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Category: Diversity and Inclusion

Webinars Headline News

CTN Webinar with Vani Balgam Coming August 4

Former Rhythm & Hues executive, noted director and producer joins Mindy Johnson for new ‘Primary Sources’ interview, one of the many online events hosted by the professional network offering creatives a place to learn and connect. 

diversity and inclusion Headline News

EU Report: Women Direct Only 22% of Feature Films

New study finds women still account for a minority of directing and screenwriting positions in feature films and TV.

Community Outreach Headline News

W. Kamau Bell’s Animated ‘Talk Boring to Me’ Examines Much of What Ails the U.S.

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 12:32pm

Thought-provoking, smartly designed YouTube series tackles key social justice issues America is facing, confronting some unpleasant truths while calling us all to action.

BLM Headline News

Emmy Raver-Lampman Takes Over Role of Molly on ‘Central Park’

‘Umbrella Academy’ actress joins Loren Bouchard’s Apple TV series one month after he pledged to find a Black or biracial actress to play the character amid a continuing reckoning over representation in the industry.

Black Lives Matter ANIMATIONWorld

Parody in the Age of BLM: Carl Jones and Brian Ash Talk ‘Sugar and Toys’ Season 2

By Dan Sarto | Monday, July 13, 2020 at 1:22pm

With a new season of their satirical adult animated sketch comedy show coming soon to Fuse TV, the ‘Black Dynamite’ and ‘The Boondocks’ producers discuss being funny, and controversial, in a Black Lives Matter and pandemic-focused world.  

Commercials ANIMATIONWorld

Framestore’s ‘#WombStories’ Animation Captures the Emotions of Women’s Life-Changing Moments

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 10:24am

Three-minute film for Libresse & Bodyform campaign includes six beautifully animated sequences that help dispel myths and encourage positive conversations about women.

Business Headline News

HBO Max Greenlights Oscar-Winner Matthew A. Cherry’s ‘Young Love’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 11:21am

New 2D animated series, based on characters from director’s Academy Award-winning short, ‘Hair Love,’ to be produced in conjunction with Sony Pictures Animation.

Business Headline News

EU Skills Report Sites Serious Lack of Gaming Talent

76% of responding game companies cite difficulties in finding skilled staff; finds that while 45% of EU gamers are women, increase in STEM studies and careers for women are essential in the training of the future workforce.  

WIA Online Summit Headline News

2020 Women in Animation Virtual Summit Now Streaming Online

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 2:58pm

A selection of presentations from the first-ever WIA online summit, held in conjunction with this year’s Annecy 2020 Online edition, is now available for free viewing.

ACM SIGGRAPH Headline News

SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 Goes Virtual

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 8:07am

Annual computer graphics conference and exhibition, originally scheduled November 17-20 in Daegu, South Korea, moves online due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Business Headline News

Toonz Media Begins Pre-Production on ‘JG & the BC Kids’

TMG teams with Elijah Rock Productions and Ericka Nicole Malone Entertainment on animated 2D feature and TV series about a super intelligent and athletic scientist who travels the world finding special kids.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

Pixar Releases New ‘Soul’ Teaser Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 29, 2020 at 12:19pm

Watch sneak teaser and virtual conversation with filmmakers Pete Docter, Kemp Powers, Dana Murray, anthropologist Dr. Johnnetta Cole and renowned jazz pianist Jon Batiste, produced as part of the Essence Festival of Culture panel, ‘Finding Soul.’

BLM Headline News

‘Big Mouth’ and ‘Central Park’ Will Recast Jenny Slate and Kristen Bell with Black Actors

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 5:11pm

Creators of both animated comedies apologize for casting white actors in roles for people of color, promising to make changes and be more responsible on such issues moving forward.  

Annecy 2020 Headline News

Animation UK and BFI Promote British Animation at Annecy 2020

Lupus Film’s ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ was honored as best TV Special at the YouTube livestream of the official Annecy Awards. 

Business Headline News

'Daria' Spin-off 'Jodie' Lands at Comedy Central

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 19, 2020 at 4:18pm

Emmy Award-winning actress Tracee Ellis Ross to star in new series from MTV Studios, with Grace Edwards serving as creator and head writer.

gender diversity Headline News

Did SpongeBob SquarePants Comes out as LGBTQIA+?

For Pride Month, Nickelodeon tweeted a picture featuring SpongeBob SquarePants, leading to speculation about the hit animated sea-dweller’s long-rumored sexuality.

Community Outreach Headline News

BAAA Art Auction for Racial Justice Expands for New 3-Day Event

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 19, 2020 at 10:05am

Running June 19-22, auction adds original artwork from numerous noteworthy artists; all proceeds to benefit Equal Justice Initiative.

Les Femmes s’Animent Headline News

LFA’s Women in European Animation Panel Set for June 17 at Annecy 2020

Day-long video conference, ‘Confinement Votre,’ will focus on what women in the industry across Europe have learned and created during the COVID-19 lockdown. 

Business Headline News

Cinesite Bolsters Management Team with Three New Hires

Melissa Taylor, Siobhan Bentley and Tamara Boutcher will oversee feature animation and VFX services in London and Montreal studios.

Community Outreach Headline News

BAAA Online Art Auction Supporting Equal Justice Initiative Now Open

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 1:13pm

Original works from Dice Tsutsumi, Robert Kondo, Kal Athannssov and other prominent industry creatives open for bids through June 14; all proceeds being donated to EJI.

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.

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