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Mike Dietz signed to direct PJ's episode

Director/animator Mike Dietz, founder of Orange County, CA-based MikeDietz Studios, has signed on to direct an episode of THE PJ'S, thestop-motion animated show starring movie-star Eddie Murphy, for Portland,OR-based Will Vinton Studios. Mike Dietz was one of the founding partnersof The Neverhood, the stop motion animation studio that produced severalprojects for Steven Spielberg's interactive division of DreamWorks SKG.Since leaving The Neverhood to start his own animation studio, Mike hasprovided animation for several spots produced by Will Vinton's commercialdivision. THE PJ'S was airing in primetime on Fox and will return foranother season in the new year.

Read about The Neverhood in Pamela Thompson's article in Animation WorldMagazine.

You can also read more about the PJ's in Amid Amidi's chat with Will Vinton Studios' Mark Gustafson in Animation World Magazine.

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