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Mentoring Women in Animation Headline News

WIA Vancouver Announces Career EXCELelerator Candidates

Sponsored by Netflix Canada, the ACE program creates opportunities for new and diverse voices to tell their stories; participants will receive mentoring, training, and support in developing original IP.

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‘Women Drawn to Animation’ Panel Spotlights Emmy Contender Successes

At the Netflix FYSEE event, Melinda Dilger, Jennifer Flackett, Kelly Galuska, and Emily Dean discussed their hit shows – ‘Arcane,’ ‘Big Mouth,’ ‘Human Resources,’ and ‘The Very Pulse of the Machine’ from ‘Love, Death + Robots’ – and their unlikely paths to success.

A Great Day in Harlem Headline News

Art Kane’s 1958 ‘A Great Day in Harlem’ Recreated to Celebrate Black Animation Professionals

Nickelodeon Animation and Paramount Pictures’ photoshoot, inspired by the iconic photo, honors 55 creators, story artists, animators, directors, and executives and their lasting contributions to the industry.

Proud to be You Headline News

‘Adventure Time’s Marceline and Princess Bubblegum Help Cartoon Network Celebrate ‘Happy Pride’

The fan-favorite characters discuss inclusion, acceptance, respect, and love in a new video; the network continues its celebration of Pride with a weeklong programming block, ‘Proud to be You,’ kicking off June 27 with a week of themed episodes of ‘Steven Universe.’

Supporting Open Source in M&E Headline News

The Academy Software Foundation Unveils New Governing Board Succession Plan

Foundation’s Diversity & Inclusion Working Group develops new plan to increase representation across gender identity, race, and ethnicity within the organization’s highest levels.

People Headline News

Academy Names New Board of Governors

Demographics will shift to 54% women and 28% underrepresented racial or ethnic groups when the appointees take office at the first board meeting of the 2022-2023 term.

Celebrating Prehistoric Out-of-the-Box Thinking ANIMATIONWorld

‘Eureka!’: An Inventive Imagination Runs Wild in a Prehistoric Paradise

Children’s book author/illustrator Niamh Sharkey and ‘Doc McStuffins’ producer Norton Virgien discuss their new CG animated series about a young girl inventor who uses creative ‘thinkering’ to modernize her dinosaur-filled community, premiering today on Disney Junior and Disney+.

Education Headline News

TeamTo’s ÉCAS Animation School Launches New Dubbing Course

The studio’s free Ecole Cartoucherie Animation Solidaire partners with Frog Box and Titrafilm on a new course to create a more diversified pool of dubbing actors - addressing underrepresentation in the sector - to meet current and anticipated demands.

People Headline News

Disney Branded Television Names Meredith Roberts Exec VP, TV Animation

As Sr. VP/GM at Disney Television Animation, she has overseen the development of current animated slate, making the studio home to a notable roster of creative talent while launching initiatives promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion.

Go Green Headline News

2 Animated Shorts Help Nickelodeon Highlight ‘World Environment Day 2022’

In concert with the United Nations in India, the kids’ entertainment network is leveraging the popularity of ‘Nicktoons’ to reach kids and empower them to work towards a greener tomorrow; the films are part of an initiative that also features social media marketing and other digital activities.

WIA at Annecy Headline News

‘Women in Animation World Summit’ At Annecy Program Announced

With the theme ‘Gender Justice: A Global Call for Inclusion in Animation,’ this year’s edition will be presented in collaboration with the Annecy International Animation Festival on June 13.

Okay There Headline News

The NFB Goes All In at Annecy 2022

Canada’s famed National Film Board is coming to this year’s festival boasting 3 short films in competition and a ‘NFB: New Spaces for Storytelling’ Studio Focus showcasing its programming vision and women creators; the event runs from June 13 to 18.

call for entries Headline News

OIAF 2022 Pitch THIS!’ Submissions Now Open

The festival and Mercury Filmworks announce the annual competition’s in-person return as part of TAC, offering Canadian creators a unique opportunity to refine their craft and reach an audience of peers, studio executives, and potential buyers; entry deadline is June 30.

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Les Femmes s’Animent Announces Diversity Initiative ‘A Woman’s Journey’ Sponsors

The Franco-African Initiative preps women creators from France and Africa to pitch projects at Annecy 2022; Netflix, Canal+, France Télévisions, Newen Studios Group, CITIA, the French Ministry of Culture, Region Réunion, and the French Embassy of Benin have signed on to lend their support.

Education Headline News

Applications Now Open: YAY UK 3Dami Summer Studio

2022 Summer slate of animation activities for teens includes a 10-day program in 3D-asset and animation creation – deadline to apply is July 11; YAY UK Competition and Studio Challenges accepting submissions through September 5.

Community Outreach Headline News

‘Mickey Mouse Funhouse’ Brings Welcome Inclusion to the Deaf Community

In the new episode premiering May 13 on Disney Junior, the gang meets Fig, a gnome friend who is deaf; the show joins other series, including ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘DreamWorks Madagascar: A Little Wild,’ and Apple TV’s ‘El Deafo,’ breaking ground for deaf representation, expanding inclusivity and promoting awareness.

diversity and inclusion Headline News

FIAPF and WIA Announce ‘Stories x Women’ Program Participants

Initiative provides mentoring and coaching sessions from industry experts to prep women animators from emerging animation communities in Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America to pitch projects at Annecy 2022.

Community Outreach Headline News

Cartoon Network Studios Launches Initiative to Discover New Artists

Studio teams with Outlook Company’s animation projects incubator Neru Projects, selecting 6 individuals to learn how to collaborate with creative partners and develop original animated series ideas.

Talent development Headline News

Lucasfilm Launches ‘Get in the Door’ Employee Initiative

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 11:41am

Studio is joined by ILM, ILMxLAB and Skywalker Sound on new documentary series and website that showcase opportunities available within the entertainment industry, specifically visual effects, to help the next, more diverse generation of filmmakers get a foot in the door.

A Virtual Artistic Fellowship for Women Headline News

Call For Entries: ASIFA India and Epic Games' Women Creators Program 2022

Submissions now being accepted through April 18 for paid virtual fellowships for women creatives from India, Singapore, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia; participants will be mentored and trained in virtual production.

Honest Design of Female Characters ANIMATIONWorld

‘Maya and the Three’: The Power of Representation in Animation Character Design

For creators Jorge Gutiérrez and Sandra Equihua, today’s stories need to resonate with a modern audience, and reinterpreting mythology must include honest design of female characters.

#StarTrekUnitedGives Headline News

Paramount+ Drops ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ Season 3 Teaser

Streamer unveils video and poster at this past Saturday’s ‘Star Trek: Mission Chicago’ fan event, joining with CBS to support ‘First Contact Day’ with $1 donation for every Tweet sent using hashtag #StarTrekUnitedGives through April 10.

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