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virtual production Headline News

ILM Expands Virtual Production Services, Global Trainee Program

StageCraft expansion plans include additional LED volume installations in LA, London and Australia, along with new Jedi Academy program aimed at underrepresented VFX talent.

TV Animation Headline News

Cartoon Network EMEA Reveals First Look at ‘Elliott From Earth’

From the team behind global hit ‘The Amazing World of Gumball’ comes a new animated sci-fi comedy series about a boy and his mum suddenly transported across the universe; global rollout begins later this year.

Miyazaki in L.A. Headline News

Miyazaki Exhibition to Open New Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 2:09pm

More than 300 works have been curated into seven gallery sections that explore each of the legendary, Oscar-winning director’s films; the museum is scheduled to open April 30, 2021. 

We Can’t Wait Dept. Headline News

Everything We Know About ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2

Series creator Jon Favreau breaks down the show’s new format, hinting it could be the ‘Star Wars’ equivalent of ‘Game of Thrones’ when it premieres October 30th on Disney+.

Home Entertainment Headline News

‘Ghost in the Shell’ Now on Ultra HD Combo Pack and Digital 4K Ultra HD

Remastered in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, the popular anime feature’s new release includes audio commentary as well as two new featurettes.

cloud Computing VFXWorld

Break+Enter Charts its Future in the Cloud

VFX studio discusses its pre-pandemic move to a cloud-based pipeline, including establishment of best practices and standards, and how they will continue to invest in and expand their virtual, remote production efforts company-wide.

cloud Computing ANIMATIONWorld

What Does the Next Gen Creative Studio Look Like?

For AWS product manager Jay Maglione, the challenges of 2020 mean we must rethink creative studio norms and look to the cloud for the next workflow evolution.

Let’s Celebrate! Headline News

‘American Dad!’ Milestone 300th Episode Airs September 14

TBS treats fans with tributes, trivia, and ‘The Many Faces of Roger Marathon’ to celebrate series becoming the 25th scripted primetime show, in the history of television, to reach 300 episodes.

Business Headline News

twofour54 Abu Dhabi and Unity Creating Gaming ‘Centre of Excellence’

10-year partnership will build regional gaming hub for industry offering a training and entrepreneurial platform for cultivating talent and launching new careers throughout Middle East and Africa.

Dept. of I Can’t Wait Headline News

Official ‘Dune’ Trailer Breathes New Life into Sci-Fi Classic

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 11:58am

‘Blade Runner 2049’ director Denis Villeneuve takes the helm of the latest big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi bestseller, and it looks dark, brooding and utterly inviting.

Technology Headline News

Digital Domain Introduces Masquerade 2.0 Facial Capture System

Next generation of company’s in-house technology allows complex facial motions to be added to every moment of gameplay 10x faster; powerful enough for feature films, but accessible enough for game development.

Get Out and Vote! Headline News

WIA Issues Call to Vote, Support for Voting Rights in New Open Letter

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 9:15am

Women in Animation president Marge Dean reflects on hard fought efforts to win voting rights for the disenfranchised, urging everyone spend the next 60 days preparing to vote as well as supporting the voting rights of others; organization posts downloadable Voting Resource Guide highlighting how you can help make everyone’s voice heard.

TV Animation Headline News

‘The Loud House’ Gets Season 6 Pickup on Nickelodeon

The network’s hit series, the number-one animated show across all TV in Kids 6-11, gets a 26-episode new season order; Season 5 premieres September 11 with a one-hour special.

Business Headline News

Santiago-Based Believe Signs with BLAH! blah? (Blah…)

Move by Latin American animation studio, along with recent Saarinen & Pico and Sharon & Perry representation signings, boosts its presence in US commercial market.

#BoycottMulan Headline News

Controversy Grows As ‘Mulan’ is Released on Disney+

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 12:59pm

Criticism continues to mount in response to the film’s end credits ‘special thanks’ to Xinjiang government organizations reportedly involved in refuting Western claims of massive forced incarceration and human rights abuses of over 1 million ethnic Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities.

Home Entertainment Headline News

Exclusive: Christina Chang’s Sequence Pitch on Cartoon Network’s ‘We Bare Bears: The Movie’

One of the film’s storyboard artists makes her first pitch of the ‘bears running through the city’ sequence from the new animated movie based on the popular series, now available on DVD and digital.

Feast Your Eyes! Headline News

Apple TV+ Drops Teaser Trailer for Tomm Moore’s ‘Wolfwalkers’

With all the stylized 2D artistry you’d expect, the latest feature from the twice Oscar-nominated ‘Song of the Sea’ and ‘The Secret of Kells’ director tells of a mysterious tribe rumored to transform into wolves.

More Anime! Headline News

Crunchyroll and Sentai Filmworks Sign Home Video Distribution Deal

Anime distributer and merchandiser will distribute 'Food Wars! The Fourth Plate,' 'Ascendance of a Bookworm,' 'Granbelm,' and 'World Trigger,' bringing anime to more fans in the U.S. and Canada.

Virtual Festivals Headline News

HBO Max Presents RTX at Home Animation Festival September 15-25

Global virtual celebration of creators and talent from popular animated Rooster Teeth shows will stream live on RoosterTeeth.com and Rooster Teeth apps. 

Prepare to Die Mr. Bond! Headline News

Mr. Bond Returning to Theaters November 2020

MGM drops the second action-packed trailer for their next highly anticipated iconic spy thriller franchise installment, ‘No Time To Die,’ though time will tell if, and when, its theatrical release is possible.

Animation Domination Returns! Headline News

EXCLUSIVE: New FOX Animation Domination Lineup Posters Revealed

By Dan Sarto | Friday, September 4, 2020 at 4:01pm

The network’s Sunday night block of hit animated series returns with new seasons of ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Bless the Harts,’ ‘Bob’s Burgers’ and ‘Family Guy,’ on September 27.

Covid-19 Headline News

Cartoon Network Launches ‘In This Together’ Family Initiative

Global initiative begins rolling out September 7, featuring on-air spots with kids and their favorite CN characters, providing information and reassurance as people worldwide band together to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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