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Heading to Stuttgart Headline News

FMX 2024 Shares More Program Updates

New confirmations include a look at Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘Poor Things’ VFX, and the crafting of animated features ‘Nimona’ and ‘Leo;’ 4-day conference returns in person April 23-26, and on demand April 27-May 31.

Business Headline News

Blue Zoo to Create ‘Fugglers’ Entertainment Universe

A 5-year deal with Libertas Brands tasks the animation studio with launching the popular plush characters into the entertainment realm via multiple digital platforms: online, on-screen, and in-game.

Business Headline News

Pro Gamers Sue Activision for $100M Over ‘Call of Duty’ Tournament Monopoly Claims

Pro esports players Hector ‘H3cz’ Rodriguez and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner allege the company violated federal antitrust laws by coercing players and team owners to compete under ‘extortionate financial terms’ at the threat of exclusion from the Activision CoD league. 

No More Noggin Headline News

Paramount Shuts Down Noggin App, Lays Off Entire Team

The paid children’s entertainment streaming app for licensed content, interactive videos/games, and popular Nickelodeon titles will no longer accept new subscriptions; big name titles, such as Nick Jr.’s ‘Blue’s Clues’ and ‘Dora the Explorer,’ will now be hosted at Paramount+.

Flex Those Casting Cordyceps Headline News

Catherine O’Hara Joins Cast of ‘The Last of Us’ Season 2

With her role undisclosed, the ‘Schitt’s Creek’ and ‘Beetlejuice’ star joins ‘Beef’ star Young Mazino as Jesse, Kaitlyn Dever as Abby, and Isabella Merced (‘Madame Web’) as Dina in HBO’s live-action series adaptation of the fan favorite zombie shooter.

Journey to a Futuristic Nigeria Headline News

Disney+ Drops ‘Iwájú’ Official Trailer and Poster

Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pan-African entertainment company Kugali’s 6-part original animated series begins streaming February 28; a ‘Disney Iwájú: Rising Chef’ series-inspired game debuts the same day.

Not the Imposter Headline News

First Teaser Image Drops for ‘Among Us’ Animated Series

CBS Eye Animation Productions’ upcoming adaptation of the beloved multiplayer mystery game from Innersloth, with ‘Infinity Train’ creator Owen Dennis executive producing, is ‘progressing nicely,’ posts the game company devs on X alongside the first look.

Call for Submissions Headline News

SIGGRAPH 2024 Heads to Denver

The premier conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques invites artists, researchers, educators, and practitioners to submit conference content; the event runs July 28 – August 1.

The Biggest Partnership of the Year Headline News

Disney to Invest $1.5 Billion in Epic Games, Build Entertainment Universe with Fortnite

The two companies' collaboration will further expand the reach of Disney’s huge IP catalog, stories, and experiences in the new venture, with the Mouse House acquiring an equity stake in the game company.

The Road to Turin Headline News

View Conference 2024 Early Bird Registration Now Open

Italy’s premiere animation and visual effects event will run in-person October 14-19 in Torino, Italy featuring a program of talks, presentations, workshops, and masterclasses presented by a stellar lineup of top industry professionals.

Heading to Stuttgart Headline News

FMX 2024 Shares Conference Programming Updates

Attendees can explore ‘Loki’ Season 2 timeline mayhem and get insight into the making of the 60th anniversary ‘Doctor Who’ special episode; 4-day event kicks off in Stuttgart on April 23, 2024.

The Best in Kids’ Entertainment Headline News

2024 Kidscreen Awards Winners Announced

The annual awards recognize the best in children’s TV and digital media; Disney nabs 20 trophies including three for ‘Marvel's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur.’

Multi-Platform Entertainment Headline News

Catherine Winder Launches ‘Future Chicken’

New Canadian multi-platform digital resource teaches kids about climate change without ‘Doom and Gloom;’ fun short and long-form animated videos and immersive Roblox experiences star ‘Potato the Chicken: AKA the Future Chicken!’ 

Business Headline News

Baobab Studios Announces ‘Momoguro’ TV Series

The multiple Emmy Award-winning interactive animation studio teams up with 9 Story Media Group to co-produce and launch a kids’ series based on its hugely popular game-based IP; the franchise features a magical universe with contrasting creatures who use the magical power of ‘Momoguro.’

Diversity in Animation Headline News

4th Annual AfroAnimation Summit Returns to Burbank

The conference, running April 10-12, promotes diversity and inclusion throughout the entertainment industry, welcoming a coalition of industry speakers, studio execs, students, creatives and young professionals.

People Headline News

Saffronic Appoints Bhanu Prakash as Head of Creative, Games

The animation production studio founded in 2022 kicks off the new year with a roster of AAA projects for gaming industry titans, spearheaded by the new executive. 

More Industry Cuts Headline News

Microsoft to Layoff 1,900 Activision Blizzard, Xbox Employees

The tech giant has begun to cull workers from the newly acquired division to reduce ‘areas of overlap’ during the integration effort, with Blizzard Entertainment president Mike Ybarra also exiting the company.

Adventures in Bikini Bottom Headline News

Gamefam and Paramount Games Drop ‘SpongeBob Simulator’ Trailer

On January 26 the nautical nonsensical universe of Nickelodeon’s ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ welcomes Roblox’s 70+ million users to adventure to the world of Bikini Bottom, free on most platforms and devices.

Will You Survive… Until Dawn Headline News

David F. Sandberg to Helm ‘Until Dawn’ Feature Adaptation

The ‘Annabelle: Creation’ and ‘Shazam!’ director has boarded the film based on the PlayStation horror game ‘Until Dawn,’ being produced by Screen Gems and PlayStation Productions.

One Block at a Time Headline News

Jennifer Coolidge Boards ‘Minecraft’ Live-Action Feature

‘The White Lotus’ star joins Warner Bros., Vertigo, and Legendary’s adaptation of Mojang’s best-selling video game, which has yet to secure a title, but is set to hit theaters April 4, 2025.

It’s Anime-zing! Headline News

‘Ninja Kamui’ Coming to Adult Swim

Director Sunghoo Park’s new anime series, an ‘explosive story of revenge,’ debuts in February on the action/anime programming block Toonami; episodes stream the next day on Max.

The Cordyceps Will Soon Return Headline News

‘The Last of Us’ Rounds Out Season 2 Cast

‘Beef’ star Young Mazino will star as Jesse, with Kaitlyn Dever as Abby and Isabella Merced as Dina, in HBO’s live-action series adaptation of the fan favorite zombie shooter.

Commercials Headline News

Shotopop Ushers In Riot Games’ TFT Vegas With Animated Show Open

Along with U.S. rep Psyop, the London-based studio collaborated on the short that welcomes VIP players and hosts arriving at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, ready for a supreme eSports event.

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