WNYC has posted an audio interview with Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, creators of the virtual rock group Gorillaz, to talk about their work on the stage production Monkey: Journey to the West with actor/director Chen Shi-Zheng. The production will meld opera, electronia, and animation to retell the Chinese folktale of the Monkey King.
Dublin-based Jam Media has signed a deal with the BBC to produce a new €5M animated series for the BBC. Titled Badly Drawn Roy, the series will combine live-action and animation for the pre-teen market, and is scheduled to debut next March. Jam Media executives will be shopping the show to international broadcasters at the […]
Scotland on Sunday is reporting that a 5-minute stop-motion animated short film made by students at the Sanday Community School in Orkney has been acquired by Sir Richard Branson to be shown as in-flight entertainment on Virgin Intercontinental Airlines flights. The movie, titled “Lights Out!”, centers on a colony of seals kept awake at night […]
Nick Park, creator of Wallace and Gromit at Aardman Animation Studios, will be guest-editing the 70th birthday edition of The Beano magazine. Park has been a lifelong fan of the comic magazine, and Wallace and Gromit will appear on the magazine’s cover alongside Dennis the Menace and Gnasher the Dog. The magazine will go on […]
UK animation production house Cosgrove Hall has stated that it will be downsizing eight of its 35 employees and adjusting its business strategy, claiming that existing difficulties in the market have been exacerbated by a junk food ad ban that came into full force in January. Managing Director Anthony Utley stated that, “We are really […]
David Mitton, the creator of the television series Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, passed away at the age of 69 on May 16, 2008, due to a heart attack. Mitton’s television career began as a special effects technician on the Thunderbirds TV show with Gerry Anderson in the 1960’s. In the 1980’s, he and […]
Cartoon Network characters from such shows as Ben 10, Dexer’s Laboratory, and The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy will appear at three resorts run by Butlins in Cartoon Network’s Wheely Big Super-Toontastic Game Show, MarketingWeek reports. The deal between the network and the holiday company will bring the show exclusively to Butlins and also […]
Entertainment Rights, the UK TV producer that owns Classic Media, Postman Pat, and Basil Brush, posted net profits of $12.5 million in 2007, down 7% from 2006, Variety reports. The profit drop comes despite a doubling in revenue to $129.4 million, thanks to the acquisition of Classic. Separately, Variety also reports that Entertainment Rights has […]