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Free VIEW Conference 2021 Registration Now Open

Renown animation, VFX, virtual production, and games conference reveals massive program of free events featuring master filmmakers and top industry professionals, including Sir Roger Deakins and the Badass Women Production Designers; event runs in person and online October 17-22 in Torino, Italy.

Danger Will Robinson! Headline News

Netflix Drops ‘Lost in Space’ Season 3 Trailer

Big rocks, wrecked ships, and at least one unfortunate person careen through space in the streamer’s first official glimpse of their acclaimed sci-fi series’ third and final season, premiering December 1.

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Cinesite Welcomes New London HQ GM and VFX Supervisor Hires

Joce Capper will oversee London studio, working in tandem with her Montreal colleagues; Rebecca Manning joins visual effects team following tenure at FuseFX as digital effects supervisor & head of 2D.

More Witchcraft Afoot? Headline News

‘WandaVision’ Spin-Off with Kathryn Hahn Reportedly in Development

The nosy neighbor Agnes / diabolical, incorrigible witch Agatha Harkness may be getting her own Marvel Studios series on Disney+.

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mCube, Xsens and Kinduct Rebrand as Movella

With a new name and a new mission, the service provider in sensing, capturing, and analyzing motion data seeks to bringing meaning to movement and to accelerate innovation in entertainment, sports, health, and industrial market.

Home Entertainment Headline News

GKIDS and Cartoon Saloon Announce ‘Irish Folklore Trilogy’ Box Set

Coming December 14, the famed animation studio’s three critically-acclaimed Oscar-nominated animated films, ‘The Secret of Kells,’ ‘Song of The Sea,’ and ‘Wolfwalkers’ will be released as the ‘Irish Folklore Trilogy,’ a 4-Disc Blu-ray pack loaded with special features.

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Aardman’s ‘Interstellar Ella’ Nabs Multiple International Deals

New CG animated kids’ series, co-produced with Fabrique Fantastique and Apartment 11, blasts off with several distribution agreements; show scheduled to premiere Summer 2022.

Anime Headline News

Funimation Drops ‘My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission’ Official Trailer

Special manga booklet created for opening weekend; the highly anticipated animated movie hits theaters in the U.S. and Canada on October 29; tickets are on sale now.

Education Headline News

ScreenSkills Select Endorses 18 UK Animation and VFX Courses

Government-sponsored group identifies educational programs that promote diversity while producing ‘industry ready’ talent; Nottingham Trent University and Bournemouth University have been designated as having strong industry ties while featuring high-quality course content.

Community Outreach Headline News

Triggerfish Teams with E4D on African Animation Industry Job Development

The three-year partnership with German government-funded program aims to foster local job growth through initiatives including free online courses on editing for animation and the launch of a 10-second animation competition for aspiring creators ages 18-35; entry deadline set for November 14.

Parking’s a Bitch Headline News

Lexus Taps Framestore and ‘Eternals’ Kingo for New Lexus Commercial

Kumail Nanjiani gets the keys in the 2-minute ‘Parking Spot’ advert, as the superhero from the upcoming MCU feature faces a real-life problem: safely parking his brand-new car when he heads downtown for work.

I Got a Rock! Headline News

All-New ‘Peanuts’ Holiday Special ‘For Auld Lang Syne’ Coming to Apple TV+

The Apple Original, produced in partnership with WildBrain, premieres globally December 10; Apple and PBS teaming up to offer classic ‘Peanuts’ specials ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,’ ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,’ and ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ for ad-free viewing on PBS and PBS KIDS.

Coming in Hot Headline News

HBO Releases First Official ‘House of the Dragon’ Teaser

The Dragon has finally taken off, as the network officially drops the first sneak peek of its ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel that follows the Targaryen’s rise to power in Westeros.

Community Outreach Headline News

Sesame Workshop Expands Autism Initiative, Releases ‘Backyard Camping’ Video with Exceptional Minds

‘See Amazing in All Children’ effort helps families build new routines, increase flexibility, and cope with the challenges of change during turbulent times; new animated short features Julia, Sesame Street’s 4-year-old Muppet with autism, written, produced and animated by artists on the spectrum.

People Headline News

Pixotope Adds 3 Key Hires to Global Leadership Team

Mixed reality software company taps broadcast and media industry veterans Ben Davenport, David Cheng and Travis Sims as VP for global marketing, VP sales & marketing EMEA, and strategic account manager for North America, respectively.

The Drac Pack is Back! Headline News

‘Hotel Transylvania: Transformania’ Heads Exclusively to Prime Video

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 7:27am

The fourth film in Sony Pictures Animation’s successful ‘Hotel T’ franchise will bypass theaters, opting instead for a January 14, 2022 premiere in an exclusive global streaming deal with Amazon.

Control the Message Headline News

‘She-Ra and the Princesses of Power’ Creator Launches Substack

Hugely popular Netflix and DreamWorks series’ showrunner and executive producer Noelle Stevenson unveils ‘I’m Fine I’m Fine Just Understand,’ where they’ll share two weekly comics, personal anecdotes and answers to readers’ questions about animation and comics.

Festivals Headline News

SCAD Savannah Film Festival 2021 Schedule Announced

Phil Lord and Chris Miller to be honored for Outstanding Achievement in Animation for ‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines;’ hybrid event runs in-person and virtually October 23-30

Unlocking the Future Headline News

Autodesk Shares Vision of Cloud-Based M&E Workflows

Announcements made today, as Autodesk University 2021 begins, outline an industry forward look at Cloud production, open standards, and machine learning; shift to the cloud in response to global pandemic means opportunities to build a more resilient future, unlocking new levels of creator collaboration and efficiency to meet growing content demand.

People Headline News

Lighthouse Promotes Gilly Fogg to Head Creative

Studio’s new ‘creative guardian’ will oversee all original IP development and service project slates; credits include series director on Amazon Prime Original ‘Bug Diaries,’ ‘Wishenpoof,’ and ‘Space Ranger Roger.’

Community Outreach Headline News

HBO Max and WarnerMedia Launch Animated Shorts Program

New mentorship and training program seeks to discover artists in underrepresented communities whose style and voice push boundaries in storytelling and animation; up to 7 artists will be selected to participate; applications due by October 24.

Boo! Business Headline News

See Exclusive Images from ‘The Simpsons’ ‘Treehouse of Horror XXXII’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 10:48am

In the ‘Dead Ringer’ segment from the October 10 episode, Lisa finds out about a party she wasn’t invited to attend, where all the kids who watched a video on their phones die in seven days; also Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite,’ Bambi’s revenge and more in the first of four all-new Halloween-themed episodes.

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