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Talent development Headline News

‘Universal Animation Writers Program’ 2021 Selections Revealed

5 participants chosen for first-of-its-kind paid one-year program, in partnership with DreamWorks and Illumination, to develop underrepresented voices in film and TV animation through workshops, seminars, sponsorship, and roundtable discussions.

An Even Merrier Christmas 2021 Headline News

Illumination Drops ‘Sing 2’ Trailer and First Look Character Posters

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 9:27am

An all-star cast led by Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, and Scarlett Johansson joins Buster Moon in his next, and most dazzling stage extravaganza yet; the animated musical comedy sequel to 2016’s ‘Sing’ hits theaters Christmas 2021.

People Headline News

Sarah Smith Steps Down at Locksmith Animation as Natalie Fischer Named CEO

Co-founder leaves to develop own projects; former Illumination COO takes the helm, with co-founder and ‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’ producer Julie Lockhart named president of production.

Awards Headline News

Sir Peter Jackson to Receive VES Lifetime Achievement Award

Legendary Academy, DGA, PGA and VES Award-winning filmmaker to be recognized for his valuable contributions to filmed entertainment at the upcoming April 6/7 VES Awards.

People Headline News

Bono, Halsey, and Pharrell Williams Join ‘Sing 2’ Cast

By Dan Sarto | Monday, December 21, 2020 at 11:26am

A host of new characters and actors board the sequel to Illumination’s 2016 hit animated musical comedy sequel, ‘Sing,’ set for a December 22, 2021 theatrical release.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

New ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ and ‘Sing 2’ Release Dates Set

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 10:44am

As part of Universal’s latest theatrical release schedule shuffle, ‘Minions’ sequel is pushed to July 2, 2021; ‘Sing’ sequel moved to December 22, 2021.

The Visual Effects Society Headline News

VES Now Accepting Submissions for 18th Annual VES Awards

Submission forms now available for entering VFX projects in Film, Television, Special Venue, Games, Animation, VR and New Media created between January 1 and December 31, 2019.

The Visual Effects Society Headline News

VES Adds New SPFX Category and Expands Animation Project Eligibility

Starting with upcoming 18th annual awards, Society will recognize special (practical) effects in photoreal projects and allow more category eligibility for animation projects.

The Visual Effects Society Headline News

Martin Scorsese to Receive VES Lifetime Achievement Award

Legendary Academy, DGA and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker to be recognized for his valuable contributions to filmed entertainment at the upcoming January 29 VES Awards.

Illumination Entertainment Headline News

‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ Available Now on Digital and August 27 on Blu-Ray

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 11:19am

Illumination’s star-studded animated comedy sequel, being released on Digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand, answers the question: What are your pets really doing when you’re not at home?  

Illumination Entertainment Headline News

GIVEAWAY: Win a ‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ Plush Toy Schwag Bag!

AWN is giving away one free goodie bag filled with fluffy critters like Gidget and Mel from the sequel to Illumination Entertainment’s 2016 hit animated comedy, ‘The Secret Life of Pets,’ now playing in theatres. 

VES Awards VFXWorld

The 17th Annual VES Awards: Reactions, Photos, Jokes & More Jokes

By Dan Sarto | Friday, February 8, 2019 at 1:55pm

Take a closer look at the winners of the 17th annual VES Awards, both onstage and off, at this year’s Visual Effects Society gala.

Dreamworks Animation Headline News

Margie Cohn Appointed President, DreamWorks Animation

Chris deFaria to depart DWA following the global release of ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’; Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri to continue to act as senior advisor.

box office Headline News

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Barely Edges 'The Grinch’ to Remain Box Office Champ

By Dan Sarto | Monday, December 10, 2018 at 12:27pm

Disney’s ‘Wreck-it Ralph’ sequel holds off Illumination’s Christmas tale to take top spot for third straight week.

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