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PR: Cartoon Network UK Launches Anti-bullying Initiative In Partnership With ChildLine and Tinie Tempah

by Grant Whiteon November 21, 2014
Over 40,000 children and young people across the UK have called ChildLine about bullying in 2014  350,000 online visits from children looking for information on bullying in the past year  Bullying confirmed as top issue for children aged 11 and younger LONDON, UK – [17th November 2014] – British rapper Tinie Tempah is calling on […]
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Len Uhley to Receive Animation Award from Writer’s Guild of America

by Ed Liuon November 20, 2014
Veteran animation writer Len Uhley is set to receive the Writers Guild of America, West’s Animation Writers Caucus’ 2014 Animation Writing Award on November 19, 2014, at the AWC’s annual meeting and awards ceremony. Uhley’s career stretches for more than 30 years, and includes work as a staff writer for Disney on DuckTales, Adventures of […]

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Thor Actor Chris Hemsworth Named Sexiest Man Alive by “People”

by Dan Collinson November 20, 2014
E! Online reports that Thor actor Chris Hemsworth was named the “Sexiest Man Alive” in the upcoming issue of People magazine which hits newsstands on Friday.  The 31 year old actor will join the honor that include past winners like Mel Gibson, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck, and Hugh Jackman. Hemsworth will don the Thor […]
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Studio Ghibli Documentary “The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness” Theatrical Release on November 28, 2014

by Ed Liuon November 19, 2014
GKIDS ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR STUDIO GHIBLI DOCUMENTARY THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS OPENING THEATRICALLY NOVEMBER 28 AT NEW YORK’S IFC CENTER FOLLOWED BY DIGITAL RELEASE DECEMBER 9, 2014 NEW YORK (November 19, 2014) – GKIDS, the distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, will release THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND […]

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Glen Keane’s “Duet” Animated Short Launches Globally on Moto X Devices

by Ed Liuon November 19, 2014
GLEN KEANE’S “DUET” LAUNCHES GLOBALLY TODAY ON MOTO X DEVICES A celebration of life through the hand-drawn line, DUET is the latest in a series of Google ATAP’s Spotlight Stories, interactive short films made exclusively for mobile devices. Acclaimed animator Glen Keane’s highly anticipated short film, DUET is now available globally to millions of users […]
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PR: Volunteers Improve Los Angeles Kids’ Lives and Futures with Play

by Ed Liuon November 18, 2014
Volunteers Improve Los Angeles Kids’ Lives and Futures with Play Barack Obama Charter School, Disney and KaBOOM! Celebrate Enriching the Lives of Kids and Families by Building a Healthy, Safe Space to Play in One Day Los Angeles, Calif. – More than 350 children now have a new opportunity to get the balanced and active […]

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Hasbro and DreamWorks Call Off Merger Talks; DreamWorks Stock Drops

by Ed Liuon November 18, 2014
Hasbro has called off talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., leading to a 14% drop in share price for DreamWorks (eliminating any gains in price made after reports of the merger talks first surfaced). A number of reasons are being cited by news sources, including a negative response from Hasbro shareholders, an insurmountable gap […]
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Disney Sets 2016 Release Dates for “Zootopia” and “Moana”

by Ed Liuon November 14, 2014
Walt Disney Animation Studios has announced release dates for their next two animated feature films. Zootopia will be released on March 4, 2016; the movie will be directed by Byron Howard (Tangled) and will center on a fast-talking fox framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Moana will be released on November 23, 2016; co-directed […]

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DreamWorks Animation Reported in Merger Talks with Hasbro and Joint Venture with Hearst

by Ed Liuon November 14, 2014
Various media outlets are reporting that toymaker Hasbro is in talks to buy DreamWorks Animation, SKG, Inc, as well as discussions to turn their AwesomenessTV channel into a joint venture with Hearst. The Hasbro/DreamWorks merger is reported to be at least 60 days away, and the reports state that both sides agree that Jeffrey Katzenberg […]
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Terminally Ill “Simpsons” Co-Creator Sam Simon Donating His Fortune to Charity

by Ed Liuon November 14, 2014
Multiple news outlets are noting that Sam Simon, one of several co-creators of The Simpsons, was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer in 2012, and has recently been arranging the donation of his personal fortune generated from his work on the show to charitable causes. The bulk of his fortune of $100 million has been put […]