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PR: Nickelodeon Names Jill Sanford Vice President, Animation Development

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NICKELODEON NAMES JILL SANFORD VICE PRESIDENT, ANIMATION DEVELOPMENT BURBANK – Nov. 6, 2012 – Nickelodeon has named Jill Sanford Vice President of Animation Development, Nickelodeon Group.  Sanford will be responsible for all aspects of development from concept to pilot, including all creative and production.  The announcement was made by Jenna Boyd, Senior Vice President of Animation […]

Cartoon Network Renews "Regular Show," "Gumball;" Adds Episodes of "Annoying Orange"

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Deadline.com reports that Cartoon Network has renewed the comedy series Regular Show and The Amazing World of Gumball for new seasons, and added episodes to the order of Annoying Orange. No word was given on how soon new episodes will be airing.

21 Animated Features Submitted for 2012 Academy Awards

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced 21 submitted features for the 2012 Best Animated Feature Academy Award, virtually ensuring that a full slate of five nominees will be in the running for the award. The candidates are: Adventures in Zambezia Brave Delhi Safari Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Frankenweenie From Up on […]

"Wreck-It Ralph" Racks Up $49.1M in Ticket Sales on Debut Weekend

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Despite lingering power outages on the East Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph earned an estimated $49.1 million in ticket sales in its debut weekend, taking the top spot at the box office by a comfortable margin. Its nearest competitor, Robert Zemeckis’ Flight, opened with almost half the ticket sales at […]

CNN on Growing Recognition for Voice Actors

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CNN has posted an article about the growing recognition for professional voice actors in animation, speaking with professionals such as Frank Welker, Peter Cullen, Crispin Freeman, and Patrick Seitz about the growth of the industry, the way technology has made voice actors more prominent than in the past, and celebrity stunt-casting for voice actors (and […]

Disney's "Secret of the Wings" Debuts at Top Spot of Home Video Sales Charts

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Walt Disney Studio’s direct-to-video movie Secret of the Wings premiered in the top spot on both the Nielsen VideoScan FirstAlert chart and the dedicated Blu-ray sales chart in its debut week (ending October 28, 2012). The new movie joins the other three Tinker Bell movies in being a top seller, with the franchise selling millions […]

Jeffrey Katzenberg & Ann Daly Renew Contracts with DreamWorks Animation Through 2017

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The Hollywood Reporter notes that Jeffrey Katzenberg and Ann Daly, CEO and COO of DreamWorks Animation, SKG, respectively, have extended their contracts with the animation studio through 2017. Katzenberg’s salary will go from $1 million per year to $2.5 million per year, and he will be eligible for annual cash bonuses of $4 million and […]

Disney Acquires Lucasfilm for $4.05 Billion; New "Star Wars" Movie Coming in 2015

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The Walt Disney Company has acquired Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion in a cash and stock deal, acquiring the rights to the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, along with the Industrial Light & Magic effects house, LucasArts video game studio, and Skywalker Sound. Also announced in the deal is a new Star Wars movie coming […]

Fox Puts "Wentworth Hall" Into Development

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Twentieth Century Fox TV is developing Wentworth Hall, a new animated comedy from Jake Kasdan and Lew Morton, Deadline Hollywood reports. The series will focus on a group of college students attending a once-prestigious university. Morton, formerly of Futurama, will executive produce with Kasdan. Melvin Mar will produce.

Adult Swim Picks Up "Rick & Morty"

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Adult Swim has picked up Rick & Morty, a new animated series from Community creator Dan Harmon, The New York Times reports. The thirty-minute animated series will follow the adventures of a genius inventor and his grandson. It is expected to debut in 2014. Harmon is co-creating the series with Justin Roiland.

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