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Gimme Gaiman! Headline News

Amazon Studios Orders Neil Gaiman’s ‘Anansi Boys’ Series Adaptation

Based on the prolific author’s 2005 book of the same name, the limited series, about a young boy who discovers his recently deceased father was the trickster god of stories, begins shooting in Scotland later this year.

Awards Headline News

‘Animaniacs,’ ‘Go! Go! Cory Carson’ Big Winners at Daytime Emmy Awards

‘Hilda,’ ‘The Adventures of Paddington,’ ‘Elena of Avalor,’ and ‘Baba Yaga’ also take home multiple awards at the 48th annual awards ceremony.

Talent development Headline News

‘Universal Animation Writers Program’ 2021 Selections Revealed

5 participants chosen for first-of-its-kind paid one-year program, in partnership with DreamWorks and Illumination, to develop underrepresented voices in film and TV animation through workshops, seminars, sponsorship, and roundtable discussions.

Who’s the Boss? ANIMATIONWorld

Tom McGrath Talks ‘The Boss Baby: Family Business’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, July 5, 2021 at 1:51pm

The Oscar-nominated director returns to helm his sixth DreamWorks Animation feature, a sequel to his blockbuster 2017 comedy, ‘The Boss Baby;’ the now adult Templeton brothers reunite to uncover the dark secrets of a prestigious grade school while rediscovering the meaning of family.

Business Headline News

Wattpad and WEBTOON Merge Studio Divisions

New Wattpad WEBTOON Studios will create multi-platform, data-driven TV, film, and book content; parent company Naver commits $100M for production development and financing.

Awards Headline News

Nominees Announced for 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

The Disney Channel’s ‘Elena of Avalor’ leads all animated shows with eight nominations; awards for Children’s & Animation categories will be presented in a standalone show streaming July 17, 2021 on the Emmy OTT platform.

A New Take on Masked Orgy Etiquette Headline News

Netflix Reveals Shion Takeuchi and Alex Hirsch's ‘Inside Job’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 14, 2021 at 12:31pm

From the ‘Gravity Falls’ writer and creator/executive producer comes the first adult animated series created in-house by Netflix Animation Studios; show delves into the daily grind of creating conspiracies for the ‘shadow government.’

Hilariously Comedically Obsessive ANIMATIONWorld

‘Middlemost Post’ is all Smiles as Nick’s First Original Series in 5 Years

John Trabbic’s upcoming series features the hilariously comedically ‘obsessive’ and slightly illogical Parker J. Cloud, who’s misadventures as a mailman working with sea captain Angus are sure to 'deliver' even more grins than packages.

9 Chapters are Coming! Headline News

Netflix Drops Sneak Peek Images from Jorge Gutiérrez’s ‘Maya and the Three’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 11, 2021 at 7:16am

Coming this fall from ‘The Book of Life’ director, the ‘Animated Event Told in 9 Chapters,’ tells the story of a Mesoamerican-inspired warrior princess on an epic quest to fulfill an ancient prophecy and save humanity from the vengeful gods of the underworld.

Yes My Precious! Headline News

‘The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim’ Anime Feature Now Underway

Acclaimed filmmaker Kenji Kamiyama to direct an original film that tells the untold story of Helm’s Deep and the life and blood-soaked times of King Rohan; Sola Entertainment to animate, with New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Animation producing.

Good Grief Charlie Brown! Headline News

‘Who Are You, Charlie Brown?’ Coming to Apple TV+

Lupita Nyong’o narrates new documentary celebrating the iconic cultural phenomena which is ‘Peanuts’ and its creator, Charles M. Schulz; premiering June 25, show features interviews with Jean Schulz, Drew Barrymore, Al Roker, Kevin Smith, Billie Jean King and Noah Schnapp.

The Latest in CG Research Headline News

SIGGRAPH 2021 Reveals Technical and Art Papers Selections

The extensive line-up includes 191 research projects from 22 countries, covering numerous subfields of computer graphics and interactive techniques; live conference events run August 9-13, with on-demand available August 2 – October 29.

They’re Back ANIMATIONWorld

‘Rugrats’ Returns with a 21st Century Facelift

Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Susie, and Angelica are back, now animated in CG, but still humorously exploring their world as only precocious youngsters can do; series premieres May 27 on Paramount+.

Doing the Hard Work of Casual Indifference ANIMATIONWorld

Julie and Mike Scully Talk ‘Duncanville’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 4:25pm

With a Season 3 renewal in hand prior to the show’s Season 2 May 23 premiere, the prolific co-creators and executive producers, along with star Amy Poehler, have cemented a spot on Fox's all-important primetime animation lineup.

indie animation Headline News

Bill Plympton and Rock Farm Launch Kickstarter for ‘Demi’s Panic’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 10:44am

Indie animation legend teams with Danny Leonard and Lorena Hernandez Leonard on animated short about a young Latina professional living in NYC whose nightmares foreshadow the coming storm.

A New Hero Emerges! Headline News

CG Animated ‘Ultraman’ Feature Now in Development at Netflix

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 3:09pm

Shannon Tindle and John Aoshima to helm new film based on Eiji Tsuburaya’s iconic Japanese superhero that first found audiences 55 years ago.

Awards Headline News

ITFS 2021 Announces Trickstar Awards

The awards honor the best in German animation and screenplay, animated games, and innovation in business; awardees included ‘Butterfly Tale’ by Heidi Foss and Lienne Sawatsky,Endzone – A World Apart’ developed by Gentlymad Studios, and Mitmalfilm UG with Uli Seis.

Venom Returns! Headline News

Have a First Look at ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ Trailer and Key Art

Tom Hardy returns to the big screen as Marvel’s lethal protector Venom in Columbia Pictures’ action thriller, only in theaters, September 24, 2021.

Machines Rule! ANIMATIONWorld

Mike Rianda Talks ‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 2:19pm

The ‘Gravity Falls’ creative director’s TV production skills got a thorough workout, and then some, in his animated feature film directing debut, now streaming on Netflix.

Women of Marvel Headline News

Chinaka Hodge Joins Marvel’s ‘Ironheart’ as Head Writer

The ‘Snowpiercer’ scribe, an accomplished author, poet, and playwright, joins a growing roster of women in creative leadership positions at the studio.

Is There Hope for Humanity? SVOD Headline News

A Special Hybrid Deer-Boy Arrives June 4 in Netflix’s ‘Sweet Tooth’

Trailer drops for new series, set in a post-apocalyptic world, about a boy that’s half deer and half human; based on Jeff Lemire’s DC comic books and executive produced by Susan Downey & Robert Downey Jr., the story reminds viewers that family and humanity matter.

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