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Sphere Animation and BYUtv Team Up on ‘Saving Me’

The animated comedy adventure marks the first coloration between the Montreal-based animation studio and BYU Broadcasting; currently in production, the series debuts in October.

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Netflix Greenlights ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Fourth and Final Season

All good things must come to an end… but fans get one more season of the hugely popular series that will see the return of cast members Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Justin H. Min, Ritu Arya, and Colm Feore; Steve Blackman returns as writer, showrunner, director, and executive producer.

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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.

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Flying Bark Ups Sarah Harper to Creative Director – 2D

Longtime studio creative joins leadership team to oversee 2D projects for both original and client service work, focusing on anime-influenced traditional animation and the recently announced After Bark brand.

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HBO Max Cancels ‘Driftwood’ Three Months After Being Greenlit

The animated feature gets the axe as part of Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslov’s mission to cut $3 billion in costs; executives Tom Ascheim and Allison Abbate among staffers let go in the cost-cutting effort.

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Framestore Adds VFX Supervisor François Dumoulin

The studio’s Canada-based VFX supervisor roster expands with former Rodeo FX supe; this follows the integration of Method Studios’ team, which recently added 6 VFX supervisors across the company’s Montreal and Vancouver locations.

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Game Giant Embracer Snags Rights to Everything Tolkien

The Swedish video game conglomerate has purchased Middle Earth Enterprises, which holds the rights to all the famed author’s published works, including ‘Lord of the Rings,’ ‘The Hobbit,’ and other properties.  

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‘Black-ish’ Director Kenya Barris Boards ‘Wizard of Oz’ Remake

Warner Bros. and Khalabo Ink Society planning to take audiences down the yellow brick road once again in a ‘modern reimagining’ of L. Frank Baum’s famed property.

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Peacock and Lionsgate Ink Deal to Expand ‘John Wick’ Universe with Prequel Series

A three-part special, ‘The Continental,’ will explore the origin story and inner workings of the exclusive hotel, which serves as a refuge for assassins and a centerpiece of the hugely popular franchise; the limited series will hit the streamer in 2023.

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Milk VFX and Loud Minds Teaming-Up on ‘Surviving Earth’

Just commissioned NBC 8-part series will take a factual journey into prehistory with a broad range of digital environments, landscapes, and creatures; production kicks off production later this year with the show slated to stream on Peacock.

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Tubi Greenlights ‘Breaky Bear’ Animated Comedy

Joining the platform’s expanding adult animation slate comes a tale of three bears - drug dealers defending their turf from fracking with the help of their furry woodland friends; a release date for the show, animated by Bento Box Entertainment, has not been announced.

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‘Love, Death + Robots’ Renewed for Volume IV

Netflix has picked up another round of David Fincher and Tim Miller’s acclaimed adult animated anthology; the next volume promises more original animated entries brimming with terror, imagination, and beauty.

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Territory Studio Names Russ Gautier Creative Director

Emmy-Nominated animator bolsters design studios’ creative team, bringing a wealth of experience and credits, including ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Thor: Ragnarok, Skyscraper,’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame.’

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Six Point Harness Shares ‘The Great Wolf Pack: A Call to Adventure’ Trailer

Directed by Chris Bailey, the film features The Great Wolf Resorts’ furry mascots, donning their big screen makeover, adventuring out to help others in need; the movie premieres across the resorts’ North American locations Labor Day weekend.

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Trioscope Begins Licensing Proprietary ‘Trioscope Platform’ Technology

The suite of production and post-production tools fuses live-action with CG elements to create highly stylized worlds; tech and media exec Greg Mandel joins Board of Advisors as business strategy advisor.

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Streamland Media Nabs Ingenuity Studios

Joining Picture Shop, Ghost VFX, Formosa Group, and Picture Head, the newly acquired VFX studio expands the post company’s stable of top creative service providers.

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Omid Rahmat Returns to Jon Peddie Research as Executive VP

Industry veteran in computer graphics, digital media, mobile tools, and services brings extensive business and tech experience to his new role at the industry’s leading market research firm.

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DNEG Promotes Chas Jarrett to Creative Director

VFX veteran takes the reins from current creative director and two-time Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Paul Franklin, who will continue providing visual effects consulting to the company on features as well as develop and direct new projects.

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MTV Greenlights Chris Rock’s ‘Everybody Still Hates Chris’ Animated Series

Network announces straight-to series order for show based on the award-winning ‘Everybody Hates Chris’ live-action series inspired by the comedian’s experiences growing up as a skinny nerd in Brooklyn.

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