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George R.R. Martin and Kalinda Vazquez to Adapt ‘Roadmarks’ for HBO

The duo will executive produce the series, based on famed sci-fi author Roger Zelazny’s 1970s novel which features a time traveling highway and… dragons.

Defeat the Dragon Clan Headline News

Netflix Nabs Rights to Light Chaser’s ‘New Gods: Nezha Reborn’

Produced by the studio behind ‘White Snake’ and set to stream April 9, 2021, the animated, modernized take on the Chinese mythological text ‘The Romance of the Gods’ follows Yunxiang on his journey to battle the Dragon Clan.

Go Behind the Scenes Headline News

Disney Drops ‘Crafting Raya’ Featurette

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 3:22pm

Go behind-the-scenes of the making of the highly anticipated new animated adventure, ‘Raya and the Last Dragon,’ about a lone warrior who must track down the legendary last dragon to save her world; film releases March 5, 2021 simultaneously in theatres and on Disney+.

Events Headline News

Foundry Live Returns March 15-25

Virtual sessions will highlight key trends in the VFX industry while sharing the latest updates of the creative software company’s latest updates; registration is now open.

People Headline News

Jane Fonda Joins Cast of Apple and Skydance Animation’s ‘Luck’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 12:23pm

The Academy Award winning actor will voice ‘The Dragon’ in Peggy Holmes’ tale of the unluckiest girl in the world, the first project under the animation studio's new multi-year deal to produce films and TV shows for Apple TV+. 

TV Animation Headline News

Season 2 of ‘The Adventures of Paddington’ Debuts February 19

Nickelodeon’s CG-animated preschool series follows the adventures of everyone’s favorite curious and kind British bear as he explores London, learns important lessons, and meets new friends.

Positively Spotty Headline News

Disney Drops Official Trailer for ‘Cruella’ Origin Story

In the studio's new take on our favorite villainous fashion plate, Miss de Vil appears young, chic, and much more mad… is her insanity genius, or just plain killer?

Training Headline News

Escape Studios, ScreenSkills, and Epic Games Team Up on ‘Pick and Mix’

The two-week program will help film and television professionals move into real-time visualization and virtual production; free for freelancers and furloughed workers, the program runs March 15-26.

Events Headline News

KingstOOn Animation and Film Festival Moves Online April 21-25

The virtual event plans an Expo, film festival, business forum, and Pitch Boot Camp and Competition; this year’s theme explores diversity in animation.

People Headline News

Cinesite Expands LA and London VFX Business Teams

Los Angeles-based Natasha Gould will lead business development on the west coast; Martin Perkins has been named the studio’s new business and bidding manager for the London office.

Business Headline News

Apple and Skydance Animation Sign Multi-Year Film and TV Deal

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 2:06pm

Partnership kicks-off with features ‘Luck’ and ‘Spellbound,’ and two-season order for ‘The Search for WondLa,’ all set to stream on Apple TV+.

Big News for a Wednesday! Headline News

Netflix and Tim Burton Team Up on ‘Wednesday’ Live-Action Series

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 1:09pm

The legendary helmer makes his TV directorial debut in coming-of-age comedy based on the iconic ‘The Addams Family’ daughter.

Anime-zing! Netflix Headline News

‘DOTA: Dragon’s Blood’ Anime Series Coming to Netflix

Premiering March 25, new fantasy show based on the popular video game ‘DOTA 2’ tells the story of Davion, a renowned Dragon Knight devoted to wiping the scourge from the face of the earth.  

TV Animation Headline News

Cartoon Network Unveils Greenlights and New ‘Redraw Your World’ Branding

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 11:12am

WarnerMedia announces huge new kids and family programming commitment, including ‘Cartoonito’ preschool block and over 300 hours of new originals debuting on CN and HBO Max later this year.

TV Animation Headline News

WarnerMedia Launches Cartoonito Preschool Programming Block

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 10:38am

Coming to Cartoon Network and HBO Max this fall, new block will debut with 20 titles; ‘Bugs Bunny Builders’ and Sesame Workshop’s ‘Bea’s Block’ greenlit, joining development slate that will expand to 50 originals within two years.  

Technology Headline News

Manus Announces the Manus Pro Tracker for SteamVR

Tracker features advanced sensors, lightweight portability, and extended battery life, and is specifically designed for motion capture, virtual production, and full-body virtual reality.

Cancel Culture at Work? Headline News

Gina Carano’s Firing From ‘The Mandalorian’ Was Far from Sudden

The controversial actress had previously been ousted from a ‘Mandalorian’ spinoff series following controversial social media posts and continued to post offensive views despite warnings from Lucasfilm.

TV Animation Headline News

WATCH: ‘DuckTales’ Cast’s Overly Dramatic Final Recording Session

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 4:56pm

David Tennant, Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz, Bobby Moynihan, Kate Micucci, Beck Bennett, Toks Olagundoye, and Paget Brewster meet for last time as Disney Series wraps production after 75 episodes and 15 shorts; 90 minute finale airs March 15 on Disney XD and DisneyNOW.

Business Headline News

DNEG and Dimension Establish Virtual Production Partnership

Deal brings together VFX company’s creative talent with XR studio’s volumetric and real-time development to enrich relationships and service offerings across film, episodic and animation projects.

VIEW Conference 2021 Headline News

Next PreVIEW Event Set with Pixar Animation Studio’s SparkShorts

Join a free conversation with five directors from the studio’s in-house short film incubator: Madeline Sharafian, director of ‘Burrow;’ Bobby Alcid Rubio, director of ‘Float;’ Eric Milsom, director of ‘Loop;’ Stephen Clay Hunter, director of ‘Out;’ and Edwin Chang, director of ‘Wind.’

animated short films Headline News

Go Behind-the-Scenes of the Oscar Shortlisted ‘Kapaemahu’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 12:48pm

Watch how Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, and Joe Wilson produced their beautifully animated short that celebrates the long-suppressed, centuries-old story of Waikiki’s mysterious four-boulder monument to the gentle people, both male and female in mind and body, who brought science and healing to the island.

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