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Genius Brands ties up with Fathom Events for a special screening of SpacePOP: Not Your Average Princess

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Genius Brands International has tied up with Fathom Events for a special one-night cinematic screening of SpacePOP: Not Your Average Princess, a feature-length compilation of season one of the music and fashion-fueled series. The film is scheduled to release across the US on September 16. The special screening will also feature two sneak peeks of SpacePOP season 2, the premiere of all-new music videos and a special surprise featuring some of SpacePOP’s biggest fans. Participating cinema chains for the screenings include AMC, Regal and Cinemark. “In less than a year since the coming of the SpacePOP brand, we have successfully extended the characters and storylines across multiple online and offline channels, including YouTube, SVOD and OTT platforms, iTunes, PopJam, Musical.ly, and at
D23 Expo at Anaheim Convention Center from July 14 to 16

D23 Expo at Anaheim Convention Center from July 14 to 16

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The famous Walt Disney fan event D23 Expo will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in southern California from July 14 to 16. As part of the jam-packed programming, Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior will be presenting unique experiences for kids and families in celebration of some of their most buzzed-about new and upcoming series. Highlights include Q&A panels featuring the voice casts of the rebooted DuckTales (Disney XD) and Tangled: The Series (Disney Channel) as well as star appearances from many of the channels’ live-action projects such as the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie Descendants 2. While the panel discussion on Disney XD’s DuckTales  is set for July 15 from 4:15-5:15 p.m, panel discussions of Disney Channel’s Tangled: The Series will take place
Floyd Norman to be honoured at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on May 22

Floyd Norman to be honoured at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on May 22

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The 19th Annual Ford Freedom Award ceremony will put the spotlight on veteran Disney animator Floyd Norman on May 22, when Norman, a Ford Freedom scholar will be in attendance at the invitation-only event at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan. The award reception will include a nameplate installation honoring Norman and his fellow honoree, the late Pulitzer-prize winning Fences playwright August Wilson. There will also be a special screening of the 2016 documentary Floyd Norman: An Animated Life.  The Freedom Award is presented by Ford Motor Company, in collaboration with Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and Detroit Newspapers in Education, to celebrate the positive contributions of African American men through a statewide
Ankush Nandi is part of the jury of Anima-Sao festival, Brazil

Ankush Nandi is part of the jury of Anima-Sao festival, Brazil

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The director general of the Anima-Sao (Festival Internacional de Animacao de Sao Goncalo), Alexandre Martins has invited IIACFF (Indian International Animation and Cartoon Film Festival) director, Ankush Nandi as a jury member for Anima-Sao. “Your presence will encourage artists and visitors from around the world,” Martins quipped in his invitation letter to Nandi. “It’s a great honour to be a member of the jury board of an international film festival. I am excited to go to Anima-Sao,” said an excited Nandi. “I think being a part of the jury board will enrich me with new experiences and knowledge because every film is a journey to a different world through the different vision of each filmmaker. And as I am also trying to promote Indian animation around the globe through my internati
Reps of Toy companies attend Washington meet

Reps of Toy companies attend Washington meet

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More than 40 toy company representatives from coast-to-coast assembled in Washington DC to attend The Toy Association’s DC Fly-In last week. Here, the representatives met with 28 congressional offices and top federal officials to discuss new and emerging policies impacting the business of toys and play. “Our annual Fly-In brought our members into contact with two cabinet secretaries and numerous policymakers and government officials over just two days,” says Ed Desmond, executive vice president of external affairs at The Toy Association. “Participants covered a lot of ground and achieved remarkable success in communicating their business needs and concerns with those who shape national policy,” he added. Hot button issues impacting toy companies of all sizes were brought to the foref
Academy celebrates 75th anniversary of Disney’s Bambi

Academy celebrates 75th anniversary of Disney’s Bambi

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Walt Disney classic Bambi with a screening and reunion of the film’s stars on 15 May at Beverly Hills, California. Special guests at the event included Donnie Dunagan (voice of young Bambi), Peter Behn (voice of young Thumper), Disney legend and animator Andreas Deja  and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ production designer Paul Felix. The occasion also saw a tribute being paid to the famous Disney artist Tyrus Wong who was the original artist who created the minimalist background painting style used in Bambi. Host Leonard Maltin gave the audience a behind the scenes look into the Studio’s process and passion behind the animated feature while Felix said how Wong had inspired him as an artist. Bambi
Mondo TV to meet partners at the Licensing Expo; to present two shows

Mondo TV to meet partners at the Licensing Expo; to present two shows

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Officials of Mondo TV will be meeting partners at this year’s Licensing Expo in Las Vegas and present a large selection of brands from its portfolio. As always, Mondo TV’s wide-ranging catalogue will provide a strong and diverse range of licensing opportunities for markets ranging from kids to teenagers. But the main event this year will be a licensing summit for Heidi, Bienvenida a Casa, Mondo’s first live action show produced by Mondo TV Ibero america along with Alianzas Producciones. The summit’s itinerary includes a review of the origins and launch of the series and its successes to date, along with a look at TV sales projections and growth, future seasons, promotional activity and, most importantly, the licensing programme. A number of licensing agencies have already been assigne
Lost In Oz: Extended Adventure wins three Emmy awards

Lost In Oz: Extended Adventure wins three Emmy awards

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Lost In Oz: Extended Adventure has won three awards at the 44th Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards held on 30 April. They are: outstanding children’s animated programme, outstanding sound-mixing – animation and outstanding sound editing and animation. It was also nominated for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program and Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series/Special. Renowned character development and animation studio Flaunt Productions has contributed to the three-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning Lost In Oz: Extended Adventure. It has been produced by Amazon Studios and The Bureau of Magic. The series is an animated reimagining of L. Frank Baum’s extraordinary universe of Oz. Flaunt Productions, art director Stephen Donnelly led an international team in designing the uni
28th Dusty Film & Animation Festival award ends on a happy note

28th Dusty Film & Animation Festival award ends on a happy note

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The 28th Dusty Film & Animation Festival that went on from 5 to 8 May concluded with the presentation of the 2017 Dusty Awards at New York City’s SVA Theatre. The ceremony, featuring notable presenters from the entertainment world, highlighted the work of more than 100 graduating students from the School of Visual Arts’ BFA Film and BFA Animation departments. In addition to the student awardees, this year’s alumni awards were given to Titmouse animation studio co-founders Shannon and Chris Prynoski, and Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino. “We are so proud, in this 28th year of the Dustys, to recognize these promising filmmakers and animators,” said Reeves Lehmann, chair of the BFA Film and BFA Animation programs at SVA. “We are excited to celebrate the successes of our stud
Far The Days Come wins 2D animated short film award  at Delhi CG Animation Awards

Far The Days Come wins 2D animated short film award at Delhi CG Animation Awards

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The Delhi CG Animation Awards were presented at Siri Fort Auditorium on 8 May.The awards were given in 28 categories with one winner in each. The categories for the students of MAAC have three winners in each. Far The Days Come by Pencillati Studios won the 2D Animated Short Film award while Senti Mental by Digital Notion Motion Graphics won the 3D Animated Short Film award. In the Best 3D Archviz Walkthrough category, Sparrow Interactive’s The 42 grabbed the prize and Best Archviz Still again saw Sparrow Interactive’s Road to Heaven as the winner. For best CG Ad Film, Jayant Hadke nabbed the prize for Lays Boatman while Turtle in Motion Studios took home the best CG Feature Film award for The Shonku Diaries. Gali Gali Sim Sim by Rocket Science Animation won for Experimental Animatio