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‘Fireman Sam’ and ‘Polly Pocket’ Get New Season Greenlights from WildBrain and Mattel

International distribution deals were also announced for new and previous seasons of the popular animated series as well as ‘Bob the Builder’ and ‘Little People;’ WildBrain is heading to MIPCOM, which runs October 16-19.

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In Solidarity: An Open Letter from WIA President Marge Dean

By Dan Sarto | Monday, August 7, 2023 at 12:03pm

Women in Animation’s president announces the ‘Animating Resilience: Surviving and Thriving in an Uncertain Industry’ series to empower and support industry professionals and students during ‘these tough times.’

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Movella Launches OBSKUR All-in-One Livestream Broadcasting System

Leading mocap tech company’s new application is the first such product built on UE5; OBSKUR Mocap Box, a mocap suit redesigned especially for streaming, also launches.

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Union Launches Montreal VFX Facility

The London-based studio celebrates 15 years with its first international expansion after delivering VFX on projects such as ‘For All Mankind,’ ‘The Irregulars,’ and HBO Max’s award-winning ‘The Banshees of Inisherin.’

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‘Cyberpunk: Edgerunners’ Named Anime of the Year at 2023 Anime Awards

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 6, 2023 at 9:11am

The Netflix series about a street kid trying to survive in a technology and body modification-obsessed future metropolis leads all winners with 6 awards, while ‘JUJUTSU KAISEN 0’ takes best film along with 3 others, in this weekend’s ceremony livestreamed from Tokyo.

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Apple TV+ Drops ‘Pretzel and the Puppies’ Season 2 Sneak Peak

The streamer shares an exclusive clip from the animated series, starring Mark Duplass and Nasim Pedrad, about a modern-day dog family led by a ‘pawsome’ dog daddy named Pretzel: all-new episodes stream globally February 24.

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Apple TV+ Shares ‘Pretzel and Puppies’ Season 2 Trailer

The streamer throws a bone to fans with a peek into the new season of the popular animated series that follows a modern-day dog family led by a ‘pawsome’ dog daddy named Pretzel; all-new episodes stream globally February 24.

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Luma Pictures Helps Grow a ‘Groot’

Marvel Studios’ 5-episode collection of ‘I Am Groot’ animated shorts finds the mischievous toddler sprouting his childhood wings, produced through a close collaboration between director Kirsten Lepore and the VFX studio’s animation director, Raphael Pimentel; the series is now streaming on Disney+.

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Mindshow Powers Personalized Santa Videos on Cameo Kids

The animation company’s real-time proprietary technology delivers Santa’s holiday cheer - powered by high-speed production, automation, and integration with AI.

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‘Animanimals’ Season 2 Triggers Another Stampede of Deals

The 2D animated series created by Julia Ocker follows the absurd adventures of animals who learn important life lessons along the way; 2nd season scores multiple presales, with Season 1 relicensed by current broadcast partners while securing new deals as well.

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Twitch’s VTuber TAKEOvER Starts Today!

Celebrate VTubers and discover their virtual avatars, varied genres, and technical creativity, and learn how to join them during ‘Creator Camp;’ weeklong event includes the first ever ‘VTuber Tournament’ - 30 VTubers compete in a Fall Guys tournament where…” anything can happen!”

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HBO Max Rolls Out ‘House of the Dragon: DracARys’ AR App

With the new GoT franchise series premiering next month, the streamer decides to entrust its fanbase with the care and nurturing of young dragons; developed with The Mill, the augmented reality app is now available for download.

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2022 Kidscreen Award Winners Announced

The annual awards strive to recognize the best in children’s TV and digital media; leading the winners was Glen Keane Productions’ ‘Trash Truck’ for Netflix, which garnered awards for best new series, best-animated series, and best holiday episode.

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Stereo D Rebrands as SDFX Studios

New name reflects the full-service VFX work offered as company works to meet growing industry demand; recent credits include Lucasfilm's ‘The Book of Boba Fett,’ ‘The Mandalorian,’ and Marvel Studios’ ‘Hawkeye.’

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Crunchyroll Announces Sixth Annual Anime Awards Winners

‘Attack on Titan Final’ takes top award as Anime of the Year as well as honors for Best Antagonist, and Best VA Performance in Japanese; ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ Cour 2 garnered 4 awards including Best Girl, Best Fight Scene, Best Character Design, Best Action.

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Netflix and Alain Chabat's ‘Asterix’ Animated Series Moving Forward

The streamer teams up with Les Éditions Albert René, tapping TAT animation studio to create a new show based on the icon comic; the Toulouse-based studio has just launched a recruitment campaign to gear up for production on the series, scheduled to be released in 2024.

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Apple TV+ Releases ‘Pretzel and the Puppies’ Official Trailer and Art

All-new CG animated series, based on the popular kids’ book by the creators of ‘Curious George,’ follows a modern-day dog family led by stay-at-home dad named Pretzel; show hits the streamer February 11.

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2021 Kidscreen Award Winners Announced

Winning projects include ‘Madagascar: A Little Wild’ for Preschool - Best New Series, ‘Forky Asks a Question,’ Kids’ Best Animated Series, and ‘Baba Yaga,’ Digital Kids Best Game App and Best Alternative Game.

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Battat Taps Fonda Snyder to Head New Entertainment Division

Industry veteran will help develop and promote parent company’s IP, while expanding strategic global partnerships with family entertainment companies, animation studios, broadcasters, and streamers.