Netflix Releases ‘USC Annenberg Study on Film & Series Diversity’
Read the report - the study, a commitment to accountability and the promotion of change in the industry, conducted in concert with the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, gauges the streamer’s progress in ‘Film & Series Diversity.’
Call for Submissions: OIAF TAC Pitch THIS! 2023
The program, open exclusively to Canadian creators, pairs 10 semi-finalists with industry mentors for a chance to pitch animated series concepts – submissions begin May 1; The Ottawa International Animation Festival runs September 20-24.
Watch Miami Design District's ‘Beyond Belief’ Campaign
Innovative animation captures cultural engineer Craig Robin's vision of the MDD as a ‘laboratory for creativity’ with hand-drawn illustrations modeled after iconic neighborhood landmarks; a female avatar takes the viewers on a journey from the district’s past to its future.
New Movies Arriving on Crunchyroll in April
New titles include ‘That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime The Movie: Scarlet Bond;’ ‘The Quintessential Quintuplets Movie;’ ‘Mobile Suit Gundam Cucuruz Doan's Island;’ ‘Free! -the Final Stroke- Part 1 and 2;’ ‘To Every You I’ve Loved Before;’ and ‘To Me, The One Who Loved You.’
Disney Layoffs Reach the Animation and Kids Divisions
Disney TV Animation’s SVP of Current Series Khaki Jones and VP of the Kids Unit Claire McCabe have been let go as part of a company-wide initiative to save $5.5 billion in costs.
Web3 Studio Toonstar Drops ‘Space Junk’ Trailer with Jon Heder
The iconic ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ actor, along with Tony Cavalero with Wellbecca – the first character voiced entirely by AI-generated software – star in the new adult animated workplace comedy about garbage collectors in space that takes off next month.
Prime Video Scores Multiple New DC ‘Batman’ Titles
Acquisition of Warner Bros. Animation’s original animated movie Merry Little Batman, spinoff series Bat-Family and Batman: Caped Crusader to bring a reimagined ‘Batman’ mythology to the streamer’s global audience.
Julia Morizawa’s ‘Dragonfly’ to Premiere at 39th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
The short, part of the festival’s May 7 ‘Lost and Found’ animation program, tells a young girl’s story of discovering her mother’s survival of the 1945 Tokyo Firebombing.
Exclusive First Look at Stephan Franck’s ‘Palomino’ Volume 2
The critically acclaimed neo-noir graphic novel, set in 1981 Los Angeles country music clubs, continues with Volumes 2 and 3, now available to back on Kickstarter.
Cult Classic ‘Galaxy High’ Heading to Wow Presents Plus
World of Wonder has licensed the cult classic fish-out-of-water animated series – all 13 episodes hit the streamer tomorrow, April 28.
It’s Official – Jack is Back for ‘Kung Fu Panda 4’
Hot off the press - DreamWorks Animation president Margie Cohn announced today at CinemaCon that everyone’s favorite Panda Warrior, Jack Black, will star in - and Mike Mitchell is directing - an all-new chapter of the hit animated franchise, coming March 8, 2024.
FutureDeluxe and Forever Expand with Two Key Hi-Profile Hires
Mike Bell (formerly of Nexus) joins FutureDeluxe as EP, while Joel Dennis (hailing from Sid Lee) fills Forever’s newly created role of Global Head of Growth.
Picture Shop Unveils Newly Renovated, Expanded Facilities in Hollywood
The Sunset and Seward post-production facilities location offers 115,000 square feet across 6 floors that include 5 D.I. theaters, 13 color bays, and 22 online edit rooms.
Metaphysic Launches ‘Scientific Advisory Board’ on Ethical Applications of AI
The AI and machine learning innovator has assembled experts in education, law, and scientific research to help guide the development of transformative technologies ethically and responsibly.
Jan Pinkava to Head Animationsinstitut at Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg
Oscar-winning British-Czech animator, director, and screenwriter – known for Pixar’s Ratatouille and Gerri’s Game - takes the reigns in June, promising to remain faithful to his predecessor Andreas Hykade’s principal ‘The person is more important than the project.’
Apple TV+ Shares ‘Harriet the Spy’ Season 2 Trailer
The outspoken and perpetually curious 11-year-old Harriet M. Welsch returns May 5 in all-new episodes of the hugely popular animated series based on Louise Fitzhugh’s iconic novel.
Apple TV+ Orders DreamWorks’ ‘BE@RBRICK’ Animated Series
Based on Medicom Toy’s popular bear-shaped collectibles, the CG animated music-driven comedy follows young singer-songwriter Jasmine and her bandmates pursuing their dreams and inspiring others to do the same.
Netflix Drops ‘Mulligan’ Trailer and Key Art
In the new animated comedy from Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, and Sam Means, when most of Earth is destroyed by aliens, a few survivors must rebuild what’s left of America and form a ‘more perfect union’…? The show premieres May 12.
2023 ‘Mifa Pitches’ Selections Revealed
The market's annual event showcases the best animated film projects, both new and in development; this year, out of 651 submissions, 32 projects have been chosen and will be presented June 13-15 during the Annecy Festival.
Austin’s Powerhouse Animation Votes to Unionize
Effort marks the first organizing campaign for The Animation Guild in a right-to-work state and TAG’s third outside L.A. County after successful unionization at Titmouse and Late Night Cartoons in New York.
Sony Pictures Television – Kids Announces ‘The Creature Cases’ Chapter 3
Popular series returns to Netflix May 7 with all-new episodes following the adventures of the dynamic detective duo Sam Snow and Kit Casey, cracking cases involving giraffes, capybaras, scorpions, and an assortment of other strange and compelling creatures.
Blue Zoo’s ‘MoPo’ Real-Time Tool Scores Epic MegaGrant
The London-based studio’s production software allows artists to create 3D animated content for platforms such as TikTok and YouTube in real-time; smaller teams can create quality content faster and cheaper with fewer steps.
Netflix Reveals 2023-2024 Feature Animation Slate
Announcements on a whopping nine projects include new films ‘Saving Bikini Bottom: The Sandy Cheeks Movie’ and ‘In Your Dreams,’ plus the ensemble voice cast for summer 2023 release ‘Nimona.’
How ‘Suzume’ Reflects the Japanese Culture of Self-Sacrifice and Conformity
Actor Nichole Sakura, who voices the film’s titular character, shares how summers spent as a kid in Japan provided unique insight into her role, and helping write the English dub, on Makoto Shinkai’s latest film, born of his survivor’s guilt having lived through the devastating Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011.
Netflix Reveals Annecy 2023 Line-Up
Presentations include an exclusive screening of ‘Nimona,’ a sneak peek of ‘Leo’ starring Adam Sandler, and a ‘See What's Next @ Netflix’ panel with clips and creator discussions; the festival runs June 11-17.