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Events Headline News

Digital Gravy Announces Salt Lake Animation Expo

The in-person/virtual hybrid event features presenters, panels, and Q&A sessions with a focus on the future of animation; confirmed guests include Toon Boom wizard Matt Watts and VFX artist Ron Friedman – the event runs May 20-21.

Anyone Can Wear the Mask Headline News

‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ Pushed to 2023

Sony Pictures delays – and renames - its highly anticipated ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ sequel as it revises its theatrical release calendar, which also now includes an official opening date for the third ‘Spider-Verse’ film and third ‘The Equalizer’ offering.

Events Headline News

Foundry Reveals FMX 2022 Program Line-Up

Presentations will showcase creative techniques and technologies including best practices, tips and tricks, and a look at the future of VFX; topics include grading and compositing with NukeX, workflows with Mari, and using Katana in feature animation.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP 158: How Christian Haynes is Creating Indie Series ‘Zach in Time’

The artist and animator shares how he got his original series off the ground, thoughts on self-taught learning vs. animation school, and how to improve your own art.

The Future of Dragons is Here! Headline News

DreamWorks Animation Shares ‘Dragons: The Nine Realms’ Season 2 Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 3:27pm

Set 1,300 years after the events of the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ franchise, the series follows a group of misfit kids who must protect the secret of where dragons have been hiding; all new episodes stream on Hulu and Peacock May 5.

People Headline News

Disney Television Animation Ups David H. Wright III to SVP, Casting and Talent Relations

Veteran Disney exec will continue to oversee casting for animated series and movies at the TV animation studio; credits include 100s of animated films, from ‘Lion King II: Simba's Pride’ to Emmy Award-winning ‘Gravity Falls.

New Animation for Kids Headline News

Apple TV+ Greenlights ‘Sago Mini Friends’ Original Preschool Series

Inspired by the popular kids’ app, the show features Harvey the floppy-eared dog and his friends who model optimism, kindness, and true thankfulness; Spin Master is producing, with animation by Brown Bag Films.

A New Web 3.0 Content Franchise Headline News

Rainshine and Animasia Team on ‘Young Captain Nemo’ Blockchain Fan Community

Using the RainBlox blockchain platform, companies plan to expand on the upcoming animated feature film trilogy with Web 3.0 multi-format content including a spinoff series, NFTs, video games, merchandise, and an original soundtrack; the franchise is slated for release in late 2023.

Anime Movie Night! Headline News

AX Cinema Nights Debuts with ‘Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis <Decide>’

Based on the Japanese Sports manga by Takeshi Konomi, the 3D animated movie hits U.S. theaters nationwide on May 12; tickets are now on sale.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

Netflix Reveals ‘My Father’s Dragon’ Cast and First Look Image

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 8:02am

An all-star acting lineup joins Oscar-nominated director Nora Twomey’s upcoming animated feature about a young boy who runs away to rescue a young dragon.

Technology Headline News

HP and Teradici Launch HP Anyware to Provide Secure Access Across the Enterprise

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 7:25am

New system integrates Teradici CAS and ZCentral Remote Boost features to leverage PCoIP across data center, cloud, OS, and workstation infrastructure.

Business Headline News

Andy Serkis to Direct ‘Animal Farm’

Aniventure and The Imaginarium have teamed up on the CG animated adaption of George Orwell’s iconic 1945 book, currently in production at Cinesite; famous tome tells how 'all animals are created equal, but some animals are more equal than others.'

Business Headline News

Powerkids, Bonelli Entertainment and SBE Ink Deal to Adapt Comics to Animation

Partnership kicks off with comic ‘Dragonero,’ soon to be kids’ animated series, being co-produced with Rai Ragazzi and Nexus TV.

Consume Responsibly Headline News

Netflix Drops ‘Love, Death + Robots’ Season 3 Teaser and First Look Images

Get ready for terror, imagination, and beauty in all-new episodes of Tim Miller and David Fincher’s animated anthology, hitting the streamer May 20.

People Headline News

Disney Branded Television Adds Bardo S. Ramírez, Ups Chris Hutchison

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 9:06am

Tony Award-winning former Disneytoon Studios and Imagineering exec returns to Disney as Vice President, Studio Strategy and Operations, while Disney Television Animation exec promoted to Vice President, Production.

Maury and Connie are Coming Back! SVOD Headline News

‘Big Mouth’ and ‘Human Resources’ Renewed at Netflix

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 6:54am

Award-winning animated series about the nightmare of puberty and its ‘edgier and adultier’ spin-off series both picked up for another season.

Ruh Roh! Headline News

Activision Blizzard to Cooperate with Investigations into Alleged Insider Trading

A new SEC filing confronts the company with another legal battle -- this time over violations possibly made during a meeting held before its sale to Microsoft was announced.

More Meatwad Please! Headline News

‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force's 'Aquadonk Side Pieces’ Now Streaming

Carl, Meatwad, Frylock, and Master Shake return in all-new digital one-shot shorts, taking on their adversaries including the Mooninites, the Plutonians, MC Pee Pants, The Frat Aliens and Happy Time Harry; new installments will drop every day for 10 days starting today on Adult Swim YouTube.

Meow! Headline News

Netflix Reveals ‘Exploding Kittens’ Mobile Game and Animated Series

Inspired by the popular card game, ‘Exploding Kittens - The Game’ will debut in May followed by the adult episodic comedy in 2023; in the series, God and the Devil are sent to Earth in the bodies of chunky house cats.

Home Entertainment Headline News

New Images Released for ‘DC Showcase Animated Shorts’

Warner Bros. Animation, DC, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s new shorts compilation includes ‘Constantine – The House of Mystery,’ ‘Blue Beetle,’ ‘The Losers’ and ‘Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth!;’ coming to Blu-ray and in 4K on Digital on May 3, 2022.

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