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"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 […]

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 […]

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