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Unauthorized Animated Disney Characters Appear on North Korean TV

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The New York Times reports that unauthorized versions of copyrighted Walt Disney Company characters appeared on North Korean state-run television on Monday. Costumed versions of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Tigger, and other Disney characters were seen dancing in front of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, with occasional clips from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs […]

PR: Director Genndy Tartakovsky Inks Overall Deal with Sony Pictures Animation

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Acclaimed Animation Director Genndy Tartakovsky Inks Overall Deal with Sony Pictures Animation Culver City, CA, July 11, 2012 – Sony Pictures Animation continues to expand its stable of talented filmmakers with the signing of three-time Emmy Award winner Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars) to an overall agreement that extends beyond […]

Ernest Borgnine, 1917 - 2012

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Actor Ernest Borgnine passed away on Sunday, July 8, 2012, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at the age of 95. His career in Hollywood spanned for more than six decades, with his gruff voice, gap-toothed smile, and acting versatility leading to roles as villains, heroes, and common joes. Borgnine was best known as the title character […]

LA Times on Direct-to-Video Knockoff Industry

The Los Angeles Times has examined the “drafting phenomenon” in the movie industry, where direct-to-video knockoffs of major studio films exploit the studios’ marketing campaigns. Animated family films are frequent subjects for knockoffs, with recent releases including Kiara the Brave and Life’s a Jungle: Africa’s Most Wanted, which are drafting off Pixar’s Brave and DreamWorks […]

Spinoff Interviews Bill Schultz on Home Plate Entertainment, Early Marvel Animation, and "Wild Grinders"

Spinoff Online has interviewed Bill Schultz, CEO of Home Plate Entertainment, about his long career in the animation industry. Among other topics, Schultz discusses his start in the 1980′s with Marvel Productions, working on shows like X-Men, Transformers, and G.I. Joe; his stints at Film Roman and Cartoon Network; his view of the beginning of […]

World's Finest Interviews Robert Kral on Scoring "Superman vs. the Elite"

The World’s Finest has interviewed composer Robert Kral on his work scoring the latest DC direct-to-video movie Superman vs. the Elite. Among other topics, Kral discusses how the music he composed for Superman Doomsday was used in the new movie, how story and tone affect his compositions, the differences between composing for feature-length movies vs. […]

NY Times Interviews Seth MacFarlane on Animated TV and "Ted"

The New York Times‘ Arts Beat weblog has interviewed Seth MacFarlane on his work on his Fox animated comedies and his feature film directorial debut for Ted, in which he also plays the title character through motion capture CGI animation. Among other topics, MacFarlane discusses where the concept of Ted came from, his use of […]

Animation Producer/Director LeSean Thomas Posts First Chapter of "Seoul Sessions" BTS Videos

Animation producer LeSean Thomas (The Boondocks, The Legend of Korra, Black Dynamite: The Animated Series) has posted the first chapter of “Seoul Sessions,” a look behind the scenes at Thomas’ time in Seoul, South Korea, working at MOI Animation Studios on outsourced American animated shows. New installments of “Seoul Sessions” are slated to be posted […]

PR: April 2012 Ratings Highlights for Nickelodeon

NICKELODEON FINISHES APRIL FIRST WITH TOTAL VIEWERS LED BY NICKELODEON’S 25TH ANNUAL KIDS’ CHOICE AWARDS AND THE PREMIERE OF THE LEGEND OF KORRA Nickelodeon Wins Week as Basic Cable’s Top Net with Kids and Total Viewers; The Legend of Korra Draws 4 Million Viewers, Ranks as Cable’s Top Kids’ Telecast with Total Viewers; iCarly Ranks […]

PR: Jason DeMarco Named VP, Strategic Marketing & Partnerships for Cartoon Network & Adult Swim

Jason DeMarco Named Vice President, Strategic Marketing and Partnerships For Cartoon Network and Adult Swim Jason DeMarco has been promoted to vice president of strategic marketing and promotions for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, it was announced today by Brenda Piper, chief marketing officer for Turner Broadcasting System Inc.’s Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media […]

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