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Beyond Rights Inks Deal with YouKu to Bring ‘Turbozaurs’ to China

The preschool CGI animated series features very special dinosaurs that can transform instantly into amazing machines; new set of dino adventures will debut on Chinese streamer in November.

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Sky Kids Greenlights ‘The Brilliant World of Tom Gates’ Season 2

Based on the enormously popular book series, the show features live-action along with 2D and stop-motion animation; currently in production the new episodes will hit Sky Kids and NOW in early 2022.

Awards Headline News

Television Academy Announces Juried Winners for 73rd Emmy Awards

‘Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal,’ ‘Love, Death + Robots,’ and ‘The Simpsons’ are honored for outstanding individual achievement in animation, to be presented at the upcoming 2021 Creative Arts Emmy Awards running September 11-12.

Who Doesn’t Need a Magic Bag? Headline News

‘Felix the Cat’ Returning in New Kids' Comic Book Series

While audiences have been watching the famous feline on various screens for a century, Felix the Cat #1, from Source Point Press and DreamWorks Animation, debuts on good old paper in 2022; could new animated projects be far behind?

People Headline News

SpinVFX Adds VFX Supervisor Edward Taylor

The industry veteran brings over 20 years of technical expertise and leadership experience to his new role; credits for digital modeling and look development on projects include ‘Tron: Legacy,’ ‘The Three Musketeers,’ ‘Resident Evil: Retribution,’ and ‘Penny Dreadful.’

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DNEG Announces Global Expansion Plans Including New Toronto Studio

Up to 200 new jobs to be created as part of opening fourth North American facility; 300 additional staff are being recruited for new jobs in Vancouver and Montreal offices, including 100 in new feature animation division.

Mysterious and Spooky! Headline News

‘The Addams Family 2’ Releasing in Theaters and VOD Simultaneously

MGM’s highly anticipated ‘The Addams Family’ sequel reportedly will hit both cinemas and VOD rental channels this coming October 1.

Kid’s Content CTV Channels Headline News

Digital Television Russia Taps VlogBox for New Kids’ Content OTT Channels

Video content distribution and monetization platform to develop seven CTV channels featuring popular children’s series including ‘Be-Be-Bears,’ ‘Fantasy Patrol, ‘Heroes of Envell,’ and ‘Cutie Cubies; the deal also includes Roku content management and distribution, PR, and marketing support.

Technology Headline News

Weta Digital and SideFX Bringing Houdini to the Cloud

By Dan Sarto | Monday, August 23, 2021 at 9:03am

New WetaH collaboration marks leading VFX company’s second move to integrate top commercial and proprietary applications in a single cloud-based service.

The Cat’s Meow Headline News

DC’s ‘Catwoman: Hunted’ Anime Feature Snags Badass Female Voice Cast

The latex-infused heist adventure officialy begins pre-production, adding Elizabeth Gillies as Catwoman, Stephanie Beatriz as Batwoman, and Lauren Cohan as Julia Pennyworth; release planned in early 2022.

Fresh from the Void Headline News

Netflix’s ‘The Three-Body Problem’ Revived, Derek Tsang to Direct

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ ill-fated series is back on track after facing serious scandal when producer Lin Qi died after being poisoned by Yoozoo Group senior executive Xu Yao.

Business Headline News

Adobe to Buy Frame.io for $1.275 Billion

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 2:20pm

Acquisition will pair leading end-to-end cloud-based video collaboration platform with industry standard Creative Cloud software such as Premiere Pro and After Effects to power the video editing process.

People Headline News

CoSA VFX Names Devon Irete Associate Executive Producer

Visual effects and post-production veteran joins LA-based business development team, working with U.K.-based executive producer Stephanie Winslow to spearhead studio’s continuing global expansion.

Business Headline News

Ferly and Wild Child Animation Team Up on ‘Butthole Biscuits’

Studios will co-create and develop a new animated adult comedy series that poses the important question, ‘What’s it like for the biscuits at the bottom of the biscuit barrel?’ We can’t wait to find out!

This Update is Unreal! Headline News

Unreal Engine 4.27 is Here!

Now available, the latest update to Epic Games' real-time game engine boasts improvements for creators across multiple industries such as game development, film and television, and architecture; enhanced features include improved VFX workflows, faster light baking, integrated RAD game tools, and production-ready pixel streaming.

Home Entertainment Headline News

Watch… If You Dare: ‘Night of the Animated Dead’ Trailer

Which is scarier, the dead or the ‘Animated’ dead? Find out on September 21 when the 2D feature based on George A. Romero’s 1968 horror classic comes to digital; Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD drops October 5.

People Headline News

FuseFX’s Brian Kubovcik and Lindsay Seguin Head to Atlanta

Long-time leaders from VFX company’s New York facility go south, bolstering team at growing Georgia location; Kubovick assumes role as head of studio and senior VFX supervisor with Seguin serving as head of production and executive producer at her new post.

This is the Anime You’ve Been Looking For! Headline News

First Epic Trailer Drops for ‘Star Wars: Visions’ Anime Anthology Series

The otherworldly series features nine stories by seven Japanese anime studios, all underscored by musical legend John Williams, set to release September 22 on Disney+.

Virtual Events Headline News

LightBox Expo Online to Host 3rd Annual Concept Art Awards

The virtual event celebrates visual arts with a focus on animation, illustration, and concept art; this year LBXO expands to six days, running September 7-12.

We Want More Adventure Time! Headline News

HBO Max Orders ‘Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake’ Series

Streamer moves ahead with all-new animated show featuring the hugely popular ‘Adventure Time’ characters; Adam Muto will showrun and executive produce for Cartoon Network Studios.

Home Entertainment Headline News

DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Spirit Untamed’ Arrives on Digital

The studio’s epic animated adventure about a headstrong girl who discovers a kindred spirit when her life intersects with a wild horse, is now available on Digital, with Blu-ray and DVD releases coming August 31; each version includes bonus footage, deleted scenes, special featurettes, how to videos and sing-a-longs.

Business Headline News

Blue Zoo and Plug-In Media Partner on Regional Animation Hub

Animation studios join forces to shake up the industry in the South of England; with two greenlit projects and commitment to flexible work models born from the pandemic, the joint venture hopes to spark new regional opportunities and growth in animation.

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