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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.

People Headline News

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.

call for entries Headline News

Call for Entries: More Films for Freedom – Deadline August 16

Program encourages submissions from UK-based LGBTIQ+ filmmakers working with storytellers/filmmakers from the African continent and Middle East.

Education Headline News

6 Free Curated Digital Arts Online Courses from HP Now Open

HP, Intel and Movidiam’s #PowerYourBreakthrough is an artist-led initiative designed to inspire new and upcoming creative artists in the VFX and film industry.

Business Headline News

Weta, Streamliner and Avalon Studios Launch Virtual Production Business

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 1:59pm

New service, based in New Zealand, brings together LED live stage expertise and real-time game engine-based workflows to expand what can be done safely and creatively on set.

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Entry Deadline Extended for SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 Computer Animation Festival

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 8:24am

After moving to a virtual event this December, the festival is now accepting submissions in most every category of CG animation through August 15.

TV VFX Headline News

WATCH: Pixomondo Borg Cube VFX Breakdown Reel for ‘Star Trek: Picard’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 1:24pm

CG supervisor Dan Smiczek discusses the studio’s work creating the iconic ship of ‘assimilation’ for the CBS All Access hit sci-fi series starring Sir Patrick Stewart.

Awards Headline News

‘Loop,’ ‘The Beauty,’ and ‘Gunpowder’ Take SIGGRAPH 2020 Computer Animation Festival Honors

By Dan Sarto | Monday, July 20, 2020 at 6:04pm

Winning films from Pixar, Filmakademie and Supinfocom Rubika are among 28 works, including three world premieres, selected for the first-ever Virtual Electronic Theatre, coming August 24.

Awards Headline News

Framestore, Elastic and Painting Practice Win BAFTAs for ‘His Dark Materials’ VFX and Titles

HBO drama, based on Philip Pullman novels, takes home two awards; ‘Chernobyl’ awarded in seven categories at the July 17 British Academy Television Craft Awards ceremony.

People Headline News

Watch the Late Great Grant Imahara Create Baby Yoda

The ‘MythBusters’ host and ‘BattleBot’ legend will live on through his astounding contributions to the entertainment and science communities, and we honor his legacy by showcasing one of his last projects.

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