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Foundry Live Returns September 21-29

Celebrating the company’s 25th anniversary, the online sessions will feature a peek at future product releases and innovations, including Nuke, Kitana, and Flix, as well as a look back at defining moments from the last quarter-century; registration is now open.

Business Headline News

Walt Disney Animation Taps Cinesite for ‘Iwájú’ 3DCG Work

Directed by Kugali co-founder Ziki Nelson, the new animated series will feature authentic stories inspired by African culture; show is set to premiere in 2023 on Disney+.

Hispanic Heritage Month Headline News

Funimation Adding 1,000+ New Spanish Dubbed Anime Episodes

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the streamer is releasing a trove of content with Spanish and Portuguese subtitles and dubs; titles include ‘My Hero Academia,’ ‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba,’ and ‘Attack on Titan.’   

People Headline News

StretchSense Names Mike Riley Executive Chair of the Board

Other key appointments made by the MoCap Pro Glove creator include Chris Komatas as chief operating officer and Charles Pludthura as chief marketing officer; new team bolsters company’s emergence as a key player in motion capture animation, industry applications, and premium gaming glove technology.

Jobs Headline News

ScreenSkills Animation Skills Council Launches Animation Trainee Finder

Program provides production placements for candidates who have up to 12 months paid work experience in animation; program aims to increase the pool of qualified talent by providing a range of training opportunities – application deadline is September 27.

Technology Headline News

Maxon’s Redshift Now Subscription-Based

Distribution shift for GPU rendering software will keep customers up to date, ensuring functionality with third-party hardware and software solutions; customers can expand licenses at new initial subscription pricing.

Home Entertainment Headline News

‘Coraline’ and ‘The Boxtrolls’ Available Now as Blu-ray+DVD Combos

High-definition studio editions of LAIKA’s acclaimed animated films include interviews, behind-the-scenes looks, feature-length storyboards, and featurettes;ParaNorman’ and ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Blu-ray+DVD release follows on September 14.

People Headline News

Frank Zhu Named Managing Director Riot Games' China Entertainment

Former CEO of Pearl Studio and executive producer of Netflix’s ‘Over the Moon’ will head up new division to develop and expand existing IP, building on relationships with key Chinese partners to launch entertainment products targeting Chinese audiences.

Community Outreach and Support Headline News

ASIFA-Hollywood Announces New AEF Grants

Nine educators from the UK, US, India, Ireland, Brazil and the Netherlands receive faculty grants, awarded annually to individuals or groups, providing support for research, scholarly activity, or creative projects in the field of animation.

Diversity in Animation Headline News

FLAMIN Animations Announces Four Artist Commissions

Sponsored by Film London and Arts Council England, the program aims to support black-identifying animators living in the UK; selected artists will receive £2,500 each along with mentoring opportunities, development support, and advice, to create 1–3-minute animations that will premiere on the Film London website in Winter 2021.

More Resident Evil! Headline News

First Look Images Drop for ‘Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City’

Live-action film serves as an origin story that follows the plot of the first two Capcom games, deviating from the popular ‘Resident Evil’ franchise starring Mila Jovovich.

Business Headline News

Netflix Acquires ‘The Summit of the Gods’

A 2021 Official Selection in Cannes, the animated feature, based on the manga series by Jiro Taniguchi, hits select US theaters November 24 and UK theaters November 26 prior to streaming on Netflix starting November 30.

Move Your Content to Connected TV Headline News

Register for VlogBox’s ‘Get-Together’ Webinar on CTV Apps and Channel Monetization

First live virtual event in series is devoted to video content creators looking to maximize earning potential through their own connected TV / OTT channels.

Family Programming Headline News

New ‘ACME Night’ Program Block Coming to Cartoon Network

Warner Kids & Family launches entertainment block dedicated to family viewing, kicking off September 19 with the DC superhero film, ‘Shazam;’ weekly lineup, including new originals, will hit HBO Max next year.

People Headline News

DNEG Animation Names Tom Jacomb President

Previous managing director will now oversee the studio’s worldwide expansion efforts; five new senior hires include VFX supervisors Freddy Chaleur and Yancy Lindquist, animation director Jay Boose, head of look development Sonja Burchard, and producer Audrey Ford.

Animated TV Series Headline News

Disney Channel Renews ‘The Ghost and Molly McGee’ Ahead of Season 1 Premiere

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 2:00pm

Trailer also dropped for the 2D animated comedy that just snagged second season greenlight ahead of October 1 series debut; first season guest stars include Kelsey Grammer, Natasha Rothwell, Greta Gerwig, Yvette Nicole Brown and Jane Lynch.

Community Outreach Headline News

Netflix Launching Animation Foundations Mentorship Program

Kicking off next month, the program will broaden opportunities for underrepresented talent and bring new voices and stories to the animation space; creatives in both the Latinx and neurodiverse communities have been selected by program partners to participate in the inaugural Fall 2021 group.

TV Animation Headline News

‘Octonauts: Above & Beyond’ Coming to Netflix

Silvergate’s global hit eco-series spins-off an all-new CG animated show extending the team’s adventures beyond the sea and onto land; Season 1 hits the streamer on September 7 with Season 2 coming in 2022. 

Business ANIMATIONWorld

Riki Group’s ‘The Fixies’ and ‘Kikoriki’ Open New CTV Audience Frontiers with VlogBox

Leading edutainment studio is moving quickly to tap into growing international and US appetite for streaming kids’ content through new connected TV channels outside the Google-owned platform world.

Home Entertainment Headline News

Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ Arrives August 31 on Digital

This summer’s hit comedy adventure stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt in a thrilling journey through the Amazon to find an ancient tree said to cure illness and injury; based on Disneyland’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ ride, the film hits 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on November 16.

People Headline News

Nickelodeon Names Sabrina Caluori Senior VP Brand and Content Strategy

Former HBO marketing executive will oversee the launches of all original shows and movies, brand strategy and execution, media buying and marketing analytics.

 

Slam into the Jam Headline News

‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Arrives on Digital September 3

The animated/live-action hybrid comedy stars basketball legend LeBron James in an epic adventure to save his kid; 4K, Blu-ray and DVD releasing October 5.

Business Headline News

Xmas is Coming Early in Toonz Media Group and K6 Media Group Deal

The companies have teamed up on ‘Li’l Santa,’ a brand-new series that follows the adventures of a pint-sized, modern day Santa eco-warrior; the show, slated for release in October, will culminate with a special Christmas episode.

Business Headline News

Beyond Rights Inks Deal with YouKu to Bring ‘Turbozaurs’ to China

The preschool CGI animated series features very special dinosaurs that can transform instantly into amazing machines; new set of dino adventures will debut on Chinese streamer in November.

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