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NY Times on the Rise of Brigham Young University's Animation Program

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The New York Times Magazine has taken a look at the rise of the Brigham Young University animation program as a somewhat unlikely rise as a feeder program for Hollywood’s top animation studios. The university was singled out by Pixar president Ed Catmull in a speech on campus in 2008, and a 14-person team at […]

DreamWorks Animation Reports $83M Loss for 2012 4th Quarter; Confirms Upcoming Layoffs

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DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., reported a Q4 2012 loss of $83 million (98 cents per share) on revenues of $265 million, due to disappointing performance of Rise of the Guardians and a one-time charge of $54 million to return Me and My Shadow to development. During a conference call discussing DreamWorks’ quarterly results, CEO Jeffrey […]

Kids Spent More than $1.5 Billion on Digital Gaming in 2012

In the first half of 2012, kids in the US, UK, France, Germany, Australia, South Korea, and Japan spent more than $750 million on different digital gaming activities, including downloading mobile gaming apps, purchasing virtual items in free-to-play computer and mobile games, subscribing to premium memberships, and acquiring digital games and DLC content for console […]

DreamWorks Animation and Netflix Team for "Turbo: F.A.S.T." Original Animated Series

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DreamWorks Animation SKG and Netflix have announced a partnership to develop an original children’s animated series based on the upcoming movie Turbo, about a snail who dreams of becoming the fastest snail in the world. Titled Turbo: F.A.S.T., the series will pick up where the movie leaves off and will mark Netflix’s first children’s series […]

DreamWorks Names Michael Francis as First Chief Global Brand Officer

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Reflecting the growing importance of the international market to Hollywood companies, DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., named Michael Francis as its first Chief Global Brand Officer, with the newly created position responsible for the studio’s licensing and consumer products push. Francis will begin immediately at DreamWorks in a part-time capacity, going full-time in February 2013. He […]

PR: Nickelodeon Names Participants of 13th Annual Writing Program

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NICKELODEON NAMES PARTICIPANTS OF 13TH ANNUAL WRITING PROGRAM   Burbank, Calif. – Dec. 10, 2012 – Nickelodeon has named four new participants for its 13th annual Writing Program, it was announced today by Karen Kirkland, Executive Director, Nickelodeon Writing Program.  Aminta Goyel, who holds an MFA in Production from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Travis Braun, a  former USA Today  sports writer, […]

PR: Nickelodeon Names Jill Sanford Vice President, Animation Development

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NICKELODEON NAMES JILL SANFORD VICE PRESIDENT, ANIMATION DEVELOPMENT BURBANK – Nov. 6, 2012 – Nickelodeon has named Jill Sanford Vice President of Animation Development, Nickelodeon Group.  Sanford will be responsible for all aspects of development from concept to pilot, including all creative and production.  The announcement was made by Jenna Boyd, Senior Vice President of Animation […]

21 Animated Features Submitted for 2012 Academy Awards

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced 21 submitted features for the 2012 Best Animated Feature Academy Award, virtually ensuring that a full slate of five nominees will be in the running for the award. The candidates are: Adventures in Zambezia Brave Delhi Safari Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Frankenweenie From Up on […]

Jeffrey Katzenberg & Ann Daly Renew Contracts with DreamWorks Animation Through 2017

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The Hollywood Reporter notes that Jeffrey Katzenberg and Ann Daly, CEO and COO of DreamWorks Animation, SKG, respectively, have extended their contracts with the animation studio through 2017. Katzenberg’s salary will go from $1 million per year to $2.5 million per year, and he will be eligible for annual cash bonuses of $4 million and […]

Disney Acquires Lucasfilm for $4.05 Billion; New "Star Wars" Movie Coming in 2015

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The Walt Disney Company has acquired Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion in a cash and stock deal, acquiring the rights to the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, along with the Industrial Light & Magic effects house, LucasArts video game studio, and Skywalker Sound. Also announced in the deal is a new Star Wars movie coming […]

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