Animation Magazine - - Frame- By- Frame -

J.J. Abrams will re­ceive the Visual Ef­fects So­ci­ety’s Vi­sion­ary Award in recog­ni­tion of his con­tri­bu­tions to filmed en­ter­tain­ment. The award will be pre­sented at the 13th An­nual VES Awards on Feb. 4 at the Bev­erly Hil­ton Ho­tel. ... ILM chief cre­ative of­fi­cer John Knoll and pro­ducer Gale Anne Hurd have joined the Academy of Mo­tion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ence’s Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Coun­cil. ... Be­fore the first episode had even aired, Dis­ney Chan­nels re­newed for a sec­ond sea­son its an­i­mated se­ries Star Wars Rebels. ... LAIKA and Fo­cus Fea­tures will con­tinue their part­ner­ship on LAIKA’s next three projects. As with the three movies that the com­pa­nies have part­nered on pre­vi­ously — Co­ra­line, ParaNor­man and the cur­rent re­lease The Boxtrolls — Fo­cus will dis­trib­ute the next three movies do­mes­ti­cally, and Univer­sal Pic­tures In­ter­na­tional will re­lease them over­seas. ... Lit­tle Air­plane Pro­duc­tions has ap­pointed Ste­fanie Zhang as its res­i­dent pro­ducer in main­land China. Based in Beijing, Zhang will pro­vide lo­cal support to the stu­dio’s clients and part­ners, and work to build new re­la­tion­ships in the coun­try. ... Toonz En­ter­tain­ment is ac­quir­ing full own­er­ship of Span­ish pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion company Imira En­ter­tain­ment. The trans­ac­tion will be finalized upon com­ple­tion of due dili­gence. ... Turner Broad­cast­ing is re-launch­ing its kids brand Boomerang as a world­wide, all-an­i­ma­tion, youth-tar­geted net­work, fea­tur­ing a line-up up clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary cartoons. ... It’s of­fi­cial — TV net­work The Hub is no more. As of Oct. 13, The Hub trans­formed into Dis­cov­ery Fam­ily, which will con­tinue to showcase Has­bro Stu­dios award-win­ning chil­dren’s con­tent in day­time.

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