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Unity Acquires SpeedTree Creator Interactive Data Visualization

Software platform for vegetation modeling and environment creation to become more deeply integrated within the Unity ecosystem; future benefits will include faster and better artist authoring workflows and creation capabilities.

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NEP Group Buys Prysm Collective, Lux Machina and Halon Entertainment

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 2:32pm

Newly launched NEP Virtual Studios acquires leading real-time production companies to expand its growing virtual production business; former Digital Domain CEO Cliff Plumer named group leader.

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Crunchyroll and Zoe Saldana Developing ‘Dark Star Squadron’

Actress’ Cinestar Pictures partners with the global anime brand to develop epic space opera; deal coincides with platform’s announcement they’ve surpassed 5 million subscribers and 120 million registered users worldwide.

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Cartoonito Debuts Program Trailer and ‘Sneak Peek’ Clips

Get a first look at Ellen DeGeneres’ ‘Little Ellen’ and ‘Lucas the Spider,’ both part of WarnerMedia’s upcoming Cartoonito preschool block set to launch on HBO Max and Cartoon Network this fall.

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Falcon’s Beyond Taps Epic Story for Move into Animation and Games

Popular family vacation brand from Sol Katmandu Park & Resort in Mallorca, Spain reveals expansive plans to grow its IP universe across animated films, episodic series, consumer products, and gaming.

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CoSA VFX Fills Key Leadership Roles at Georgia Facility

Brigitte Stanovick and Mark Davis move from LA office to Atlanta to support growing roster of high-profile episodic and feature projects; former senior post-production and project manager will network with local industry leaders, while former compositor heads up 2D team.

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Netflix Orders ‘Chicago Party Aunt’ Animated Series

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 9:33am

Based on Chris Witaske’s popular Twitter account of the same name and starring Lauren Ash, the adult comedy about the hard-charging Diane Dunbrowski, AKA The Chicago Party Aunt, premieres September 17.

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Shaquille O’Neal’s ‘Headnoise’ Examines the Pressure to Succeed

Legendary former NBA star to co-write, produce, and narrate new CG animated short about two young basketball hopefuls, the stresses they face as they follow their true passions, and the anxiety that can come from listening to your internal ‘head noise.’

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AFX Creative Adds Nicole Fina as Executive Producer

Former Digital Domain executive producer brings extensive experience in global advertising campaigns, music videos, and live event holograms, including key content for the Academy Awards and Super Bowl.

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Amazon Studios Orders Neil Gaiman’s ‘Anansi Boys’ Series Adaptation

Based on the prolific author’s 2005 book of the same name, the limited series, about a young boy who discovers his recently deceased father was the trickster god of stories, begins shooting in Scotland later this year.

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Rodney Rothman and Adam Rosenberg Launch Modern Magic

The Oscar-winning ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ writer/director and former MGM co-president’s new company will focus on event animation and live-action; 20 projects underway including feature films and series in various stages of development.

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Foundry Names Christy Anzelmo Chief Product Officer

In her new role, the company’s former senior director of product will lead the product management and design teams in their planning and delivery of products across media and entertainment, and digital design industries.

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‘Baby Shark’ Movie in Development at Nickelodeon

The network and SmartStudy are co-producing the brand-new original animated film; the popular ‘Baby Shark’s Big Show!’ series also gets a Season 2 greenlight.

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Framestore London Names Stephen Goalby Head of Design UK

Industry veteran will lead the design team as the studio continues its expansion; upcoming work will run from hand-drawn 2D to futuristic UI sequences across film, TV, and immersive.

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Omens Studios Inks MENA Deal with MBC Media

Animation studio’s trio of kids’ series heads to SVOD and AVOD platforms Shahid VIP and Shahid; the deal kicks off later this month with the debut of ‘Counting With Paula’ Season 5 and ‘Leo the Wildlife Ranger.’

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Tim Erickson Named Head of Peanuts Worldwide

Former Disney and DreamWorks executive will work closely with Charles M. Schulz’s family and Wildbrain’s content teams to drive licensing strategy and growth.

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Dandelooo’s ‘Little Bear’ Heading Out Across the Globe

The 2D animated preschool series, commissioned by France Televisions and produced by Supamonks Studio, gets Season 2 greenlight; new deals bringing show to U.S.A., Russia, France, Nigeria, Sweden and host of other countries.

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Framestore Montreal Adds VFX Supervisor Damien Stumpf

Company continues to expand its teams across creative and production departments to service growing slate of film and TV projects; new hire brings 20+ years of visual effects experience to his new role.

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Artlist Acquires Software Company FXhome

Company adds video, VFX and image editing software tools to its already extensive catalog of high-quality creative assets, increasing its service offerings to creators.

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