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Smile + Wave Names Shenny Jaffer Executive Producer

Agency and animation production veteran joins post-production collective to support strategic and creative planning from conception through execution.

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Conductor Technologies Names Julie McDonald Head of Business Development

VFX and animation industry veteran brings vast experience from biz dev at cloud-based animation platform Nimble Collective to editorial and post-supervision at Pixar Animation; in her new role she will assist studios and artists in quick and easy transitions to pop-up render capacity.

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Disney Television Animation Names Sarah Finn Senior Vice President

The longtime Disney executive has been promoted to ‘second-in-command,’ after serving as VP of Production and Executive Director; in her new role she will lead all physical production of the studio’s content for Disney+, Disney Junior, and Disney Channel.

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Lee Rosenthal Named President of Worldwide Physical Production at Paramount, Nickelodeon

The newly created position serves Paramount Pictures’ mission to achieve greater brand synergy with Nickelodeon Studios.

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ATKPLN Adds 3 Key Hires in Chicago Expansion

The studio, which kicked off the new year with a refreshed look and midwestern presence, adds Chicago-based creatives Daniel Pernikoff as associated creative director, Travis Saul as creative technical superviso,r and Scott Rachwalski as art director/CG supervisor.

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Spire Animation Secures $20 Million from Epic Games and Connect Ventures

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 1:41pm

Investment will enable Unreal Engine integration into studio’s feature film animation pipeline to allow simultaneous build out of worlds and experiences for the metaverse; Danny McBride’s ‘Trouble’ set as first project to use new collaborative real-time technology.

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Taylor James Bolsters Creative Team with Key New Hires

Following a year of rapid growth, the studio gears up for 2022’s continued success by adding award-winning creative director Luciano Tapia, and CG leads Bill Mata and Fola Akinola.

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‘The Legend of Vox Machina’: A Dream Project Made by Loyal Fans and Long-Time Friends

What began as a livestreamed web series about a group of friends playing ‘D&D,’ has become 24 episodes of an animated adult fantasy-adventure featuring an excitable band of misfits with a fondness for boozing, brawling, and just generally F**king S**t up, desperately trying to pay off their mounting bar tab; highly anticipated show hits Prime Video today, January 28.

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Woodblock Names Luiza Cruz-Flade and Crystal Campbell Executive Producers

Based in London and Berlin, respectively, new hires will bolster the studio’s growth in direct-to brand offerings, build the studio’s reputation in the UK and Europe, and develop and secure new projects.

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Barbara Ford Grant Named President NEP Prysm Stages

Role NEP Group’s newly formed business unit will focus on expanding company’s global virtual production solutions while supporting its network of permanent stages for film and tv.

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Skydance Animation’s ‘Luck’ Gets Release Date and Additional Voice Cast

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 9:32am

Eva Noblezada, Simon Pegg, and Lil Rel Howery join Whoopi Goldberg and Jane Fonda on the Peggy Holmes-helmed CG feature about Sam Greenfield, the unluckiest person in the world, who must unite with magical creatures to turn her luck around; an Apple Original Films and Skydance parnership, the film hits Apple TV+ August 5.

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Adult Swim Promotes Gill Austin to VP/Creative Director

The Cartoon Network veteran began in 1996 as an intern working on ‘Space Ghost Coast to Coast,’ before becoming a production assistant on the launch of Toonami; will now lead creative direction and implement all network promotion, communication, and sponsorships.

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David Derrick Jr. to Direct Disney’s ‘Moana’ Series

Musical being produced for Disney+ is set as the inaugural project at company’s new Vancouver studio opening later this year; Oscar-nominated Osnat Shurer will serve as the show’s producer.

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Territory Studio Names Colleen Butler Executive Producer

Bringing extensive entertainment, gaming and publishing experience, the Mutiny Pictures co-founder will oversee business development out of company's San Francisco office.

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Prime Video Drops ‘The Legend of Vox Machina’ Official Trailer

The rather excitable band of misfits, based on Critical Role’s first livestreamed tabletop RPG campaign, is ready to F**k S**t up!; the highly anticipated all-new adult animated fantasy-adventure series hits the streamer January 28.

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Genius Brands and ChizComm Founders Part Ways Under Contradictory Claims

Harold and Jennifer Chizick are out less than a year after their company was acquired by the growing kids’ media company; business will continue under the leadership of Donna MacNeil and Kathleen Campisano.

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In-Person Kidscreen Summit 2022 Postponed Until Summer

Miami event rescheduled to July 18-21; Kidscreen Summit Virtual to run as planned March 7-11 with full online program including panels, presentations and Q&As.

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Sentai Acquires ‘Teasing Master Takagi-san’ Season 3 and Upcoming Feature

Latest season of show, based on award-winning manga of the same name, will stream exclusively outside Asia on HIDIVE as part of Winter 2022 simulcast season.

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