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"My Little Pony" Movie Planned for 2017

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Variety reports that Hasbro Studios has greenlit an animated My Little Pony feature film through its Allspark Pictures label, through which Hasbro self-finances or co-finances film projects like the upcoming live-action Jem and the Holograms movie. Joe Ballarini (Atlantis 7, Lockdown at Franklin High, Cardboard) will script the film, and Megan McCarthy (My Little Pony: […]

Turner Rebrands Boomerang Globally as Global All-Animation Network

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Turner Rebrands Boomerang Globally The Network for Kids and Families Will Begin Its Rollout Fall 2014 Refreshed Network Content to Include Iconic, Beloved Cartoons Plus Acquired Regional/Local Animated Favorites Latin America Network Debuted Sept. 29; Australian Network Kicks Off Nov. 3; U.S., EMEA and APAC Networks to Premiere in 2015 Turner Broadcasting announced today that […]

DreamWorks Animation in Talks for Acquisition by SoftBank

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The Hollywood Reporter reports that the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank is in talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., in a deal that would value the animation studio at $3.4 billion, according to an anonymous source. The same source stated that current CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg would sign a five-year contract to stay with the studio, and […]

Channel Frederator Network Adds 141 New Channels, Expands Subscriber Base

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CHANNEL FREDERATOR NETWORK ADDS 141 NEW CHANNELS AND EXPANDS SUBSCRIBER BASE TO 10.5 MILLION DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST As its Audience Numbers Continue to Balloon, Channel Frederator Network Establishes Itself as the Go-To Destination for Online Animation Across the Globe NEW YORK—September 24, 2014–They’re just getting bigger! During the month of August, Channel Frederator […]

Wall Street Journal Reports on Hub Takeover and Rebranding by Discovery

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The Wall Street Journal reports that a long-rumored takeover and rebranding of the Hub Network is about to take place. The joint venture between Discovery and Hasbro has struggled to gain market share in the kids TV network environment dominated by Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, shifting from its original lineup of programming to include other […]

Disney Not Planning Animated Marvel Feature Films

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Even though Walt Disney Feature Animation’s Big Hero 6 is based on a Marvel Comics superhero team (and mini-series) of the same name, and Disney now owns Marvel Comics, there are currently no plans for the parent company’s animation studio to dabble in the expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe films. According to a post in New […]

SEC Hits DreamWorks With Turbo Investigation

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In more financial news, DreamWorks Animation is being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] after disclosing that they took a $13.5 million hit on last year’s “Turbo” feature film. “Turbo” had a disclosed budget of $135 million but only took in $83 million domestically at the box office. “Turbo” performed much better in […]

Nickelodeon Pulls "Legend of Korra" TV Premieres; Moves to Digital Distribution

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In a surprise move, Nickelodeon has pulled five upcoming premiere episodes of The Legend of Korra‘s third season, with the last TV episode (“The Terror Within,” episode 8 of this season’s 14) premiering on Friday, July 25, 2014, at 8:00 PM (ET/PT). A subsequent announcement by series co-creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino (through […]

Paramount Animation Recruits Disney's Lino DiSalvo for Creative Director

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Variety reports that Paramount Pictures has hired Lino DiSalvo as its new creative director for Paramount Animation. DiSalvo comes from Walt Disney Animation Studios after a 16-year tenure, where he was an animator on Meet the Robinsons and Chicken Little; the supervising animator on Bolt and Tangled; and the head of animation on Frozen. DiSalvo […]

Vishnu Athreya named VP, Program Scheduling, for Cartoon Network & Boomerang

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Vishnu Athreya Named Vice President, Program Scheduling at Cartoon Network and Boomerang Vishnu Athreya has been named vice president, program scheduling for Cartoon Network and Boomerang, it was announced today by Rob Sorcher, chief content officer for Cartoon Network. In this position, Athreya will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day scheduling and strategic positioning of […]

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