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‘F’ is for ‘Family,’ ‘Forgiving’ and ‘Effing Funny’

As the fifth and final season of Netflix’s expletive-laden animated comedy series ‘F Is for Family’ finally premieres, co-creator and showrunner Michael Price reflects on what it all means to him and the Murphys.

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It’s Done: Unity Completes Weta Digital Acquisition

The real-time content development platform finalizes its US$1.625 billion purchase of the legendary VFX studio’s digital tools, pipeline and engineering talent; VFX teams now operating as standalone WetaFX under CEO Prem Akkaraju and majority owner Sir Peter Jackson. 

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Call for Submissions: Mifa Pitches 2022

Selected pitch projects receive unique opportunities including meeting with and access to key players in the animation sector; submission deadline set for February 8, 2022; Annecy Festival runs June 13-18, with Mifa running June 14-17.

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Did I Err Productions Acquires Sergio Aragonés’ ‘Groo the Wanderer’

Josh Jones licenses animated film and TV rights to famed cartoonist’s award-winning comic, now in its 40th year of publication; property follows the exploits of an invincible barbarian warrior who negotiates his days with an I.Q. three points lower than a boulder.

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FuseFX Announces Virtual Production Alliance with Digital Nation Entertainment

VFX company and volumetric studio team up to accelerate adoption of cutting-edge real-time technology; new effort will facilitate collaboration and R&D to expand virtual productions and volumetric technologies for visualizations and traditional visual effects.

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Stampede Ventures and UTA Launch HappyNest

Former MGA Entertainment VP and executive producer Sadaf Cohen Muncy will helm new independent animation production company and creative incubator; company will guide IP development while enabling artists to maintain financial and creative control.

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Disney Television Animation Adds Lisa Fragner as VP, Development

Former Blue Sky Studios’ VP and Head of Development steered numerous projects from pitch to greenlight, including ‘Ice Age: Dawn of The Dinosaurs,’ ‘Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who,’ ‘Rio, Spies in Disguise’, and ‘Nimona.’

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Elizabeth Waybright Taylor Named VP, Development, Disney Television Animation

Long-time Disney exec promoted to oversee team steering new Disney Channel animated content for kids and families; previous projects include ‘The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse’ cartoon shorts, ‘Amphibia,’ ‘Kiff,’ and the upcoming ‘Primos.’

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‘Masha and the Bear’ Season 5 Debuts in UK

New season of studio’s popular flagship animated series now airing in 2 time slots on Tiny Pop with broadcaster extending series rights on multiple Animacord properties; ‘Masha and the Bear: Nursery Rhymes’ now available to watch on demand on the POP Player app.  

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Spire Animation Studios Helps Lead the Way for Gender Equality

With its progressive hiring practices and corporate culture, the growing studio offers women artists and executives new opportunities that include business and creative decision-making.

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VlogBox and BeaniTV Launch Kids-Safe OTT Monetization Cooperation

Leading over-the-top app development and advertising platform teams with children’s TV brand, founded by former Disney TV head Dean Valentine and Vidstart founder Rotem Gindi, to help support fun and safe video content for kids.

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Disney Branded Television Greenlights ‘Hailey's On It!’

The new animated comedy-adventure follows Hailey, a teen with a mission and the determination to get it done; created and executive produced by Devin Bunje and Nick Stanton, the show is slated to debut in 2023.

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Autodesk Acquires Tangent Labs’ LoUPE Cloud-Based Pipeline

Acquisition furthers company’s mission to empower animators and studios to work more easily and efficiently in a cloud-based ecosystem; Tangent Labs founder Jeff Bell and team come onboard to further drive the future of production in the cloud.

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Ataboy Names Cameron Gray Executive Producer

The long-time studio collaborator brings extensive experience in broadcast production and post-production advertising; will focus on strategic partnerships and expanding the company’s reach across local and new global territories.

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Turkish Animated Series ‘Limon and Oli’ Snags News Media Deals

Based on Salih Memecan’s daily comic strip that has run in Turkish newspapers since 1991, the popular show is now available on Türk Telekom Tivibu and Vodafone TV.

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Katie Rich Talks Writing Raunchy, but Real Women in ‘Chicago Party Aunt’

For the former ‘SNL’ writer and only woman among six executive producers on the new Netflix adult animated comedy, crass and rowdy humor must be much more than just a male voice coming out of a female character.

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