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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.

National Mental Health Week Headline News

Chris Dainty and The NFB’s ‘Shannon Amen’ Now Streaming

Marking World Mental Health Day, the Canadian filmmaker’s short uses ‘icemation’ combined with stop-motion and puppeteering to explore the life and death of his friend, artist Shannon Jamieson, by capturing her struggles, guilt and anxiety in reconciling her faith with her sexual identity.

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.

BLM Headline News

Ayo Edebiri Replacing Jenny Slate as Missy on ‘Big Mouth’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, August 28, 2020 at 8:36am

Actor and comedian also joins the writers' room for Season 5; move comes two months after show creators apologized for casting white actors in roles for people of color with promise to make changes and be more responsible moving forward.

Community Outreach Headline News

W. Kamau Bell’s Animated ‘Talk Boring to Me’ Examines Much of What Ails the U.S.

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 12:32pm

Thought-provoking, smartly designed YouTube series tackles key social justice issues America is facing, confronting some unpleasant truths while calling us all to action.

Business Headline News

WGA Members Ratify New TV and Film Producers Contract

Three-year deal with Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) secures important gains for members, including a first-ever portable paid parenting benefit fund; additional funding for the WGA pension plan; and additional rights to address inclusion and equity programs with employers. 

BLM Headline News

Emmy Raver-Lampman Takes Over Role of Molly on ‘Central Park’

‘Umbrella Academy’ actress joins Loren Bouchard’s Apple TV series one month after he pledged to find a Black or biracial actress to play the character amid a continuing reckoning over representation in the industry.

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Call for Entries: More Films for Freedom – Deadline August 16

Program encourages submissions from UK-based LGBTIQ+ filmmakers working with storytellers/filmmakers from the African continent and Middle East.

BLM Headline News

‘Big Mouth’ and ‘Central Park’ Will Recast Jenny Slate and Kristen Bell with Black Actors

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 5:11pm

Creators of both animated comedies apologize for casting white actors in roles for people of color, promising to make changes and be more responsible on such issues moving forward.  

Community Outreach Headline News

BAAA Art Auction for Racial Justice Expands for New 3-Day Event

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 19, 2020 at 10:05am

Running June 19-22, auction adds original artwork from numerous noteworthy artists; all proceeds to benefit Equal Justice Initiative.

Les Femmes s’Animent Headline News

LFA’s Women in European Animation Panel Set for June 17 at Annecy 2020

Day-long video conference, ‘Confinement Votre,’ will focus on what women in the industry across Europe have learned and created during the COVID-19 lockdown. 

Business Headline News

Cinesite Bolsters Management Team with Three New Hires

Melissa Taylor, Siobhan Bentley and Tamara Boutcher will oversee feature animation and VFX services in London and Montreal studios.

Community Outreach Headline News

BAAA Online Art Auction Supporting Equal Justice Initiative Now Open

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 1:13pm

Original works from Dice Tsutsumi, Robert Kondo, Kal Athannssov and other prominent industry creatives open for bids through June 14; all proceeds being donated to EJI.

Music Videos ANIMATIONWorld

Fresh Takes: Daniel Sterlin-Altman’s LGBTQ Love Letter, ‘Reach the Sky’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 11:41am

Director’s stop-motion music video, showcasing three queer friends and lots of yarn, delivers a message of support to those struggling to be themselves.

Diversity Headline News

Producers Jinko Gotoh and Marisa Román Talk ‘Klaus’ Crew Diversity

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 4:17pm

New featurette highlights how the filmmakers prioritized inclusion in building one of the most diverse crews in animation history.

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State of California Intervenes to Stop Riot Games Gender Discrimination Settlement

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 2:43pm

Two state agencies are trying to vastly increase the payout and address alleged inadequacies in the non-monetary terms of the proposed $10 million settlement.

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