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The Caped Pathogen Strikes Again! Headline News

‘The Batman’ Production Halted as Pattinson Contracts COVID-19

The novel Coronavirus strikes again on the set of the Warner Bros. and DC tentpole, as the UK production shut down for a second time after announcement that lead star Robert Pattinson has contracted the virus.

SVOD Headline News

Peacock Original ‘Curious George: Go West’ Premieres September 8

Streaming platform to release multiple movies, specials and series episodes marking ‘Curious George’s’ birthday, celebrated annually in September as ‘Curiosity Month.’

Adult Animation Madness! Headline News

Alien Powers Conjure up Useless S**t in SYFY’s New Animated ‘The Summoner’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, September 4, 2020 at 12:47pm

'The New Yorker' cartoonist Charlie Hankin is teaming up with Stoopid Buddy Stoodios on a 2D comedy series for the network’s growing TZGZ late-night adult animation block. 

Copyright Controversy Headline News

Nickelodeon Pulls ‘Made by Maddie’ Over Reported ‘Hair Love’ Similarities

By Dan Sarto | Friday, September 4, 2020 at 12:27pm

Move comes in response to controversy over claims that characters on Silvergate Media’s new animated kids’ series are strikingly like those in Matthew A. Cherry’s Oscar-winning short.

Business Headline News

Aniventure and Cinesite Producing 'Blazing Saddles’ Feature Adaption

London-based production company signs with CAA and announces first slate of animated films, including ‘Riverdance: An Animated Adventure,’ based on the show of the same name; and ‘Blazing Samurai’ based on Mel Brook’s famous comedy.

GRRRRRRAWRRR! Headline News

‘Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal’ Returns October 4, Renewed for Season 2

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 1:43pm

5 new episodes from Season 1 continue the iconic director’s tale of an unlikely friendship between a caveman and a dinosaur trying to survive in a violent, primordial world; show renewed by Adult Swim for 10-episode second season.

More Zombies! Business Headline News

Zack Snyder’s ‘Army of the Dead’ Expands with Prequel Film and Anime Series

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 11:39am

Netflix reveals plans for both new projects, being penned by Shay Hatten, based on characters from the upcoming action adventure feature set to premiere on the streaming giant in 2021.

virtual production Headline News

Pinewood Atlanta Studios to Offer a First-of-its-Kind Virtual LED Stage

Studio joins forces with MBSi, Fuse, and SGPS/ShowRig to offer plug-and-play filmmaking technology site for content creators looking for world-class studio facilities.

Technology Headline News

Sony Pictures Animation and RISE CoE Partnering on Pre-Production Innovation R&D

The studio behind Oscar-winning ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ is teaming with Cyprus-based CG research center to explore new front-end animation production technology using machine learning and advanced 3D.

Technology Headline News

Weta Goes All-in on AWS for Animation and VFX in the Cloud

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 11:26am

Pioneering visual effects company, known for ‘Avatar’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ has chosen Amazon Web Services to create a new, cloud-based visual effects workflow.

Virtual Reality Headline News

Jon Favreau’s ‘Gnomes & Goblins’ VR Experience Coming September 23

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 10:45am

20-minute partial build of highly anticipated immersive project debuts today as part of the Venice VR Expanded lineup for the Venice Film Festival.

SVOD Headline News

Bite-Sized 3D ‘Angry Birds Bubble Trouble’ Series Released on Amazon FreeTime Unlimited

South American studio collective Los Amigos produces first season of 1-minute episodes featuring the young Angry Birds flock - Red, Bomb, Chuck, Stella and Silver – inspired by the ‘Angry Birds Dream Blast’ mobile game.

People Headline News

Six Point Harness Names Musa Brooker Creative Director

With a distinguished career in both stop-motion and 2D animation, the veteran USC professor of animation and digital arts continues to provide indispensable artistic leadership for the animation studio.

People Headline News

Nickelodeon Animation Names Ramsey Naito President

Already a driving force behind new projects, seasoned studio executive will continue to bolster the network’s animation content across all platforms while overseeing day-to-day operations of current series and series development.

Sci-Fi Xtravaganza! Headline News

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to Develop ‘The Three-Body Problem’ at Netflix

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 11:50am

Chinese author Liu Cixin’s Hugo Award-winning trilogy about humanity’s first contact with an alien civilization will be adapted into live-action series.

Events Headline News

Free Pixar RenderMan Main Event 2020 Online Starts September 1

Main Art & Science event to feature major announcements and Q&A about the upcoming release of RenderMan; two days of special programming follow September 2-3.

People Headline News

Sam Register Named President, Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios

Animation studios will remain separate entities; Rob Sorcher moves from CNS leadership role into overall production deal with Warner Bros. Television Group.

BLM Headline News

Ayo Edebiri Replacing Jenny Slate as Missy on ‘Big Mouth’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, August 28, 2020 at 8:36am

Actor and comedian also joins the writers' room for Season 5; move comes two months after show creators apologized for casting white actors in roles for people of color with promise to make changes and be more responsible moving forward.

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