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Anyone Can Wear the Mask Headline News

‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ to Feature Six Different Art Styles

Producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller reveal upcoming ‘Into the Spider-Verse’ sequel will sport unique looks that each signify a different universe, including an Indian comic-book look, Syd Mead-style illustrations of the future, and a watercolor-wash style.

A New Potter Era? Headline News

Is Warner Teaming with J.K. Rowling for More ‘Harry Potter’ Films?

Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav plans to revitalize the studio’s finances by reviving successful franchises, such as DCU and ‘Harry Potter’ films, if the controversial author will agree.

Animated Gifts Headline News

Converse Launches LAIKA Collection

The animation studio lends its famed characters, patterns, and iconography from ‘Missing Link,’ ‘Kubo and the Two Strings,’ ‘The Boxtrolls,’ ‘ParaNorman’ and ‘Coraline’ to ‘The Converse By You x LAIKA Chuck 70’ collection – launching November 30.

Business Headline News

Passion Pictures Inks Deal with Circus Studios

Agreement expands joint long-form features and TV series slate, kicking off with ‘Earthworm Jim ‘Beyond the Groovy’’ animated series based on the 1990s computer game, now in development; previous collaborations include Nickelodeon’s ‘LEGO City Adventures.’

Training Headline News

FutureWorks Opens VFX Academy in Chennai

The FutureWorks Academy 6-month training program at the Chennai studio includes mentorship, specialized training, and a paid internship; successful graduates are offered a 3-year paid service agreement.

Dragons and Ice Oh My! Headline News

David Anthony Durham to Pen George R.R. Martin’s ‘The Ice Dragon’ Animated Film

The film will be adapted from a short story, written early in the prolific author’s career, that follows the child Adara, who befriends an ice dragon that helps her end a brutal war.

Gotta Run Fast From the Cops Headline News

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Creator Yuji Naka Arrested for Alleged Insider Trading

While details are few, we know the game developer was taken into custody last Friday along with two other former Square Enix employees, all charged with improper purchasing of shares in Aiming prior to the company’s announcement of a new game in the ‘Dragon Quest’ franchise.    

Say it Ain’t So Jack Headline News

Margot Robbie’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Film Lost at Sea

Rumors began swirling in 2020 of a swashbuckling Bruckheimer pic with lots of girl power led by the ‘Suicide Squad’ star, but the project has now been canned, possibly due to unfinished Johnny Depp business.

Business Headline News

U.K. Considering Additional Tax Incentives for Screen Sector

UK Screen Alliance and Animation UK propose 25% tax relief increase to better compete in an international market and incentivize industries to remain in the U.K.

Business Headline News

MGA Entertainment Acquires Pixel Zoo, Forms MGA Studios Subsidiary

Studio will leverage MGA’s IP developing content in concert with newly acquired animation studio, a collaborative partner on previous projects, including ‘L.O.L. Surprise! The Movie,’ ‘L.O.L. Surprise! House of Surprises,’ and most recently ‘L.O.L. Surprise! Winter Fashion Show’ which premiered on Netflix in October.

Business Headline News

Dandelooo’s ‘Ernest and Célestine - The Collection’ Heading to ZFD

Distributor inks deal with German pubcaster for Season 2 of the preschool series that follows the adventures of unconventional friends Ernest the eccentric bear and Celestine the mischievous mouse.

A Horror Genre Takeover? Headline News

Blumhouse and Atomic Monster to Become ‘Horrific’ Monopoly?

Horror giants Jason Blum and James Wan are in talks to join their creative houses, while still maintaining brand identity and autonomy, to expand into new types of content.

Supporting 3D Design and Collaboration Headline News

Exxact Corp. Works with NVIDIA to Support Omniverse Enterprise

The Fremont, CA-based provider of high-performance digital hardware helps bring real-time collaboration to a growing clientele.

Business Headline News

Bob Iger In, Bob Chapek Out as Walt Disney Company CEO

By Dan Sarto | Monday, November 21, 2022 at 8:21am

The venerated former CEO returns to take the helm less than three years after giving up the reins, a period that has seen the company mired in controversy and a slumping stock price as it has navigated a global pandemic, employee walkouts, and political controversy.

Vintage Animated Shorts for the Holidays Headline News

Holiday-Themed Animated Short Specials Coming to MeTV

Bugs Bunny, Popeye, and Porky Pig among the iconic characters featured in ‘Tiny Toony’s Christmas Carol,’ airing Monday, December 5, and ‘A Very Merry Bugs Bunny Christmas,’ airing November 26.

It’s Unreal! Headline News

Just Released Unreal Engine 5.1 Update Targets M&E Professionals

Enhancements in the latest version include a host of improvements and additions to toolsets specific to the animation and VFX industries’ needs.

Could be Smooth as… Headline News

MGM+ and Prime Video Teaming with Marvel-Sony for Suite of Live-Action Series

First up is ‘Silk: Spider Society,’ which follows Cindy Moon, a Korean-American woman bitten by the same spider that bit Peter Parker, with Angela Kang (‘The Walking Dead’) as showrunner for Amazon Studios.

More SpongeBob! Headline News

‘SpongeBob SquarePants Presents The Tidal Zone’ Crossover Coming Early 2023

Nickelodeon’s upcoming special follows GrandPat through three dimensions covering the animated series ‘SpongeBob SquarePants,’ ‘The Patrick Star Show,’ and ‘Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years.’

People Headline News

Travis Fimmel Snags Key Role in ‘Dune: The Sisterhood’

The magnetic ‘Vikings’ and ‘Raised by Wolves’ actor will portray Desmond Hart, a charismatic soldier at odds with the sisterhood of the Bene Geserit in the upcoming ‘Dune’ prequel.

In the Cloud! Headline News

AWS Thinkbox Plugins Released as Open Source

Artists and studios gain broader accessibility to products and tools with Krakatoa and XMesh source code available for Autodesk Maya under Apache 2.0 open source license; artist tools simplify rendering, VFX, and simulation workflows.

Innovations in Virtual Production Headline News

Coming December 8: PNY, Vū, NVIDIA, and Puget Systems’ ‘How Vū is Revolutionizing Virtual Production’ Webinar

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 10:36am

This free virtual presentation will explore how Vū’s virtual production environment, coupled with NVIDIA RTX™ A6000 professional GPUs, is optimizing workflows and pushing the boundaries of the possible in virtual production.

Business Headline News

DNEG Announces New Sydney Studio

Slated to open in early 2023 with award-winning VFX Supervisor and Australian national Andrew Jackson at the helm, the studio will lead the visual effects production on George Miller’s highly anticipated ‘Mad Max’ prequel ‘Furiosa’ - coming in 2024.

Heading to Stuttgart Next April Headline News

FMX 2023 Set for April 25-28

The 4-day hybrid event returns to Stuttgart with 1-day devoted to online presentations from around the world; BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated producer Jinko Gotoh serves as the next program chair.

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