two nominations for ‘Bob’s Burgers’ and ‘The Simpsons,’ while Comedy Central’s ‘South Park,’ Disney Channel’s ‘Gravity Falls,’ Disney XD’s ‘Star Wars Rebels’ and FX’s ‘Archer’ each receive a nod.

Nimble Collective Headline News

Rex Grignon, Michael Howse Form Nimble Collective

Led by former DreamWorks Animation head of character animation Rex Grignon, Nimble Collective launches cloud-based, end-to-end platform and community where users develop and distribute their own content.

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