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FOX Entertainment and Dan Harmon Sign Series Deal, with Bento Box Producing

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 11:39am

Emmy Award-winning ‘Rick and Morty’ and ‘Community’ co-creator signs broadcast network-only exclusive direct deal for comedy series to premiere Spring 2022.

Podcasts Headline News

Animation Industry Podcast Episode 69 with Comic Artist Jackie Davis is Live

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 2:41pm

Terry Ibele’s in-depth interview series, with guests including JJ Villard, John Musker, Tina Nowracki, and Fred Seibert, shares their stories, their insight, and their career advice.

Les Femmes s’Animent Headline News

LFA’s Women in European Animation Panel Set for June 17 at Annecy 2020

Day-long video conference, ‘Confinement Votre,’ will focus on what women in the industry across Europe have learned and created during the COVID-19 lockdown. 

Festivals Headline News

44th Ottawa International Animation Festival Moving Online

Scheduled for September 23 – October 4, the event will feature screenings, virtual artist talks, workshops, and meetings with schools and recruiters.

Annecy 2020 Headline News

Tony Bancroft and Scott Christian Sava’s Live ‘Animal Crackers’ Annecy Q&A Set for June 17

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 10:39am

Live-streamed director’s panel will discuss their animated feature, which competed at Annecy 2017 and will be released worldwide on Netflix July 24.  

Annecy 2020 Headline News

Ron Clements and John Musker’s Annecy 2020 Masterclass Set for June 19

Live-streamed presentation by famed directors of ‘The Little Mermaid,’ ‘Aladdin,’ and ‘Moana’ will feature their Disney history and views on animation, past, present and future; event presented by ASIFA-Hollywood.

Events Headline News

WB’s 24-Hour Mega DC FanDome Free Virtual Event Set for August 22

Global DC Multiverse immersive gathering will highlight WB games, film, TV and comic announcements, cast and creator presentations and exclusive preview footage.

Music Video Headline News

WATCH: Yusuf / Cat Stevens’ New ‘Where Do the Children Play?’ Animated Short

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 15, 2020 at 4:19pm

Chris Hopewell and Black Dog Films’ stop-motion short reimagines classic 70s ecological anthem 50 years after its original ‘Tea for the Tillerman’ release.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Headline News

Oscars Pushed to April 25, 2021

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 15, 2020 at 12:46pm

Film eligibility window extended for 93rd Academy Award consideration; museum opening postponed to coincide with new awards telecast date. 

Festivals Headline News

Masaaki Yuasa’s ‘INU-OH’ Just Added to Annecy 2020 Work in Progress Presentations

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 15, 2020 at 11:39am

Award-winning director discusses his latest film, an animated musical about a 14 century Japanese Sarugaku Noh performer, set for a 2021 release. 

Virtual Reality Headline News

Daisy Ridley Joins Baobab Studios’ ‘Baba Yaga’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 15, 2020 at 8:01am

‘Star Wars’ sequel trilogy star is cast in lead role of Magda in newest immersive experience from the Emmy Award-winning studio behind ‘Bonfire’ and ‘Crow: The Legend.’

You Know You Want It Dept. Headline News

Free DreamWorks’ ‘Trolls Pop’ Bubble Shooter Mobile Game Now Available

Inspired by ‘Trolls’ and ‘Trolls World Tour,’ Huuuge Games and Universal Games and Digital Platforms’ new game features Poppy, Branch, and many other colorful characters from the hit animated feature film franchise. 

animated shorts Headline News

New Trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s Latest Short, ‘To: Gerard’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 12, 2020 at 1:45pm

Taylor Meacham’s love letter to his father tells how life’s greatest magic is inspiring someone else to follow their dreams, even if you haven’t achieved your own. 

Business Headline News

Cinesite Bolsters Management Team with Three New Hires

Melissa Taylor, Siobhan Bentley and Tamara Boutcher will oversee feature animation and VFX services in London and Montreal studios.

Disney Channel Headline News

Disney Releases New ‘Random Rings’ ‘Phineas and Ferb–Big City Greens’ Crossover Short

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 2:53pm

Next installment of animated ‘prank call’ show features Cricket and Tilly Green accidentally calling evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz; ‘Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe’ hits Disney+ this summer.

Community Outreach Headline News

BAAA Online Art Auction Supporting Equal Justice Initiative Now Open

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 1:13pm

Original works from Dice Tsutsumi, Robert Kondo, Kal Athannssov and other prominent industry creatives open for bids through June 14; all proceeds being donated to EJI.

VR Headline News

Disney’s ‘Myth: A Frozen Tale’ VR Short Released on Oculus Quest

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 11:22am

Jeff Gipson’s immersive cinematic exploration of the ‘Frozen 2’ world weaves together music and visuals to take viewers on a magical Arendelle forest experience.

WAKFU Headline News

Ankama Launches ‘WAKFU’ Season 4 Kickstarter Campaign

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 10:37am

Led by series creator Tot, the French studio behind the famed anime-inspired series looks to crowdsourcing for production support to give fans new, expanded adventures they’ve been waiting for. 

Business Headline News

Watch the First 4 BMO-Riffic Minutes of ‘Adventure Time: Distant Lands’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 10:29am

BMO joyfully strums and spuds in this extended clip from the first of four brand-new hourlong breakout ‘Adventure Time’ franchise specials coming June 25 on HBO Max.

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