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NY International Children’s Film Festival Announces Complete 2015 Slate

by Ed Liuon January 28, 2015
NEW YORK INT’L CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES COMPLETE 2015 SLATE **** TICKETS ON SALE TODAY, JANUARY 28 EVENT RUNS FEB 27-MARCH 22 OSCAR®-QUALIFYING EVENT FOR BEST ANIMATED & LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM FESTIVAL OPENS WITH NEWEST FILMS FROM AARDMAN ANIMATIONS AND STUDIO GHIBLI **** 2015 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: EAST COAST PREMIERE OF NEW AARDMAN FEATURE SHAUN […]
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Kristine Belson Named New President of Sony Pictures Animation

by Ed Liuon January 27, 2015
In the wake of Michelle Raimo Kouyate stepping down as President of Production last week, Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced that Kristine Belson has been named President of Sony Pictures Animation. Belson moves to Sony from DreamWorks Animation, SKG, where she was the executive producer for How to Train Your Dragon and the producer of […]

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Jorge Gutierrez and the Bulletproof Heart Behind “The Book of Life”

by Ed Liuon January 27, 2015
Born in Mexico City and raised in Tijuana, Jorge Gutierrez grew up on a multi-pop-cultural mix of Japanese anime, American Popeye cartoons, and Mexican Cantinflas movies. Over the objections of his father (who didn’t consider animation a “real art”), he attended the famed California Institute of the Arts, perpetually wondering why the Mexico and Latin-American […]
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How to Be a Tough Guy the Danny Trejo Way

by Ed Liuon January 26, 2015
Danny Trejo spent his youth throughout the 1960’s in and out of all the California state penitentiaries, but had gone clean and sober and straight after getting released in 1969. In 1985, he was working as a drug counselor when a young, recovering addict gave him a call asking for help, saying he was about […]

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DreamWorks Animation Cutting 500 Jobs; Marketing Chief and COO Departing

by Ed Liuon January 23, 2015
Variety reports that earlier rumors of layoffs at DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc, are now confirmed, with the studio cutting 500 jobs company-wide, with marketing chief Dawn Taubin and chief operating officer Mark Zoradi among those leaving. Vice chairman Lew Coleman is retiring, while former chief creative officer Bill Damaschke departed earlier this year to be […]

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Making Beautiful Music with “The Book of Life” Composer Gustavo Santaolalla

by Ed Liuon January 23, 2015
Multi-talented Gustavo Santaolalla has made an impact in the world of music as a musician, a songwriter, an album producer, and a film music composer. The Argentinan-born musician began his career as a teenager when he founded the rock band Arco Iris in the late 1960’s, which fused rock and Latin American folk music to […]
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DreamWorks Animation Reported to Begin Layoffs

by Ed Liuon January 20, 2015
Deadline.com cites anonymous sources that DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., is initiating another round of layoffs in the wake of disappointing box office results in 2014 and the management shake-up that led to Chief Creative Officer Bill Damaschke stepping down and senior producers Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria promoted to co-presidents of feature animation. The report […]

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UK Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Cartoonito Announce February Highlights

by Grant Whiteon January 19, 2015
February of course brings Valentine’s Day and the UK family of Cartoon Network channels are aiming to give viewers enough treats to love all of them. From 2nd Mega Mondays will lead with new episodes of Uncle Grandpa (4pm), Clarence (5pm) and Steven Universe (6pm). Also airing new episodes will be LEGO Ninjago: Masters of […]
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PR: Learn The Fun-damentals Of Coding With Nickelodeon UK’s Code-It

by Grant Whiteon January 16, 2015
Nickelodeon characters including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and SpongeBob help kids learn to code  at nick.co.uk/codeit London, Thursday, 15th January 2015 – Nickelodeon UK today unveils its newest online experience, Code-It. Designed to help kids explore the fundamentals of computer coding and complementing the new national curriculum, Code-It is aimed at kids aged six to […]