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NFTS Headline News

Animated NFT ‘Blockchain Buddies’ Launches

Confidential Creative and NC Labs have partnered on a first of its kind interactive animation project; NFT holding community members will be able to shape the project’s creative universe.

Technology VFXWorld

What Does the Unity – Weta Digital Deal Mean for the VFX Industry?

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 12:55pm

DNEG CEO Namit Malhotra weighs in on what he calls a ‘landmark agreement’ that will fuel the progression and application of new production tools, technology, and workflows in areas such as movies, TV, games, metaverses, VR, and theme park rides.

Animation is Going So Many Places! Headline News

John Chu to Direct Adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ ‘Oh, The Places You’ll Go!’

Warner Animation Group and Dr. Seuss Enterprises announce new animated musical feature based on the famed author’s final book; other properties slated for new co-productions include ‘The Cat in The Hat’ and ‘Thing One and Thing Two.’

streaming entertainment Headline News

Turkish Animated Series ‘Limon and Oli’ Snags News Media Deals

Based on Salih Memecan’s daily comic strip that has run in Turkish newspapers since 1991, the popular show is now available on Türk Telekom Tivibu and Vodafone TV.

Business Headline News

Nickelodeon Greenlights 2 New Animated Series

‘Max & the Midknights’ follows the adventures of a 10-year-old girl in her pursuits to become a knight; and ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors,’ features the hilarious shenanigans and ridiculous adventures of roommates Rock, Paper, and Scissors.

Stretch Those Programming Muscles Headline News

Disney+ Unveils Extensive New Project Slate as it Celebrates 2 Years of Streaming

Streamer debuts dozens of first looks, new trailers, and exclusive clips from projects across The Walt Disney Company’s studios as it marks its first two years of operations; new animated series coming include ‘Frozen’ spin-off ‘Olaf Presents,’ ‘The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild,’ ‘The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder,’ and Pixar’s ‘Win or Lose.’

Community Outreach Headline News

LatinX in Animation Announces First LXiA Spark Animation Grant

By Dan Sarto | Monday, November 15, 2021 at 9:33am

Sponsored by Netflix, the program will award two emerging independent Latinx animation filmmakers with money, mentorship, and support for production on an animated short film; submissions now being accepted through December 10.

Business Headline News

Stella Meghie to Write and Direct Disney’s Animated ‘Tiana’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, November 15, 2021 at 8:45am

‘The Photograph’ writer/director to helm upcoming musical series about the life and adventures of the first Black Disney princess, coming to Disney+ in 2023.

Innovations in Real-time 3D Design Headline News

NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise Now Available Through PNY

By Dan Sarto | Monday, November 15, 2021 at 8:00am

PNY is partnering with NVIDIA to bring their revolutionary real-time 3D collaboration and simulation platform to reinvent workflows for dispersed creative teams across the animation and VFX space. Join the free ‘Revolutionizing 3D Workflows with NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise,’ webinar set for November 17.

It’s Simply Marvel-ous! Headline News

Marvel Goes Big with Major Disney+ Day Show Announcements

The episodic MCU continues to expand, as learn of the studios’ expansive slate of series renewals and new series coming in 2022/2023 series, including ‘Moon Knight,’ ‘Ms. Marvel,’ and ‘She-Hulk’ as well as the first ever ‘X-Men’ under the Disney banner.

Business Headline News

HP Heads Into the Omniverse with New High-Performance Tech Offers

Newly announced Z by HP, Teradici, and NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise subscriptions bring real-time connection to remote workers collaborating across multiple systems and applications.

People Headline News

Trioscope Expands Leadership with Key Appointments

Former Mondo Media CEO John Evershed named chief strategy officer, while Taylor Church joins as vice president of production; announcement comes on the heels of a year of rapid growth and recent $5.25 million investment from BITKRAFT and Sony.

career development Headline News

Inaugural Class Announced for CAPE Animation Directors Accelerator

Program provides an opportunity to develop and hone creative and leadership skills via a series of panels, workshops, and masterclasses; selected applicants to be paired with high-level animation industry mentors.

Business Headline News

Lenovo and DreamWorks Expand Partnership

Leading animation studio taps computer manufacturer to deploy ThinkStations throughout departments; multi-year agreement follows last year’s roll-out of Lenovo computing infrastructure already transforming production operations.

Business Headline News

Unity to Acquire Weta Digital's Tools and Technology

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 2:49pm

Deal calls for purchase of leading VFX studio’s proprietary software systems, pipeline, and engineering talent; Oscar-winning VFX team will become WetaFX, remaining under Peter Jackson’s majority ownership and helmed by CEO Prem Akkaraju.

It’s Simply Anime-zing! Headline News

Netflix Announces Expanded Anime Slate

Streamer plans to produce even more episodic and feature content, tapping Japanese talent and studios to expand its content library; announcements made at first ever Netflix Festival Japan 2021 include new anime titles ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure STONE OCEAN,’ ‘The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburgh,’ and ‘Kakegurui Twin.’

Omniverse Has Arrived Headline News

NVIDIA Reveals Omniverse Avatar Platform

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 11:56am

New technology generates interactive AI avatars with ray-traced 3D graphics by connecting speech AI, computer vision, natural language understanding, recommendation engines and simulation technologies.

Omniverse Has Arrived Headline News

NVIDIA Announces Omniverse Replicator Synthetic AI Data Generation Engine

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 11:17am

Powerful system produces physically simulated data for training neural networks; first implementations shown are NVIDIA DRIVE Sim and NVIDIA Isaac Sim apps.

Real-time 3D Production Collaboration in the M&E Space Headline News

BOXX Systems Now Offering NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 9:29am

Leading high-performance workstation, rendering and server system provider’s platforms, along with NVIDIA’s real-time simulation and collaboration platform for 3D production, now available to unite creative teams working remotely across the animation and VFX space.

Omniverse Has Arrives Headline News

NVIDIA CEO Shares Vision for AI, Robotics, Omniverse Avatars and Digital Twins

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 8:45am

In his virtual GTC keynote, company founder and CEO Jensen Huang introduced a host of new technologies, including his Toy Jensen miniature avatar, to demonstrate transformative uses of the tech giant’s latest offerings in accelerated computing and the Omniverse Enterprise virtual world simulation and collaboration platform.

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