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‘Isle Of Dogs’: Fox Searchlight Fetches 2018 Date For Wes Anderson’s All-Star Toon

Fox Searchlight struck Oscar gold with Wes Anderson’s 2014 hit The Grand Budapest Hotel, and now it has a date for his next film. The distributor said today that Isle of Dogs, the filmmaker’s second animated pic after 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, will hit theaters April 20, 2018. Searchlight acquired world rights to the film just before Christmas last year. It will distribute the pic in partnership with Indian Paintbrush, marking the latter’s fifth movie with Anderson. Set… Read


‘Rainbow Rangers’: Nickelodeon Acquires CGI-Animated Preschool Series From Genius Brands Int’l

Nickelodeon has acquired U.S. and Caribbean Basin broadcast rights to season one of CGI-animated preschool series Rainbow Rangers from Genius Brands International. Currently in development, the 11-episode mission-based action adventure series debuted at MIPJunior at Cannes last October and is expected to air on Nickelodeon's preschool channel, Nick Jr. Rainbow Rangers blends fantasy and action-adventure with relatable, accessible stories about friendship and saving the… Read


‘Dear Basketball’ Scribe Kobe Bryant On A Career Built “Piece By Piece” And Life After Basketball — Tribeca Studio

“If you asked me when I was 10 years old if I would be here now—that I would be here—I would have said, 'You're absolutely nuts,'” Kobe Bryant admits, sitting down at Deadline’s Tribeca Studio to discuss his animated short film Dear Basketball. “But that's the beautiful thing about life, isn't it?” One of the greatest basketball players of all time who had an illustrious 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant decided to announce his retirement in November 2015… Read


Sundance Feniger Named VP & GM Of Boomerang

Time Warner's Turner and Warner Bros. has set Nickelodeon veteran Sundance Feniger as VP and General Manager of its new Boomerang premium VOD service for animation. He will lead the overall Boomerang streaming business across all functions, partnered with DramaFever on technology. He will report jointly to both companies. "Sundance has a passion for kids content and animation," Turner and Warner Bros said in a statement. “He also has the technical and data background to… Read


Gaumont Boards Paul McCartney’s Animated Film ‘High In The Clouds’

EXCLUSIVE: Paul McCartney's long-in-the-works animated film High In The Clouds will have to wait a little longer. The project, which has been in development since 2009, has been optioned by Gaumont, the French company with offices in Beverly Hills. The new deal marks the first animated feature project for Gaumont in the U.S. The film, which features eight or nine original songs by the former Beatle, had been in the works under the umbrella of RGH Entertainment, a… Read


Freeform Trailers: ‘Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger,’ Lonely Island’s ‘Alone Together’ & Drama ‘The Bold Type’ – Upfront

Marvel's Cloak & Dagger

Freeform is having its upfront in Manhattan today, and the Disney-owned cable net has released the first trailers for three of its upcoming series: high-profile actioner Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, comedy Alone Together from the Lonely Island trio and drama The Bold Type. Watch the superhero clip above and the other two below. Marvel's Cloak & Dagger is the story of Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) – two teenagers from very different backgrounds… Read


‘Carmen Sandiego’ Toon Series Starring Gina Rodriguez Bound For Netflix

If you’ve been asking yourself where in the world is Carmen Sandiego, the answer soon will be Netflix. The streaming service has set a new animated series with Jane the Virgin‘s Gina Rodriguez voicing the title character for 2019. Produced by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the 20-episode Carmen Sandiego features not only a new crop of international capers packed but will looks into Carmen’s past to tell who she is and why she became a super thief. Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Thin… Read


Forecast: More Blue Sky In Connecticut

20th Century Fox’s Blue Sky Studios has extended its lease at it home facility Greenwich American Center that will keep the animation unit behind Ice Age and the upcoming Ferdinand in Connecticut through 2025. The Fox division employs more than 450 artists, engineers and scientists and has been headquartered there since 2009. In a release announcing the move, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said Blue Sky has doubled its staff during the past eight years, helping the… Read


Joe Harris Dies: ‘Silly Rabbit’ Creator, ‘Underdog’ Animator Was 89

Joe Harris, an advertising illustrator who drew two cartoon figures that would become icons of the Baby Boomer generation – Underdog and the Trix “silly rabbit” – died last month at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 89. “Silly rabbit!,” Harris’ 1950s ad copy went, quickly becoming a common playground taunt and a lasting advertising catchphrase. “Trix are for kids!” Harris drew the long-eared, sneaky bunny with a taste for the colorful General Mills breakfast cereal. In… Read

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No. 1 ‘The Secret Life Of Pets’ Box Office Profits – 2016 Most Valuable Movie Blockbuster Tournament

Secret Life Of Pets

When it comes to evaluating the financial performance of top movies, it isn't about what a film grosses at the box office. The true tale is told when production budgets, P&A, talent participations and other costs collide with box office grosses and ancillary revenues from VOD to DVD and TV. To get close to that mysterious end of the equation, Deadline is repeating our Most Valuable Blockbuster tournament, using data culled by seasoned and trusted sources. THE SECRET LIFE O… Read


Laika Hires First Worldwide Licensing Agent To Merchandise Its Many Characters

Laika is taking control of licensing and merchandising for its bevy of characters from its films a Kubo And The Two Strings, The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman and Coraline by hiring Striker Entertainment LLC to serve as its worldwide licensing agent. Laika has been around since 2005 but this is the first time that it has hired a company to concentrate on licensing and merchandising out its many characters. This means that consumers will start seeing characters from Laika movies… Read


Imagine Entertainment & ‘Lego Movie’s Animal Logic Form Family Film Joint Venture

Imagine chairman Brian Grazer and Animal Logic CEO Zareh Nalbandian have formed a joint venture they said will generate six animation and hybrid animation projects over five years, all in the lucrative family film space. Animal Logic has become a preeminent animation company, generating the animation for Happy Feet and The Lego Movie, its sequels and spinoffs with Warner Bros. It has Peter Rabbit coming in 2018 with Sony. Imagine has always done a lot of family film… Read