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Framestore Consolidates Film and TV Divisions

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 18, 2021 at 1:48pm

BAFTA winner James Whitlam will head episodic work as the company brings both departments under one banner, one pipeline, and a new leadership structure.

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APC Kids’ Zephyr Animation Inks Co-Development Deal with Super RTL

Currently in development, Copernicus Studio’s upcoming 2D animated adventure kids’ series ‘Lana Longbeard’ follows a feisty girl hitting the high seas with her Viking dad; production is slated to begin later this year.

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Disney Channel Greenlights ‘Kiff’ Buddy Comedy

The “nutty” animated series about an optimistic but prone to chaos squirrel and her best friend Barry the Bunny, from South African creators Lucy Heavens and Nic Smal, was revealed today at Annecy 2021; series set to debut in 2023.

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Producers Chris Bremble and Aron Warner Unpack Their ‘Wish Dragon’ Journey

For the BASE Media CEO and Oscar-winning ‘Shrek’ franchise producer, nothing was accidental about their critically acclaimed new animated feature, now streaming on Netflix, other than the fact they actually got it made.

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FuseFX Adds Julian Sarmiento as Global Director of Virtual Production and Real-Time

Industry veteran will lead VFX house’s integration of innovative and emerging technologies as key pre-production to final shot service offerings.

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Weta Digital and Autodesk Team on WetaM Creative Cloud Service

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 7:37am

New subscription service productizes Weta’s Oscar-winning Maya-based proprietary VFX tools, providing artists access to one complete stage to screen Maya-based pipeline.

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WildBrain CPLG Names Jasen Wright North America VP

In newly created role, veteran licensing executive will drive global expansion of entertainment brands and original IP including ‘Strawberry Shortcake,’ ‘Caillou,’ ‘Teletubbies,’ and ‘Chip & Potato.’

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UK Animation Trends and Opportunities Highlighted at Annecy

During an online panel, industry agencies, including Film London, Animation UK, BFI, and Screen Scotland, renewed their sector commitment while sharing business development, investment, and government support insights and strategies in the wake of COVID-19.

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Fred Seibert’s FredFilms and DeZerlin Joins Forces to Find Chinese Talent

Company’s new China-based animation incubator project, Hot Pot! Cartoons, seeks innovative creatives and content from the Middle Kingdom to develop for global markets.

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James Prosser Named Managing Director at Goodbye Kansas Studios

Martin Hobbs steps down after 5 years at the helm to pursue an outside position; company’s former studio director takes over the MD role.

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Marc Bourbonnais Named COO of DDEG’s Animation Studios

Former head of production promoted to oversee both Saturday Animation Studios and Meduzarts Animation; the adult animation arm of DDEG is currently in production of Zack Snyder’s ‘Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas.’

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Paramount+ Reveals ‘Star Trek: Prodigy’ Cast and First-Look Images

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 14, 2021 at 10:07am

Kate Mulgrew is joined by Rylee Alazraqui, Brett Gray, Angus Imrie, Jason Mantzoukas, Ella Purnell, and Dee Bradley Baker as the voices of the series’ young aliens; show premieres later this year.

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Simon Otto to Helm Locksmith Animation’s ‘That Christmas’

Renowned ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ head of character animation makes his animated feature film directorial debut on CG animated adaptation of Richard Curtis’ children’s book series.

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Chris Appelhans Talks ‘Wish Dragon’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 11, 2021 at 3:07pm

The writer and director discusses his captivating tale of a cynical, all-powerful dragon joining forces with a humble Chinese student, and how an unforgiving budget and his own naiveté almost derailed him more than once.

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LFA Launching Women’s Mentorships at Annecy 2021

French association that supports women in animation reveals its new initiative, Parcours de Femmes, which targets French speaking women from France and Africa; aspiring filmmakers will receive support in the development of short film projects to be pitch at Annecy 2022.

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Technicolor Merges Animation Services Under Mikros Animation Brand

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 1:15pm

Technicolor Animation Productions, Technicolor Animation, and Mikros will integrate their businesses under Andrea Miloro’s leadership, unifying their animation brand within the recently announced Technicolor Creative Studios group.

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Cinesite Names Antony Bluff Executive Producer

Emmy Award-winning VFX producer brings over two decades experience on projects ranging from ‘Muppet Treasure Island’ to ‘A Discovery of Witches;’ in his new role, he will work directly with clients while overseeing day-to-day operations.

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Whoopi Goldberg Joins the Cast of Apple and Skydance Animation’s ‘Luck’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 9:05am

The famed artist and EGOT winner will voice the role of ‘The Captain’ in Peggy Holmes’ tale of the unluckiest girl in the world, the first project under the animation studio's multi-year film and TV deal with Apple TV+.

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Sarah Smith Steps Down at Locksmith Animation as Natalie Fischer Named CEO

Co-founder leaves to develop own projects; former Illumination COO takes the helm, with co-founder and ‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’ producer Julie Lockhart named president of production.

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disguise xR Powers the Virtual Worlds of Bryson Tiller’s Live-Streamed Concert

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 4:00pm

The leading extended reality tech firm and Xite Labs create a myriad of immersive worlds in Unreal Engine for the rappers’ ‘Trapsoul World Series’ performance.

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Pixomondo Inks Deal to Build LED Volumes Across Canada

VFX house and Canadian TV/Film equipment company have already begun building new virtual production stages in Vancouver and Toronto, with more set for 2022; combined capital commitment exceeds $30 million.

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9 Story Media Bringing NBA Players into the Kids and Family Space

Development deal with THINK450, the content and partnership arm of the National Basketball Players Association, includes the CG animated live-action hybrid series, ‘King of the Court.’

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BlueBolt Names Lucy Tait Finance Director

In new leadership role, she will continue supporting the VFX house’s on-going expansion; studio’s slate of film and TV projects includes The Northman, The Great Season 2, Becoming Elizabeth, Suspicion and The Last Kingdom Season 5. 

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Moonbug and Amazon Kids+ Team Up on ‘Arpo Robot Babysitter’

As part of new kids’ content partnership, companies will develop new original animated series and mobile game, both based on ‘Arpo,’ a popular YouTube show ‘Arpo.’

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