DreamWorks Animation attributes Y-O-Y growth to the success of ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′, with $615 mn in global BO collections
11:00 am PDT 31/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc announced its financial results for the third quarter ended 30 September, 2014. For the quarter, the Company states to have reported total revenue of $180.9 million and net income attributable to the Company of $11.9 million, or $0.14 per diluted share. This compares to revenue of $154.5 million and net income attributable to the Company of $10.1 million, or $0.12 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2013. “The third quarter of 2014 was strong for DreamWorks Animation, with both quarterly revenue … Read More

And the ‘Best Animated Short’ at Spark goes to ‘The Dam Keeper’!
12:30 pm PDT 29/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Made up of over 8,000 paintings, The Dam Keeper, produced by Tonko House Studio, won the inaugural Best Animated Short Award, at the Spark Animation Conference, Film Festival and Job Fair. The award was announced at the final shorts program on 26 October at the Vancity Theatre in Vancouver, BC. The film has been directed by Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo (known for their art direction in Ice Age, Ratatouille, Monsters University and Toy Story 3). This short-feature blends traditional hand-drawn animation with lush brushstrokes to bring Kondo and Tsutsumi’s celebrated painting-style to life like … Read More

NFB Canada gets animated with International Animation Day celebrations
9:45 am PDT 29/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Once again this year, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has a wealth of activities planned in celebration of International Animation Day, offering plenty of opportunities to view animated films online and on the big screen. Beginning on International Animation Day, 28 October, and running until 2 November, the eighth edition of Get Animated! gives audiences a chance to explore a wide range of animated short films. Making its online debut on 29 October at, Chris Landreth’s Subconscious … Read More

9 Story announces multiple sales for endearing preschool series
10:00 am PDT 28/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

9 Story Media Group has announced that it has secured multiple sales of the endearing preschool series Guess How Much I Love You – The Adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare (52 x 11’) coming out of Mipcom 2014. The series was acquired by JCC (Middle East), Minimax Chello (Central Europe) and RUV (Iceland). The preschool series from Australia’s SLR Productions along with Germany’s KIKA-Der Kinderkanal and HR-Hessischer Rundfunk of ARD as well as ABC4Kids was recently greenlit for a second … Read More

Strencom inks €300,000 deal with Irish animation studio Brown Bag Films
10:00 am PDT 25/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Data networks provider Strencom has inked a three-year contract with Irish animation studio Brown Bag Films valued at €300,000. The company has already implemented a combined Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) and has managed connectivity solution to Brown Bag Films, which produces children’s animation series such as Henry Hugglemonster, Peter Rabbit, Octonauts and Doc McStuffins. “When we implemented Strencom we immediately began to see creative and productivity gains that we hadn’t initially planned,” said Cathal Gaffney, CEO of Brown Bag Films in a statement. “It has immensely … Read More

Goodwin Joins Tinker Bell Fairy Crew for ‘NeverBeast’
9:30 am PDT 25/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Actress Ginnifer Goodwin of Big Love and Once Upon a Time fame has been cast as Fawn in the upcoming DisneyToon Studios feature Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast. Goodwin replaces Angela Bartys as the animal fairy Fawn for the seventh feature in the series. Here’s how DisneyToon Studios describes the feature: “The heartwarming story explores the ancient myth of a mysterious creature whose distant roar sparks the curiosity of Tinker Bell’s friend Fawn, an animal fairy who’s not afraid to break the … Read More

Warner Bros. Goes Digital with ‘Blue Ribbon Content’
6:00 pm PDT 24/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Warner Bros. has named its newly created short-format digital content division ‘Blue Ribbon Content’. The new banner, headed by Sam Register, will be responsible for developing and producing both animated and live-action series for digital platforms, and already has an interesting slate of titles lined up, which includes both DC Universe spinoffs and original concepts. Blue Ribbon Content’s lineup includes: Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles: This new animated series from BTAS producers Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett features much … Read More

Sticky Pictures’ 2D animation series ‘Dennis the Menace and Gnasher’ eyes the BAFTA
5:00 pm PDT 24/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Sticky Pictures’ series Dennis the Menace and Gnasher has been nominated for a prestigious BAFTA Award. The series will be vying for the Animation Award at the upcoming British Academy Children’s Awards. Donna Andrews, Sticky Pictures CEO and executive producer said: “Sticky Pictures is thrilled to see our production receive this recognition. We share this nomination with our talented team and our fantastic partners including the Nine Network, Red Kite Animation and CBBC.” Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan, co-heads of … Read More

LEGO Batman Special debuts on Cartoon Network US
10:15 am PDT 24/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Cashing on the LEGO Movie’s success, on Monday, 27 October at 6:00 pm ET/PT, the first-ever LEGO Batman special is swooping down on Cartoon Network. LEGO DC Comics: Batman: Be-Leaguered is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and promises a hilarious, light-hearted new tale for the DC Universe. The adventure kicks off when one-man crime-stopping band and proud loner Batman is pestered by Superman to join this new super hero team ‘The Justice League’. When Batman makes it quite clear he’s … Read More

TELETOON Travels To Another Dimension This November with new series
10:00 am PDT 24/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

TELETOON journeys into another dimension this fall with the launch of the new kid-adventure animated series, Dr. Dimensionpants. The series follows 12-year-old Kyle Lipton, an ordinary kid who mysteriously receives a pair of magical glowing trousers that turn him into Dr. Dimensionpants, a cosmic superhero with a pointy moustache. The hilarious 26 x 30 minute animated series premieres in TELETOON’s Can’t Miss Thursdays block starting 6 November at 6:30 pm ET/PT, following Clarence. On TÉLÉTOON in Quebec, the series will premiere day-and-date in French as Dr. Pantastique.  “We can’t … Read More

Fusion, Mondo come together for an Animated Sketch Show
9:45 am PDT 24/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Multi-platform media company Fusion has announced a new 15 minute animated sketch series titled Like, Share, Die, being produced by leading YouTube-based animation distributor Mondo Media. The show will mix topical humour with a number of Mondo’s original series as seen on their 2.5 billion-view YouTube channel. Like, Share, Die is being exec produced by Mondo’s Aaron Simpson and Six Point Harness’ Brendan Burch, and has signed Josh Faure-Brac (SuperNews!) as head writer and producer. Mondo will also source sketches … Read More

‘Simpsons’ makers sued for $250 million over copyright of character based on ‘Goodfellas’ actor
6:00 pm PDT 23/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

In one of the most peculiar lawsuit of the year, actor Frank Sivero has filed a $250 million lawsuit against Fox Television Studios over one of the ‘wise guy’ characters on The Simpsons. Sivero is better recalled for playing mobster roles in The Godfather Part II and Goodfellas, and has sort of emulated his onscreen persona in various ways, such as reportedly being arrested for gun possession earlier this year. He’s also very protective of his rights, suing a restaurant … Read More