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Apple TV+ Drops Trailer for ‘Doug Unplugs’ Preschool Animated Series

Based on Dan Yaccarino’s popular book series, the show features a young robot who unplugs and journeys into the human world; the series premieres on November 13.

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NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal Stars in All-New ‘Shaq’s Garage’ Animated Comedy

Genius Brand and ABG Entertainment partner with O’Neal on new kids’ action adventure series slated for release on Kartoon Channel! in early 2022.

virtual production Headline News

Epic Games Presents ‘Unreal Build: Virtual Production’ Open for Registration

Free online event to showcase innovations in virtual production, including a panel of industry executives discussing game changing technology; the use of Unreal Engine to bring new creatures to life in film;  real-time workflow for episodic animation; and a sneak peek of production tools coming later this year to Unreal Engine 4.26.

Technology Headline News

Glassbox Releases DragonFly 2.0

Enhancements to the cross-platform virtual production software include camera tracking advancements, live motion-capture support, flexible licensing, and other features to help better meet the needs of independents and teams working in-studio or remotely.

VFX for TV Headline News

One of Us VFX Sets the Italian Scene for HBO’s ‘We Are Who We Are’

Theo Demiris and his team created a variety of Italian environments, from marshland to an Army base, while in lockdown, for Academy Award-nominated Luca Guadagnino’s series about two American kids living at a U.S. military base in Italy.

virtual production Headline News

Mels Studios Launches Virtual Production Stage in Montreal

New facility, built in collaboration with Solotech, is powered by Unreal Engine, and will provide state-of-the-art resources for real-time, in-camera visual effects production.

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Genndy Tartakovsky Talks ‘Primal’ and Telling Stories Without Words

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 12:06pm

With a second season renewal now in hand, the storied creator of ‘Dexter’s Laboratory’ and ‘Samurai Jack’ discusses his viscerally gripping and beautifully animated Adult Swim series about a caveman, a T-Rex, and the bond that helps them survive.  

Women in Animation Headline News

WIA Scholarship Program Welcomes Autodesk, Unity, Animation Mentor, and Toon Boom Partnerships

Women in Animation continues to expand its annual grants program with new and returning partners for 2021 that will help provide deserving college student with educational workshops, animation software, and cash awards.

casting Headline News

Peter Dinklage, Rainn Wilson, and RuPaul Board Aniventure’s ‘Hitpig’

Voice cast and concept art released for upcoming futuristic, cyberpunk animated feature, helmed by Cinzia Angelini and Maurizio Parimbelli, from a script by Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘Bloom County’ cartoonist Berkeley Breathed.

Business Headline News

Corus’ Nelvana Inks Feature Development Deal with LA-Based Duncan Studio

Partnership allows companies to capitalized on growing demand for long-form animation; original CG animated film ‘Mother Nature,’ is first in the development queue under the agreement.

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‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ Moves to Apple TV+ from ABC

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 8:24am

54 years after its 1966 TV premiere, the iconic Halloween special won’t be airing this month on TV, instead moving exclusively to the world of digital distribution; it will be available free on the streaming platform from October 30 – November 1.

People Headline News

Scanline VFX Adds Veterans Derek Spears and Nicolas Aithadi

Long-time VFX supervisors join studio’s Los Angeles and Vancouver offices, respectively; company bolsters team to deliver upcoming projects including ‘Eternals;’ ‘The Suicide Squad;’ ‘The Batman;’ ‘Lisey’s Story;’ ‘Fengshen Trilogy;’ ‘The Jade Earring;’ and ‘The Nevers.’

Animated TV Series Headline News

One Animation Inks Disney Channel US Deal for ‘Oddbods’ Seasonal Specials

Halloween-themed special ‘Party Monsters’ and Christmas themed ‘The Festive Menace’ will air on Disney XD, Disney Junior and in Disney Now; Season 3 of the animated series was recently shortlisted for an International Emmy Kids Award.

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‘Trash Truck’: Max Keane’s Personal, Precious, and Nostalgic Preschool Series

The show’s creator never understood his son Henry’s love for garbage trucks, until it inspired him to develop a CG animated kids’ series, set to premiere November 10 on Netflix.

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WATCH: Netflix Drops Trailer for Max Keane’s ‘Trash Truck’ CG Preschool Series

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 1:14pm

The first-time showrunner and ‘Dear Basketball’ production designer’s new animated show follows the adventures of six-year-old Hank, a dirt-covered kid, and his best pal, a giant honking trash truck.

Community Outreach Headline News

Disney and Lucasfilm Teaming with Nonprofit FIRST Robotics on New Challenges Season

Studios’ 2020-2021 youth robotics collaboration, FIRST Game Changers, powered by ‘Star Wars: Force for Change,’ helps expand STEM learning for students around the world.

Business Headline News

Sky Signs Long Term DreamWorks Animation TV Series Deal

New partnership with NBCUniversal includes hundreds of hours of animated programming, including a number of first looks and exclusives for the network’s customers in Ireland and the UK.

visualization Headline News

The Third Floor Opens New Soho Studio

By Dan Sarto | Monday, October 19, 2020 at 2:18pm

Completing their separation from Framestore, the leading visualization company launches a new facility in the heart of Fitzrovia; company’s Pinewood Studios-based virtual production space also has re-opened.

Awards Headline News

2020 CEE Animation Forum Announces Winners

28 animated projects in 4 categories were considered in the 2020 pitching event; ‘The Garden of Heart’ wins in animated shorts with a special mention to ‘The Pet Named Stress;’ ‘Igi’ wins in feature films, ‘No Happy Ever After’ takes the TV award.

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