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Women in Animation Headline News

WIA Launches 2021 Spring Mentorship Program

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 9:54am

Women in Animation continues to expand its annual program by partnering with Black N’Animated, LatinX in Animation, and Rise Up Animation for special focus on mentoring women of color; mentee application submissions begin March 31.  

Workers’ rights Headline News

BFI and BAFTA Issue Action List to Fight Workplace Bullying, Harassment, and Racism

Guidance outlines employers legal and ethical responsibilities; new suite of The Film and TV Charity services provides immediate support for victims.

Bringing Stories of Oceania to Life Headline News

‘Moana’ Director John Musker Talks Story with the ‘Kapaemahu’ Team

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 8, 2021 at 5:54pm

Watch Disney’s legendary Oscar-nominated director as he and the Oscar-shortlisted film’s producers discuss bringing Pacific stories alive through animation. 

Supporting Women in Entertainment Headline News

Netflix Honors International Women’s Day

The streaming giant earmarks the first $5 million of their recently announced Creative Equity Fund for programs that support and promote women in the global entertainment industry; watch the Women’s Day Netflix video, narrated by Janet Mock, honoring groundbreaking women in entertainment history.

Artist Development Headline News

Nine Participants Chosen for Nickelodeon’s Annual Writing and Artist Programs

Programs provide an opportunity to develop and hone creative skills, focusing on cultivating talent through hands-on experience.

Casting Diversity Headline News

Matt Groening Addresses ‘The Simpsons’ Re-Casting Moves

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 7:53am

In a new BBC interview, the iconic show’s creator shares his support for the decision to replace Harry Shearer in the role of Dr. Hibbert, agreeing that change is needed, not just with actors, but the entire industry.

Voice Acting Headline News

Kevin Michael Richardson Replaces Harry Shearer as Dr. Hibbert on ‘The Simpsons’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 22, 2021 at 3:19pm

Following last June’s announcement that white actors would no longer voice Black characters on the show, producers reveal that starting with next week’s episode, Richardson will take over the role Shearer has voiced for over 30 years.

animated short films Headline News

Go Behind-the-Scenes of the Oscar Shortlisted ‘Kapaemahu’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 12:48pm

Watch how Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, and Joe Wilson produced their beautifully animated short that celebrates the long-suppressed, centuries-old story of Waikiki’s mysterious four-boulder monument to the gentle people, both male and female in mind and body, who brought science and healing to the island.

Fighting Against Racism Headline News

Cartoon Network and ‘Steven Universe’ Fight Racism in ‘See Color’ PSA

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 11:01am

The third spot in a set of four developed by Rebecca Sugar and Ian Jones-Quartey each feature a different character from the hit series, providing kids and families productive ways to counter common narratives about racism.

Black History Month Headline News

Join the Conversation on February 16: ‘Drawing Ourselves: Being Black in Animation’

In celebration of Black History Month, The Animation Guild and Black Artists Group will present a free online event exploring the contributions of Black animation pioneers.

Awards Headline News

2021 Kidscreen Award Winners Announced

Winning projects include ‘Madagascar: A Little Wild’ for Preschool - Best New Series, ‘Forky Asks a Question,’ Kids’ Best Animated Series, and ‘Baba Yaga,’ Digital Kids Best Game App and Best Alternative Game.

Black History Month Headline News

Cartoon Network’s ‘Drawn to Making it Happen’ Premieres February 6

Celebrating Black History Month, new episode features 15-year-old Sidney Keys III, entrepreneur, and CEO of Books n Bros, who focuses on promoting literacy among Black boys; new monthly vignettes featuring inspirational stories from real-life kids to be released throughout the year.

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.

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'Kapaemahu’ Helps Revive Hidden Hawaiian History of Healing and Aloha

Beautifully animated, award-winning 2D short celebrates the long-suppressed, centuries-old story of Waikiki’s mysterious four-boulder monument to the gentle people, both male and female in mind and body, who brought science and healing to the island.

People Headline News

Guru Studio Names Jody Jessop Head of Recruiting and Community Engagement

20-year industry veteran will be tasked with leading creative talent recruitment as the company continues a period of unprecedented growth; will also promote the studio’s community initiatives including mentorship and training programs for artists.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Headline News

Cartoon Network’s ‘Drawn to Change’ Premieres January 16

Martin Luther King Jr. Day episode features King’s granddaughter discussing her goals to continue her grandfather’s legacy; new monthly vignettes featuring inspirational stories from real-life kids to be released throughout the year.

short film animation ANIMATIONWorld

‘Cops and Robbers’: Contrasting Childhood Play with Racial Hatred

Premiering today on Netflix, Timothy Ware-Hill and Arnon Manor’s powerful new spoken-word animated short harkens back to simpler days when hands up was for blocking shots on the court, not in the streets.

Black Lives Matter Headline News

Kickstarter for ‘Art of Change’ Book by 100 Artists to Support Black Lives

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 4:19pm

Animation executives Dawn Yamazi and Deb Stone are publishing a collection of themed works from animation, illustration, and fine artists designed to support and inspire a narrative through art.

Women in Animation Headline News

WIA Scholarship Program Welcomes Autodesk, Unity, Animation Mentor, and Toon Boom Partnerships

Women in Animation continues to expand its annual grants program with new and returning partners for 2021 that will help provide deserving college student with educational workshops, animation software, and cash awards.

Community Outreach Headline News

Disney and Lucasfilm Teaming with Nonprofit FIRST Robotics on New Challenges Season

Studios’ 2020-2021 youth robotics collaboration, FIRST Game Changers, powered by ‘Star Wars: Force for Change,’ helps expand STEM learning for students around the world.

Diversity in Casting ANIMATIONWorld

Arif Zahir Breaks Out as the New Cleveland Brown on ‘Family Guy’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 2:12pm

The actor known as Azerzz to his 6.2 million YouTube followers lands his dream role voicing the hit animated series character behind the impression he’s been perfecting for years.

call for entries Headline News

2nd Annual Native American Animation Lab Open for Applications

Intensive multi-day workshop is designed to offer new opportunities for Native American writers, filmmakers and artists interested in breaking into animation; early entry deadline is October 9.

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