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‘Angry Birds: Summer Madness’ Season 2 Now Streaming on Netflix

Based on Rovio’s hugely popular ‘Angry Birds’ franchise, the series’ sophomore outing debuts, with the lovable birds returning as their teenage selves for an unforgettable summer camp adventure; all 16 episodes are now available on the streamer.

Get an Unreal Education! Headline News

Studio Arts Launches ‘Unreal Connectors’ Training Program

Offered in partnership with Epic Games, the online program provides skills-building training based on the Unreal Fellowship curriculum, opening up new career opportunities in an industry ripe with demand for UE artists; the program runs August 15-September 9.

Taking Action in the UK Headline News

Inaugural The London Action Festival Set for July 28-31

New event pays homage to the talent behind action movies and TV, featuring screenings, panels, Q&As and surprise guests; Proof will present a behind-the-scenes look at the VFX of ‘Jurassic World Dominion.’

Meow! Headline News

DreamWorks Animation Releases ‘Gabby’s Dollhouse’ Season 5 Trailer

The live-action / animated hybrid series featuring Gabby and her crew of kitties returns with 8 new adventure-filled episodes, coming to Netflix on July 25.

It’s Unreal! Headline News

Preymaker Drops ‘Blue’ Trailer as Part of Epic Games’ ‘Animation Week’

Company shares the first formal look at one of the first shorts rendered entirely in Unreal Engine – without compositing - by a global team of artists all working virtually in the cloud; Epic’s five-day virtual event, running through July 1, features free online presentations and panels showcasing the adoption of Unreal technology by film and television studios of all sizes.

We All Need a Best-Feathered Friend! Headline News

Apple TV+ Shares ‘Duck & Goose’ Trailer

Based on the bestselling books by Tad Hills, the series follows 2 best-feathered friends who learn to embrace each other’s differences; show premieres Friday, July 8.

Business Headline News

NFT-Financed ‘Unlikely Love Stories’ Anthology Moves Forward at StudioDAO

The web3 collective strikes deal to produce animated short series based on the real-life love story of Oscar-nominated ‘Anomalisa’ producer Rosa Tran and Emmy Award-winning VFX artist Derek Smith.

Apply Now Headline News

VFS’ ‘Indigenous Peoples Scholarship’ Now Open for Applications

The Vancouver Film School has earmarked up to $162,000 in scholarships to support indigenous students looking to enroll in select creative arts programs in production; the application deadline is July 20.

A Rock Opera Like No Other Headline News

HBO Max Drops Trailer for ‘Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Underground Rock Experience’

Naked Mole Rat Wilbur takes center stage when he decides to do the unthinkable; the animated rock opera hits HBO Max’s Cartoonito on June 30.

Countdown to Pitch THIS! Headline News

The Deadline Approaches: Submit Now to OIAF 2022 Pitch THIS!

There are only 3 days left for Canadian creators to submit original animated series content to Mercury Filmworks’ annual pitching competition returning in-person to the festival’s TAC business conference, running September 21 – 23; entries must be received by June 30.

Anime Headline News

GKIDS Drops Trailer for Masaaki Yuasa’s ‘Inu-Oh’

Scheduled to hit U.S. theaters this August, the upcoming animated musical from the director of ‘Ride Your Wave’ explores 14th-century Japan by way of a “revisionist rock opera.”

It’s Unreal! Headline News

Epic Games Kicks off Animation Week with 'Animation Field Guide' Launch

Company's week-long celebration begins with the release of its new 100-page guide, a deep dive into using the Unreal Engine for real-time animation; event programming showcases the latest tools, workflows, and free learning resources in the Epic Games ecosystem.

Can’t we all just get along? Headline News

Watch: ‘Solar Opposites’ Season 3 Trailer

The colorful aliens are back, trying harder than ever to make the jump from ‘team’ to ‘family’ – but they can’t agree on anything! All-new episodes hit Hulu on July 13.

Who’s the Next Marvel Superhero? Headline News

Destin Daniel Cretton and Andrew Guest Board Live-Action ‘Wonder Man’ Series

The ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ director and ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ writer-producer join the Marvel Studios production, which will delve deeper into the long-running story of Marvel’s antagonist-turned-Avenger, who made his first appearance in the comics in the 1960s.

It's so Crunchy! Headline News

Crunchyroll Reveals Summer 2022 Anime Lineup

Massive slate includes more than new and returning titles with an expansive list of Japanese simulcasts; series dropping in July include ‘Rent-a-Girlfriend Season 2,’ ‘Engage Kiss’ and ‘RWBY: Ice Queendom.’

Animated Book Adaptations Headline News

Lupus Films Adapting ‘Storm Whale’ as a 3-Part Animated Special

Based on the books by Benji Davies, ‘The Storm Whale Trilogy’ follows the adventures of a young boy who finds a whale and brings it home.

Business Headline News

Crunchyroll and Toei Animation Ink ‘One Piece Film Red’ Distribution Deal

The highly anticipated movie comes to theaters in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand this fall; Toei Animation announces special ‘One Piece’ events slated for next month’s Anime Expo 2022 in Los Angeles.

Mentoring Women in Animation Headline News

WIA Vancouver Announces Career EXCELelerator Candidates

Sponsored by Netflix Canada, the ACE program creates opportunities for new and diverse voices to tell their stories; participants will receive mentoring, training, and support in developing original IP.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP 166: Grahaeme Cowie and the Cost to Produce His Award-Winning Short Film

The storyboard artist and filmmaker discusses how he made the leap from animation supervisor to his storyboard artist, how to self-fund your film and what mentality is needed to reinvent yourself.

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