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Mattel Wins "He-Man" Ownership Lawsuit Against Donald Glut

by Ed Liuon March 11, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter notes that toymaker Mattel has won a lawsuit against writer Donald F. Glut over the ownership of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. The lawsuit was filed by Mattel last June in response to Glut’s assertions that he created the Masters of the Universe cast and was entitled to copyright ownership […]
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Namco Bandai's ShiftyLook Webcomic Studio To Close

by Grant Whiteon March 10, 2014
ShiftyLook, the webcomic studio that has for the last few years been producing webcomics based on lesser known characters from the Namco games library, has announced it will be closing later this year. Having made its success with webcomic adaptations of game characters including Bravoman and Wonder Momo, the studio began branching out into other […]

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"Peppa Pig," "Room on the Broom," "Gumball" Top 2014 British Animation Awards

by Ed Liuon March 10, 2014
The 10th annual British Animation Awards were handed out on Friday, March 7, 2014, with The Amazing World of Gumball taking home the award for Best Children’s Series and the Children’s Choice award. “Room on the Broom” took the Best Long Form award after losing out to “Mr. Hulot” at the Academy Awards earlier this […]

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"Mr. Peabody & Sherman" Places Second at Box Office in Premiere Weekend

by Ed Liuon March 10, 2014
Mr. Peabody & Sherman, the latest animated feature film from DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc, opened in second place at the box office in its premiere weekend, with an estimated $32.5 million in ticket sales. In comparison, DreamWorks’ last two March releases (2010’s How to Train Your Dragon and 2013’s The Croods) both cleared $40 million […]
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FX Renews "Archer" Through Season 7

by Ed Liuon March 7, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter states that FX has renewed the animated comedy Archer for a sixth and seventh season, ensuring the show will be on the air through 2016 and opening the way for cable and broadcast syndication. Each new season will be 13 episodes, with a possibility of further renewals afterwards. The series is the […]

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Stu Snyder Stepping Down from Turner Animation

by Ed Liuon March 7, 2014
The Los Angeles Times reports that Stu Snyder is stepping down as president and chief operating officer of Time Warner’s Turner Animation unit at the end of this month. Snyder held the position for six years and oversaw Turner’s animation efforts, most prominently Cartoon Network, in that time frame. Former Time Warner CFO John Martin […]
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"Secret of Kells" Studio Prepping Animated Feature Set in Afghanistan

by Ed Liuon March 6, 2014
Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon (The Secret of Kells) is beginning work on an animated feature film adaptation of Deborah Ellis’ novel The Breadwinner, which focuses on a young girl named Parvana living in Afghanistan under the Taliban and forced to disguise herself as a boy to earn money for her family when her father […]

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PR: Disney's "Frozen" Crosses $1 Billion Worldwide

by Ed Liuon March 3, 2014
DISNEY’S “FROZEN” CROSSES $1 BILLION WORLDWIDE Winner of Two Academy Awards® Is Now Second Highest Grossing Animated Film Ever BURBANK, Calif. – March 3, 2014 – On the same day it won two Academy Awards® including Best Animated Feature, “Frozen,” Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 53rd feature film, crossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office. […]
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DreamWorks Animation Reports Q4 $17.2M Profit, Records $13.5M Charge Due to "Turbo"

by Ed Liuon February 26, 2014
DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. reported fourth quarter 2014 earnings of $17.2 million on revenue of $204.3 million. Accounted for in the revenue was a $13.5 million charge from the effects of the disappointing box office performance of Turbo, whose $282.6 million worldwide ticket sales were well below a typical DreamWorks animated feature film. DreamWorks also […]