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Women in Animation announced that Walt Disney Animation Studios has been named the organization’s first official corporate sponsor.
The sponsorship will help the organization to host monthly events, expand the breadth of WIA’s mentorship program, and spur the development of its legacy and archive program. Disney’s support will also increase opportunities to highlight WIA’s “50-50 by 2025” initiative for gender parity in the animation industry, with a goal of seeing women hold 50 percent of high-level creative positions by the year 2025.
due in summer 2017. ... StudioCanal and Autochenille Production have teamed up for a feature based on the comic Little Vampire by Joann Sfar, who will direct the film. ... Aardman Animations and production partner StudioCanal cast Eddie Redmayne in Nick Park’s prehistoric comedy-adventure Early Man. ... Bill Plympton’s new feature mockumentary Hitler’s Folly will be released June 3 in the U.S. as a free digital download through plymptoons.com. ... Paddington 2 will kick off production in the U.K. in October. ... Mondo TV Spain has changed its name to Mondo TV Iberoamerica and will shift focus over to the development and co-production of scripted kids’ shows. ... Disney is shuttering its Disney Infinity console for Nov. 23. ... Paramount has officially dubbed the fifth installment of its box-office obliterating giant robot film series Transformers: The Last Knight. Production kicks off June 6 for the film, which will be helmed by returning director Michael Bay and is slated for release on June 23, 2017. ... The 2016 CalArts Character Animation Channel, showcasing the works selected for this year’s producers show of student films, has passed 1 million views since its launch on Vimeo on April 24. ... Turner is launching Cartoon Network Hindi, which marks Turner’s fourth regional flagship kids channel. ... The Weinstein Co. is picking up worldwide rights (excluding China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau) to Light Chaser Animation’s freshman animated feature The Guardian Brothers. Alibaba Group released Guardian Brothers in China in January. Skyrocket Toys appointed former Zag exec Jared Wolfson to lead the company’s newly formed media division. ... Genius Brands International has promoted industry vet Stone Newman to president of global consumer products & marketing. ... Zodiak Kids Studios has promoted Gwen Hughes to the new role of chief operating officer. Hughes will report to Jean-Philippe Randisi, CEO of Zodiak Kids, who is stepping in to oversee Zodiak Kids Studios as current CEO Michael Carrington departs for ABC Children’s. ... Koko Rose Media, King Rollo Films and Bejuba! have signed on three-time Emmy-winning creative executive Karen Fowler as showrunner for Flora of the Forest (52 x 11), the preschool property formerly known as Deer Little Forest. ... VFX producer Chad Hudson has joined FuseFX. ... Digital Domain has hired Ken Roupenian as VP of its digital studio. ... Turner EMEA promoted Cecilia Persson to VP of programming and content strategy for kids EMEA, acquisitions and co-production international. Darwyn Cooke, an acclaimed comic book writer and artist and former storyboard artist on Batman: The Animated Series, died May 14 of cancer. He was 53. Alan Young, who played Wilbur Post in the classic 1960s sitcom Mr. Ed and provided the voice of Scrooge McDuck in Disney’s DuckTales and other television and videogame projects, died May 19 of natural causes. He was 96. [
At L.A. County Museum of Art [July 31-Nov. 27] [image credit: Josef Astor]
17Andrew Stanton’s long-awaited Finding Dory swims onto the big screen.