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Supporting Women in Entertainment Headline News

Netflix Honors International Women’s Day

The streaming giant earmarks the first $5 million of their recently announced Creative Equity Fund for programs that support and promote women in the global entertainment industry; watch the Women’s Day Netflix video, narrated by Janet Mock, honoring groundbreaking women in entertainment history.

Our Favorite Sponge Returns! ANIMATIONWorld

An Endless Summer of Cartoon Fun: ‘Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 8:41am

Executive producers Marc Ceccarelli and Vincent Waller discuss Nickelodeon’s first-ever ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ spinoff series, a prequel that follows 10-year-old SpongeBob, his pals, and their summertime sleepaway camp hijinks, premiering today on the new Paramount+ streaming platform.

The Annies are Coming! Headline News

48th Annual Annie Award Nominations Announced

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 9:29am

Best Animated Feature nominees ‘Onward,’ ‘Soul,’ ‘The Croods: A New Age,’ ‘The Willoughbys,’ and ‘Trolls World Tour’ top the huge list of category nominations; animation’s biggest awards ceremony set to stream live on Friday, April 16.

Artist Development Headline News

Nine Participants Chosen for Nickelodeon’s Annual Writing and Artist Programs

Programs provide an opportunity to develop and hone creative skills, focusing on cultivating talent through hands-on experience.

Let the Games Begin! Headline News

‘Twisted Metal’ Live-Action Adaptation Speeds to the Small Screen

Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions team up on their second live-action series based on a popular game; new series centers on a motor-mouthed outsider tasked with delivering a package in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP97: Disney TV Animation Storyboard Artist Lila Martinez's Journey from Mexico to the US

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 10:07am

The Disney artist discusses her career path that eventually saw her work on some of TV’s biggest animated shows, including ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘American Dad!’

More GOT Procrastination! Headline News

George R.R. Martin and Kalinda Vazquez to Adapt ‘Roadmarks’ for HBO

The duo will executive produce the series, based on famed sci-fi author Roger Zelazny’s 1970s novel which features a time traveling highway and… dragons.

online events Headline News

Gratz College to Host Art Spiegelman March 7

Online event will feature the famed Pulitzer Prize-winning artist, illustrator, and author of ‘Maus;’ the teach-in will a feature keynote presentation and breakout sessions with the author.

Adult Animation ANIMATIONWorld

Douglas Goldstein Makes Things ‘Funny as Hell’ in SYFY’s ‘Devil May Care’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, February 12, 2021 at 2:20pm

In the Emmy Award winner’s new TZGZ animated comedy series, a millennial finds himself running the Devil’s social media effort, working to get Hell trending while navigating familial and staffing challenges.

Business Headline News

Netflix Inks Development Deal for Brian Jacques’ ‘Redwall’ Book Series

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8:27am

Work on feature film and series underway with writer Patrick McHale; projects will be based on heroic animal adventures from the Penguin Random House Children’s UK books that have sold over 30 million copies.

Business Headline News

Animal Logic Begins Work on Animated Musical ‘Toto’ for Warner Bros.

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 1:20pm

Pre-production begins at studio’s Vancouver facility on adaptation of Michael Morpurgo and Emma Chichester Clark’s 2017 book, ‘Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz.’

The Pen is Mightier than the Blade! Headline News

Stacy Osei-Kuffour to Pen Marvel Studios’ ‘Blade’ Reboot

The ‘Hunters’ and ‘Watchmen’ story editor gets the nod after a pain-staking discovery process aided by star Mahershala Ali.

Business Headline News

Peter Dinklage, Duncan Studio and Nelvana to Produce ‘This Was Our Pact’ Feature

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 8, 2021 at 2:19pm

Based on Ryan Andrews’ award-winning graphic novel, the magical family adventure will be adapted by ‘Wolfwalkers’ writer Will Collins.

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Real-Time Gaming Tech Shines in Heartwarming ‘Windup’ Animated Short

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 4:10pm

For Chinese director Yibing Jiang, Unity’s real-time tools enabled a small global team of artists to work quickly and efficiently, in parallel rather than sequentially, to produce a beautiful and touching film about the bond between a father and his ailing daughter.

Animated TV Series Headline News

‘Skull Island’ and ‘Tomb Raider’ Anime Series in Development at Netflix

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 9:53am

Adding to their extensive slate of previously announced anime projects, Netflix has greenlit two new series, from Legendary Television, based on hugely popular film and game franchises.

Machines Rule! Headline News

Netflix Buys Lord and Miller’s ‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines’ from Sony Pictures Animation

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 9:11am

Previously titled ‘Connected’ and slated for an October 23, 2020 theatrical release before being unset, the animated comedy from the Oscar-winning ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ producers will be released later in 2021.

People Headline News

Listen: ‘Soul’ Co-Director Kemp Powers Talks Insights, Clarity, and Setbacks

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 12:17pm

In a Spark & Fire podcast about his work on Pixar’s new film, the writer/director discusses the challenge and discipline of writing, and his commitment to working out the wonderful barbershop scene.

The Playoffs Get Animated! Headline News

Denis Leary’s ‘Dogs Playing Poker’ Shorts Debut on January 9 FOX NFL Pregame

Fox Entertainment and the famed comedian team up on new animated shorts, based on Icebox’s ‘Poker Night,’ about five dog friends playing cards and shooting the sh@t about sports. 

call for entries Headline News

48th Annual Annie Awards Now Open for Submissions

ASIFA-Hollywood issues call for entries; excellence in 10 production categories and 22 achievement categories, along with a number of honorary awards, will be recognized at April 16 virtual ceremony.

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