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WarnerMedia Purge Continues with Major DC Comics and DC Universe Layoffs

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 7:27am

Iconic comic book company hit with massive layoffs, including editor-in-chief; streaming service effectively dead as majority of staff let go.

People Headline News

VIEW 2020 Announces Ed Catmull to Deliver Keynote

Pixar co-founder and CG pioneer will speak at the 21st edition of annual conference, being held October 18-23, online and on-site in Torino, Italy.

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Different Day, Different Doomsday in ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 2

VFX supervisor Everett Burrell breaks down the Netflix series’ almost 2,000 VFX shots, a mix of nuclear holocausts, digital characters, time jumps, and a goldfish.

Technology Headline News

Katana 4.0 Reveal Shows Major New Features Coming Fall 2020

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 12:51pm

At the recent Foundry Live event, the Katana team shared a sneak peek at their ground-breaking new lookdev and lighting software release slated for later this year.

Technology Headline News

V-Ray 5 for Maya Now Available

Updated production renderer allows users to composite renders, incorporate light path expressions, and interactively relight scenes in the new V-Ray Frame Buffer. 

Webinars Headline News

CTN Webinar with Vani Balgam Coming August 4

Former Rhythm & Hues executive, noted director and producer joins Mindy Johnson for new ‘Primary Sources’ interview, one of the many online events hosted by the professional network offering creatives a place to learn and connect. 

#SIGGRAPHAsia2020 Headline News

August 15 Entry Deadline Almost Here for SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 Computer Animation Festival

By Dan Sarto | Monday, August 3, 2020 at 11:32am

Submit your animated shorts, commercials, game cinematics, trailers, motion graphics, VFX sequences and reels now; if computers played a key role in production, CAF wants to see your work!

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The Embassy Fulfills its Vows Creating ‘Warrior Nun’ VFX

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 5:26pm

Visual effects studio delivers almost 700 shots, plus main titles, for the Netflix fantasy adventure about a young dead woman, miraculously resurrected then flung into in a battle between good and evil.

diversity and inclusion Headline News

EU Report: Women Direct Only 22% of Feature Films

New study finds women still account for a minority of directing and screenwriting positions in feature films and TV.

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Applications Now Open for 2021 Universal’s Global Talent Composer Initiative

GDTI program alumni includes Amie Doherty, recently chosen to score DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming feature, ‘Spirit Riding Free.’ 

Business Headline News

WGA Members Ratify New TV and Film Producers Contract

Three-year deal with Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) secures important gains for members, including a first-ever portable paid parenting benefit fund; additional funding for the WGA pension plan; and additional rights to address inclusion and equity programs with employers. 

Awards Headline News

TV Academy Announces 72nd Primetime Emmy Award Nominations

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 1:05pm

‘Big Mouth,’ ‘Bob’s Burgers,’ ‘BoJack Horseman,’ ‘Rick and Morty’ and ‘The Simpsons’ receive nominations for Outstanding Animated Program.

SVOD Headline News

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 3 Premieres October 15

13 new episodes will take the U.S.S. Discovery into an uncertain future; CBS All Access’ ‘Star Trek’ franchise continues expanding with upcoming ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ animated adult comedy premiering August 6.

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CAA Hit with New Round of Layoffs and Furloughs

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 2:15pm

While animation production seems to be thriving, one of Hollywood’s premier agencies announces a significant staff reduction, another sign of COVID’s continued impact on many areas of the entertainment business.

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Taika Waititi Hints ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ will Bring Major Romance

The Oscar-winning ‘Jojo Rabbit’ and ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ helmer describes his new ‘Thor’ franchise installment, coming February 11, 2022, as ‘so insane’ but also ‘very romantic.’

Technology Headline News

Adobe Releases Substance Painter Update

New 3D paint tools optimize creative workflow allowing users to paint across UV Tiles, import UDIM images from existing sources and export easily to renderers or engines that supports UDIMs.

Epic Games Headline News

See Project Trailers and Updates on Newest Epic MegaGrants CG Projects

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 24, 2020 at 8:04am

In first year, $42 million in financial support has gone to more than 600 recipients for their projects using Unreal Engine, 3D graphics tools and open source software.

Business Headline News

Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Postponed Indefinitely Due to Pandemic

Another major summer theatrical release gets swallowed whole by COVID-19, as the $200 million animated-feature remake is delayed once again, following on the heels of recent postponements for ‘Tenet’ and ‘Avatar 2.’

Feature Film VFX Headline News

Woah! Watch the New Trailer for ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’

Bill and Ted team up for the third time on a gnarly time traveling adventure to totally bring harmony to the universe, On Demand and in theaters September 1, 2020.

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