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Pixomondo Names Bryan Godwin Head of Los Angeles Studio

Shade VFX founder and industry veteran brings over 20 years business and artistic experience to his new post; VFX supervisor credits include ‘Joker,’ ‘Sonic the Hedgehog,’ and ‘Wolverine.’

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The CW Orders Live-Action ‘Powerpuff Girls’ Pilot

After nearly 20 years, the crime-fighting trio will return to the small screen as disillusioned twentysomethings who resent having lost their childhood to crime fighting.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road! Headline News

Nicole Kassell to Helm 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' Reboot

‘The Woodsman’ director boards a fresh take on the classic L. Frank Baum novel, while Animal Logic gears up for an animated musical adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Toto’ book.

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TeamTO Inks Rights Deal for Trio of Popular Kids’ Books

Studio acquires TV, film, and licensing rights to ‘Snowman,’ ‘Fox’s Garden,’ and ‘Something’s Fishy;’ each book to be adapted into a 2022/2023 holiday special.

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Level Ex Names Aharon Rabinowitz Creative Director

Medical gaming creator expands creative talent roster; industry veteran to work with recently hired design director, Jason VandenBerghe, to innovate and advance the practice of medicine through play.

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Aardman Launches Mental Health Awareness Campaign

The studio behind ‘Wallace and Gromit’ launches initiative with a series of short, animated films portraying the challenges most commonly faced by young adults, including loneliness, perfectionism, competitiveness, independence, and social media.

Black History Month Headline News

Join the Conversation on February 16: ‘Drawing Ourselves: Being Black in Animation’

In celebration of Black History Month, The Animation Guild and Black Artists Group will present a free online event exploring the contributions of Black animation pioneers.

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HBO Max Reveals 4 Adult Animated Original Series in Development

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 11:27am

Streamer shares images and synopsis of new projects, part of an aggressive animation programming expansion that includes orders for ‘Clone High,’ ‘Velma,’ and ‘Fired on Mars’ as well as a two season ‘Close Enough’ renewal also announced today.

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HBO Max Order 2 Season Renewal of JG Quintel’s ‘Close Enough’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10:32am

Watch the new Season 2 trailer for the Emmy Award-winning ‘Regular Show’ creator’s animated comedy; new season starts streaming February 25.

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HBO Max Orders ‘Clone High,’ ‘Velma,’ and ‘Fired on Mars’ Adult Comedies

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 9:54am

New animated series underway with Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Bill Lawrence; Mindy Kaling; and Pete Davidson executive producing.

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Netflix Inks Development Deal for Brian Jacques’ ‘Redwall’ Book Series

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8:27am

Work on feature film and series underway with writer Patrick McHale; projects will be based on heroic animal adventures from the Penguin Random House Children’s UK books that have sold over 30 million copies.

Awards Headline News

2021 Kidscreen Award Winners Announced

Winning projects include ‘Madagascar: A Little Wild’ for Preschool - Best New Series, ‘Forky Asks a Question,’ Kids’ Best Animated Series, and ‘Baba Yaga,’ Digital Kids Best Game App and Best Alternative Game.

Oscar Shortlists Headline News

Academy Announces Shortlists in 9 Categories for 93rd Oscars

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 3:58pm

VFX and animated short categories narrowed down to 10 films each; voting for nominations runs March 5-10.

Please Be Mine! Headline News

Will You Be My Valentine-Themed Specials on Disney NOW and PBS Kids

‘Gigantosaurus - I Heart Giganto’ now streaming on Disney NOW; One-hour special ‘Pinkalicious & Peteriffic - Cupid Calls it Quits’ airs February 10-14 on PBS Kids.

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JAMM Scores a Touchdown with ‘The Neighborhood’ Spot

DoorDash’s first SuperBowl campaign featured rapper Daveed Diggs and the Sesame Street Muppets; creative studio incorporated elements including a CG train and added a bit of animation magic to make Grover fly.

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Animal Logic Begins Work on Animated Musical ‘Toto’ for Warner Bros.

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 1:20pm

Pre-production begins at studio’s Vancouver facility on adaptation of Michael Morpurgo and Emma Chichester Clark’s 2017 book, ‘Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz.’

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Netflix Sets March 8 Release for Gitanjali Rao’s ‘Bombay Rose’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 12:45pm

Premiering on International Women’s Day, the hand-painted animated feature, based on true events, is the Indian director’s riveting ode to people living unfulfilled lives as they struggle to survive in the big city.

Studio Closures Headline News

Disney Shutting Blue Sky Studios

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 12:02pm

Doors will close sometime in April; 450 employees will lose their jobs as the studio behind the hugely successful ‘Ice Age’ franchise falls victim to the pandemic’s continuing economic impact.    

Tabletop Games Headline News

Public Playtest for ‘Tales of Xadia: The Dragon Prince’ Game Starts February 9

Based on the popular Netflix animated series ‘The Dragon Prince,’ the tabletop roleplaying game is set in the rich and diverse fantasy world of Xadia.

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