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Is There Hope for Humanity? SVOD Headline News

Zoic Studios' VFX Help Satisfy Our ‘Sweet Tooth’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 21, 2021 at 9:44am

Emmy Award-winning entertainment company delivers nearly 1,000 visual effects shots, including CG tigers, elephants, and Bobbie the hybrid human-groundhog, on Netflix’s post-apocalyptic adventure series.

Business Headline News

‘Masha and the Bear’s French TV Expansion Continues

Animaccord inks deals with leading French TV platforms for new content; preschool spinoff ‘Nursery Rhymes’ hits the airways in early June, with ‘Masha and The Bear’ Season 5 coming soon.

Business Headline News

Vivi Film and Dandelooo Team Up on ‘The Upside Down River’

2D animated series, based on the children’s novel ‘La rivière à l’envers’ by Jean Claude Mourlevat, follows the quest of a young girl and the boy whose world she turns ‘Upside Down;’ production to begin late 2021 with delivery in 2023.               

The Dark Knight Rises Headline News

Trove of New Images Drop for ‘Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One’

Check out 11 new snaps showing some of the action, grim reaction, and memorable moments to come, in Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s next entry in the DC Universe movie series, coming to Blu-ray and Digital June 22.

Business Headline News

Framestore Consolidates Film and TV Divisions

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 18, 2021 at 1:48pm

BAFTA winner James Whitlam will head episodic work as the company brings both departments under one banner, one pipeline, and a new leadership structure.

Business Headline News

APC Kids’ Zephyr Animation Inks Co-Development Deal with Super RTL

Currently in development, Copernicus Studio’s upcoming 2D animated adventure kids’ series ‘Lana Longbeard’ follows a feisty girl hitting the high seas with her Viking dad; production is slated to begin later this year.

Animated TV Series Headline News

‘Mush-Mush and the Mushables’ Gets Season 2 Greenlight

Season 1 rolls out in 150 territories this year including Cartoon Network and HBO Max in the U.S.; Season 2 will air on Canal+ Family, Piwi+ and MyCanal in France.

TV Animation Headline News

Disney Channel Greenlights ‘Kiff’ Buddy Comedy

The “nutty” animated series about an optimistic but prone to chaos squirrel and her best friend Barry the Bunny, from South African creators Lucy Heavens and Nic Smal, was revealed today at Annecy 2021; series set to debut in 2023.

Who let the Dogs Out? Headline News

Paramount+ Lets the Dogs Out in a ‘Paw Patrol’ Summer!

The incredibly popular franchise kicks off its summer of fun with ‘Paw Patrol Live! At Home,’ now streaming, followed by ‘Paw Patrol: The Movie’ in theaters and streaming August 20; Seasons 1-5 of the animated preschool also now available.

Careful What You Wish For ANIMATIONWorld

Producers Chris Bremble and Aron Warner Unpack Their ‘Wish Dragon’ Journey

For the BASE Media CEO and Oscar-winning ‘Shrek’ franchise producer, nothing was accidental about their critically acclaimed new animated feature, now streaming on Netflix, other than the fact they actually got it made.

People Headline News

FuseFX Adds Julian Sarmiento as Global Director of Virtual Production and Real-Time

Industry veteran will lead VFX house’s integration of innovative and emerging technologies as key pre-production to final shot service offerings.

Playing Cat and Mouse in the Big Apple Headline News

HBO Max Drops ‘Tom and Jerry in New York’ Trailer

The crazy duo brings their ‘Cat & Mouse’ antics to the Big Apple, where they leave chaos in their wake; Warner Bros. Animation’s all-new 2D animated series premieres July 1.

Brand-New Tales of Starfish and Talking Clouds Headline News

Nick Sets Back-to-Back ‘The Patrick Star Show’ and ‘Middlemost Post’ Debuts

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 9:00am

Journey to Bikini Bottom and Mount Middlemost in trailers for the network’s all-new series, filled with colorful characters, silly stories, and plenty of physical comedy, premiering July 9.

Technology Headline News

Weta Digital and Autodesk Team on WetaM Creative Cloud Service

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 7:37am

New subscription service productizes Weta’s Oscar-winning Maya-based proprietary VFX tools, providing artists access to one complete stage to screen Maya-based pipeline.

#CreateWithMarbles: Marvelous Machines Headline News

NVIDIA Omniverse Design Challenge Now Live

#CreateWithMarbles: Marvelous Machines invites participants to design an outrageous race-track-style contraption for marbles; submission deadline is July 30.

Technology Headline News

Lenovo Launches New ThinkPad Workstations for Post-Pandemic Work Environments

The next generation ThinkPad P1, P15, and P17, teamed with new ThinkVision P34w-20 monitor and Thunderbolt 4 workstation dock, provide professional users the flexibility to work from anywhere.

It’s Anime-zing! Headline News

Crunchyroll and Adult Swim Reveal ‘Fena: Pirate Princess’ Trailer and Art

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 10:13am

Coming this summer from Kazuto Makazawa and Production I.G., anime series follows a young girl and her samurai crew, on the run from pirates and the English Navy, as they hunt for unimaginable treasure and adventure.

People Headline News

WildBrain CPLG Names Jasen Wright North America VP

In newly created role, veteran licensing executive will drive global expansion of entertainment brands and original IP including ‘Strawberry Shortcake,’ ‘Caillou,’ ‘Teletubbies,’ and ‘Chip & Potato.’

Sneak Peeks at Stuff! Headline News

Netflix Reveals ‘Arcane League of Legends’ First Look Images and Clip

Co-creators Christian Linke and Alex Yee talk world building and mythology; based on Riot’s hugely popular MOBA game, the highly anticipated animated series hits Netflix this Fall.

Business Headline News

UK Animation Trends and Opportunities Highlighted at Annecy

During an online panel, industry agencies, including Film London, Animation UK, BFI, and Screen Scotland, renewed their sector commitment while sharing business development, investment, and government support insights and strategies in the wake of COVID-19.

Finding Talent in the Middle Kingdom Headline News

Fred Seibert’s FredFilms and DeZerlin Joins Forces to Find Chinese Talent

Company’s new China-based animation incubator project, Hot Pot! Cartoons, seeks innovative creatives and content from the Middle Kingdom to develop for global markets.

Mentoring Women in Animation Headline News

Netflix and WIA Vancouver Expand Animation Career EXCELerator Program

Women in Animation Vancouver’s ACE program mentors, supports, and trains women to help develop and create their own original IP; applications for 2022-2024 program open at the Spark Animation Festival 2021.

It’s Anime-zing! Headline News

4 New Anime Series Coming to Netflix

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 10:42am

Day 2 of Annecy 2021 brought more great reveals from the streamer, including four upcoming anime titles, with initial concept art, presented during their Tuesday Studio Focus Panel.

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