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WATCH: Final Trailer and New Stills from Glen Keane’s ‘Over the Moon’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 7:54am

Netflix shares new materials from Oscar-winning ‘Dear Basketball’ director’s new animated musical adventure, co-directed by Oscar-winner John Kahrs and produced at China’s Pearl Studios, coming October 23.

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Hugh Davidson Inks Exclusive Multi-Year Deal Warner Bros. Animation

Emmy Award-winning Mike Tyson Mysteries and Nobodies writer/producer will develop original animated projects across all WBA platforms; his ‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’ gets presentation order.

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Inside the Trippy and Complex Universe of ‘The Midnight Gospel’

Co-creator Duncan Trussell explains the process of marrying interviews from his ‘The Duncan Trussell Family Hour’ podcasts with animated visuals from the mind of ‘Adventure Time’ creator Pendleton Ward and the talented hands of Titmouse studio artists.

Home Entertainment Headline News

Exclusive: Christina Chang’s Sequence Pitch on Cartoon Network’s ‘We Bare Bears: The Movie’

One of the film’s storyboard artists makes her first pitch of the ‘bears running through the city’ sequence from the new animated movie based on the popular series, now available on DVD and digital.

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Ayo Edebiri Replacing Jenny Slate as Missy on ‘Big Mouth’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, August 28, 2020 at 8:36am

Actor and comedian also joins the writers' room for Season 5; move comes two months after show creators apologized for casting white actors in roles for people of color with promise to make changes and be more responsible moving forward.

call for entries Headline News

Animal Logic Launches Australia-Based Screenplay Competition

Submissions will be accepted from September 1 – November 15; in addition to a cash prize, the winner will receive professional guidance from studio development and production executives.

Awards Headline News

ASIFA-Hollywood Announces Key Dates for Virtual or Live 48th Annie Awards

Rules, categories, and important dates and deadlines also announced for upcoming ceremony, set for April 16, 2021, as annual membership drive begins.

SVOD Headline News

Ubisoft’s ‘Splinter Cell’ Getting Anime Adaptation from ‘John Wick’ Scribe

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 31, 2020 at 10:10am

Derek Kolstad and Netflix are teaming up on new animated series based on the massively popular game first released in 2002.

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OIAF Pitch THIS! Goes Virtual, Now Accepting Entries from Canadian Creators

Festival and Mercury Filmworks announce first virtual competition, offering wider reach and accessibility to new creative voices.

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.

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. 

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.’

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J.G. Quintel Goes Running with the Big Kids in ‘Close Enough’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 10, 2020 at 12:49pm

The Emmy Award-winning ‘Regular Show’ creator sets his sights on a distinctly older crowd in new animated HBO Max comedy about becoming an adult while not growing old.

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2nd Free Online PreVIEW Session Set with Directors Kris Pearn and Jorge Gutierrez

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 10:34am

On July 11, the award-winning directors of ‘The Willoughbys’ and ‘The Book of Life’ will discuss each other’s approaches to developing and directing animated features.

Business Headline News

Phil Lord and Chris Miller to Re-Imagine ‘Clone High’ with MTV

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 10:32am

Oscar-winning pair reuniting with series co-creator Bill Lawrence and writer Erica Rivinoja to develop new episodes based on iconic animated emo culture satire that originally aired in 2002.

Annecy 2020 Headline News

Aardman and Netflix Announce ‘Chicken Run’ Sequel

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 9:16am

20 years after release of UK studio’s hit comedy, the highest-grossing stop-motion film of all time, we learn from filmmaker’s Annecy presentation that director Sam Fell and team will begin production next year on Ginger and Rocky’s new adventure. 

SVOD Headline News

First Look: Netflix Releases Trailer for Glen Keane’s ‘Over the Moon’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 6:29am

Oscar-winning ‘Dear Basketball’ director’s new animated musical adventure, co-directed by Oscar-winner John Kahrs and produced at China’s Pearl Studios, will be released this fall.

Business Headline News

'Daria' Spin-off 'Jodie' Lands at Comedy Central

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 19, 2020 at 4:18pm

Emmy Award-winning actress Tracee Ellis Ross to star in new series from MTV Studios, with Grace Edwards serving as creator and head writer.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

EXCLUSIVE: The Vision Behind ‘Jungle Beat: The Movie’ Featurette

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 11:06am

Premiering June 15 as one of Annecy 2020’s 10 feature films in competition, Brent Dawes and Sandcastle Studios’ charming new animated family adventure will be released worldwide on VOD June 26. 

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