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The Cartel Adds Kimberley Mooney, Launches Field Day Entertainment

Veteran development exec will bolster company’s plans to expand its kids, family, and animation business; company teams up with former Netflix and Nickelodeon exec Jenna Boyd to launch new talent-centric production company.

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Andrea Miloro Tapped as Mikros Animation President

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 2:55pm

Former Fox Animation co-president’s appointment reinforces Technicolor’s commitment to expand the company’s feature film and TV production efforts under the Mikros brand.

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The VFX & Post Talent Agency Expands its Roster

Agency that represents visual effects and post-production HoDs and crews welcomes six new professionals as demand for VFX and post work continues to increase.

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bulbKIDZ Launches with Development of ‘Gopher It!’ Preschool Series

New kids’ entertainment company teams up with Canadian creators Andrew Sabiston and Ron Rubin to develop original kids’ show where adventure, learning, laughter, and music are at the heart of every episode.

Honor Has A New Name! Headline News

Netflix Unveils ‘Yasuke’ Official Trailer and Key Art

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 26, 2021 at 4:53pm

The reimagined story of the first African samurai - bound by honor, compelled to defend – debuts globally April 29; directed by LaSean Thomas, the anime series stars LaKeith Stanfield, with animation by ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ production studio MAPPA and music by Flying Lotus.  

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Juice Merges with PixelBox, Opens VFX Studio in Shanghai

The visual effects and sound studio’s new branch makes previously remote services more hands-on for its China-based clients; PixelBox deal increases the studio’s resources and capabilities.

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Hornet Adds Andrea Love to Director Roster

Creator of animated series ‘Cooking with Wool’ uses wool and patience to develop characters for stop-motion animated films; projects include ‘Elder,’ a commercial piece that explores live-in care, and her award-winning short ‘Tulip.’  

A New Power Trio Headline News

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Sequel Snags Power Trio of Directors

‘The Legend of Korra’s Joaquim Dos Santos will be joined by ‘Soul’s Kemp Powers and the first ‘Spider-Verse’s Justin K. Thompson to direct the highly awaited Oscar-winning animated feature’s sequel.

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Sesame Workshop Names Olexa Hewryk VP & Head of Animation

Other recently announced promotions include Sal Perez to supervising producer and VP for Sesame Street Productions, and ‘Sesame Street’ EP Ben Lehmann to senior VP & head of live-action.

More Zombie Fun! Headline News

Netflix Drops New Official ‘Army of the Dead’ Trailer

Zack Snyder’s live-action adventure follows a mercenary heist that goes awry during a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas; starring an all-star international cast, the movie hits theaters and Netflix May 21.

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BlueBolt Names Tracy McCreary Managing Director

VFX house promotes seasoned EP who will help push the active production slate; film and TV projects including ‘The Northman,’ ‘The Great - Season 2, and ‘Becoming Elizabeth.’

An Epic Canine Adventure! Headline News

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Space Dogs: Tropical Adventure’ Clip and Images

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 9:00am

Epic Pictures’ third and final installment of their ‘Space Dogs’ trilogy releases today on VOD; also playing in select theatres, the CG animated film brings astronauts Belka and Strelka back to earth in a new canine adventure.

We’re Still Boldly Going! Headline News

‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ Drops Teaser and Season 2 Release Date

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 8:17am

Mike McMahan’s hit half-hour comedy about the crew of one of Starfleet’s least important ships also gets third season renewal by Paramount+.

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Epic Games Releases Volume 2 of its Virtual Production Field Guide

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 7:00am

Free resource provides in-depth look into virtual production workflows, new methodologies, remote collaboration, in-camera VFX, animation, and what’s coming next in Unreal Engine 5.

Honor Has A New Name! Headline News

Netflix Unveils ‘Yasuke’ Teaser Trailer and Poster

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 6:11pm

Bound by honor, compelled to defend; debuting globally on April 29, the reimagined story of the first African samurai is directed by LaSean Thomas and stars LaKeith Stanfield, with animation by ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ production studio MAPPA and music by Flying Lotus.  

Acting! Headline News

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.

 

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