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Peppa Pig Play Café Launches in China

Hasbro’s hugely popular global kids’ entertainment franchise and animated series character, at one time the center of controversy in the Middle Kingdom, OK’d for commercialization only a few years after facing sweeping bans. 

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Georges Schwizgebel Takes Grand Prix at Hiroshima Animation Season 2022

Top honors at the inaugural event go to the Swiss filmmaker’s Darwin's Notebook, winner also of the category award in ‘Adventure in Storytelling.’ 

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GKIDS Acquires North American Rights to ‘New Gods: Yang Jian’

Hitting U.S. Cinemas in early 2023, Light Chaser’s animated feature tells the story of Chinese god Yang Jian, and his journey to thwart those who would seek the power to alter their world’s balance.

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FOLKS Announces New Mumbai Studio

The Fuse Group VFX company expands with new India-based studio, increasing overall resources for affiliated brands, including FOLKS, FuseFX, Rising Sun Pictures, and El Ranchito; Griboshin 'Grib' Vellanthrov joins as head of studio.

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World’s Largest Anime Information Database Now Open to the Public

The Association of Japanese Animations’ ‘Anime Next 100’ project launches ‘Anime Taizen,’ an online archive referencing roughly 180,000 episodes from 15,000 titles.

Say it Ain’t So Joe Headline News

China Censors ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ By Adding Less Despicable Ending

Instead of the villains getting away scot-free, one gets a prison sentence, and the other a change of heart, courtesy of the film’s new PowerPoint-style still image finale.

Events Headline News

2023 Crunchyroll Anime Awards Heads to Japan

Returning to the genre’s birthplace, the leading anime plaltform promises a premiere event featuring fans, celebrities, creators, musicians, and performances in a style unique to the artform; nominees and voting open up early next year.

Ani-mazing Headline News

New Trailer Released for Makoto Shinkai’s ‘Suzume’

In the ‘Your Name’ and ‘Weathering with You’ director’s latest film, Nanoka Hara voices Suzume, a young woman who finds herself opening a series of doors to disaster that take her on a mysterious journey; slated for a November 11 release in Japan, it rolls out in major territories in early 2023.

Business Headline News

Terapin Studios Acquires Toomics Global Webtoon Platform for $160 Million

Company follows up this past February’s purchase of webtoon producer Copin Communications with new deal execs are confident will bring the company’s cartoon creators further into the international marketplace, putting them in better position to negotiate IP deals.

Awards Headline News

Hiroshima Animation Season Coming August 17-21

The Hiroshima International Animation Festival gets new August run, reveals inaugural ‘Golden Carpster’ Award honorees for contributions to animation in Pan-Pacific and Asian regions, and shares The World Competition: Category Award winners.

Go Green Headline News

2 Animated Shorts Help Nickelodeon Highlight ‘World Environment Day 2022’

In concert with the United Nations in India, the kids’ entertainment network is leveraging the popularity of ‘Nicktoons’ to reach kids and empower them to work towards a greener tomorrow; the films are part of an initiative that also features social media marketing and other digital activities.

Animation Festivals Headline News

Hiroshima Festival 2022 Reveals Selections in Competition

Out of 2,149 entries 54 films have been selected to participate in this year’s event running August 17-21; animated short and feature films will compete in either the ‘Pan-Pacific and Asia Competition’ or the ‘World Competition.’

Business Headline News

Silvergate and Tencent Bringing ‘The Creature Cases’ Animated Series to China

Animated by TeamTO and recently launched on Netflix, the animated action comedy is coming soon to families in the Middle Kingdom through Tencent Video.

Events Headline News

2022 Animation Masters Summit Reveals Legend Awards

Indian artist, writer and activist Aabid Surti and Technicolor Creative Studios India head Biren Ghose will be honored at this year’s virtual summit; the even runs May 23-27 and registration is free.

A Virtual Artistic Fellowship for Women Headline News

Call For Entries: ASIFA India and Epic Games' Women Creators Program 2022

Submissions now being accepted through April 18 for paid virtual fellowships for women creatives from India, Singapore, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia; participants will be mentored and trained in virtual production.

The sky’s the limit! Headline News

Watch ‘Sky: Children of the Light’ First Look Teaser

At Anime Japan 2022, thatgamecompany shared concept art and storyboards revealing new characters and the expansion of its popular game franchise; ‘Sky Assemblies’ and ‘Sky Crafting Corner’ give fans a chance to take part in themed activities including arts and crafts, trivia, and in-game challenges.

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BASE FX Says it is the Victim of $234 Million Fraud

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 25, 2022 at 7:54am

In a just filed lawsuit, the longtime Beijing-based VFX and animation company alleges that two Americans have swindled and pocketed millions from investors while raising money on its behalf.

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