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‘Mickey Mouse Funhouse’ Brings Welcome Inclusion to the Deaf Community

In the new episode premiering May 13 on Disney Junior, the gang meets Fig, a gnome friend who is deaf; the show joins other series, including ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘DreamWorks Madagascar: A Little Wild,’ and Apple TV’s ‘El Deafo,’ breaking ground for deaf representation, expanding inclusivity and promoting awareness.

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Cartoon Network Studios Launches Initiative to Discover New Artists

Studio teams with Outlook Company’s animation projects incubator Neru Projects, selecting 6 individuals to learn how to collaborate with creative partners and develop original animated series ideas.

Talent development Headline News

Lucasfilm Launches ‘Get in the Door’ Employee Initiative

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 11:41am

Studio is joined by ILM, ILMxLAB and Skywalker Sound on new documentary series and website that showcase opportunities available within the entertainment industry, specifically visual effects, to help the next, more diverse generation of filmmakers get a foot in the door.

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Apply Now: Animated Women UK’s Helen North Achieve Program

The organization’s career development series that supports women in UK’s VFX and animation industries expands with two iterations this year; applications for Spring are due April 11 with application dates for Fall 2022 to be announced.

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Netflix Launching 2nd Animation Foundation Mentorship Session

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 4, 2022 at 9:00am

Program to broaden opportunities for underrepresented talent and bring new voices and stories to the animation space is partnering with Veterans in Media and Entertainment and IllumiNative to identify candidates from the veteran and Native American / Alaskan Native communities.

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Fred Rogers Productions’ ‘Alma’s Way’ and ‘Donkey Hodie’ Secure Grants

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 3:18pm

Company receives funding from the Richard King Mellon Foundation and Heinz Family Foundation in support of onscreen programming and community outreach for the two PBS KIDS animated series.

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HBCU 20x20 and DreamWorks Animation Launch Talent Development Initiative

‘LAUNCH: HBCU Fellowship Program’ to offer select students from HBCUs a chance to participate in 8-week program of workshops, courses, and speaker series aimed at opening career path opportunities in the animation industry; applications now open through March 1, 2022.

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LatinX in Animation Announces First LXiA Spark Animation Grant

By Dan Sarto | Monday, November 15, 2021 at 9:33am

Sponsored by Netflix, the program will award two emerging independent Latinx animation filmmakers with money, mentorship, and support for production on an animated short film; submissions now being accepted through December 10.

Day of the Dead Headline News

CN Celebrates with ‘Drawn to Dia de Muertos’

The holiday, observed November 1-2, is an important tradition-filled event for families to share memories; graphics for this installment were created by Mexico City-based illustrator Valeria Alvarez.

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ASIFA-Hollywood Announces 2021 Student Scholarship Winners

Organization’s Animation Educators Forum has awarded 9 students from 5 states and 4 countries with scholarships totaling $39,730; the funds will be used to help defray costs of software, hardware, creative and academic research, and tuition.

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Guereza Animation Working to Educate Kids Across Africa About COVID

Watch the trailer for ‘Umoja,’ the Nigerian-based studio’s animated miniseries about a group of kids working to keep two villains from spreading misinformation about the virus.

Stop Bullying! Headline News

Cartoon Network Drops ‘Stop Bullying Speak Up - Craig of the Creek’ PSA

Marking National Bullying Prevention Month CN teams up with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center with ‘Kids Take on Bullying Challenge,’ a program/challenge to help kids take on bullying whenever and wherever they see it.

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Triggerfish Teams with E4D on African Animation Industry Job Development

The three-year partnership with German government-funded program aims to foster local job growth through initiatives including free online courses on editing for animation and the launch of a 10-second animation competition for aspiring creators ages 18-35; entry deadline set for November 14.

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Sesame Workshop Expands Autism Initiative, Releases ‘Backyard Camping’ Video with Exceptional Minds

‘See Amazing in All Children’ effort helps families build new routines, increase flexibility, and cope with the challenges of change during turbulent times; new animated short features Julia, Sesame Street’s 4-year-old Muppet with autism, written, produced and animated by artists on the spectrum.

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HBO Max and WarnerMedia Launch Animated Shorts Program

New mentorship and training program seeks to discover artists in underrepresented communities whose style and voice push boundaries in storytelling and animation; up to 7 artists will be selected to participate; applications due by October 24.

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Cabblow Studios Wraps First Virtual Animator Residency

The Johannesburg-based, mother-daughter animation and illustration studio will showcase the new animated shorts produced by up-and-coming artists in a virtual ‘Mini-Festival’ starting October 15.

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Nelvana Launches ‘Talent Incubator: Black Write Edition’

The initiative, developed in partnership with Kids Can Press, is designed to discover, support, and mentor emerging Black storytellers and illustrators in Canada; selected creatives interested in kids’ TV animation with receive support in pitch development and an introduction to industry professionals.

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Netflix Launching Animation Foundations Mentorship Program

Kicking off next month, the program will broaden opportunities for underrepresented talent and bring new voices and stories to the animation space; creatives in both the Latinx and neurodiverse communities have been selected by program partners to participate in the inaugural Fall 2021 group.

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‘Awakening’ #StopAsianHate PSA Honors Asian Americans in Animation

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 7:40am

Oscar-nominated producer Peilin Chou directs powerful short film with the help of artists and creators including Ronnie del Carmen, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Jinko Gotoh, Sanjay Patel, Gennie Rim, John Aoshima, and Henry Yu, in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

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Animism Studios Creates Mental Health PSA During COVID-19 Shut-Down

In a move to keep their artists busy… and employed, the Vancouver-based studio produced ‘Be There for Them,’ a PSA for the Boys and Girls Club – Canada that addresses mental health and loneliness.

International Women's Day Headline News

Cartoon Network’s ‘Drawn to Community’ Premieres Today

In honor of International Women’s Day, the newest installment of the ‘Drawn to’ series feature five creative and passionate girls who are making an impact in their communities.

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See ‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run’ at the Drive-in on Feb 27 and 28

Paramount+ invites LA-based fans to an immersive drive-through experience; see the first episode of the original series ‘Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years’ followed by a screening of the brand-new feature film featuring the whole Bikini Bottom gang.

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Nexus Studios and Neeraja Raj Create ‘The Girl Who Built A Rocket’

In looking to the heavens to engage the public in a conversation about the global water crisis, the thought-provoking 2D spot kicks off WaterAid’s new campaign.

Education Headline News

LAIKA Teams Up with Bowie State University on Stop-Motion Animation Studio

Partnership and donation will enhance BSU’s animation curriculum, building on award-winning studio’s existing career/internship pipeline for the university’s students.

Children's programming Headline News

Fred Rogers Productions’ ‘Donkey Hodie’ Launches May 3 on PBS Kids

Studio receives $3 million grant from Corporation for Public Broadcasting to support production of the new preschool puppet series; previous CPB grants have funded animated kids’ series ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,’ ‘Odd Squad,’ and ‘Peg + Cat.’

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