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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.

Motion Picture Academy Headline News

Academy Invites 395 New Members

Short Film and Feature Animation branch adds 39 new members, with 34 added to the Visual Effects branch; Academy cuts number of new invitees while reaffirming goals to cultivate membership that reflects the diverse film community.

Mentorships Headline News

The Chimaera Project Launches Fall 2021 Women’s Mentorship Program

SUPPORT.HER offers women filmmakers – cis, trans, and non-binary inclusive – career guidance and assistance from industry professionals; applications now being accepted through July 31.

pride month Headline News

Cartoon Network Debuts ‘Drawn to Expression’

Celebrating Pride Month, new episode recognizes kidsand families in the LGBTQIA+ community and how they express themselves and their individuality through various creative outlets.

WIA at Annecy Headline News

Speakers Announced for 5th Women in Animation World Summit

Program lineup and list of presenters revealed for this year’s event, presented in collaboration with the Annecy International Animation Festival and Mifa 2021 hybrid editions, viewable beginning June 14; this year’s theme is ‘The Business Case for Diversity.’

Don’t Spread the Truth About Me Headline News

Morrissey Takes Offense at ‘The Simpsons’ Parody

The eternally gloomy former The Smiths’ frontman has spoken out against the ‘harshly hateful tactics’ of a recent ‘The Simpsons’ episode, which pokes fun at his elitist and bigoted opinions.

Fighting Against Racism Headline News

Cartoon Network Launches ‘Be An Ally’ PSA

Final anti-racism campaign spot developed by ‘Steven Universe’ creator Rebecca Sugar and Ian Jones-Quartey discusses the importance of changing the racist system by standing up and speaking up when seeing what’s unfair. 

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‘She-Ra and the Princesses of Power’s Big, Beautiful Lesbian Love Finale

Nominated for two Annie Awards, Noelle Stevenson and DreamWorks Animation’s hit series may have ended its five-season Netflix run, but it’s unflinching support for lifestyle diversity, and message that love and friendship will conquer the fear of failure, will continue to positively impact audiences well into the future.

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.

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.

Awards Headline News

‘Honoring Our Stories’ Themed 'Black in Animation Awards Show' Coming December 6

Black Women Animate and Cartoon Network Studios launch new initiative to recognize and honor Black people in animation who are blazing a trail to the future.

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