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Stoopid Buddy Stoodios and AMC Announce ‘Ultra City Smiths’ Cast

Created by Steve Conrad, the stop-motion animated series is slated for Summer 2021 release; all-star voice lineup includes John C. Reilly, Da’vine Joy Randolph, Jimmi Simpson, Bebe Neuwirth, Melissa Villaseñor, and Jason Mantzoukas.

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DNEG Names Roy C. Anthony Global Head of Research

Industry trailblazer tapped to lead innovation across company’s VFX and animation teams, with a focus on emerging technologies, real-time technology, and the use of AI; previous SIGGRAPH chair will also nurture relationships with SIGGRAPH, VES and other industry organizations.

Otaku! Headline News

Taking on the Yakuza, Plagues, and Mechs in ‘Killtopia’ Cyberpunk Saga

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 1:55pm

Transmedia startup Voltaku, fueled by an Epic MegaGrant, begins development on animated series about two siblings’ adventures in a futuristic megacity, directed by Oscar-nominee Ruairi Robinson and penned by ‘Spine of Night’ director Philip Gelatt.

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Marci Proietto to Lead 20th Television Animation for Disney

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 1:51pm

29-year Fox TV veteran, who has worked on over 2,400 episodes at the studio, will lead Disney TV’s newly formed production unit devoted entirely to the studio’s animated TV properties, including ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Central Park,’ ‘Solar Opposites,’ and upcoming ‘Koala Man.’

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Glassworks Promotes Amsterdam-Based Leadership

Belén Palos is named head of production and Chris Kiser is named COO; Kiser will remain active in creative efforts while mapping out the strategic growth opportunities for the studio.

Animation Festivals Headline News

Final Selections Announced for the Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards

Winners will be revealed at a May 29 ceremony; event will also honor the Cuban cartoonist and animation film director Juan Padrón.

 

Casting Extravaganza Headline News

‘The Witcher’ Season 2 Casts Seven New Characters

Familiar favorites Nenneke, Philippa Eilhart, Dijkstra, Rience, and Codringher will appear alongside original character Ba’lain and a gender swapped Fenn.

Events Headline News

SIGGRAPH Celebrates Women of Influence Panel Coming March 31

Join the conversation; virtual event features a discussion with women who shaped the organization and continue to blaze new trails in the computer graphics industry.

Mentoring Headline News

‘Togather’ Named Grand Winner of ‘Sony Talent League by THU’

Winning project is a platform that allows sharing of custom digital brushes inspired by real-life objects; finalists include a fantasy role-playing game ‘Kawia's Adventure’ and ‘Icebreakers,’ a VR comic that invites individuals to step into the panels of a pirate adventure.

On-set Abuse Allegations Headline News

Ray Fisher Disputes ‘Justice League’ Investigation Findings

The Cyborg actor fired back on Twitter after WarnerMedia Studios CEO Ann Sarnoff defended investigation findings involving his allegations of film set abuse.

People Headline News

VFX Supervisor Jep Hill Joins Alkemy X

25-year industry veteran brings technical and creative skills acquired while working at the forefront of emerging visual effects technology; his hire comes on the heels of continued growth in the media company’s VFX division.

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ArsenalFX Color Expands Team

Cortney Haile named VP of business development, Albert Soto named chief engineer, and J.R. Benson senior colorist; new hires will support increased offerings including scripted VFX and on-set supervision.

People Headline News

Games Workshop Names Finn Arnesen Head of Entertainment Development

Group taps former Hasbro Studios exec to expand the company’s extensive ‘Warhammer’ IP with new live-action and animated content; three animated shows are nearing completion with a half dozen still under development.

Mimic This Headline News

‘Hawkeye’ Spinoff with Native American Character Echo in Early Development

Soon to be introduced in Disney+’s ‘Hawkeye’ series, the deaf fighter, aka Maya Lopez, can mimic any movements or fighting styles she sees and held the moniker of ‘Ronin’ before passing it off to Clint Barton for ‘Endgame.’

Business Headline News

‘Looney Tunes Cartoons’ EP Inks Development and Production Deal

Under terms of agreement, Emmy-nominated Pete Browngardt will produce original animated programming across Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios, with access to both studios’ extensive IP libraries, for viewing on all WarnerMedia platforms.

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.

They’re Back! Headline News

New ‘Rugrats’ Series Fills Out Voice Cast

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 19, 2021 at 10:15am

Tony Hale, Natalie Morales, Anna Chlumsky, and Michael McKean among actors joining the original voice cast on Nickelodeon’s reimagined CG show, premiering this Spring on Paramount+, with a network release planned later in the year.

Dept. of Had to Happen Headline News

Mike and Sulley Return in ‘Monsters At Work’ Disney+ Series

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 12:03pm

Kid’s laughter, not screams, now fuels Monstropolis; Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Bonnie Hunt, and Mindy Kaling lend their voices to characters old and new in the highly anticipated show, which premieres July 2.

Ho Ho Ho! ANIMATIONWorld

Everyday Family Dysfunction Heads North in SYFY’s ‘The Pole’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 10:35am

For series creators Matthew Bass and Theodore Bressman, druggie penguins, workshop politics, and a ‘dick pic’ scandal are mere foreplay in the twisted power struggle over the Red Suit; their new animated comedy about an extremely flawed Santa premieres tonight on SYFY.

TV Animation Headline News

‘Birdgirl’ Flies onto Adult Swim

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 1:02pm

There’s a new CEO at Sebben & Sebben… and her misfit superhero clan promises droll humor and witty banter as they fight against irresponsible 20th century products; new half-hour comedy series premieres April 4.

Awards Headline News

VES to Honor Three-Time Academy Award Winner Rob Legato

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 11:34am

Visual Effect Society names veteran VFX supervisor, second unit director and DP as this year’s recipient of the VES Creative Excellence Award; innovative filmmaker won Oscars for ‘Titanic,’ ‘Hugo,’ and ‘The Jungle Book.’

You’re Invited! Headline News

‘Descendants: The Royal Wedding’ Animated Special Coming to Disney Channel

Auradon's epic social event of the season, Mal and King Ben's wedding, premieres this summer, with the original live-action cast back to handle voice acting duties.

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