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Nickelodeon UK Reveals Hot Animated Summer Lineup

by Grant Whiteon February 13, 2014
Nickelodeon UK have announced the highlights of their summer schedule, including several animated series new and recurring. The main Nickelodeon channel will see the addition of Pop Pixie, a spin off of the popular Winx Club series focussing on the Pixie side characters as they have their own adventures in Pixieville starting this month. Winx […]
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Live-Action “Akira” Director Says Source Material and Japanese Culture Don’t Have “Strong Characters”

by Ed Liuon February 12, 2014 has interviewed Jaume Collet-Serra, director of the upcoming Liam Neeson action vehicle Non-Stop, about his work on the live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira. He says that he is continuing to work on the adaptation (which Warner Bros. shelved due to budget concerns), but that the material is proving difficult to adapt. He invites […]


‘Justin and The Knights of Valour’ UK Digital HD Release and Printable Activity Sheets

by Grant Whiteon February 12, 2014
CGI animated family film Justin and The Knights of Valour is now available to download on iTunes in the UK. The film tells the story of Justin, a young man who dreams of reigniting the era of brave knights in his homeland which has since been replaced by one of bureaucrats including his father. Encouraged […]
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PR: New Social Media Platform MotionArtistTV Open for Artists, Animators, and Enthusiasts

by Shawn Hopkinson February 11, 2014
Smith Micro announced a new online social media site today that might be of interest to those of you are into digital storytelling and interactive comics. The full press release follows: ALISO VIEJO, CA – February 11, 2014 – Smith Micro Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMSI) Productivity and Graphics group today announced the launch of its social multimedia platform MotionArtistTV, targeted […]


DreamWorks News: New Publishing Imprint; Katzenberg to Keynote Licensing Expo 2014

by Ed Liuon February 11, 2014
DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., will be launching a publishing imprint to produce digital and print books based on the studio’s intellectual property library. The imprint will be titled DreamWorks Press and will be run by Emma Whittard, a veteran of Disney’s publishing arm. The Perseus Books Group will manage sale and distribution of the imprint’s […]

Chinese Funded Film Venture Announces “Kong” Feature Film

by Ed Liuon February 11, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter notes that a collective run by Chinese mogul Robin Li will be funding Aquamen Entertainment, a new film production venture based out of Los Angeles to be run by Korean filmmaker Jeongjung Kim and Chinese producer Gary Zhang. The production company’s first feature film will be Kong, which (despite the title suggesting […]


Disney Sued Over “Toy Story 3” Evil Stuffed Bear

by Ed Liuon February 11, 2014
New Jersey-based Diece-Lisa Industries has filed a lawsuit against Disney Enterprises for trademark and patent infringement over the “Lots-O-Huggin’ Bear” character in Toy Story 3. Diece-Lisa holds a trademark and patents for their “Lots of Hugs” stuffed toy bears, and notes that DLI’s “hugging technology” was licensed by a Disney affiliate for Bear in the […]

Everything is Awesome for “The LEGO Movie” with $69.11M Box Office in Debut Weekend

by Ed Liuon February 10, 2014
Warner Bros. The LEGO Movie walled out all its competition at the box office in its debut weekend, with $69.11 million (estimated) in ticket sales. Its nearest competitor, Sony’s The Monuments Men starring George Clooney, came in a distant second in its debut weekend with $22.7 million (estimated) in sales. The opening is one of […]


PR: New Music Manager Game ‘Music Inc.’ Takes Centre Stage at London EDITION Launch

by Grant Whiteon February 10, 2014
New Music Manager Game Music Inc. Takes Centre Stage at London EDITION Launch UK Music, the Intellectual Property Office and Aardman Animations launched a brand new app, Music Inc, at the London EDITION hotel last night. The launch was attended by UK Music CEO Jo Dipple, Minister for Intellectual Property Lord Younger, a host of […]
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Skylanders and Call of Duty Among Top Earners in 2013

by Shawn Hopkinson February 7, 2014
This week Activision released its quarterly earnings report, and there’s good news in there for fans of Skylanders and Call of Duty. According to a press release about the report, Skylanders sales are in the billions: ·         As of December 31, 2013, the Skylanders franchise has generated, life-to-date, more than $2 billion in worldwide sales and, at the end of the […]