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Anime Headline News

7 New ‘Anpanman’ Films Debut Exclusively on Tubi

By Dan Sarto | Friday, September 10, 2021 at 4:28pm

New titles from TMS Entertainment’s hugely successful anime franchise, featuring the beloved superhero whose head is a popular Japanese pastry (an anpan), are now available on FOX Entertainment’s free streaming service.

TV Animation Headline News

‘Octonauts: Above & Beyond’ Coming to Netflix

Silvergate’s global hit eco-series spins-off an all-new CG animated show extending the team’s adventures beyond the sea and onto land; Season 1 hits the streamer on September 7 with Season 2 coming in 2022. 

The Small Blue Wrecking Crew is Back! Headline News

Nickelodeon Releases ‘The Smurfs’ Teaser Trailer

The iconic gang of little blue Smurf Village inhabitants – including Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Brainy, and Hefty - return in an all-new 'Smurf-tacular' CG animated series premiering Friday, September 10.

The Small Blue Wrecking Crew is Back! Headline News

Nickelodeon Drops All-New ‘The Smurfs’ Trailer and Art

CG animated series featuring Belgian artist Peyo’s iconic comic characters - blue, small, only three apples tall - premieres September 10.

STEAM Standards Headline News

STEAM Accreditation Program Launched for Toy Industry

The Toy Association and the Good Play Guide start program to evaluate and certify kids’ products based on ‘STEAM’ - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math criteria; ‘STEAM Stamp of Approval’ can be used for product packaging as well as digital and traditional marketing platforms.

Masters of the Licensing Universe! Headline News

Netflix Reportedly Developing Live-Action ‘Pokémon’ Series

‘Lucifer’ executive producer and showrunner Joe Henderson is said to have already begun staffing a writers’ room as development begins on the show.

Business Headline News

Falcon’s Beyond Taps Epic Story for Move into Animation and Games

Popular family vacation brand from Sol Katmandu Park & Resort in Mallorca, Spain reveals expansive plans to grow its IP universe across animated films, episodic series, consumer products, and gaming.

People Headline News

Tim Erickson Named Head of Peanuts Worldwide

Former Disney and DreamWorks executive will work closely with Charles M. Schulz’s family and Wildbrain’s content teams to drive licensing strategy and growth.

People Headline News

Genius Brands Adds Kerry Phelan to Manage Company Licensing and Merchandising

Consumer branding pro will lead global management of the company’s existing IP across licensing, merchandising, retail, and promotions; previously spearheaded successful licensing programs for major franchises including ‘Star Wars’ for Lucasfilm Ltd. and ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Twilight’ for Lionsgate.

Business Headline News

Wattpad and WEBTOON Merge Studio Divisions

New Wattpad WEBTOON Studios will create multi-platform, data-driven TV, film, and book content; parent company Naver commits $100M for production development and financing.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

GKIDS Brings 11 Acclaimed Titles to The Criterion Channel

Oscar-nominated animated features ‘Chico & Rita,’ ‘Ernest & Celestine’, and ‘A Cat in Paris’ among films being featured during the channel’s ‘Persistence of Vision’ Animated Features Showcase, Saturday Matinees, and the weekly Women Filmmaker/Artist Spotlight.

Business Headline News

Jetpack Acquires ‘Stella & the Starlets’

Currently in pre-production, new kids’ CG animated series created by Kate Wogan and Debbie MacDonald follows a young girl who with the help of eco-heroes, safeguards the environment for future generations.

People Headline News

WildBrain CPLG Names Jasen Wright North America VP

In newly created role, veteran licensing executive will drive global expansion of entertainment brands and original IP including ‘Strawberry Shortcake,’ ‘Caillou,’ ‘Teletubbies,’ and ‘Chip & Potato.’

Finding Talent in the Middle Kingdom Headline News

Fred Seibert’s FredFilms and DeZerlin Joins Forces to Find Chinese Talent

Company’s new China-based animation incubator project, Hot Pot! Cartoons, seeks innovative creatives and content from the Middle Kingdom to develop for global markets.

By the Power of Grayskull! Headline News

Netflix Drops Teaser Trailer for ‘Masters of the Universe: Revelation’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 4:13pm

He-Man, Skeletor, and a fractured Eternia return in a five-episode ‘Part 1’ from Mattel TV, which also gets its own after-show special with voice cast appearances including Mark Hamill, Chris Wood, and Sarah Michelle Gellar; series and special hit the streamer July 23.

Business Headline News

9 Story Media Bringing NBA Players into the Kids and Family Space

Development deal with THINK450, the content and partnership arm of the National Basketball Players Association, includes the CG animated live-action hybrid series, ‘King of the Court.’

Business Headline News

Moonbug and Amazon Kids+ Team Up on ‘Arpo Robot Babysitter’

As part of new kids’ content partnership, companies will develop new original animated series and mobile game, both based on ‘Arpo,’ a popular YouTube show ‘Arpo.’

Business Headline News

Imira Entertainment Launches ‘Zoonicorn’ CG Preschool Series

New show empowers kids using dreamtime adventures to teach important social-emotional and problem-solving skills; the brand includes interactive plush toys and music videos, available on YouTube and other streamers.

Da-Dum Da-Dum…! Headline News

MGM Launches ‘Pink Panther Time Traveler’ Game

Studio teams with Play.Works games platform on three titles based on the iconic animated character; first game is now available on the platform’s connected TV network via leading streamers.

Business Headline News

Cinedigm and Fantawild Launch Kids’ Streaming Channel

The linear streamer will feature the animation studio’s popular ‘Boonie Bears,’ bringing the Asian hit franchise to North American markets; new content will be released monthly and include the popular ‘Kung Fu Masters of the Zodiac.’

Business Headline News

Pebbles Flintstone Animated Comedy ‘Bedrock’ in Development at Fox

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 10:01am

Elizabeth Banks to produce and star as Fred and Wilma’s now 20-something daughter in the continuing stories of everyone’s favorite modern Stone Age Family.

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