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New Voices in Animation Headline News

2024 Stories x Women Applications Now Open

The FIAPF and WIA program provides mentoring and coaching from industry experts to prep women animators from emerging animation communities in Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America to pitch projects at the Annecy Festival and Market; deadline to apply is March 17, 2024.

Different Day Different Doomsday Headline News

‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 4 Gets a Release Date

All good things must come to an end… but not just yet! Netflix has announced the August 8 streaming debut of the popular series' final season, noting the return of cast members Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Justin H. Min, Ritu Arya, and Colm Feore. 

‘Inside Out’ Leads to ‘InsideU’ Headline News

Pixar and Renée Crown Wellness Institute Launch ‘InsideU’ App

Using characters, clips, and narratives from the Oscar-winning film ‘Inside Out,’ the app facilitates social and emotional learning skills for real-world dilemmas faced by elementary school-aged children; project involves famed Disney animator John Hubley’s grandson, Dr. Sam Hubley.

A New Predator Arrives Headline News

Dan Trachtenberg to Direct New ‘Predator’ Film ‘Badlands’

The ‘Prey’ filmmaker returns to the sci-fi franchise for the next cinematic installment, set sometime in the future, which will star a female lead; the project begins production in July.

Doing More Houghton Business! Headline News

Disney Branded TV Inks Deal with ‘Big City Greens’ Houghton Brothers

The creators/executive producers enter a multiyear agreement that includes producing new projects for Disney Television Animation and developing adult animation with 20th Television Animation.

The Big Purple Dinosaur is Back! Headline News

‘Barney’ Returns With a ‘Love Day’ Message

Mattel has announced the big purple guy is back and set to share his message with a new generation; all-new animated series ‘Barney’s World’ is coming to Max later this year.

Connecting Employers and Talented Neurodivergent Individuals Headline News

Jorge Gutierrez to Keynote 1st ‘Autism in Entertainment Conference’

The award-winning ‘Maya and the Three’ and ‘The Book of Life’ director will speak at the April 5 event that seeks to connect industry employers and talented neurodivergent individuals; conference features panel discussions, breakout sessions and entertainment.

Anime and Manga Promo Headline News

33 Inc. and MyAnimeList Partner for MAL33 Global Marketing Service

The anime and manga-centric service will provide strategic and creative solutions for challenges faced in the anime and manga industry, bridging the gap between Japanese and international audiences.

A New Jurassic Era Headline News

David Leitch Will Not Direct Upcoming ‘Jurassic World’ Film

The ‘Bullet Train’ helmer is no longer in talks to join writer David Koepp, who will pen the next franchise installment touted as the ‘new Jurassic era,’ slated to release July 2, 2025.

Business Headline News

California VFX Studio Whiskytree Expands to Georgia

New location doubles the company’s size and expands its scope and capabilities; updated pipeline taps AWS cloud computing for secure remote collaboration between both artists and clients.

Technology Advancing Art Headline News

NVIDIA Releases NVIDIA RTX 2000 Ada Generation GPU

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 12, 2024 at 3:32pm

The new GPU delivers the company’s latest AI, graphics, and compute technology to compact workstations, taking better advantage of Generative AI’s sweeping changes, such as seamless editing of high-resolution videos and images and its use for realistic visual effects and content creation.

Is AI Coming for Our Jobs? Headline News

The Animation Guild Shares ‘Generative AI’ Economic Impact Study Results

Conducted by LA-based CVL Economics, the study surveyed 300 C-Suite leaders to better understand the entertainment industry’s growing embrace of GenAI technology and its effect on jobs.

R.L Returns! Headline News

‘Goosebumps’ Series Renewed for Season 2 at Disney+

The new eight-episode installment will unveil a fresh ‘Goosebumps’ chapter with an anthology twist: a brand-new story, setting and cast based upon R.L Stine’s worldwide bestselling Scholastic book series.

The Anvil Drops Again Headline News

Hopes for a ‘Coyote vs. Acme’ Resurrection May Soon Be Dashed

By Dan Sarto | Friday, February 9, 2024 at 1:24pm

According to ‘The Wrap,’ barring a big offer in the next few days, it may be the end of the line for the #SaveCoyoteVsAcme campaign, as Warner Bros.’ claim the filmmakers could shop the film were ‘dubious at best.’

Business Headline News

9 Story Announces ‘Judy Moody’ Animated Series

The media group partners with Trustbridge to co-develop and adapt popular book series ‘Judy Moody’ by Megan McDonald and best-selling holiday picture book ‘Dasher’ by Matt Tavares, with animation by Brown Bag Films.

A Gift From the Gods Headline News

Disney+ Renews ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ for Season 2

Walker Scobell, Leah Sava Jeffries, and Aryan Simhadri will return to embark on a new adventure based on ‘The Sea of Monsters,’ the second installment of Rick Riordan’s best-selling ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ book series.

Diversity in Artistic Development Headline News

Nickelodeon Announces 6 New ‘Artist Program’ Participants

New group selected for the 6-month program, now in its 13th year, which offers emerging talent from underrepresented backgrounds a chance to work on productions, participate in workshops, and learn from lead artists working across Storyboard, Visual Development, and CG Generalist tracks.

The Biggest Partnership of the Year Headline News

Disney to Invest $1.5 Billion in Epic Games, Build Entertainment Universe with Fortnite

The two companies' collaboration will further expand the reach of Disney’s huge IP catalog, stories, and experiences in the new venture, with the Mouse House acquiring an equity stake in the game company.

More Moana Adventures Headline News

Walt Disney Company Drops ‘Moana 2’ First Look Teaser

CEO Bob Iger announced a November 27, 2024 release date for the upcoming sequel to Disney’s 2016 Oscar-nominated feature; the animated musical promises a new voyage with Moana, Maui, and a brand-new crew of unlikely seafarers.

Mark your Calendars! Headline News

Annecy Festival 2024 Accreditation Now Open

Register before February 28 for early bird rates to ensure you get your spot at the upcoming Annecy International Animation Festival and film market, Mifa; it’s all happening by the lake June 9-15!

The Road to Turin Headline News

View Conference 2024 Early Bird Registration Now Open

Italy’s premiere animation and visual effects event will run in-person October 14-19 in Torino, Italy featuring a program of talks, presentations, workshops, and masterclasses presented by a stellar lineup of top industry professionals.

Heading to Stuttgart Headline News

FMX 2024 Shares Conference Programming Updates

Attendees can explore ‘Loki’ Season 2 timeline mayhem and get insight into the making of the 60th anniversary ‘Doctor Who’ special episode; 4-day event kicks off in Stuttgart on April 23, 2024.

Fight Night Headline News

Disney Launches VoteDisney Website for Upcoming Board of Directors Vote

Donald Duck’s Uncle, Prof. Ludwig Von Drake, hosts an instructional video on the site urging shareholders to vote with the white Disney proxy card, rather than for Nelson Peltz’s Trian group or Blackwells Capital’s candidates.

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