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Genndy Tartakovsky Inks Overall Deal with Cartoon Network Studios and Warner Bros. Animation

Under the exclusive multiyear cross-studio agreement, the award-winning creator, producer, and director will develop, create, and produce original animated programming for both studios; the announcement was made at a Studio Focus presentation at Annecy 2022.

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Chris Miller Signs on to Direct Untitled ‘Smurfs’ Animated Musical

The official announcement will be made June 16 at a special Nickelodeon and Paramount Animation presentation at Annecy 2022; the animated musical is slated for a  December 2024 release.

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Disney Branded Television Names Meredith Roberts Exec VP, TV Animation

As Sr. VP/GM at Disney Television Animation, she has overseen the development of current animated slate, making the studio home to a notable roster of creative talent while launching initiatives promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion.

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BUCK Taps Industry Veterans for Original Animation Dept. Leadership

Ex-Cartoon Network exec Mike Rauch joins as Head of Original Animation, Mike Bertino is elevated to Director, Content & Story, and Cassie Asta comes on board as Animation Development Coordinator.

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Psyop’s ‘Bottle Cap’ Short Headed to Series

An Official Selection at Annecy 2022, Marie Hyon and Marco Spier’s film stars Shelton, an insecure fiddler crab who dreams of being ‘average’; Michael Ryan to showrun, with production to begin Fall 2022.

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DNEG Announces xStudio Free Open Source Review Application

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 10, 2022 at 8:00am

Coming later this year, the app is aimed at establishing an industry-standard toolset for collaborative review; designed to integrate into individual pipelines, teams can review shots, edits, and grades in a single, unified application on all desktop platforms and operating systems.

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MotorTrend+ Greenlights ‘Super Turbo Story Time’ Adult Animated Series

Titmouse to co-produce new 2D animated show bringing car lovers together to share their wildest automotive stories, all while riffing and lobbing jokes at one another; release set for Q1 2023.

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All-New ‘Hello Kitty: Super Style’ Series Coming in 2022

Kids First Distribution has inked a number of deals across Europe and Latin America for the original 3D animated series, based on Sanrio’s iconic franchise; commissioned by Amazon Kids+, the show is produced by Watch Next, Monello and Maga Animation Studio.

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Adriano Schmid Named VP of PBS Kids Content

Hailing from Warner Bros. Discovery, the exec comes onboard June 13, tasked with driving expansion of the kids’ multi-platform content strategy while developing new approaches to production for emerging platforms and overseeing the PBS Kid’s content team.

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OIAF 2022 Pitch THIS!’ Submissions Now Open

The festival and Mercury Filmworks announce the annual competition’s in-person return as part of TAC, offering Canadian creators a unique opportunity to refine their craft and reach an audience of peers, studio executives, and potential buyers; entry deadline is June 30.

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Workers on ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Family Guy,’ and ‘American Dad’ Vote to Unionize

Following in the footsteps of workers at Titmouse NY and LA, and ShadowMachine, the series’ production staffs file to join The Animation Guild and begin collective bargaining.

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Paramount+ Releases ‘Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe’ Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 3:54pm

Yes, Mike Judge’s purveyors of all things mindless and inappropriate are back in an all-new movie debuting later this month that takes the pair into space, through a black hole, and into the future… of 2022.

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‘Looney Tunes: What's Up Block?’ Blockchain Program Launches This Summer

Warner Bros. and Nifty’s launch story driven NFTs for the legendary animated franchise; first drop features ‘Tweety’ in celebration of his 80th anniversary.

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‘Mortal Kombat’ Helmer Simon McQuoid to Direct ‘Omega’ Sci-Fi Feature

Blair Butler, a seasoned horror screenwriter who also produced Hulu and Marvel’s ‘Hellstrom’ series, is working on a new version of the script.

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New Episode of ‘Take My Muffin’ Hits YouTube

Financed entirely by the crypto community and developed by Toonbox Studio, the adult animated series features the misadventures of an amnesic unicorn; episodes 1 and 2 now streaming.

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Les Femmes s’Animent Announces Diversity Initiative ‘A Woman’s Journey’ Sponsors

The Franco-African Initiative preps women creators from France and Africa to pitch projects at Annecy 2022; Netflix, Canal+, France Télévisions, Newen Studios Group, CITIA, the French Ministry of Culture, Region Réunion, and the French Embassy of Benin have signed on to lend their support.

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Jorge Gutierrez’s ‘Kung-Fu Space Punch’ Not Moving Forward at Netflix

The ‘Maya and the Three’ creator told his Twitter followers that he’s optimistic the project will be made, even if he has to set up a new studio to get it done.

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Animated Adventure Film ‘Lendarys’ Pre-Sold to Multiple Countries at Cannes

The movie, from Philippe Duchene and Jean-Baptiste Cuvelier, is being planned as a multimedia franchise following its international run.

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Ed Catmull Joins Baobab Studios’ Board of Directors

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 9:22am

The Pixar co-founder and former Walt Disney Animation Studios president will serve alongside Twitch co-founder Kevin Lin and PDI co-founder Glenn Entis.

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Technicolor Games Reveals Big Hiring Push

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 12:10pm

New president Jeaneane Falkler and executive creative director Sylvain Doreau are leading an aggressive recruitment effort as the group joins fellow Technicolor Creative Studios business brands MPC, The Mill, and Mikros Animation in providing a growing suite of production services across games IP, from in-game assets to TV advertising, interactive experiences, animation and feature length film.

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