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“Kong – King of the Apes” Coming from Netflix, Arad Animation, & 41 Entertainment in 2016

by Ed Liuon October 1, 2014
NETFLIX, ARAD ANIMATION AND 41 ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE KONG – KING OF THE APES™, A NEW ORIGINAL SERIES FOR KIDS From Executive Producer Avi Arad, The Gentle Giant Swings Onto Netflix Worldwide in 2016 Beverly Hills, Calif. (October 1, 2014) – Netflix Inc. and 41 Entertainment announced today, Kong – King of the Apes™, an original […]
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Toonzone Interviews Ben Stassen, Co-Director of “Thunder and the House of Magic”

by Ed Liuon September 30, 2014
Belgian filmmaker Ben Stassen has been a longtime proponent of 3-D cinema. He founded nWave Pictures in 1994, producing CGI films for theme park rides and IMAX theaters. Several of his films are also in the “4-D” market, where 3-D movies are mated to physical effects to create an even more immersive experience. His most […]

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A Look Ahead At The Winter 2014 Nickelodeon Highlights In The UK

by Grant Whiteon September 30, 2014
With the summer over and year’s end not far away, Nickelodeon UK have announced their plans for the twilight months of 2014. As usual this includes a healthy number of animated shows. November will see the main channel air A Fairly Odd Summer, the latest Fairly OddParents live action movie starring Drake Bell and Daniella […]

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DreamWorks Animation in Talks for Acquisition by SoftBank

by Ed Liuon September 29, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter reports that the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank is in talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., in a deal that would value the animation studio at $3.4 billion, according to an anonymous source. The same source stated that current CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg would sign a five-year contract to stay with the studio, and […]
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NY Times on the Balancing Act of “Star Wars Rebels”

by Ed Liuon September 26, 2014
The New York Times has taken a look at Star Wars Rebels, the first Star Wars-related release from Lucasfilm after its acquisition by the Walt Disney Company. Among other topics, the article discusses how heavily the original trilogy of films will be this series’ touchstone, from designs to sound effects to lighting and artificially added […]

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Marvel and Jack Kirby Estate Settle Long-Running Legal Dispute

by Ed Liuon September 26, 2014
Variety reports that Marvel Entertainment and the estate of Jack Kirby have settled their long-running legal dispute over the rights to characters Kirby created or co-created in his long tenure working for Marvel Comics, including the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Thor, the Avengers, and Spider-Man. Kirby’s estate had filed a request to […]
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PR: Nick Jr. UK Brings The Magic Of Words To Life With New Series “Wallykazam!”

by Grant Whiteon September 25, 2014
NICK JR. BRINGS THE MAGIC OF WORDS TO LIFE WITH NEW SERIES WALLYKAZAM! London, 25th September 2014 –Get ready for words to transform the world around you, as Nick Jr. premieres the brand-new series Wallykazam! on Monday 6th October at 4:00pm. Wallykazam! follows the adventures of a troll named Wally and his pet dragon Norville, […]

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Saban’s “Show Us Your Shorts” Contest Accepting Submissions Thru October 24, 2014

by Ed Liuon September 25, 2014
Saban Brands has launched their first-ever “Show Us Your Shorts” contest, accepting submissions through October 24, 2014, at www.sabanshorts.com. Upon submission, all shorts will be judged by a Saban Brands executive committee. The top 10 selects will be displayed for public vote for two weeks. Once the top 10 are chosen, the public can also […]