TELE­VI­SION TBS Ex­pands An­i­ma­tion Ros­ter with Fi­nal Space

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TBS has green­lit the sci-fi an­i­mated com­edy Fi­nal Space, created by in­die film­maker, ac­tor and co­me­dian Olan Rogers and pro­duced by Co­nan O’Brien’s Conaco and New Form in as­so­ci­a­tion with Turner’s Stu­dio T. The se­ries is set to de­but in 2018. Writ­ten by Rogers and Emmy win­ner David Sacks ( The Simp­sons, Reg­u­lar Show, Pig Goat Ba­nana Cricket), Fi­nal Space cen­ters on an as­tro­naut named Gary and his adorable but ter­ri­bly de­struc­tive alien side­kick, Moon­cake.

Rogers and Sacks will ex­ec­u­tive pro­duce with O’Brien, David Kissinger, Larry Sul­li­van and Jeff Ross of Conaco; and Kath­leen Grace, Melissa Sch­nei­der and Matt Hok­lo­tubbe of New Form. Sacks will also serve as showrun­ner.

GKIDS has picked up North Amer­i­can distri­bu­tion rights to ac­claimed car­toon­ist Dash Shaw’s fea­ture an­i­ma­tion de­but, My En­tire High School Sink­ing into the Sea. … Ama­zon Stu­dios is de­vel­op­ing Emily the Strange as its first fea­ture an­i­ma­tion project. … Car­toon Net­work is tak­ing view­ers back to the “Dark Ages” with the global ac­qui­si­tion of CG com­edy se­ries My Knight and Me, dis­trib­uted by in­ter­na­tional kids’ en­ter­tain­ment spe­cial­ist CAKE and created by renowned French stu­dio TeamTO and Bel­gian pro­ducer Thuris­tar. … TeamTO and CAKE also will pro­duce a fourth sea­son of An­gelo Rules. … PBS KIDS will pre­miere Jan. 16 One Big Ocean, the first tele­vi­sion movie event from its preschool prop­erty Splash and Bub­bles. … Ge­nius Brands In­ter­na­tional has li­censed the con­tent distri­bu­tion, li­cens­ing and mer­chan­dis­ing rights to its dig­i­tally-launched, mu­sic-driven prop­erty SpacePOP in South­ern Europe. … Ama­zon Stu­dios has or­dered for its Prime Video ser­vice the an­i­mated se­ries Bug Diaries, based on a best-sell­ing chil­dren’s book se­ries.

Beavis and Butt-head, King of the Hill and Sil­i­con Val­ley co-cre­ator Mike Judge has been rec­og­nized for his con­tri­bu­tion to the craft and help in or­ga­niz­ing fel­low word­smiths in the an­i­ma­tion in­dus­try by the Writ­ers Guild of Amer­ica, West, which has named him the re­cip­i­ent of its An­i­ma­tion Writ­ers Cau­cus 2016 An­i­ma­tion Writ­ing Award for life­time achieve­ment. … Ge­nius Brands In­ter­na­tional has brought on­board chil­dren’s and fam­ily me­dia ex­ec­u­tive Mar­garet Loesch as ex­ec­u­tive chair­man of its Kid Ge­nius Chan­nel. Loesch will pro­vide coun­sel to the chan­nel’s new pres­i­dent, Deb Pier­son — pro­moted from gen­eral man­ager — as she spear­heads ag­gres­sive growth plans for the plat­form. … Fox An­i­ma­tion is de­vel­op­ing a live-ac­tion and an­i­ma­tion hy­brid fea­ture in­spired by the Peter, Paul and Mary song “Puff the Magic Dragon.” The project will be di­rected by Mike Mitchell ( Trolls, Shrek For­ever Af­ter) and pro­duced by Safe­house part­ners Tory Tun­nell and Joby Harold, and Weed Road’s Akiva Golds­man. Vanessa Mor­ri­son and Nate Hopper will over­see for Fox. … Le­gendary En­ter­tain­ment has signed DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion vet­eran Rob Let­ter­man to direct the live-ac­tion hy­brid fea­ture De­tec­tive Pikachu, based on the smash-hit Poké­mon games and an­i­ma­tion fran­chise. Ni­cole Perl­man ( Guardians of the Galaxy) and Grav­ity Falls cre­ator Alex Hirsch are script­ing the project. … CBBC Pro­duc­tions has boosted its scripted pro­duc­tion team with the ap­point­ment of Tim Searle, for­merly of Tiger As­pect, to over­see its an­i­mated com­edy divi­sion; and the el­e­va­tion of Anna Davies, pro­moted to Head of Drama De­vel­op­ment. … Song­writer and Broad­way hit-maker Lin-Manuel Mi­randa will write orig­i­nal songs for the Sony An­i­ma­tion fea­ture Vivo, due out Dec. 18, 2020. … The Fred Rogers Com­pany pro­moted Paul Siefken to pres­i­dent and CEO, ef­fec­tive Jan. 1. … Adult Swim pro­moted Chris Hart­ley to Vice Pres­i­dent, On-Air Pro­duc­tion, and Ol­lie Green to Vice Pres­i­dent of An­i­mated Pro­duc­tion. Both newly upped ex­ec­u­tives are based out of Adult Swim’s At­lanta head­quar­ters. … Long­time Car­toon Net­work de­vel­op­ment ex­ec­u­tives Curtis Le­lash and Tramm Wigzell have been pro­moted to Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Orig­i­nal Se­ries. Le­lash and Wigzell will co-lead the orig­i­nal se­ries group with the aim of ex­pand­ing the net­work’s orig­i­nal video and mul­ti­plat­form pro­gram­ming port­fo­lio. … Break­through En­ter­tain­ment has added Suzanne Wil­son as Vice Pres­i­dent, Fam­ily En­ter­tain­ment. … The Youth Me­dia Al­liance in Mon­treal ap­pointed to its board of di­rec­tors Lau­rent Guérin, Vice Pres­i­dent, Chief Con­tent and Dig­i­tal Of­fi­cer for Groupe Mé­dia TFO; and Frank Fal­cone, Pres­i­dent and Ex­ec­u­tive Cre­ative Di­rec­tor at Guru Stu­dio. [

An­i­ma­tion has al­ways been part of the tool­box for ad­ver­tis­ing, mar­ket­ing and brand­ing, but in the age of so­cial me­dia those lines are blur­ring.

