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Kid’s Content CTV Channels Headline News

Digital Television Russia Taps VlogBox for New Kids’ Content OTT Channels

Video content distribution and monetization platform to develop seven CTV channels featuring popular children’s series including ‘Be-Be-Bears,’ ‘Fantasy Patrol, ‘Heroes of Envell,’ and ‘Cutie Cubies; the deal also includes Roku content management and distribution, PR, and marketing support.

Technology Headline News

Weta Digital and SideFX Bringing Houdini to the Cloud

By Dan Sarto | Monday, August 23, 2021 at 9:03am

New WetaH collaboration marks leading VFX company’s second move to integrate top commercial and proprietary applications in a single cloud-based service.

Business Headline News

Adobe to Buy Frame.io for $1.275 Billion

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 2:20pm

Acquisition will pair leading end-to-end cloud-based video collaboration platform with industry standard Creative Cloud software such as Premiere Pro and After Effects to power the video editing process.

Sing-along With 3 Birdie Buddies! Headline News

Prime Video Releases ‘Do, Re & Me’ Musical Trailer

Kristen Bell’s new CG animated sing-along preschool series premieres September 17 on the streamer and Amazon Kids+; Kids and families can also enjoy the world of ‘Do, Re & Mi’ through toys, a book, a mobile game, and a teacher and family guide.

People Headline News

CoSA VFX Names Devon Irete Associate Executive Producer

Visual effects and post-production veteran joins LA-based business development team, working with U.K.-based executive producer Stephanie Winslow to spearhead studio’s continuing global expansion.

Business Headline News

Ferly and Wild Child Animation Team Up on ‘Butthole Biscuits’

Studios will co-create and develop a new animated adult comedy series that poses the important question, ‘What’s it like for the biscuits at the bottom of the biscuit barrel?’ We can’t wait to find out!

People Headline News

FuseFX’s Brian Kubovcik and Lindsay Seguin Head to Atlanta

Long-time leaders from VFX company’s New York facility go south, bolstering team at growing Georgia location; Kubovick assumes role as head of studio and senior VFX supervisor with Seguin serving as head of production and executive producer at her new post.

We Want More Adventure Time! Headline News

HBO Max Orders ‘Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake’ Series

Streamer moves ahead with all-new animated show featuring the hugely popular ‘Adventure Time’ characters; Adam Muto will showrun and executive produce for Cartoon Network Studios.

Business Headline News

Blue Zoo and Plug-In Media Partner on Regional Animation Hub

Animation studios join forces to shake up the industry in the South of England; with two greenlit projects and commitment to flexible work models born from the pandemic, the joint venture hopes to spark new regional opportunities and growth in animation.

Business Headline News

Wyatt Cenac Inks Deal with Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios

The Emmy Award-winning producer, writer, and performer signs exclusive development and production agreement to create original animated programming for all WarnerMedia platforms.

Business Headline News

Cartoonito Preschool Block Launch Set for September 13

WarnerMedia’s all-new kids’ animation programming, including ‘Little Ellen,’ ‘The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo,’ and ‘Bing,’ is coming to HBO Max and Cartoon Network next month.

Innovative CG Showcase Headline News

SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 Will Be Held in Tokyo and Online

Announcement confirms the hybrid event will take place December 14-17 at the Tokyo International Forum – selected events will also be available virtually; Sony Group Corporation’s executive deputy president and CTO Toru Katsumoto to give keynote.

Business Headline News

Nick’s ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Universe Gets Multiple Pickups

52 new episodes have been ordered across ‘Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years,’ ‘The Patrick Star Show’ and ‘SpongeBob SquarePants.’

People Headline News

Jason DeMarco Expands Duties, Joins Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios

Veteran Adult Swim creative executive named SVP Anime and Action Series/Longform, will lead studios’ expansion into anime development, production, and programming; tenure begins with ‘The Lord of the Rings: The War of Rohirrim.’

Business Headline News

Dan Levy to Co-Write and Star in ‘Standing By’ Animated Series

Hulu orders a presentation from the ‘Schitt’s Creek’ star and ‘Feel Good’ director Ally Pankiw; show takes a satirical look at a group of disgruntled guardian angels.

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Aardman and Gurinder Chadha Teaming on Animated Bollywood Musical

The renowned animation studio and famed ‘Bend it Like Beckham’ writer/director are collaborating on a high-concept film about a young Indian elephant who dreams of becoming a Bollywood dancer.

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‘Housebroken’ Snags Early Season 2 Renewal on Fox

By Dan Sarto | Monday, August 9, 2021 at 11:18am

With new episodes of the series returning tonight, the network pickups up another season of its animated comedy about neighborhood pets working out their issues in therapy from ‘Veep’ colleagues Gabrielle Allan, Jennifer Crittenden and Clea DuVall; series stars include Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte, Tony Hale, and Jason Mantzoukas.

STEAM Standards Headline News

STEAM Accreditation Program Launched for Toy Industry

The Toy Association and the Good Play Guide start program to evaluate and certify kids’ products based on ‘STEAM’ - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math criteria; ‘STEAM Stamp of Approval’ can be used for product packaging as well as digital and traditional marketing platforms.

Business Headline News

IMDb Acquires AVOD Rights for ‘100% Wolf – Legend of the Moonstone’

Set for an exclusive launch August 12, the CG animated series follows a young heir to a werewolf pack – but something goes terribly wrong during his ‘warfing;’ based on the books by Jayne Lyons, the series has been sold in 80 territories.

Giddy up! Headline News

Boat Rocker Greenlights ‘Dino Ranch’ Season 2

Season 1 of the popular animated preschool series now playing on Disney Junior, DisneyNOW, and Disney+; the series follows the Cassidy family who are charged with wrangling a lively herd of dinosaurs who are also their best friends.

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