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Genius Brands Adds Zrinka Dekic as CFO, Head of Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions

Entertainment industry and financial markets exec bolsters brands’ international operations following acquisitions of Canada’s WOW! Unlimited Media Inc and stake in Germany’s Your Family Entertainment AG; previous CFO Bob Denton named executive vice president of finance and accounting.

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Foundry Releases Katana 5.0

Latest update focuses on artist collaboration and interoperability with render upgrades, workflow improvements, and support of render partners with a new render delegate ‘AVP.’

Awards Headline News

‘Dune,’ ‘Flee,’ and ‘Big Mouth’ Lead Critics Choice Award Nominations

Denis Villenueve’s sci-fi epic nabs 10 nominations, followed by Guillermo del Toro’s neo-noir thriller with 8, and both ‘Encanto’ and ‘Flee with two each for the upcoming 27th annual awards.

Down Boy! Headline News

‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ Coming to Digital December 14

Check out an exclusive clip featuring ‘Clifford’ book series author Norman Bridwell talking about the building of a giant red dog franchise; the CGI/live-action movie follows everybody’s favorite canine and his adventures in NYC – also out n Blu-ray and DVD February 1.

Awards Headline News

Nominations Announced for 79th Golden Globe Awards

Disney’s ‘Encanto,’ Neon’s ‘Flee,’ Pixar’s ‘Luca,’ Totem Films’ ‘My Sunny Maad,’ and Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ snag best animated feature nominations.

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Paramount Releases ‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ Trailer and Images

The Blue Blur returns to theaters April 8, 2022, with an all-star cast including James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, and Jim Carrey; new additions include Idris Elba and Colleen O'Shaughnessey.

Let the Game Adaptations Begin Headline News

Paramount+ Drops Long-Awaited ‘Halo’ First-Look Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Friday, December 10, 2021 at 10:04am

New, live-action original series based on the iconic, hugely popular ‘Halo’ Xbox franchise about an epic, 26th-century battle between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant, will hit the streamer in 2022.

A Best Friend Out of the Box! Headline News

‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’ Hits Digital December 15

Unwrap your new best friend from 20th Century Studios and Locksmith Animation as the goofy animated robot comes home; now available on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray.

Animation Festivals Headline News

‘Bad Seeds’ and ‘Affairs of the Art’ Lead LAAF 2021 Winners

Claude Cloutier takes home awards for Best of the Fest and Best Comedy Short, while Best Director and Best Character-Based Short honors go to Joanna Quinn; live awards ceremony honored both 2020 and 2021 winners.

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Magic Light Pictures’ ‘Superworm’ Coming for Christmas

Check out the trailer for the delightful new animated family special about a long, strong worm with amazing skills and a big heart; featuring the voices of Oscar winner Olivia Colman and Emmy nominee Matt Smith, and based on the popular picture book of the same name, the show airs on BBC One December 25.

Mysteries of the Unknown Headline News

Walt Disney Animation Drops ‘Strange World’ Concept Art

In the studio’s new original animated feature, viewers will experience uncharted and dangerous lands, led by a legendary family on a critical mission; helmed by Oscar-winning director Don Hall, the film is slated for release on November 23, 2022.

Float Away! Headline News

Netflix Drops ‘Bubble’ Teaser Trailer and Art

Upcoming anime feature is set in a Tokyo turned upside by gravity-defying bubbles, leaving the city cut off from the world; from director Tetsuro Araki and WIT Studio, the film streams April 28, 2022.

Venom Returns! Headline News

EXCLUSIVE: DNEG Shares ‘Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage’ VFX Breakdown Reel

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 1:33pm

Leading visual effects and animation house delivers over 750 shots across 20 sequences, including digidoubles, Carnage transformations, and the wraith Venom, on Andy Serkis and Sony Pictures Entertainment's serial killer symbiont sequel to its 2018 box office hit, ‘Venom.’

Free Virtual Events Headline News

Nelvana and AWN Present ‘A Cosmic Christmas Special’ Screening and Q&A

Celebrate Nelvana’s 50th anniversary with a free virtual screening of its classic, 1977 award-winning animated film, followed by a discussion with industry legends Clive Smith, John Celestri, Lenora Hume and Bill Speers; this not to be missed event is coming December 9 – register now.

Technology Headline News

Isotropix Clarisse 5.5 Now Available

Early release includes new Angie renderer, enabling CPU and GPU final render based on NVIDIA OptiX; includes full support for OSL allowing greater customization, taking users one step closer to working in real-time.

The Future of Dragons is Here! Headline News

DreamWorks Releases ‘Dragons: The Nine Realms’ Trailer and Full Cast

Studio’s new CG animated series, inspired by, and set 1,300 years after, the events of the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ franchise, premieres December 23 on Hulu and Peacock.

Move Your Content to Connected TV Headline News

New VlogBox Webinar Tackles Key Obstacles Kids’ Content Creators Face

Live virtual event series continues with December 20 panel discussion for kids’ content creators looking for distribution strategies designed to maximize earning potential and brand awareness through connected TV / OTT channels.

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Apple TV+ Releases Peanuts Special ‘For Auld Lang Syne’ Teaser

After a disappointing Christmas, Lucy plans a New Year’s Gala and Charlie struggles with his list of resolutions; the ‘Peanuts’ Apple Original, produced in partnership with WildBrain, premieres globally December 10.

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