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Nickelodeon To Produce Animated TV Show ‘Pinky Malinky’ For Netflix

Nickelodeon will produce Pinky Malinky, a new animated series for Netflix based on its character, as Viacom’s cable networks begin to develop shows for digital outlets and other third parties. This new strategy, which Viacom dubs the “studio model,” marks an attempt to take advantage of streaming services and mobile carriers to capture audiences that can’t be found on pay TV. Viacom’s six flagship networks — MTV, Comedy Central, BET  among them — will begin identifying… Read


Amazon Greenlights ‘Invincible’ Superhero Animated Series From Robert Kirkman

Amazon Studios has given an eight-episode hourlong animated series Invincible, from The Walking Dead‘s Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker and artist Ryan Ottley, based on Kirkman’s popular comic book series of the same name. This marks the first series greenlight to come out of the overall deal Amazon Studios inked last year with Kirkman, executive producer of AMC’s The Walking Dead, which was based on his graphic novel, and companion Fear the Walking Dead, which he co-created… Read


‘Llama Llama’ Renewed For Season 2 On Netflix; Jennifer Garner Leads Voice Cast

Netflix has ordered a second season of Llama Llama, its animated series from Genius Brands InternationalJennifer Garner leads the voice cast of the preschooler toon, which premiered in January in 20 countries. Based on the book series by author and illustrator Anna Dewdney, Llama Llama is about first childhood experiences and adventures as well as the special connections between Llama (Shayle Simons), his Mama (Garner) and his grandparents. It tells stories of life in a… Read


Seth MacFarlane Tweets He Is “Embarrassed” To Work For Fox After Tucker Carlson Tells Viewers To Ignore Other News Sources

Seth MacFarlane has not exactly been a shrinking violet over the years when it comes to scrutinizing his own home network, Fox. But the creator of Family Guy and The Orville has taken things up a notch this weekend, tweeting that he is “embarrassed” to work for the network after the latest Fox News flap. MacFarlane on Saturday retweeted a post from CNN’s Brian Stelter, who commented on what Tucker Carlson told his Fox News viewers. “Isn’t this sad?” Stelter asked, before… Read


Netflix Renews ‘B: The Beginning’ For Season 2, Sets Premiere Date For New ‘Hilda’

Netflix has drawn up a Season 2 renewal for its anime series B: The Beginning and set a September 21 date for the series premiere for the toon Hilda. Produced by Rui Kuroki, B: The Beginning is set in a world powered by advanced technology, where crime and action sweep through the archipelagic nation of Cremona. Chief among the major players is "Killer B," a serial killer who has thrown the city into chaos. The stories of protagonist Koku, legendary investigator Keith and… Read


Studiocanal Touts ‘The Secret Garden’, ‘Shaun The Sheep 2’, Local-Language & More – CineEurope

Studiocanal kicked off its CineEurope presentation here in Barcelona today showcasing some of the European studio's local-language fare as well as Marjane Satrapi's Marie Curie biopic Radioactive and family titles including sequel Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon and the David Heyman-produced The Secret Garden. The latter sold out recently in Cannes in just five days. Radioactive, the Rosamund Pike/Sam Riley-starrer about pioneer and Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie, was… Read


‘Looney Tunes’ Getting Short-Form Revival At WB Animation

Looney Tunes

Warner Bros Animation is creating a new series of short-form cartoons based on the studio’s iconic Looney Tunes Cartoons franchise featuring the likes of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the gang that will harken to the original Looney Tunes theatrical shorts. The studio said today multiple artists will produce 1-6 minute shorts "written" and drawn by the cartoonists allowing their own personality and style to come through. The plan is to produce 1,000 minutes each season, with… Read


John Lasseter Out At Disney At End Of 2018; Focusing “On New Creative Challenges”

John Lasseter

After accusations of repeated misconduct last fall and an admission of “missteps” that led to a six-month leave of absence, John Lasseter will now exit Pixar and the Walt Disney Co. at the end of the year. With a glowing quote from Disney CEO Bob Iger, the company today went for the old politician’s trick of dumping bad news on a Friday afternoon, announcing that its animation overlord will be taking a consultant position with the company until the end of 2018. So he’s… Read


Skydance Catches ‘Fourteenth Goldfish’ For Animated Pic; James Marsden In ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ – Film Briefs

The Fourteenth Goldfish Ted Melfi Kimberly Quinn

Skydance Media has acquired rights to The Fourteenth Goldfish, Jennifer L. Holm’s bestselling 2014 children’s book, and has attached husband-wife producing partners Ted Melfi and Kimberly Quinn to write and produce an animated film. Victor Maldonado and Alfredo Torres will direct, and Alessandro Carloni will be executive producer. The plot centers on a 12-year-old girl whose middle school life is made even more complicated when her estranged grandfather shows up at her… Read


Pearl Studio Ups Justinian Huang To Head Of Development

Justinian Huang Pearl Studio

Pearl Studio, the Shanghai-based animation studio formerly known as Oriental DreamWorks, has promoted Justinian Huang to Head of Development. The news comes as the studio has a pair of projects actively in the works: Abominable, a co-production with DreamWorks Animation for Universal, and Netflix’s Over the Moon directed Glen Keane. Formerly Director of Development, Huang will be responsible for overseeing Pearl’s development team as the slate grows following February’s… Read


‘Fancy Nancy’ Renewed By Disney Junior Ahead Of Series Premiere

EXCLUSIVE: Five weeks before the Fancy Nancy series premiere, Disney Junior has ordered second season of the toon based on the children’s books by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser. The family comedy, which debuts July 13, centers on Nancy (Mia Sinclair Jenness), a high-spirited 6-year-old whose zest and enthusiasm for all that is exquisite – including language, nature, art and color – transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. Excited to experience what the… Read


Skydance Media Bolsters Animation Ranks With Ian Sheppard & Lawrence Jonas

Skydance Media has added a pair of DreamWorks Television Animation veterans to its nascent toon unit. Ian Sheppard is its new SVP Development for Animation, and Lawrence Jonas joins as Executive in Charge of Animated Television, effective immediately. In the newly created roles, Sheppard will be responsible for overseeing the creative development of feature films and TV series for Skydance's expanding animation division, and Jonas will oversee all aspects of production… Read