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Doing More Houghton Business! Headline News

Disney Branded TV Inks Deal with ‘Big City Greens’ Houghton Brothers

The creators/executive producers enter a multiyear agreement that includes producing new projects for Disney Television Animation and developing adult animation with 20th Television Animation.

The Big Purple Dinosaur is Back! Headline News

‘Barney’ Returns With a ‘Love Day’ Message

Mattel has announced the big purple guy is back and set to share his message with a new generation; all-new animated series ‘Barney’s World’ is coming to Max later this year.

It’s Anime-zing! Headline News

Crunchyroll Drops ‘The Anime Effect’ Podcast Trailer

Hosted by Crunchyroll anime experts Nicholas Friedman, LeAlec Murray, and Leah President, the show promises to delve into the genre’s impact across pop culture; debut set for February 16.

May the Best Monster Win Headline News

Warner Drops ‘Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire’ Official Trailer #2

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at 9:54am

What on Earth… or Hollow Earth could scare Kong and Godzilla? Something epically colossal and massive and epic that’s happening underground, that’s what! The newest Monsterverse installment stomps into theaters and IMAX on March 29.

Who Doesn’t Love Alien Love - Or The Wall? ANIMATIONWorld

Mike McMahan and Josh Bycel Talk ‘Solar Opposites’ V-Day Special and Season 5

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at 9:01am

The show’s EPs talk about their ‘An Earth Shatteringly Romantic Solar Valentine’s Day Opposites Special’ on Hulu, sharing the humor that comes from jumping on the least stakes-heavy thing, like a restaurant menu changing, and wanting to blow-up their least favorite holiday in a crazy way that leads directly to the upcoming season they promised would be their best and funniest yet.

VFX for television Headline News

Rodeo FX Shares ‘Foundation’ Season 2 VFX Breakdown Reel

VFX studio crafts fully immersive CG environments, working its magic on planet Trantor, its rings, and the season’s final epic battle, elevating the storytelling and visual impact across all 10 episodes of the popular Apple TV+ series. 

Connecting Employers and Talented Neurodivergent Individuals Headline News

Jorge Gutierrez to Keynote 1st ‘Autism in Entertainment Conference’

The award-winning ‘Maya and the Three’ and ‘The Book of Life’ director will speak at the April 5 event that seeks to connect industry employers and talented neurodivergent individuals; conference features panel discussions, breakout sessions and entertainment.

The Best in U.K. Animation Headline News

2024 British Animation Awards Finalists Announced

Aardman and Netflix’s ‘Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget’ and Sky Cinema’s ‘The Amazing Maurice’ among the selections in the Best Feature Film category; winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on March 7.

Commercials Headline News

Platige Image Shares ‘Versace’s Bright Crystal’ Campaign

The BAFTA-winning studio captures director Gordon von Steiner’s vision, contributing VFX including the creation of a mysterious liquid acting as a portal to an alternate reality.

Still GoT It Headline News

Mattson Tomlin to Pen ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff Series ‘Aegon’s Conquest’

The project, which follows Aegon Targaryen and his sister wives Rhaenys and Visenya as they invade, conquer, and unify six of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, will serve as a prequel to ‘House of the Dragon.’

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.

It’s Risky Beefness ANIMATIONWorld

The Molyneux Sisters Talk Cloud Penises and Dad Dating on ‘The Great North’ Season 4

The show’s creators riff on their new season, including Beef’s expanded search for love, erotic mermen, where ranch dressing comes from, and the difficulty in animating large, puffy white anatomically correct cumuli, as the series returns for its post-NFL post-season run this Sunday, February 18, on FOX. 

The Saga Continues Headline News

Exclusive: Angel Studios Teases ‘The Wingfeather Saga’ Season 2

Starring Jodi Benson, Kevin McNally, Billy Boyd, and Henry Ian Cusick, the show continues the Igiby family's epic journey, promising more secrets, adventures, and heart-stopping moments. 

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.

Anime and Manga Promo Headline News

33 Inc. and MyAnimeList Partner for MAL33 Global Marketing Service

The anime and manga-centric service will provide strategic and creative solutions for challenges faced in the anime and manga industry, bridging the gap between Japanese and international audiences.

A New Jurassic Era Headline News

David Leitch Will Not Direct Upcoming ‘Jurassic World’ Film

The ‘Bullet Train’ helmer is no longer in talks to join writer David Koepp, who will pen the next franchise installment touted as the ‘new Jurassic era,’ slated to release July 2, 2025.

Business Headline News

California VFX Studio Whiskytree Expands to Georgia

New location doubles the company’s size and expands its scope and capabilities; updated pipeline taps AWS cloud computing for secure remote collaboration between both artists and clients.

Dept. of Of Course Headline News

Universal Drops ‘Twisters’ Official Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 12, 2024 at 5:37pm

Say… do you feel a draft? This summer, the epic studio disaster movie returns with an adrenaline-pumping, seat-gripping, big-screen thrill ride that puts you in direct contact with one of nature’s most wondrous - and destructive - forces; coming to theaters July 19, 2024.

It’s Wicked Cool! Headline News

Universal Shares a ‘Wicked’ Teaser Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 12, 2024 at 4:48pm

Based on the bestselling novel by Gregory Maguire and the hugely successful stage musical, Jon M. Chu’s upcoming musical fantasy adventure tells the untold story of the witches of Oz, Elphaba and Glinda; the film hits theaters November 2024.

One Last Ride Headline News

Watch: 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3' VFX Breakdown Reel - The Orgoscope

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 12, 2024 at 4:17pm

Sony Pictures Imageworks has just shared with AWN and VFXWorld a look at how their team, led by Oscar- and BAFTA-nominated VFX supervisor Theo Bialek, were tasked with building the planet-sized organic structure known as the Orgoscope.

Technology Advancing Art Headline News

NVIDIA Releases NVIDIA RTX 2000 Ada Generation GPU

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 12, 2024 at 3:32pm

The new GPU delivers the company’s latest AI, graphics, and compute technology to compact workstations, taking better advantage of Generative AI’s sweeping changes, such as seamless editing of high-resolution videos and images and its use for realistic visual effects and content creation.

Awards Headline News

‘Society of the Snow’ and ‘Robot Dreams’ Top 38th Goya Awards

J. A. Bayona’s harrowing 1972 Andean plane crash tale scored 13 statuettes across multiple categories, including ‘Best Film’ and ‘Best Special Effects;’ ‘Best Animation Film’ went to Pablo Berger’s ‘Robot Dreams.’

Gettin Janky With It ANIMATIONWorld

‘Rock Paper Scissors’: What’s a Dust-up or Three Among Friends?

Kyle Stegina and Josh Lehrman’s new Nickelodeon animated comedy, developed from the first short in Nick’s Intergalactic Shorts Program ever picked up for series, follows best friend and roommate trio Rock, Paper and Scissors, who compete over everything in hilarious and wildly absurd ways; series premieres on Nickelodeon February 12. 

Awards Headline News

28th Annual Art Directors Guild Awards Announced

Award-winning and Oscar nominated films ‘Poor Things’ and ‘Oppenheimer’ win top ADG honors for production design in “Fantasy Feature Film” and “Period Feature Film” respectively; ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ honored in ‘Animated Feature’ category.

Is AI Coming for Our Jobs? Headline News

The Animation Guild Shares ‘Generative AI’ Economic Impact Study Results

Conducted by LA-based CVL Economics, the study surveyed 300 C-Suite leaders to better understand the entertainment industry’s growing embrace of GenAI technology and its effect on jobs.

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