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Longtime Warner Bros. Exec Jeff Brown Exits After Nearly Three Decades

Beginning his career as a Marketing Director in 1996, the EVP had a hand in the distribution and sales of some of the studio’s biggest franchises, including the DCU, ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ and ‘The Matrix.’

Christmas Comes Early Headline News

Watch Animated Riffs on the ‘Classic Yule Log’ from Tongal Creator Community

Animators were invited to create new takes on the holiday tradition… and they did! Check out the shorts for a new Xmas vibe, with music by The China Blue’s Seth Marques.

On the Road to the Oscars Headline News

Academy Announces Shortlists in 10 Categories for 95th Oscars

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at 12:27pm

VFX category narrowed down to 10 films, while animated short category narrowed to 15; voting for nominations runs next month, January 12-17, with nomination announcements set for January 24.

Meow! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’ Returns to its Fairy-Tale Illustration Roots

For Production Designer Nate Wragg, the daredevil feline star and supporting characters of DreamWorks Animation’s new 3DCG comedy adventure, launching today in theaters, sport more exciting, painterly looks that draw heavily from their illustrated origins.

Business Headline News

Oscar Winner Rodney Rothman Closes Animation Development Deal with FOX

The ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ co-director and producing partner Adam Rosenberg’s production company, Modern Magic, will create and produce new animated series for FOX Entertainment.

Dear Santa Headline News

Mindshow Powers Personalized Santa Videos on Cameo Kids

The animation company’s real-time proprietary technology delivers Santa’s holiday cheer - powered by high-speed production, automation, and integration with AI.

People Headline News

The VES Names Nancy Ward Executive Director

After a comprehensive search by the VES Board of Directors, the organization’s previous Program and Development Director and Interim Executive Director steps into the official role following the retirement of Eric Roth.

South Park Goes AI? Headline News

Trey Parker and Matt Stone Deepfake Startup Gets $20 Million Investment

The ‘South Park’ creators’ new company, Deep Voodoo, will focus on accelerating AI deepfake technology with the capital secured from Connect Ventures, a partnership between CAA and New Enterprise Associates (NEA).

The Perfect Hypno-Hustler! Headline News

Donald Glover to Star in and Produce 'Spider-Man' Feature at Sony

The ‘Atlanta’ actor will not play Spidey himself, but rather the ‘70s supervillain Hypno-Hustler, who uses high tech musical instruments to hypnotize and rob audiences.

Business Headline News

The Cinesite Group Secures $235M Funding Package

The VFX and animation studio collective announces new long term financing deal to continue its acquisition revenue growth, increase client offerings, capacity, and expand its global footprint; NatWest Corporate Bank led the financing alongside Barclays – the company’s longtime bankers.

Can Bad Guys Be Good? Headline News

DreamWorks Shares ‘The Bad Guys: Anatomy of a Car Chase’ VFX Reel

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at 3:46pm

In an AWN exclusive, see how the studio designed and produced the signature opening chase scene, where cops and robbers careen across Los Angeles, in the studio’s 3DCG action comedy about a crackerjack criminal crew of animal outlaws attempting to become model citizens, starring Sam Rockwell, Craig Robinson, and Awkwafina.

The Ol’ Switcharoo Headline News

Is Jason Momoa Shedding the ‘Aquaman’ Mantle to Become Lobo?

Both DC Films co-CEO James Gunn and the star have hinted heavily at the introduction of the badass interstellar mercenary and bounty hunter into the new DCU, with the actor likely assuming the role.

It’s Anime-zing Headline News

Global Theatrical Release Dates for Makoto Shinkai’s ‘Suzume’ Announced

Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International, and Eurozoom will distribute the anime film in theaters internationally beginning April 12, 2023.

It’s Anime-zing! Headline News

‘Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night’ Release Dates Set

Sequel to the hit anime film Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night’ follows Asuna as she continues her journey through the virtual reality death game, where ‘Game Over’ means death in the real world; arriving in Crunchyroll’s English-speaking territories February 2023.

The Great Shakeup Headline News

With Cavill Out, Are Any Actors Safe During the DCU Creative Shakeup?

Major changes are coming to the superpowered studio now run by new co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran; fans are worried their beloved character actors are in danger.

Recognizing Messages of Environmental Awareness Headline News

2023 AIS Lumiere Awards to Honor James Cameron and Jon Landau

EARTHDAY.ORG’s ‘Voices For The Earth’ Award recognizes the message of environmental and cultural preservation in the Academy Award-winning filmmakers’ recently released ‘Avatar: The Way of Water.’

Madness of Two Headline News

Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Joker: Folie à Deux’ First Look Revealed

Director Todd Phillips revealed an image of the Oscar-winning thespian as Arthur Fleck receiving a seemingly unwanted shave in the ‘Joker’ sequel out October 4, 2024.

Wakanda vs Talokan VFXWorld

Digital Domain Gets Stealthy for ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ VFX

The studio harnessed Maya and Houdini to deliver 500 visual effects shots, creating backgrounds for the film’s finale aboard a futuristic Wakandan stealth ship; with Houdini’s crowd tools, CG digi-doubles based on live-action footage of 20 stunt performers translated to 100s of warriors on deck, on the hull, and in the water.

Meow Headline News

The ‘Pawesome’ New ‘SuperKitties’ Animated Series Coming to Disney Channel

Disney Branded Television’s show about adorable superhero kittens who impart lessons of kindness, empathy, and friendship premieres Jan 11 on Disney Channel, Disney Junior, and Disney+.

Business Headline News

Experience the ‘Netvrk Metaverse Virtual World’ Trailer

NFT-inspired ‘Jungle Freaks – The Animated Series’ is heading to the immersive platform; Xentrix Studio to produce show’s high-fidelity 3DCG animation, ready for metaverse and Web3 integration.

Marvel VFXWorld

VFX Editor Anedra Edwards Navigates the ‘Cutting’ Edge in ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’

Working directly with visual effects vendors during pre-production and communicating constantly with those houses as well as the film’s three editors during the entire production through postvis, were key to helping director Ryan Coogler get his ‘Black Panther’ sequel to the screen.

Wait Until Mom Finds Out! Headline News

Netflix Reveals ‘My Dad the Bounty Hunter’ Sneak Peek

From Academy Award winner Everett Downing and Patrick Harpin, the new CG action comedy looks at family life and the moments that shape it while giving ‘take your kids to work day’ a crazy new angle; the 10-episode series hits the streamer in February.

Business Headline News

IDW Expands into Series Animation with Three Graphic Novel Adaptations

‘Dragon Puncher & Spoony’ chronicle the adventures of a cute ruthless kitty and his sidekick Spoony as they battle evil dragons; ‘Korgi’ is a coming-of-age tale of a fairy and her magical puppy; and ‘Relic of the Dragon’ is a fantasy-adventure following an ordinary man searching for a relic with the power to change the fate of his nation.

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