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Visual Effects Society Announces 2023 Board of Directors Officers

Newly appointed officers include Lisa Cooke as Chair; Susan O’Neal as First Vice Chair; David H. Tanaka as Second Vice Chair; Rita Cahill as VES Secretary; and Jeffrey A. Okun as VES Treasurer.

But Mom! Headline News

Butters Learns Houses Also Have Back Doors in ‘South Park’ Season 26 Teaser

By Dan Sarto | Friday, January 20, 2023 at 1:17pm

Don’t say you weren’t warned; Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s iconic animated series returns February 8 with all-new episodes on Comedy Central.

Technology Headline News

DNEG Releases Open-Source xSTUDIO Playback and Review Application

By Dan Sarto | Friday, January 20, 2023 at 11:40am

Now available on the Academy Software Foundation GitHub, the flexible, feature rich program is designed to meet the diverse needs of a broad range of review scenarios across teams of connected users, whether on set, in office, or remote.

F**k S**t up! ANIMATIONWorld

‘The Legend of Vox Machina’ Team Talks Chroma Conclave Chaos for Season 2

Debuting on Prime Video today, new episodes of the hit adult animated fantasy-adventure series, based on stories and characters developed by Critical Role, promise viewers more wonderful ass-kickery, assuring they’ll be ‘lured in with slap-dickory and butt stuff, only to bring you in and break your hearts.’

Call for Submissions Headline News

Submissions Now Open: 2023 LXiA Spark Animation Grant

Supported by Netflix, the community outreach program awards 3 emerging independent Latinx animation filmmakers with money, mentorship, and support for production of an animated short film; the submission deadline is February 3.

Zelazny Coming to TV? Headline News

Stephen Colbert Boards ‘The Chronicles of Amber’ Series Adaptation

The late-night host will serve as executive producer for the show, based on prolific sci-fi and fantasy author Roger Zelazny's 10 book series about a royal family with the ability to travel through different dimensions of reality, who rule over the one true world: Amber.

The Fans Have Spoken Headline News

‘Velma’ Debuts to Disappointing Audience Scores

The adult animated comedy series focusing on the origin story of ‘Scooby-Doo’s Velma Dinkley and the formation of ‘the greatest team of mystery solvers ever’ has garnered the worst audience score on IMDB as well as a 6% Rotten Tomatoes audience score.

Business Headline News

Genius Brands Consolidates Consumer Platforms Under Newly Created ‘Genius Networks’

Veteran Media and Entertainment executive Todd Steinman named President, Genius Networks, Uniting Kartoon Channel!, Ameba TV, and Frederator Network.

Musical Joyrides! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Jam Van’: Living Postcards, Hybrid Animation, and Music-Loving Best Friends

Global Mechanic’s Bruce Alcock discusses YouTube’s all-new, ‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse’-inspired preschool series – mixing stop-motion, motion graphics, 2D, and live-action - about besties Lamb and Anne the Alligator on their musical travels around the U.S.; series premieres January 19.

Business Headline News

Post House Levels Audio Expands its Animation Department

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 10:14am

The award-winning studio has teamed up with supervising sound editor Hunter Curra (‘Rick and Morty,’ ‘BoJack Horseman’) and senior sound designer James Singleton (‘Big Mouth,’ ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’) on a number of animated projects, including Lord and Miller’s ‘Clone High’ reboot.

Another One in the Can Headline News

‘Snowpiercer’ Series will Not Continue on TNT

In another money-saving move from Warner Bros. Discovery, the final season of the post-apocalyptic drama has been cut from its mother network, and is being shopped to other outlets.

New Animation for 2023 Headline News

Netflix Reveals 2023 Kids & Family Slate

New animated movies include ‘Leo,’ ‘Nimona,’ ‘The Monkey King,’ and ‘The Magician’s Elephant,’ with new and returning series including ‘My Dad the Bounty Hunter,’ ‘Princess Power,’ and ‘Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight.’

Union Business Headline News

Nickelodeon Animation Agrees to Voluntarily Recognize Production Workers

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 4:08pm

Production staff to be represented by The Animation Guild in upcoming negotiations after overwhelmingly deciding to unionize early last month.

They’re Certainly Looney! Headline News

Looney Tunes Share ‘Bugs Bunny Builders’ Lunar New Year Short

The new year ushers in more Looney hijinks with new episodes of Cartoonito’s ‘Bugs Bunny Builders’ and HBO Max’s ‘Looney Tunes Cartoons;’ more fun launches later this year with ‘Tiny Toons Looniversity.’

Mando! Headline News

Disney+ Drops ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 3 Trailer and Art

Lucasfilms’ hit sci-fi adventure series follows the Mandalorian’s continued journeys through the ‘Star Wars’ galaxy; new 8-episode season kicks off in March.

The Annies are Coming! Headline News

50th Annual Annie Award Nominations Announced

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 9:45am

Best Animated Feature nominees ‘Turning Red,’ ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio,’ ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,’ ‘The Sea Beast,’ and ‘Wendell & Wild’ top the expansive list of category nominations; animation’s biggest awards ceremony is scheduled to return live on Saturday, February 25 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

Awards Headline News

‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ and ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’ Lead VES Award Nominations

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 8:00am

‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ tops all TV contenders as nominees are announced in 25 categories across film, television, real-time, and special venue projects; ceremony set for February 15 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in LA.

Business Headline News

Miam ! Animation Secures Deals for ‘Edmond and Lucy’ and Upcoming 2D Comedies

The Paris-based development, distribution, and production outfit has secured U.S., European, and Chinese distribution for its eco-friendly real-time CGI series as well as presales for ‘Goat Girl’ and ‘The MiniWhats.’

Gimme More Mooncake Headline News

‘Final Space’ Creator Starts Production on ‘Godspeed’

After raising almost $500k through Kickstarter, Olan Rogers began work last week on an animated short and nine-episode series which may have ties to the fan-favorite cancelled series.

Events Headline News

Virtual Production Event to Showcase Technology for New York Filmmakers

Hosted by Post New York Alliance (PNYA), the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA), and Fuse Technical Group, the January 26 event will explore how filmmakers can utilize Unreal Engine to enhance their projects, including presentation, speakers, and Q&A.

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FuseFX Helps ‘The Mysterious Benedict Society’ Set Sail

CG supervisor Bryant Reif and his team created ‘The Shortcut,’ an entirely CGI transatlantic ocean liner modeled after the Queen Mary, along with digital people, oceans, docks, wakes and waves, for Season 2 of the series, now streaming on Disney+.

Awards Headline News

‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’ and ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Win at Critics’ Choice Awards

By Dan Sarto | Monday, January 16, 2023 at 9:16am

The two heavily favored features took home coveted Best Animated Feature and Best Visual Effects awards, respectively, while ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ was the big overall winner, at last night’ 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards.

Business Headline News

Disney TV Renews ‘Firebuds,’ ‘SuperKitties’ and ‘Pupstruction’

Second season pickups are the order of the day for Disney Branded Television at the 2023 Winter Television Critics Association press tour.

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