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Genndy Tartakovsky Inks Overall Deal with Cartoon Network Studios and Warner Bros. Animation

Under the exclusive multiyear cross-studio agreement, the award-winning creator, producer, and director will develop, create, and produce original animated programming for both studios; the announcement was made at a Studio Focus presentation at Annecy 2022.

Commercials Headline News

Peak and This Thing of Ours Take ‘Toon Blast’ Characters on the Road

Animation studio uses live-action, soft-shaded frame-by-frame animation, and 3D elements to create a promo video for the popular game; animated characters Wally, Cooper, and Bruno enter the non-animated world, taking to the streets.

Is There Really Life on Mars? Headline News

Watch: Comedy Central's ‘Maurice on Mars’ Episode 1

New 3-part digital animated series created by comedian Tim Barnes follows a 20-something artist living on a not too ‘utopian’ Martian colony; next 2 episodes drop June 17 and 24 on the network’s Animated YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Destination Torino! Headline News

VIEW Conference 2022 Reveals Initial Speaker Lineup

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 12:44pm

Peter Ramsey, Roy Conli, Rob Minkoff, Ramsey Naito and Shannon Tindle are a few of the top industry leaders coming to Torino to attend and present in person at Italy’s premiere animation, VFX, games, and computer graphics conference, running October 16-21, onsite and online.

Business Headline News

Chris Miller Signs on to Direct Untitled ‘Smurfs’ Animated Musical

The official announcement will be made June 16 at a special Nickelodeon and Paramount Animation presentation at Annecy 2022; the animated musical is slated for a  December 2024 release.

Can Bad Guys Go Good? ANIMATIONWorld

‘The Bad Guys’: A Messy and Complex Tale of Friendship and Redemption

For creator and writer Aaron Blabey, the DreamWorks Animation film, like his award-winning book series, shows how chaotic and complex relationships between characters highlight the humanity in all of us; now available on Digital.

Unreal in the Summer Headline News

Registration Now Open for Escape Studios Summer Unreal Engine Courses

Through courses produced in collaboration with Epic Games and ScreenSkills, participants get hands-on training in Unreal Engine and Virtual Production; classes range from ‘Unreal Fridays’ designed for the UK commercials sector to ‘London Connectors,’ a 5-week program in immersive storytelling.

Meow! Headline News

Paramount Drops New ‘Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank' Trailer and Poster

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 13, 2022 at 1:02pm

Funny men Michael Cera, Ricky Gervais, and Mel Brooks star in the upcoming animated comedy coming to theaters July 15; check out 'Jimbo's Samurai Training' online game, and train alongside our animated hero to become a Samurai!

Get Geeked! Headline News

Netflix Unveils ‘Dragon Age: Absolution’ Teaser Trailer

Based on BioWare’s popular ‘Dragon Age’ game, the animated series takes viewers into the world of Thedas, with new characters inspired by the franchise’s lore; series hits the streamer in December.

Show Us Your Shorts Headline News

Nickelodeon Issues ‘Intergalactic Shorts Program 2.0’ Open Call

Global search initiative seeks original, comedy-driven content, with an eye towards eventual series development; inaugural program’s first show greenlit from a short, ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ debuts at Annecy 2022, on Thursday, June 16.

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.

Anyone Can Wear the Mask Headline News

New Nemesis ‘Spot’ Debuts in ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ Reveal

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 13, 2022 at 9:17am

At Sony Pictures Animation’s big Annecy 2022 presentation, directors Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson shared stunning work-in-process visual development, finished animation, previously untold story lines, and cool new characters from one of the most anticipated sequels in modern animation history… to the raucous festival crowd’s delight!

Creating in Unreal Engine Headline News

Telescope Animation Reveals ‘The Last Whale Singer’ Concept Trailer

Created entirely in Unreal Engine, the short debuts at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival on June 13; the story continues in an upcoming video game, episodic series, and AR/VR projects that will use the same digital assets created for the feature.

People Headline News

BUCK Taps Industry Veterans for Original Animation Dept. Leadership

Ex-Cartoon Network exec Mike Rauch joins as Head of Original Animation, Mike Bertino is elevated to Director, Content & Story, and Cassie Asta comes on board as Animation Development Coordinator.

Fully Rigged Digital Humans from the Clouds! Headline News

Unreal Engine Mesh to MetaHuman Plugin Now Available

New features for the cloud-based MetaHuman Creator let users create photorealistic digital humans, complete with hair and clothing, in minutes; plugin features support new character rigging, animation, and physics features in UE5.

Annecy 2022; Annecy Animation Festival Headline News

GCI Film Debuts ‘Ozi: Voice of the Forest’ First Look at Annecy

The 3D animated feature entertains while highlighting the plight of the world’s rainforests and ecosystems; executive producer Rodrigo Blaas, director Tim Harper, and the Mikros Animation team’s discussion panel will be on June 15 at the Annecy Animation Festival, in concert with the first look reveal.

Living LA Cool ANIMATIONWorld

‘Fairfax Season 2’: Why Viewers Should Watch Not Once, But Twice

Creators Teddy Riley, Matthew Hausfater, and Aaron Buchsbaum share some of the fast-paced setups and gags, including funny wall posters and tattoos you’ll miss if you blink – multiple viewings do help - as Dale, Derica, Truman, and Benny’s clout-tastic quest returns with 8 new episodes, now streaming on Prime Video.

Business Headline News

Psyop’s ‘Bottle Cap’ Short Headed to Series

An Official Selection at Annecy 2022, Marie Hyon and Marco Spier’s film stars Shelton, an insecure fiddler crab who dreams of being ‘average’; Michael Ryan to showrun, with production to begin Fall 2022.

Technology Headline News

DNEG Announces xStudio Free Open Source Review Application

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 10, 2022 at 8:00am

Coming later this year, the app is aimed at establishing an industry-standard toolset for collaborative review; designed to integrate into individual pipelines, teams can review shots, edits, and grades in a single, unified application on all desktop platforms and operating systems.

An Animated Summer of Fun Headline News

Adult Swim Announces Summer Line-Up and Return of Block Party Festival

The return of three fan-favorite series, the launch of a brand new ‘Rick and Morty’ spin-off, and three days of fun in the Philly sun are all part of the network’s summer plans.

Who Ya Gonna Call Headline News

‘Ghostbusters’ Animated Film Confirmed, Setting of ‘Afterlife’ Sequel Revealed

More big news from Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan, who shared the announcements during yesterday’s ‘Ghostbusters Day’ celebration; new animated series based on the IP also in the works.

What Does Love Really Mean? ANIMATIONWorld

‘My Love Affair with Marriage’ Plays Matchmaker with Animation and Science

Signe Baumane’s new animated feature, in competition at Annecy 2022, employs her raw, incredibly direct and soul baring storytelling in a film about a woman’s huger for love and acceptance, and how the power of biology is a force she must contend with.

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