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BLM Headline News

‘Big Mouth’ and ‘Central Park’ Will Recast Jenny Slate and Kristen Bell with Black Actors

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 5:11pm

Creators of both animated comedies apologize for casting white actors in roles for people of color, promising to make changes and be more responsible on such issues moving forward.  

Podcasts Headline News

Animation Industry Podcast EP71: Aaron Hazouri’s Harsh Reality of Pursuing Storyboard Artist Work In LA

The latest installment of Terry Ibele’s in-depth interview series with guests including JJ Villard, John Musker, Tina Nowracki, and Fred Seibert, who share their stories, insights, and career advice.

Annecy 2020 Headline News

Animation UK and BFI Promote British Animation at Annecy 2020

Lupus Film’s ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ was honored as best TV Special at the YouTube livestream of the official Annecy Awards. 

Disney Channel Headline News

Disney Channel Greenlights ‘Amphibia’ Season 3 Ahead of Season 2 Premiere

Animated comedy, created and executive produced by Matt Braly, joins new Saturday night animation programming block starting July 11. 

SIGGRAPH Headline News

SIGGRAPH 2020 Announces Virtual Conference Dates and Program

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 3:08pm

After shifting to a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic and conference center unavailability, organizers reveal online conference dates and additional details. 

Festivals Headline News

Cannes XR Virtual Set for June 24-26

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 2:06pm

A free program of 55 pieces, selected by the Tribeca Film Festival, Veer VR and Positron, including 23 in the Development Showcase, will be open to VR users through the Museum of Other Realities.

Business Headline News

Technicolor Files for Chapter 15 in US Citing COVID-19 Impact

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 12:54pm

French owner of key creative studios and VFX brands including MPC, The Mill, Mr. X and Mikros, reaches a restructuring agreement in Paris with creditors; Texas court filing will protect US assets.

Annecy 2020 Headline News

Aardman and Netflix Announce ‘Chicken Run’ Sequel

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 9:16am

20 years after release of UK studio’s hit comedy, the highest-grossing stop-motion film of all time, we learn from filmmaker’s Annecy presentation that director Sam Fell and team will begin production next year on Ginger and Rocky’s new adventure. 

SVOD Headline News

First Look: Netflix Releases Trailer for Glen Keane’s ‘Over the Moon’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 6:29am

Oscar-winning ‘Dear Basketball’ director’s new animated musical adventure, co-directed by Oscar-winner John Kahrs and produced at China’s Pearl Studios, will be released this fall.

AVOD Headline News

Tubi Expands Animation Library with 'LEGO Masters,' LEGO, Mattel, 'Garfield' and 'Anpanman' Properties

FOX Entertainment’s AVOD platform division announces new animated content deals and advertising technology tools during inaugural Newfront presentation.

SVOD Headline News

‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run’ Heading Straight to On Demand

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 22, 2020 at 2:12pm

Latest ‘SpongeBob’ franchise effort will skip theatres, opting instead for a premium VOD release in early 2021 before moving exclusively to CBS All Access.

Home Entertainment Headline News

Makoto Sinkai’s ‘Weathering With You’ Coming to Digital August 4

GKIDS and Shout! Factory Blu-ray + DVD and SteelBook releases coming September 15; limited-edition collector's set being released in November.

Business Headline News

TurboSquid Licensing Tiers Can Now Indemnify 3D Stock up to $1 Million

Company now providing new levels of creative indemnification on 450,000 3D models, providing more peace of mind for enterprise, VFX and production studios.

Awards Headline News

‘Calamity, a Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary,’ ‘The Physics of Sorrow’ Win Cristal Awards at Annecy 2020

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 10:01am

Films by Rémi Chayé and Theodor Ushev among 21 winning projects awarded at the 44th festival edition, held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Business Headline News

'Daria' Spin-off 'Jodie' Lands at Comedy Central

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 19, 2020 at 4:18pm

Emmy Award-winning actress Tracee Ellis Ross to star in new series from MTV Studios, with Grace Edwards serving as creator and head writer.

gender diversity Headline News

Did SpongeBob SquarePants Comes out as LGBTQIA+?

For Pride Month, Nickelodeon tweeted a picture featuring SpongeBob SquarePants, leading to speculation about the hit animated sea-dweller’s long-rumored sexuality.

People ANIMATIONWorld

Composer Roger Neill Talks the Mellifluous Insanity of ‘JJ Villard’s Fairy Tales’

Mixing as many as 25 different music types, from Beethoven to Grimes, into an 11-minute episode, the veteran musician creates crazy tension through juxtaposing well-known tunes with the show’s graphic and violent images.

Awards Headline News

‘Empty Places,’ ‘Catgot,’ and ‘To: Gerard’ Lead Group of Annecy 2020 Special Award Winners

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 19, 2020 at 11:28am

Festival announces 13 films receiving special recognition, partner awards, or additional honors bestowed outside the Official competition.

Community Outreach Headline News

BAAA Art Auction for Racial Justice Expands for New 3-Day Event

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 19, 2020 at 10:05am

Running June 19-22, auction adds original artwork from numerous noteworthy artists; all proceeds to benefit Equal Justice Initiative.

People Headline News

MPC Episodic Adds 7 New Key Senior Team Hires

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 2:07pm

Since its launch this past January, studio has expanded quickly, working on a number of series, and will soon begin VFX production with Sky Studios on HBO’s ‘The Third Day’ mini-series.

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