Mike Judge Animated Country Music Series Greenlighted By Cinemax
EXCLUSIVE: Silicon Valley co-creator Mike Judge is returning to his animated roots with Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus, which has been picked up by HBO sister network Cinemax with an eight-episode series order. The half-hour animated comedy series is currently in production for premiere later this year.
Co-created by Judge, Richard Mullins, and The Last Ride co-writer Dub Cornett, Mike Judge Presents: Tales From The Tour Bus chronicles the tales of some of… Read
‘The Little Prince’ Helmer Mark Osborne To Receive High French Honor
EXCLUSIVE: The Little Prince director Mark Osborne is getting a very special honor from France in recognition of his work in making the first-ever animated feature adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's classic. He will be conferred the insignia of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in March at a ceremony led by the cultural counselor of the French Embassy in New York, Bénédicte de Montlaur.
The Order of Arts and Letters was established in 1957 to recognize… Read
Amazon Launches Its First Curated SVOD Service: Anime Strike
Amazon continues its expansion into online video this morning, introducing what it calls its “first curated on-demand subscription” service: Anime Strike.
This is part of the Amazon Channels program, and is available to Prime members in the U.S. for $4.99 a month, following a week-long free trial.
The offering includes more than 1,000 movies and TV episodes including “classics, exclusives, and hard-to-find content (like new episodes from Japan's famed late-night anime… Read
Chris DeFaria Named New President Of DreamWorks Animation Film Group
UPDATED with Universal confirmation, adds info: Chris deFaria, the president of Animation and Innovative Technology at Warner Bros Pictures, has been named president of Universal’s DreamWorks Feature Animation Group, the film side of DreamWorks Animation in its new incarnation as a part of NBCUniversal.
Deadline earlier today confirmed that deFaria is making the move to DreamWorks Animation, with Universal confirming later in the afternoon. We’re hearing deFaria is… Read
Original ‘Ghost In The Shell’ Movie Returning To Theaters
With Paramount’s live-action version of Ghost in the Shell starring Scarlett Johansson readying for its late-March bow, Lionsgate is getting into the action by teaming with Funimation Films to return the original 1995 anime film to the big screen. The iconic, Mamoru Oshii-directed pic that helped introduce the genre to a wide U.S. audience will hit 110 theaters on February 7-8, the companies said today, with both the original Japanese version with subtitles and the… Read
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo Song Inspires First Animated Film From Jeremy Renner & Don Handfield’s The Combine
EXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield are producing the first animated film through their banner the Combine, along with Straight Up Films and Cinesite. I.F. (Imaginary Friend) is inspired by the song “Imaginary Friend” by two-time Grammy-nominated kid-hop artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo from his album Perfect Quirk. Development and pre-production will begin this year with some stellar talent aboard.
First off, the Combine produced John Lee Hancock’s Michael… Read
‘Moana’-Opening Animated Short ‘Inner Workings’: Director Leo Matsuda On The Anatomy Of The Idea
Currently at work on Disney’s Frozen 2, a follow-up to the wintry 2013 smash, Leo Matsuda is among those individuals who have made the leap from Disney story artist to the writer and director of his own animated short. The film is Inner Workings, a charming 3D animated film with 2D interludes, depicting one man’s conflict between heart and mind, logic and emotion. Speaking with Deadline, Matsuda discusses the film’s unique conception of human anatomy, the experience of… Read
Jackie Chan’s ‘Railroad Tigers’ Leads Small Pack Of Weekend Newcomers – Specialty B.O. Preview
Well Go USA is opening Railroad Tigers this weekend, the first of two titles this month from Jackie Chan's production company. The distributor is hoping to capitalize on what it sees as a paucity of action-adventure titles in the marketplace. And with the Golden Globes looming large, the Specialty market takes something of a breather this weekend after a busy late fall season.
Gkids will screen Japanese animation title The Princess Mononoke on the film’s 20th anniversary… Read
‘Zootopia’ Directors Byron Howard & Rich Moore On The Leaps In Animation Tech That Made It Possible
Oscar nominated, respectively, for their work on Bolt and Wreck-It Ralph, directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore have triumphantly returned to the forefront of the awards conversation this year with Zootopia. Taking the Best Animated Feature prize at the Critics' Choice Awards and a Golden Globe nomination the following morning, the celebrated, inclusive picture from Walt Disney Studios tells the story of Judy Hopps, an inspirational young bunny who boldly confronts… Read
Gaumont TV Names Vanessa Shapiro President WW Distribution; Moves Sales Ops To LA; Erik Pack Exits
UPDATE with more detail: Narcos producer Gaumont Television has set Vanessa Shapiro as President of Worldwide Distribution. The exec joins from MarVista Entertainment where she had been EVP Distribution since 2007. She’ll be based in LA, but divide time with Paris. Along with the hire, Gaumont says it’s moving the company’s sales and distribution operations from London to Los Angeles. London-based Erik Pack is exiting the company, Deadline has confirmed. He held the title… Read
Tyrus Wong Dies: Artist Known For Inspiring Disney’s ‘Bambi’ Was 106
UPDATE with Art Directors Guild statement: Tyrus Wong, the artist whose spec drawings of a deer in the forest famously became the inspiration for the look of Disney’s Bambi, has died. He was 106. The family confirmed the news on Facebook.
According to the Disney Family Museum blog, Wong was born in China in 1910 and emigrated to the U.S. with his father in 1919, landing at the Angel Island detention center in San Francisco. He received a full scholarship from the Otis Art… Read
Women Make Small Gains In Animation Industry But Still Hold Just 23% Of Union Jobs
Women hold less than a quarter of the union jobs in the local animation industry, according to the latest statistics from the Animation Guild, IATSE Local 839. As of October 31, the guild said, only 23.2% of the jobs as animators, writers and technicians working under its contracts were held by women. That up from 20.6% 18 months ago.
"There has been a slow but steady increase in the number of women employed in guild jobs," the union said.
DreamWorks Animation TV leads… Read