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Virtual Events Headline News

Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2021 Coming August 5-7

Online event brings together the anime community to celebrate the best and brightest in Japanese animation; program features special guests, world premieres, panels, Crunchyroll Games showcase and special musical performances.

We Want More Marvel! Headline News

Marvel Studios Releases ‘Shang-Chi’ Featurette and Poster

Shang-Chi confronts his past as he’s drawn into the mysterious Ten Rings organization – producer Keven Feige, director Destin Daniel Cretton and stars Simu Liu and Awkwafina dive into the backstory of the upcoming MCU origin story; ‘Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings’ opens in U.S. theaters on September 3.

Conferences Headline News

VIEW Conference 2021 Reveals Stellar Speaker Lineup

Confirmed presenters include Tom McGrath, director of ‘The Boss Baby: Family Business;’ ‘The Willoughbys’ director Kris Pearn; and legendary animator and VFX supervisor Phil Tippett; conference runs October 17-22 in Turin, Italy and online.

Annecy Festival Residency Headline News

Call for Entries: Annecy Festival Residence

Writers/directors get development time, support, and mentorship to work on graphic development of feature-length animated films, living and working in Annecy April 4 - June 30, 2022; the submission deadline is September 10, 2021.

Commercials Headline News

Hornet Animates Century 21’s 50 Years of Business

Directorial team of Natalie Labarre and Yves Geleyn create 2D spots featuring voiceovers of real estate agents sharing real-time anecdotes; each short features a distinct color pallet to drive the narrative forward.

Greenlights are Oh So Sweet! Headline News

Sweet! - Netflix Greenlights ‘Sweet Tooth’ Season 2

The adventure continues! Team Downey and Warner Bros. takes the hint after 60-million-member households tuned in last June to catch the heartwarming and hopeful post-apocalyptic show based on Jeff Lemire’s groundbreaking DC comic.

Business Headline News

Cartoonito Debuts Program Trailer and ‘Sneak Peek’ Clips

Get a first look at Ellen DeGeneres’ ‘Little Ellen’ and ‘Lucas the Spider,’ both part of WarnerMedia’s upcoming Cartoonito preschool block set to launch on HBO Max and Cartoon Network this fall.

So Loud! Headline News

Vacations Can be Loud in New ‘The Loud House Movie’ Trailer

Based on Nickelodeon’s hit animated comedy series, the Loud family adventures to Loch Loud, Scotland their ancestral home, only to discover they’re descendants of Scottish Royalty; the very Loud movie drops on Netflix August 20.

What's a Kinkajou? Headline News

Netflix Shares New ‘Vivo’ Trailer and Images

Sony Pictures Animation’s new musical adventure stars Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda as Vivo, a musically gifted kinkajou who must find his way from Havana to Miami to deliver a song to his cherished owner’s long-lost love; film hits the streamer August 6.

Get on with the Show! Headline News

HBO Max Releasing ‘The Prince’ at Midnight Tonight!

In a surprise move, the streamer will drop all 12 episodes - at 12:01 PST on July 29 - of its satirical animated series about Prince George and his British royal family, which had been put on hold to retool following the death of Prince Philip earlier this year; official trailer and key art also released.

Can Bad Guys Go Good? Headline News

DreamWorks Animation’s ‘The Bad Guys’ Lands All-Star Cast

Awkwafina, Oscar winner Sam Rockwell, and Emmy Award winner Alex Borstein among stars added to upcoming animated feature film adaptation of Aaron Blabey’s book series about notorious bad guys going good; movie debuts April 15, 2022.

VFX Research Headline News

Framestore and Bournemouth University Launch VFX Research Fellowships

2-year research programs setup to help solve problems facing the visual effects industry; areas of focus include the application of machine learning to solve VFX light transport simulation problems, and learned resolution - independent rendering for feature films.

Business Headline News

Falcon’s Beyond Taps Epic Story for Move into Animation and Games

Popular family vacation brand from Sol Katmandu Park & Resort in Mallorca, Spain reveals expansive plans to grow its IP universe across animated films, episodic series, consumer products, and gaming.

People Headline News

CoSA VFX Fills Key Leadership Roles at Georgia Facility

Brigitte Stanovick and Mark Davis move from LA office to Atlanta to support growing roster of high-profile episodic and feature projects; former senior post-production and project manager will network with local industry leaders, while former compositor heads up 2D team.

Breaking Apart is Hard to Do! VFXWorld

Digital Domain Helps Crash ‘Black Widow’s Flying Red Room Assassin Party

Oscar-winning VFX studio puts on a masterclass in destruction as they build, and then demolish, the enormous airborne training fortress, with heroes and villains all dodging flaming wreckage as they plummet to earth, in the finale of Marvel Studios’ latest MCU thriller.

Awards Headline News

‘Migrants,’ ‘Out for Delivery,’ ‘Symphonia’ Take Home BAFTA Student Awards

15 finalists from over 680 student submissions and 34 countries competed for 2021 honors; categories included animation, games, and immersive projects.

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