A great ex­am­ple is June: Life Is Bet­ter When You Share the Ride, a new an­i­mated short di­rected by Os­car-win­ner John Kahrs that in seven min­utes tells the story of an older woman who finds a new life and sense of com­mu­nity by be­com­ing a driver for the ride-shar­ing com­pany Lyft.

Com­mis­sioned by Lyft and fea­tur­ing mu­sic from Emmy-win­ning com­poser Christophe Beck and an orig­i­nal song from Sir the Bap­tist, June de­buted Dec. 14 on­line as a way for the com­pany to rep­re­sent and com­mu­ni­cate its val­ues to pas­sen­gers and driv­ers.

“We want you to know that this is what Lyft stands for and that this is from Lyft, but we don’t want that to get in the way of an amaz­ing story,” says John Zim­mer, co-founder and CEO of Lyft.

June was spear­headed about a year ago by Lyft’s cre­ative di­rec­tor, Ri­cardo Vi­ra­montes, who was a fan of Kahrs’ work on the Os­car-win­ning Dis­ney short film Paper­man, and ap­proached Kahrs with the ba­sic idea, in­spired by the real-life sto­ries of the com­pany’s driv­ers and pas­sen­gers con­nect­ing on many lev­els. “It seemed like more than enough to start work­ing with,” says Kahrs.

Kahrs de­vel­oped the idea to in­cor­po­rate the mes­sages the com­pany wanted to get across, which he says was not a hard task. “They have a pretty sure idea of what they want to put out there in terms of phi­los­o­phy, that idea of driv­ers and pas­sen­gers con­nect­ing and try­ing to make trans­porta­tion work in a dif­fer­ent way that’s pro­gres­sive,” he says. “I think those are le­git­i­mate ideas.”

He says Lyft re­sponded very well to his pitch and gave him a free hand to pro­ceed.

An­i­mat­ing the project is Chro­mo­sphere, headed by cre­ative di­rec­tor Kevin Dart, whose work Kahrs ad­mired in the Forms in Na­ture project. “I thought this would be a great path­way to go down, with this guy and his sense of de­sign,” he says.

Dart’s graphic de­sign com­bined with a tech­ni­cal ca­pa­bil­ity to ex­e­cute the project at a pace much quicker than Kahrs ex­pe­ri­enced at big stu­dios such as Dis­ney. The short’s 150 or so shots were com­pleted in five months, and Kahrs is pleased with the re­sult and its po­ten­tial to reach view­ers through a crowded fury of so­cial me­dia scrolls.

“Peo­ple look­ing at this in their Face­book feed, they know it’s an ad,” he says. “So when it’s good they’re sur­prised, and they’re like, OK, you’re re­spect­ing me enough to make some­thing good in­stead of an in-your-face in­fomer­cial thing. I think that’s hope­fully go­ing to con­trib­ute to peo­ple watch­ing it all the way through.” [

Less por­ta­ble (but sig­nif­i­cantly more por­ta­ble than car­ry­ing your whole work­sta­tion around) is this nifty col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween The Name in note­books and Adobe. Re­cently named one of Mor­pho­lio Board’s Prod­ucts of the Year 2017, the Mole­sk­ine Smart Sketch Al­bum, Cre­ative Cloud Con­nected brings the free­dom of hand draw­ing and the pos­si­bil­i­ties of dig­i­tal art to­gether.

As­sem­bled of qual­ity 81 lb. acid-free ivory pa­per, the 5” x 8 ¼” al­bum al­lows you to draw on any page and cap­ture your work with the con­nected app (on Ap­ple’s App Store). On the tech wizardry side, the app uses the al­bum’s spe­cial page mark­ings to process and op­ti­mize your draw­ing as a JPG be­fore con­vert­ing it to SVG. Just sync your art to your Adobe Cre­ative Cloud ac­count, and you can con­tinue work­ing on the piece in Il­lus­tra­tor or Photoshop.

( Pssst: New CC users can get 20 per­cent off the Photography Plan or 15% off the All Apps plan with their Smart Sketch pur­chase.)

7The best in VFX are hon­ored tonight at the 15th An­nual VES Awards. [vi­sual­ef­fectsso­ci­] On disc to­day: Chris Prynoski’s Nerd­land, Jus­tice League Dark, Ghost in the Shell 2: In­no­cence, Mo­bile Suit Gun­dam F91, Wolf’s Rain: The Com­plete Se­ries BD, Galaxy An­gel BD coll., Turn A Gun­dam Coll. 1 BD, Young Black Jack Com­plete Col­lec­tion, Nichi­jou: My Or­di­nary Life - The Com­plete Se­ries BD, Dan­gan­ronpa S1 BD, D-Frag!: The Com­plete Se­ries BD, Shaun the Sheep Sea­sons 3 & 4, Let’s Go PJ Masks, LEGO Nin­jago: Day of the De­parted, Shim­mer and Shine: Friend­ship Di­vine, My Lit­tle Pony Friend­ship Is Magic: Ex­plor­ing the Crys­tal Em­pire. [os­]

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