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Nickelodeon Animation Agrees to Voluntarily Recognize Production Workers

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 4:08pm

Production staff to be represented by The Animation Guild in upcoming negotiations after overwhelmingly deciding to unionize early last month.

It’s Unreal Headline News

Gnomon’s Real-Time Short ‘The Voice in the Hollow’ Shows Power of Unreal Engine

The 10-minute animated African horror fable by instructors Miguel Ortega and Tran Ma - known as Half M.T. Studios - employed hand-drawn and cutting-edge 3D techniques, with tools like ZBrush and Maya for characters and Substance Painter for texturing, and was rendered exclusively in the game engine.

Business Headline News

Stray Vista Studios Debuts the Largest Virtual Production Studio in Texas

The 40x80x16 foot LED Virtual Production Volume wall displays interactive, computer-generated perspectives and includes an LED ceiling for fully immersed lighting.

They’re Certainly Looney! Headline News

Looney Tunes Share ‘Bugs Bunny Builders’ Lunar New Year Short

The new year ushers in more Looney hijinks with new episodes of Cartoonito’s ‘Bugs Bunny Builders’ and HBO Max’s ‘Looney Tunes Cartoons;’ more fun launches later this year with ‘Tiny Toons Looniversity.’

Mando! Headline News

Disney+ Drops ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 3 Trailer and Art

Lucasfilms’ hit sci-fi adventure series follows the Mandalorian’s continued journeys through the ‘Star Wars’ galaxy; new 8-episode season kicks off in March.

The Annies are Coming! Headline News

50th Annual Annie Award Nominations Announced

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 9:45am

Best Animated Feature nominees ‘Turning Red,’ ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio,’ ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,’ ‘The Sea Beast,’ and ‘Wendell & Wild’ top the expansive list of category nominations; animation’s biggest awards ceremony is scheduled to return live on Saturday, February 25 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

Awards Headline News

‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ and ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’ Lead VES Award Nominations

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 8:00am

‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ tops all TV contenders as nominees are announced in 25 categories across film, television, real-time, and special venue projects; ceremony set for February 15 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in LA.

Business Headline News

Miam ! Animation Secures Deals for ‘Edmond and Lucy’ and Upcoming 2D Comedies

The Paris-based development, distribution, and production outfit has secured U.S., European, and Chinese distribution for its eco-friendly real-time CGI series as well as presales for ‘Goat Girl’ and ‘The MiniWhats.’

Gimme More Mooncake Headline News

‘Final Space’ Creator Starts Production on ‘Godspeed’

After raising almost $500k through Kickstarter, Olan Rogers began work last week on an animated short and nine-episode series which may have ties to the fan-favorite cancelled series.

Events Headline News

Virtual Production Event to Showcase Technology for New York Filmmakers

Hosted by Post New York Alliance (PNYA), the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA), and Fuse Technical Group, the January 26 event will explore how filmmakers can utilize Unreal Engine to enhance their projects, including presentation, speakers, and Q&A.

VFX for television VFXWorld

FuseFX Helps ‘The Mysterious Benedict Society’ Set Sail

CG supervisor Bryant Reif and his team created ‘The Shortcut,’ an entirely CGI transatlantic ocean liner modeled after the Queen Mary, along with digital people, oceans, docks, wakes and waves, for Season 2 of the series, now streaming on Disney+.

Awards Headline News

‘Wendell & Wild,’ ‘New Moon’ Take Animation Honors at 14th Annual AAFCA Awards

By Dan Sarto | Monday, January 16, 2023 at 10:52am

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ takes home two awards as well as two Special Achievement honors; winners will be celebrated at a March 1 ceremony.

The Best in Animation Headline News

All Oscar Shortlisted Animated Shorts Now Streaming on The Animation Showcase

The platform has just setup free viewing of 15 films vying for ‘Best Animation Short’ nominations through January 24, alongside A24’s ‘Marcel the Shell With Shoes On’ and bonus material for ‘Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio,’ ‘Wendell & Wild,’ ‘The Bad Guys,’ and ‘Turning Red.’

Awards Headline News

‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’ and ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Win at Critics’ Choice Awards

By Dan Sarto | Monday, January 16, 2023 at 9:16am

The two heavily favored features took home coveted Best Animated Feature and Best Visual Effects awards, respectively, while ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ was the big overall winner, at last night’ 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards.

Business Headline News

Disney TV Renews ‘Firebuds,’ ‘SuperKitties’ and ‘Pupstruction’

Second season pickups are the order of the day for Disney Branded Television at the 2023 Winter Television Critics Association press tour.

Education Headline News

‘Deducers’ Training Program for Producers Launches

Curriculum provides interactive instruction for producers to up their skills in team management and client servicing; now enrolling for ‘Flame,’ designed for junior or associate producers, the program begins February 14 – additional courses kick off in June.

Business Headline News

Disney TV and Dan Povenmire Ink New Deal – ‘Phineas and Ferb’ to Return

Under the agreement, the Emmy Award-winning series’ co-creator and executive producer will oversee 40 new episodes as well as for a Season 2 renewal of ‘Hamster & Gretel,’ while also developing live-action projects.

Supporting Animation Education for Neurodiverse Artists Headline News

Rock Autism Benefit Concert for Center for Learning Unlimited Set

An evening of live music with Max Muscato, David Nolf, and Telephone Tag will benefit the organization’s Brainstorm Productions’ animation school for autistic students; show coming February 5 to Hotel Café in Los Angeles.

I Want a Pet T-Rex! Headline News

Disney TV Drops ‘Marvel's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur’ Trailer

The highly anticipated series, based on Marvel comics, follows the adventures of a young super-genius and her 10-ton T-Rex as they set out to defend and make a difference in their Lower East Side NY neighborhood; series premieres in February on Disney Channel, followed by its streaming debut on Disney+.

Gimme More SpongeBob! ANIMATIONWorld

‘SpongeBob SquarePants Presents The Tidal Zone’: a Hilarious First-Time Crossover

EPs Marc Ceccarelli and Vincent Waller discuss the long awaited, multidimensional tale of comedy and caution, satire and stupidity, premiering January 13 on Nickelodeon with encores through the weekend.

Commercials Headline News

LOBO and Ground Control Climb Higher on ‘You’ll Totally Get There’ Spot

Created for TotallyMoney, the advert melds 2D, and 3D animation, capturing a hand-painted feel, making every frame look like an individual painting; the short conveys the client’s customers’ determination to climb towards their goals.

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