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WAKFU Headline News

Ankama Launches ‘WAKFU’ Season 4 Kickstarter Campaign

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 10:37am

Led by series creator Tot, the French studio behind the famed anime-inspired series looks to crowdsourcing for production support to give fans new, expanded adventures they’ve been waiting for. 

Business Headline News

Watch the First 4 BMO-Riffic Minutes of ‘Adventure Time: Distant Lands’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 10:29am

BMO joyfully strums and spuds in this extended clip from the first of four brand-new hourlong breakout ‘Adventure Time’ franchise specials coming June 25 on HBO Max.

Women in Animation Headline News

WIA Announces Women in Animation Virtual Summit Program for Annecy 2020 Online

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 8:48am

Summit will focus on the pandemic, the recently reinvigorated global call for social justice, and their tremendous effects on the animation industry.

Events Headline News

FunimationCon 2020 Reveals Program Highlights for July 3-4 Virtual Event

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 3:13pm

Free event will bring the anime community together for a virtual celebration featuring panels, cosplay, and special streamed performance from the 2019 SACRA Music Festival. 

SVOD Headline News

Problems with Cousins Effing Cousins Explained in Hulu’s ‘Crossing Swords’ Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 2:32pm

From the warped recesses of two Emmy Award-winning ‘Robot Chicken’ executive producers comes stop-motion medieval mayhem of the most bloody and hilarious kind; 10-episode Season 1 drops June 12.

People Headline News

Ava DuVernay, Rob Bredow Join Motion Picture Academy Board of Governors

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 12:14pm

‘Selma’ director and Head of ILM, along with newcomers Debra Zane, Stephen Rivkin, Linda Flowers, and Lynette Howell Taylor, are part of newly elected 2020-2021 board.  

Animated Feature Films Headline News

EXCLUSIVE: The Vision Behind ‘Jungle Beat: The Movie’ Featurette

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 11:06am

Premiering June 15 as one of Annecy 2020’s 10 feature films in competition, Brent Dawes and Sandcastle Studios’ charming new animated family adventure will be released worldwide on VOD June 26. 

TV Animation ANIMATIONWorld

Executive Producer Mike Rubiner Talks ‘The Loud House’ 100th Episode

With a 2020 Daytime Emmy nomination in tow, as well as two GLAAD Media Award nominations, the hit Nickelodeon show celebrates diverse characters, realistic storylines, and a centennial milestone as it heads into Season 5.

Community Outreach Headline News

Baobab Studios, KuKu Studios, and Tonko House Form Bay Area Animation Alliance

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 11:57am

Powerhouse indie studios join forces to support and inspire Bay Area animation professionals while raising the bar for independent animation worldwide.

Business Headline News

VFX Legion Expanding Pre-production Services as Demand Grows in Wake of COVID-19

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 8, 2020 at 4:14pm

Configured for fully remote working since they launched in 2013, the visual effects company is building out its pre-production services in response to increased demand from feature film and TV producers.

Covid-19

Film and TV Shoots Can Resume in California Beginning June 12

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 8, 2020 at 10:44am

In a major step towards restarting the state’s entertainment business that has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Gavin Newsom and the Department of Public Health have released guidelines for how production shooting can resume. 

People Headline News

Genius Brands Appoints Margaret Loesch as New Kartoon Channel! Executive Chairman

Fox Kids founding president and CEO joins company on eve of June 15 launch; David Neuman, former Walt Disney Television president, is named chief creative officer.

Festivals Headline News

Jennifer Lee, Henry Selick and Dean DeBlois Headline Annecy 2020 Masterclass Program

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 11:09am

Bruno Coulais, Chris Buck, Ron Clements, John Musker, Nick Park and Eric Darnell join a host of industry leaders headlining online festival’s selection of WIP, PREVIEW and Making Of presentations, running June 15-30.

Animated Feature Headline News

‘Horrible Henry’s Wild Weekend’ Animated Feature Debuts June 6 on Netflix UK

New 2D special features the voices of Dick and Dom, reprising their roles from the live-action ‘Horrid Henry: The Movie.’ 

Virtual Reality Headline News

Baobab Studios Shares First Look at ‘Baba Yaga’ Immersive Experience

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 8:37am

Special ‘Work in Progress’ presentation from the Emmy Award-winning studio behind ‘Bonfire’ and ‘Crow: The Legend’ will debut June 15 at Annecy 2020 online.

Business Headline News

Huge ‘Peter Pan’ Artwork Collection Being Auctioned June 19-21

73 lots of featured art includes collections of rare production cels, animation drawings, and concept artwork, David Hall and Mary Blair pieces, and a variety of memorabilia signed by Walt Disney.

Cartoons ANIMATIONWorld

Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig Return in HBO Max’s New ‘Looney Tunes Cartoons’

Peter Browngardt and Alex Kirwan are lovingly producing 1,000 minutes of brand-new gag-driven shorts featuring treasured Warner Bros. characters at their slap-sticky best.

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