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Join the Conversation on February 16: ‘Drawing Ourselves: Being Black in Animation’

In celebration of Black History Month, The Animation Guild and Black Artists Group will present a free online event exploring the contributions of Black animation pioneers.

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HBO Max Reveals 4 Adult Animated Original Series in Development

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 11:27am

Streamer shares images and synopsis of new projects, part of an aggressive animation programming expansion that includes orders for ‘Clone High,’ ‘Velma,’ and ‘Fired on Mars’ as well as a two season ‘Close Enough’ renewal also announced today.

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HBO Max Order 2 Season Renewal of JG Quintel’s ‘Close Enough’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10:32am

Watch the new Season 2 trailer for the Emmy Award-winning ‘Regular Show’ creator’s animated comedy; new season starts streaming February 25.

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HBO Max Orders ‘Clone High,’ ‘Velma,’ and ‘Fired on Mars’ Adult Comedies

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 9:54am

New animated series underway with Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Bill Lawrence; Mindy Kaling; and Pete Davidson executive producing.

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VFXRIO Presents Pixar Co-Founder Alvy Ray Smith February 7

To celebrate the special free upcoming online presentation VFX Rio launched an original video created by director Matteo Moriconi and XCave Studios founder Rodrigo Hurtado.

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Creative Director Dan Shefelman Launches Mud Pie Labs

Industry veteran launches New York-based animation studio to nurture entry-level talent from underrepresented communities by pairing them with seasoned industry professionals; company received Epic MegaGrant for its work with the nonprofit Musician Treatment Fund.

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Hornet Promotes Eric Lane and Corey Langelotti to Creative Directors

Both artists are known for their diverse skill sets including 3D, VFX, graphic design, photography, animation, and design.

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Nice Shoes Names Colin Loughlin Senior Creative Editor

Having joined the creative production studio’s roster in 2018, artist now takes the lead on growing slate of projects while helping mentor emerging talent.

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Netflix and Creative Duo Roger Black and Waco O’Guin Tie the Knot

New multi-year creative partnership kicks off with the commission of a new animated sci-fi series ‘Farzar;’ long-time team previously created Comedy Central’s ‘Brickleberry’ and Netflix’s ‘Paradise PD.’

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Fred Rogers Productions Names Olubunmi Mia Olufemi Supervising Producer

Peabody Award-winning producer to supervise all phases of production for new animated series, ‘Alma’s Way;’ show will launch fall 2021 on PBS KIDS.

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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.

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Augenblick Studios Appoints Carrie Miller COO

Industry veteran brings expertise in digital production and original IP development; will be tasked with advancing the studio’s vision and distinct approach to animation.

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The Visual Effects Society Announces 2021 Board of Directors’ Officers

Lisa Cooke was named board chair and is the first woman elected to lead the organization; other officers include Emma Clifton Perry, David Tanka, Jeffrey Okun, and Gavin Graham.

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Millimages Names Marina Narishkin Director General

New appointment will spearhead strategic studio transformation through diversification, development of new IP for TV and film, and creation of new global licensing network.

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Adobe Names Pixar Veteran Guido Quaroni Senior Director of Engineering on 3D & Immersive Team

Tech giant taps animation industry veteran to drive innovation across 3D and immersive tools; ‘Substance & 3D News’ livestream to offer glimpse of upcoming releases on Tuesday, January 28.

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John Agbaje Joins Bad Robot as Senior VP, Animation

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 4:54pm

Former FX executive, who helped launch network’s ‘Cake’ animation and live-action anthology series, will oversee animated feature and short film slate for J. J. Abrams' production company, including Dr. Seuss’ ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’

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Cinesite Adds VFX Supervisor Artemis Oikonomopoulou

The 20-year industry veteran comes full circle as she returns to the studio where she began her career armed with an impressive list of film credits.

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Listen: ‘Soul’ Co-Director Kemp Powers Talks Insights, Clarity, and Setbacks

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 12:17pm

In a Spark & Fire podcast about his work on Pixar’s new film, the writer/director discusses the challenge and discipline of writing, and his commitment to working out the wonderful barbershop scene.

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Doug Alberts Joins Hornet’s Director Roster

Director and designer, known for his fun, playful aesthetic, employs a diverse array of creative animation techniques to tell stories; his work include projects for MTV, TED-Ed, and Lyft.

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