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Saffronic Appoints Bhanu Prakash as Head of Creative, Games

The animation production studio founded in 2022 kicks off the new year with a roster of AAA projects for gaming industry titans, spearheaded by the new executive. 

Technology Headline News

BOXX Releases the RAXX S1G Rack-Mounted Workstation

New scalable workstation is configurable to meet the needs of engineers, product designers, architects, VFX artists, and animators and optimized to implement remote workstation capabilities for SOLIDWORKS, Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD, 3ds Max, and Maya.

More Industry Staff Cuts Headline News

Apple TV+ Lays Off Eight Employees in ‘Kids’ Division

The streamer is evolving to focus on its own animated film pipeline but remains committed to the kids’ programming; an original ‘Peanuts’ feature film is currently in development.

Yes We Can Headline News

‘Bob the Builder’ Feature in Development, Jennifer Lopez to Produce

Mattel Films will develop the project that follows Roberto (aka Bob), who travels to Puerto Rico for a construction job and ‘takes on issues affecting the island and digs deeper into what it means to build.’

Brick by Brick Headline News

Pharrell Williams Teams with The Lego Group, Focus Features on Animated Biopic

The musician and producer will set imaginations free with a feature that ‘defies genres and expectations to transport audiences into a Lego world where anything is possible.’

Tragedy in Japan Headline News

Kyoto Animation Arsonist Sentenced to Death

Shinji Aoba, who admitted to the 2019 Japanese animation studio attack, was denied a plea of ‘not guilty,’ with the Kyoto District Court determining he was ‘neither insane nor mentally incompetent at the time of the crime.’ 

From the Cradle to the Screen Headline News

Hidden Gnome, Lex+Otis Team for Animated ‘Cradle’ Book Series Adaptation

A Kickstarter has been launched to fund the adaptation and give fans even greater connection to the stories, realms, and characters of Will Wight’s popular fable, with exclusive perks through donations; the grassroots fundraiser ends February 9.

Not So Invincible Headline News

‘Invincible’ Copyright Lawsuit Settles Ahead of Trial

William Crabtree, a colorist for the first 50 issues of the comic, alleged creator Robert Kirkman tricked him into surrendering his co-ownership stake in the series; the terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

More Industry Cuts Headline News

Microsoft to Layoff 1,900 Activision Blizzard, Xbox Employees

The tech giant has begun to cull workers from the newly acquired division to reduce ‘areas of overlap’ during the integration effort, with Blizzard Entertainment president Mike Ybarra also exiting the company.

Do It in the Cloud Headline News

CoreWeave Releases New Native Blender Plug-In for Conductor

Plug-In offers CoreWeave users faster and easier rendering within creative environments, streamlining Conductor’s use with the open-source 3D software.

Business Headline News

Rick Mischel Acquires Yeti Farm, Launches Artists Animation Studio

The veteran animation producer and former Bardel CEO will serve as CEO of the new company, headquartered in Kelowna, British Columbia; Todd Ramsey assumes role of Head of Animation while Ashley Ramsey departs to pursue new opportunities. 

The Mothership Has Left the Station Headline News

Netflix Scraps Sci-Fi Film ‘The Mothership’ After Multiple Delays

After multiple post-production delays, the troubled feature starring Halle Berry gets shelved; story follows a family’s pursuit of the truth after discovering a strange extraterrestrial object underneath their home.

The Animated Future of Lagos Headline News

Six-Episode Event Series ‘Iwájú’ Headed to Disney+

The first-of-its-kind collaboration between Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pan-African entertainment company Kugali, along with a behind-the-scenes documentary, ‘Iwájú: A Day Ahead,’ debut February 28.

Technology Headline News

Arcturus Announces HoloSuite Toolset Update

New Accelerated Volumetric Video Codec compresses data so creators can populate digital scenes with more volumetric characters than ever before while maintaining high data quality.

Robin Robin Returns Returns Headline News

Will Aardman Craft Another Project from the ‘Robin Robin’ Universe?

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at 1:27pm

The UK studio’s charming stop-motion holiday special, featuring puppets made from felt and starring Gillian Anderson and Richard E Grant, could be set for another installment, according to co-writers and co-directors Dan Ojari and Mikey Please.

Will You Survive… Until Dawn Headline News

David F. Sandberg to Helm ‘Until Dawn’ Feature Adaptation

The ‘Annabelle: Creation’ and ‘Shazam!’ director has boarded the film based on the PlayStation horror game ‘Until Dawn,’ being produced by Screen Gems and PlayStation Productions.

The Anvil Has Been Lifted Headline News

First Look Revealed for Resurrected ‘Coyote vs. Acme’ Feature

The anvil has been lifted off the live-action/CG animation hybrid feature following a down-and-out billboard lawyer who decides to represent Wile. E. Coyote in a lawsuit against ACME Corporation, with Amazon as a rumored buyer.

Business Headline News

Get Animated U.K. Reveals Conference Panelists

The 2-day ‘Business of Animation Conference’ comes to Birmingham, England, May 1-2, offering educational panels, U.K. Animation Industry Marketplace and networking opportunities; discounted tickets on sale through January 31.

Business Headline News

Xilam’s Popular ‘Zig & Sharko’ and ‘Karate Sheep’ Go Global with New Deals

New broadcast partners extend animated comedies to audiences across Europe, Africa, China and the UAE; Netflix reports millions of hours of accrued viewing across the streaming platform.

Business Headline News

Build-A-Bear Expands IP with ‘Kabu’ Animated Series

Build-A-Bear Entertainment, Foundation Media Partners, and Laughing Dragon Studios head to Kidscreen next month to present a first look at the ‘Build-A-Bear’ character-inspired animated series.

Who ya gonna call? Headline News

Sony Launches the ‘Wonderverse’ Experience

Chicago area entertainment destination features physical and immersive multimedia experiences, interactive installations, and attractions based on the studio's popular movies, series, and games, including ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Jumanji,’ ‘Uncharted,’ and ‘Zombieland.’

Grrrrrrr! Headline News

‘Jurassic World: The Exhibition’ to Open in Houston, Texas

The award-winning installation allows visitors to walk through the iconic Jurassic World gate and explore environments inspired by the beloved films, coming face-to-face with a Brachiosaurus, Velociraptors, and the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex; doors open March 8, 2024.

One Block at a Time Headline News

Jennifer Coolidge Boards ‘Minecraft’ Live-Action Feature

‘The White Lotus’ star joins Warner Bros., Vertigo, and Legendary’s adaptation of Mojang’s best-selling video game, which has yet to secure a title, but is set to hit theaters April 4, 2025.

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