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Disney to Shut Down Pixar Canada Studio

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Variety reports that the Walt Disney Company will be shutting down its branch of Pixar Animation Studios based out of Vancouver, Canada, focusing its animation efforts solely in the main Pixar campus in Emeryville, CA. The studio was originally able to take advantage of tax incentives offered in Vancouver, and the shuttering of the studio […]

Film Roman Developing Original Animated Programming Slate

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The Hollywood Reporter covers an initiative at animation studio Film Roman to develop a slate of new animated programs, signifying a major branch from its roots in work-for-hire animation best known as the studio behind The Simpsons (as well as Beavis and Butt-Head, King of the Hill, Ultimate Spider-Man, and Dan Vs., among others). In […]

PR: Jill King Named SVP, Sponsorship Group, for Turner Broadcasting's Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media Group

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Jill King Named Senior Vice President, Sponsorship Group For Turner Broadcasting’s Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media Group   Jill King has been named senior vice president, sponsorship group for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media (AYAKM), it was announced today by Brenda Piper, chief marketing officer for AYAKM. In this […]

NY Times on the Troubled Production of "Foodfight!"

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The New York Times has analyzed the troubled rise and eventual fall of Foodfight!, a CGI animated movie that promised an all-star cast and a plot that would do for licensed advertising characters what Toy Story did for toys, only to face interminable delays before a quiet direct-to-video release this past May. Among other topics, […]

"Disney's Planes" Takes in $22.2M in Debut Weekend for #3 Box Office Spot

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Disney’s Planes took in an estimated $22.2 million (estimated) in ticket sales in its premiere weekend for a third-place finish at the box office behind Elysium ($30.4M) and We’re the Millers ($26.56M). While the movie had a modest production budget (reported to be about $50 million), it is also the third straight animated family film […]

Toonzone Interviews Voice Actor Debi Derryberry

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Multi-talented Debi Derryberry has had quite a ride to get where she is in the voiceover industry today. After graduating with a pre-med degree from UCLA, she traveled to Nashville with aspirations of being a country music singer, and while she soon got work in Music City, her distinctive voice meant it was primarily getting […]

2013 Emmy Nominations Announced

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The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced the nominees for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards. Categories with an animated property in contention are: Outstanding Animated Program Bob’s Burgers “O.T.: The Outside Toilet” (FOX/20th Century Fox Televsion) Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness “Enter the Dragon” (Nickelodeon/DreamWorks Animation & Nickelodeon Productions) Regular Show: The […]

NY Times on DreamWorks Animation's Chief Creative Officer Bill Damaschke

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The New York Times has profiled Bill Damaschke, the chief creative officer of DreamWorks Animation SKG, and his increasingly important role in the studio’s films, including the upcoming Turbo.  Among other topics, the article discusses the many initiatives that are causing DreamWorks’ CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg to spend less time in creative decision-making on the features, […]

DreamWorks Animation Adds Deal with German Broadcaster Super RTL

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The Los Angeles Times reports that DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc, has signed a deal with German broadcaster Super RTL for up to 1,100 hours of original animated programming, the latest move by the company to expand its revenue base and its presence on television screens. The deal will include original programming based on DreamWorks’ existing […]

Variety on Searching for the Next Animated Hit Show

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To tie in with its Emmy award coverage, Variety has examined the different ways networks have been searching for the next animated hit, taking a look at Cartoon Network’s Cartoonstitute and the CN Shorts program; Fox’s approach of greenlighting six episode mini-series before going into full series production; and Mondo Media’s approach of searching for […]

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