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PR: Brian Robillard Named VP, Content Business Operations, for Cartoon Network Studios

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Brian Robillard Named Vice President, Content Business Operations for Cartoon Network Studios Brian Robillard has been named vice president, content business operations for Cartoon Network Studios, it was announced today by Rob Sorcher, chief content officer for Cartoon Network. In this newly created role, Robillard is charged with creating strategy, business plans and operating process […]

Hollywood Reporter on Disney's Success with "Tinker Bell" Movies

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The Hollywood Reporter examines the “stealth success” of the Tinker Bell direct-to-video animated features for Disney, the fifth of which (The Pirate Fairy) was released last Tuesday, April 1, 2014. The article examines the franchise’s troubled start, where a movie already several years in production was scrapped with the arrival of John Lasseter and Ed […]

Lego Toon News: "Simpsons" Minifigures Revealed, Village Roadshow Pictures Cut Out of "Lego Movie 2"

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The Lego Group has revealed the 16 Simpsons mini-figures that will go on sale in the next wave of blind bags in May 2014, which will make them available at around the time the Lego episode of The Simpsons airs on May 4, 2014, at 8:00 PM (7:00 PM Central) on Fox. In other news, […]

"Jem and the Holograms" to Get Live-Action Feature; Creator Christy Marx Shut Out of Production

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The 1980′s animated series Jem and the Holograms is set to be adapted for a live-action feature film from Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, Scooter Braun Productions, and director Jon M. Chu (Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D, G.I. Joe: Retaliation). The original series ran from 1985 – 1988, and focused on the musical […]

Disney's "Frozen" Co-Director Jennifer Lee on Her Career & Shifts in the Movie Business

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In an appearance on CBS This Morning, Frozen co-director Jennifer Lee discussed the runaway success of the film and expressed her hopes that it marks a shift in Hollywood away from the perception that “it’s boys that drive the moviegoing” towards more dynamic characters of either gender, and her hope that more women will take […]

Fast Company Talks with Disney/Pixar's Ed Catmull on Management Secrets

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Ed Catmull, President of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, has spoken to Fast Company in a series of articles in conjunction with his upcoming book Creativity, Inc. In addition to a lengthy excerpt from the book about the Pixar “Braintrust,” several smaller articles give a more focused look at more specific topics: How Disney […]

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

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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 […]

FX Renews "Archer" Through Season 7

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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 […]

Australia's Animal Logic VFX Studio Splits Into 3 Divisions

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The Hollywood Reporter notes that Australia’s visual and digital effects studio Animal Logic is splitting into three specialist subsidiaries: a feature-animation division, a visual effects division, and a feature film development arm based in Los Angeles that will focus on developing a slate of animation. The studio has worked on several recently released animated features, […]

DreamWorks Animation Reports Q4 $17.2M Profit, Records $13.5M Charge Due to "Turbo"

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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 […]

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