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Category: Diversity and Inclusion

Cultural Sensitivities Headline News

Adult Swim Removes Offensive Episodes of Three Animated Series

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 2:50pm

Episodes from ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force,’ ‘The Boondocks,’ and ‘The Shivering Truth’ have quietly disappeared from the network’s library, and are not part of show libraries licensed to HBO Max.

call for entries Headline News

2nd Annual Native American Animation Lab Open for Applications

Intensive multi-day workshop is designed to offer new opportunities for Native American writers, filmmakers and artists interested in breaking into animation; early entry deadline is October 9.

Contests Headline News

JOIN IN: ‘24 HOURS: Animation Contest for Students’ Runs October 2-3

Student teams of 5 have 24 hours to produce a 30-second animated film; deadline to submit YouTube link is Saturday, October 3 at 4PM PST.

TV Animation Headline News

‘The Casagrandes’ Snags Season 3 Nickelodeon Renewal

Emmy Award-winning animated series and ‘The Loud House’ spinoff also kicks off Season 2 on October 9 with ‘Fails from the Crypt’ – see a sneak peek now!

Virtual Panels Headline News

The Animation Guild to Host Careers Panel at OIAF 2020

‘Animation through the Ages’ will examine career longevity, challenges, and keys to success with industry veterans offering insights from their own career journeys and experiences.

Awards Headline News

Women in Animation Name WIA Class of 2020 Showcase Best Short Film Winners

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 4:34pm

‘Ciervo,’ ‘La Vida de una Piñata,’ and ‘Meow or Never’ take top honors, selected from a pool of 409 graduate and undergraduate films from 121 schools.

Festivals Headline News

Virtual SCAD AnimationFest 2020 Coming September 25-26

The acclaimed two-day event, being held online for the first time, will feature exclusive screenings, panels, and presentations from top talent like ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ creator Mike McMahan and ‘Undone’ co-creators Raphael Bob-Waksberg & Kate Purdy.

Virtual Conferences Headline News

VIEW Conference 2020 Announces Full Program Line-Up

Upcoming conference, running October 18-23 both in Turin, Italy and online, will stream all sessions to a global audience; presentations by industry experts will live stream and be available for subsequent viewing through December 31. 

Virtual Conferences Headline News

‘Pictoplasm in Isolation’ Goes Virtual September 18-19

Reimagined Berlin tradition offers free 2-day livestream broadcast featuring conversations and talks with artists, animators, designers, activists, and academics.

virtual production Headline News

ILM Expands Virtual Production Services, Global Trainee Program

StageCraft expansion plans include additional LED volume installations in LA, London and Australia, along with new Jedi Academy program aimed at underrepresented VFX talent.

Get Out and Vote! Headline News

WIA Issues Call to Vote, Support for Voting Rights in New Open Letter

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 9:15am

Women in Animation president Marge Dean reflects on hard fought efforts to win voting rights for the disenfranchised, urging everyone spend the next 60 days preparing to vote as well as supporting the voting rights of others; organization posts downloadable Voting Resource Guide highlighting how you can help make everyone’s voice heard.

Awards Headline News

‘Something to Remember’ Named Best Film at Fantoche 2020

Festival confirms its commitment to parity and inclusion with women filmmakers accounting for more than half the films screened. 

#BoycottMulan Headline News

Controversy Grows As ‘Mulan’ is Released on Disney+

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 12:59pm

Criticism continues to mount in response to the film’s end credits ‘special thanks’ to Xinjiang government organizations reportedly involved in refuting Western claims of massive forced incarceration and human rights abuses of over 1 million ethnic Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities.

Virtual Festivals Headline News

HBO Max Presents RTX at Home Animation Festival September 15-25

Global virtual celebration of creators and talent from popular animated Rooster Teeth shows will stream live on RoosterTeeth.com and Rooster Teeth apps. 

Covid-19 Headline News

Cartoon Network Launches ‘In This Together’ Family Initiative

Global initiative begins rolling out September 7, featuring on-air spots with kids and their favorite CN characters, providing information and reassurance as people worldwide band together to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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.

Virtual Festivals Headline News

Choose Your Pass for OIAF 2020 Virtual Festival – Available NOW!

Watch this year’s retrospectives featuring a celebration of Estonian animator, Elbert Tuganov; unique perspectives from Norwegian animation studio, Mikrofilm; and the work of Métis filmmaker, Terril Calder.

People Headline News

Osnat Shurer to Present Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ at VIEW 2020

The Oscar-nominated ‘Moana’ producer will discuss Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada’s upcoming animated feature at the 21st edition of annual conference, being held October 18-23, online and on-site in Torino, Italy.

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.

Virtual Events Headline News

SIGGRAPH 2020 Concludes Virtual Conference: Content Available Until October 27

The latest innovations in art, science and technology are showcased both in implementation and presentations during a two-week virtual gathering of the global graphics community.

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.

Business Headline News

Free Post New York Alliance Webinar on August 27

‘The Business of Animation: Past, Present and Future’ panel with Cartuna’s James Belfer, STUDIO NYC’s Mary Nittolo and PNYA chair Yana Collins Lehman will discuss how companies can survive and thrive in the shadow of the pandemic.

Virtual Events Headline News

Pixelatl 2020 Goes Online September 1-5

Event has announced an ambitious program to promote Mexican and Latin American creative industries; featured activities include a focus on recruitment, women in animation, and business networking meetings.

Online Event Headline News

Register Now for Free PreVIEW Session with Director Peter Ramsey

VIEW Conference 2020 hosts the award-winning co-director of ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,’ August 29 in an online discussion.

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