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Kyoto Animation President Denies Plagiarism Claim in Arson Trial

In defense of his actions, arsonist Shinji Aoba said the Japanese studio had stolen his ideas, but that he now thinks he ‘went too far;’ KyoAni head Hatta Hideaki insists the studio would never steal ideas.

We Want to Fill Our Pockets with Adventure! Headline News

First Trailer for Pokémon Live-Action ‘Fill Your Pocket with Adventure’

The original series, based on the Pokémon ‘Red’ and Pokémon ‘Green’ games, stars Nanase Nishino and premieres on TV Tokyo October 19.

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Bilibili Announces 68 Upcoming Animation Titles

The projects were revealed during the Middle Kingdom video community’s ANIME MADE BY BILIBILI 2023-2024 event; the offerings include a wide range of content including a new season and film adaptation of series Yao-Chinese Folktales in partnership with Shanghai Animation Film Studio and Shanghai Film Infinity.

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Integreon Launches Creo, Opens State-of-the-Art Design Studio in Manila

Leveraging generative AI technology, the new tool optimizes creation of slides, decks, and other presentation materials; new studio will further enhance its graphic design, illustration, animation, podcasts, video, and production capabilities, among other creative services.

The End of an Era Headline News

Studio Ghibli Sells Controlling Stake to Nippon Television

After almost three decades of partnership, the famed studio will become a subsidiary of the Japanese broadcaster in a move that should solve the issue of succession after Hayao Miyazaki’s son Goro declined to take over.

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Kyoto Animation Arson Suspect Admits to 2019 Attack

In defense of his actions, Shinji Aoba claims the Japanese studio had stolen his ideas, but that he now thinks he ‘went too far,’ leading his lawyers to plead mental incompetence during his trial at the Kyoto District Court.

We Want to Fill Our Pockets with Adventure! Headline News

First Live-Action Pokémon Series to Air in Japan

The original show, based on the Pokémon ‘Red’ and Pokémon ‘Green’ games, titled ‘Pocket ni Bōken wo Tsumekonde’, or ‘Fill Your Pocket with Adventure’ in English, will star Nanase Nishino and premiere on October 19. 

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Remington Chase, Accused BASE FX Fraudster, Dies in U.K.

Suspected of swindling investors of the Beijing-based VFX and animation company, as well as Knightsbridge Entertainment, out of at least $234 million, the former producer died of liver failure on July 31 in Blackpool, with his alleged co-conspirator still at large.

Innovation in Storytelling Headline News

THU Heads to Japan

‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ director Kyle Balda leads a diverse speaker lineup as the storytelling retreat comes to Kaga, Japan, September 20-23, inviting attendees to dive into innovative story creation across various mediums and platforms.

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Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic to Close in Singapore

Due to changes in the global entertainment industry, the studio known for ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars,’ which began as Lucasfilm Animation Singapore in 2004, will soon shutter its doors, eliminating over 300 jobs. 

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FutureWorks Delivers on Indian ‘Ray Donovan’ Adaptation

By Dan Sarto | Monday, August 7, 2023 at 12:58pm

The VFX studio contributed 1,800 shots for Netflix India’s ‘Rana Naidu’ series, based on the popular American Showtime drama series; work included action clean-ups, greenscreen sequences, and CG elements such as the creation of a realistic snake that appears during a drug-induced hallucination.

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Dandelooo Inks Deal with Youku

420+ episodes of the French animation studio’s preschool series head to China’s Youku Kids Channel; titles include ‘Hungry Bear Tales,’ ‘Our Piggy,’ ‘Kiwi,’ ‘Kosmix,’ ‘Cubs,’ and ‘Pompon Little Bear.’

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Watch Teaser: ‘Tom and Jerry’ Headed to Singapore in New Cartoon Network Series

The iconic franchise will feature unique Asian stories and locations – produced by Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios in association with Aum Animation Studios India.

Hayao Miyazaki Returns! Headline News

GKIDS Acquires Miyazaki’s ‘The Boy and The Heron’ North America Distribution Rights

The Academy Award-winning filmmaker’s first feature in 10 years opens this weekend in Japan, will hit theaters in North America later this year.

Unreal Engine in Previs Headline News

FutureWorks Delivers ‘Trial by Fire’ Previs

Using Unreal Engine, the studio helps create authentic sequences of smoke and fire to Netflix’s miniseries inspired by the 1997 Delhi cinema tragedy that took 59 lives.

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Warner Bros. Discovery Rebrands Boomerang as Cartoonito in Southeast Asia

The preschool age-focused channel will include favorites such as ‘Tom & Jerry,’ ‘Baby Looney Tunes,’ and ‘Grizzy and the Lemmings’ alongside new shows like ‘Mittens & Pants’ and ‘Vida the Vet.’

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Call for Entries: ATF x TTB Animation Lab & Pitch 2023 Open for Submission

The Animation Lab & Pitch 2023 invites Asian and European animation producers to apply for a two-part workshop aimed to offer insight into the animation market on both continents.

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Genius Brands Partners with Powerkids Entertainment on New Kid’s Channel

The co-branded Powerkids Kartoon Channel! will offer ‘Shaq’s Garage;’ ‘Roblox Rumble;’ ‘The Jungle Book;’ ‘Peter Pan;’ ‘Rainbow Rangers;’ ‘Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten;’ and other kid’s programming.

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Toei Animation Unveils ‘Ikimono-san’ Key Art, Trailer, and Theme Song Artist

The new animated series, directed by Atsushi Wada (‘Bird in the Peninsula’), follows Bōzu and his dog Inu as they interact with animals and insects.