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Honor Has A New Name! Headline News

Netflix Unveils ‘Yasuke’ Teaser Trailer and Poster

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 6:11pm

Bound by honor, compelled to defend; debuting globally on April 29, the reimagined story of the first African samurai is directed by LaSean Thomas and stars LaKeith Stanfield, with animation by ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ production studio MAPPA and music by Flying Lotus.  

Acting! Headline News

Stoopid Buddy Stoodios and AMC Announce ‘Ultra City Smiths’ Cast

Created by Steve Conrad, the stop-motion animated series is slated for Summer 2021 release; all-star voice lineup includes John C. Reilly, Da’vine Joy Randolph, Jimmi Simpson, Bebe Neuwirth, Melissa Villaseñor, and Jason Mantzoukas.

People Headline News

DNEG Names Roy C. Anthony Global Head of Research

Industry trailblazer tapped to lead innovation across company’s VFX and animation teams, with a focus on emerging technologies, real-time technology, and the use of AI; previous SIGGRAPH chair will also nurture relationships with SIGGRAPH, VES and other industry organizations.

Run Wild Run Free! ANIMATIONWorld

DreamWorks Animation Returns to the Frontier in ‘Spirit Untamed’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 12:06pm

Elaine Bogan directs the latest chapter in the ‘Spirit’ franchise, about a headstrong girl who finds a kindred spirit in a wild Mustang, being released by Universal exclusively in theatres on June 4.

Run Wild Run Free! Headline News

DreamWorks Animation Drops Official ‘Spirit Untamed’ Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 9:06am

Isabela Merced, Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Andre Braugher, and Walton Goggins star in director Elaine Bogan’s animated adventure about a headstrong girl longing to belong; coming to theatres June 4.

Machines Rule! Headline News

Netflix Drops ‘The Mitchells vs. the Machines’ Trailer and Images

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 7:44am

Premiering April 30th, animated comedy from the Oscar-winning ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ producers tells the story of a dysfunctional family’s fight to reconnect… and save the world from a robot apocalypse.

Business Headline News

Marci Proietto to Lead 20th Television Animation for Disney

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 1:51pm

29-year Fox TV veteran, who has worked on over 2,400 episodes at the studio, will lead Disney TV’s newly formed production unit devoted entirely to the studio’s animated TV properties, including ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Central Park,’ ‘Solar Opposites,’ and upcoming ‘Koala Man.’

People Headline News

Glassworks Promotes Amsterdam-Based Leadership

Belén Palos is named head of production and Chris Kiser is named COO; Kiser will remain active in creative efforts while mapping out the strategic growth opportunities for the studio.

Annecy 2021 is Coming! Headline News

Official Short Form Selections Unveiled for Annecy 2021 Festival

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 7:29am

44 shorts, 47 graduate films, 26 TV films and 32 commissioned films will compete; the hybrid virtual/physical event is set for June 14-19, as festival organizers continue to weigh options for how best to provide a safe and enjoyable on-site experience.

People Headline News

VFX Supervisor Jep Hill Joins Alkemy X

25-year industry veteran brings technical and creative skills acquired while working at the forefront of emerging visual effects technology; his hire comes on the heels of continued growth in the media company’s VFX division.

People Headline News

ArsenalFX Color Expands Team

Cortney Haile named VP of business development, Albert Soto named chief engineer, and J.R. Benson senior colorist; new hires will support increased offerings including scripted VFX and on-set supervision.

TV Animation Headline News

Hulu Greenlights Justin Roiland and Michael Cusack’s ‘Koala Man’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 12:31pm

The ‘Rick and Morty’ and ‘Solar Opposites’ co-creator teams with ‘YOLO: Crystal Fantasy’s creator on a new family animated comedy about an Aussie dad living a not too secret life as a suburban superhero – he has no powers, but he does have passion! 

People Headline News

Games Workshop Names Finn Arnesen Head of Entertainment Development

Group taps former Hasbro Studios exec to expand the company’s extensive ‘Warhammer’ IP with new live-action and animated content; three animated shows are nearing completion with a half dozen still under development.

Mimic This Headline News

‘Hawkeye’ Spinoff with Native American Character Echo in Early Development

Soon to be introduced in Disney+’s ‘Hawkeye’ series, the deaf fighter, aka Maya Lopez, can mimic any movements or fighting styles she sees and held the moniker of ‘Ronin’ before passing it off to Clint Barton for ‘Endgame.’

Business Headline News

‘Looney Tunes Cartoons’ EP Inks Development and Production Deal

Under terms of agreement, Emmy-nominated Pete Browngardt will produce original animated programming across Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios, with access to both studios’ extensive IP libraries, for viewing on all WarnerMedia platforms.

Business Headline News

The Carlyle Group and Epic Games Take Equity Positions in xR Leader disguise

Investment firm and Unreal Engine creator become stakeholders in extended reality technology company; partnerships will accelerate growth, with focus on international expansion, continued innovation, and enhanced support and product offerings for its customers.

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Nickelodeon Announces Its Biggest Animation Slate in 40 Years

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 19, 2021 at 8:48am

Network unveils aggressive set of greenlights and new series announcements at virtual upfront show, as it continues to expand across the kids and families entertainment space.

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Mike and Sulley Return in ‘Monsters At Work’ Disney+ Series

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 12:03pm

Kid’s laughter, not screams, now fuels Monstropolis; Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Bonnie Hunt, and Mindy Kaling lend their voices to characters old and new in the highly anticipated show, which premieres July 2.

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‘Peppa Pig’ Gets Massive 104 Episode Greenlight, New Animation Studio

Hugely popular animated preschool series will see fresh content through at least 2027; Astley Baker Davies passes the production torch to British animation studio Karrot, with director Andrea Tran at the helm.

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