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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 […]

Canadian Animators and Broadcasters Seeking UK Partners (and Tax Breaks)

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The Hollywood Reporter notes a trip by several Canadian animation studios and broadcasters to the United Kingdom, seeking opportunities for co-productions that can take advantage of British animation skills, creativity, and newly implemented tax breaks for high-end TV and animated productions. Animation studios making the trip include Atomic Cartoons, Big Bad Boo, DHX Media, Eaglecliff […]

"The Lego Movie" Continues Box Office Domination with $50M in Week 2

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Warner Bros’ The Lego Movie took in $50.015 million in ticket sales in its second week of release, handily fending off competition from About Last Night and RoboCop, both premiering last week and both remakes of 1980′s movies. The ticket sales for The Lego Movie represent a 27.6% drop from the premiere weekend, which is […]

Chinese Funded Film Venture Announces "Kong" Feature Film

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

G.I. Joe Enlists for Amazon's Kindle Worlds

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The Hollywood Reporter notes that America’s daring, highly trained special missions force has opened up a new front in their ongoing war against Cobra: Kindle Worlds, Amazon.com’s program that allows writers of fan-fiction to publish and profit from their work. Hasbro and Amazon have added G.I. Joe to the properties available for writers on Kindle […]

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