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GBI teams up with Rob Minkoff and Shane Morris for pre-school adventure series ‘Rainbow Rangers’
2:00 pm PDT 22/09/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Global brand management company Genius Brands International (GBI) is partnering with Disney’s Lion King director Rob Minkoff and Frozen co-writer Shane Morris on the development and production of a new animated preschool series Rainbow Rangers. The announcement was made by GBI, chairman and CEO, Andy Heyward. Featuring CGI animation, the creative team is in development on 52 x 11’ episodes of Rainbow Rangers. Minkoff will produce the series with Morris serving as producer and head writer along with his partner Tim … Read More

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NBCUniversal to eliminate 200 jobs at DreamWorks Animation, Glendale; employees soon to receive termination notices
11:00 am PDT 16/09/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal is eliminating about 200 jobs at DreamWorks Animation unit Glendale. Following Comcast and NBCUniversal’s $3.8 billion acquisition of the company recently this year, such a move was expected. The reductions are focused on corporate overhead groups along with distribution and consumer product. Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, chairman, Jeff Shell wrote: “We have begun sharing organisational decisions that will result in the elimination of approximately 200 positions at our Glendale campus. These changes are focused in the corporate … Read More

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Fox Animation acquires movie rights for children’s book series ‘Zita the Spacegirl’
12:00 pm PDT 15/09/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Fox Animation has picked up the film rights to Zita the Spacegirl, a children’s book series by award-winning author and illustrator Ben Hatke. Darlene Caamano Loquet will oversee the project for Fox Animation which will be produced by Chernin Entertainment. Screenwriting duo Morgan Jurgenson and Alex Ankeles will pen the adaptation. The children’s book series which was published in 2011 revolves around a girl named Zita who embarks on a journey to becoming an intergalactic hero after her friend is … Read More

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The International Animation Film Festival ‘Fantoche’ concludes by crowning the best
11:00 am PDT 12/09/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

The 14th edition of the International festival for animated film – Fantoche celebrated humanity in its most moving form. Switzerland’s biggest animation film festival registered about 24,000 entries and in the past six days was frequented by Swiss and International animation film fans. The varied program list with special programs like “Humanité Animée”, “Hors Concours” and the “Bagno Popolare”, which took place in the baths district, addressed a broad audience including industry professionals and generated a large interest. Now, the … Read More

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Mode of animation used to highlight the plight of elephants during this festive season
3:00 pm PDT 10/09/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Taking advantage of the ongoing Ganesh Chaturthi festival, an animated film has to draw attention to the sad state of Elephants in the country which have dwindled by fifty per cent over the past few decades. Culture Machine’s digital channel ‘Being Indian’ has released the new video titled ‘Our Elephants’ to throw light upon the plight of elephants and the gravity of elephant corridors. The film says the total population of elephants has fallen to between 27,000 and 29,000. ‘Being … Read More

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Making of ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ – A perfect film beautified by imperfections
3:00 pm PDT 06/09/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

“It’s not going to be easy, it’s going to be worth it” – Art Williams Laika took this very seriously and lived this philosophy at every moment, every minute of each day for the past few years as it created the phenomenal animated feature Kubo and the Two Strings. One is left with nothing but an open mouth filled with astonishment when we observe the amount of patience and hard work which goes through while working on a stop motion animation … Read More

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China’s Alpha Group launches animated feature division in L.A., appoints Bob Bacon as CEO
1:00 pm PDT 31/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

China based Alpha Group has ventured into the feature animation to develop and produce animated feature films for a global audience. The Alpha Group has launched a new Los Angeles based division to develop these features. The former executive at Disney and Paramount Pictures, Bob Bacon, has been appointed as the CEO. The division will produce animated features for worldwide distribution and has plans to release one film every year after 2020. The first animated feature film is targeted for … Read More

Kristen Bell to produce ‘Do, Re & Mi’, the first project of Gaumont Animation’s director Nicolas Atlan
5:00 pm PDT 30/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

As Pierre Belaisch stepped down, Nicolas Atlan took the reins as the director of Gaumont Animation. Now it’s learnt that ‘Do, Re & Mi’ a musical show aimed at pre-school children will be the first project under the new Gaumont Animation head Nicolas Atlan. Producing this animated musical series is none other than the voice behind princess Anna in Disney’s Frozen, Kristen Bell. Bell will take pre-school aged kids on a “musical adventure,” with original tracks performed by the Frozen … Read More

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Entertainment One’s ‘Peppa Pig’ grows significantly in all platforms in China
4:00 pm PDT 25/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Entertainment One (eOne), the Canadian media distribution company, outlines details of its animated content Peppa Pig’s rapidly growing popularity in China. Since launching on-air in Mainland China in 2015, eOne’s Peppa Pig has been captivating audiences throughout the country. The show has now surpassed 5.4 billion views on its three on demand platforms namely IQIY, Youku and Tudou since launching in October 2015. It is also one of the most popular programmes for pre-schoolers on state television broadcaster CCTV, where … Read More

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NBCUniversal announces new senior management for DreamWorks Animation
12:00 pm PDT 24/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

A major acquisition in the animation fraternity – NBCUniversal taking over DreamWorks Animation -raised eyebrows across the globe with an anticipation of the future working model. NBCUniversal has announced its new structure and senior management team for DreamWorks Animation. Followed by the closure of the deal, this new management will oversee the functioning of the animation studio. DreamWorks Animation president Ann Daly will be stepping down as part of the change and will serve as an advisor during the transition. … Read More

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After two live action tremors, ‘Godzilla’ to receive animated feature avatar
4:00 pm PDT 23/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

The monster film that reverberated terror on the entire earth with its monstrous effect still has an indelible mark on the minds of the audience. Godzilla, the monster which created tremors both on land and sea, is a movie often treated as impeccable as the Jurassic Park franchise. The sea inhabitant monster will get a new avatar as the Japanese film producer-distributor Toho is planning the first-ever feature-length animated Godzilla. The full length animated feature is being produced by digital … Read More

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Jam Filled Entertainment takes over Arc Productions’ assets
2:30 pm PDT 23/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

On 4 August it was official that Toronto’s leading animation and visual effects studio, Arc Productions has pulled its shutters down and entered receivership under Deloitte Restructuring. Now, it’s learnt that Boat Rocker Media’s latest acquisition, Jam Filled Entertainment, a leading full service animation company in Canada, has purchased the principal assets of Arc Productions. This acquisition leads to Jam Filled’s expansion into Toronto, effective immediately, with the new office opening with approximately 200 employees, adding world-class 3D pipelines to … Read More