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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.

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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.

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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.

People Headline News

VES 2024 Board of Directors Officers Announced

The Visual Effects Society names new and returning officers: Kim Davidson as Chair; Susan O’Neal as First Vice Chair; Janet Muswell Hamilton, VES as Second Vice Chair; Rita Cahill as VES Secretary; and Jeffrey A. Okun, VES as Treasurer.

A New 3D Movie Experience Headline News

3D Movie Experiences with Apple Vision Pro Coming to Disney+ Subscribers

Viewer’s in-home spaces will be transformed into landscapes from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars via the wonders of OpenUSD, with 3D formats of popular films including ‘Avatar: The Way of Water,’ ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ ‘Elemental,’ ‘Encanto,’ and dozens more starting February 2.

Creative King Headline News

Chad Stahelski to Oversee ‘Highlander,’ ‘John Wick’ Franchises

Lionsgate has named the director/stunt master as the creative overseer of its two action franchises across film, TV and all multimedia platforms.

A Century of Entertainment Headline News

Columbia Pictures’ Centennial Logo Debuts with ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ Re-Release

Studio celebrates 100-year legacy with theatrical release of Sony Pictures Animation’s highest-grossing film, coming to theaters January 19.

We Will Be Entertained Headline News

Harry Gregson-Williams to Score Ridley Scott’s ‘Gladiator 2’

The film is the seventh collaboration between the director and composer, with previous projects including ‘The Martian,’ ‘Prometheus,’ and ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings;’ the bloody sequel that follows Lucilla’s son Lucius hits theaters on November 22, 2024.

Business Headline News

Nelvana Greenlights ‘Piñata Smashlings’

The 2D animated kids’ series, based on the Roblox game, follows 4 friends who form a team to save the Piñataverse while involved in game-like shenanigans; available for international sale, the previously released ‘Smashling’ shorts are available on Nelvana’s ‘Keep It Weird’ YouTube channel.

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