Sony Imageworks to Close India Facility

Headlines, Studio
Sony Pictures Imageworks is closing Imageworks India in Chennai, according to a report byVariety. Imageworks India was launched when Sony acquired Indian animation studio FrameFlow in 2007. Veteran VFX producer Joe Gareri was hired as general manager of Imageworks India and Imageworks’ web site still lists him in that role. Imageworks did not disclose the number of employees who will lose their jobs but say the Chennai branch reportedly had around 100 employees, very few of whom will be relocated. (more…)

Disney Announces an All-New Sing-along ‘Frozen’

Animation, Headlines
Disney announces the return of ‘Frozen’ to theaters with an all-new sing-along version on January 21 Frozen audiences are invited to join the act—literally—as more than 1000 theaters nationwide introduce an all-new sing-along version of Disney’s Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe-winning big-screen adventure beginning Jan. 31, 2014. “Frozen fans have embraced the film’s original songs and its soundtrack with such passion—there are countless YouTube videos from people singing songs like ‘Let It Go’—we decided to create a version that would celebrate that enthusiasm,” said Dave Hollis, executive vice president, theatrical distribution, The Walt Disney Studios. (more…)

Cloudbabies expands global reach with Middle East, Portuguese and Korean deals

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The animated series teaching children to care will debut in the territories this year. Hoho Rights has signed a raft of new overseas deals for its growing pre-school property, Cloudbabies. The animated series is now expanding its global reach to RTP in Portugal, JCC in the Middle East and Kenny and Co in Korea, where it will make its respective debut this year. (more…)

Nickelodeon Announces 2014 Global Animated Shorts Program

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Nickelodeon announces a call for submissions for its 2014 global Animated Shorts Program, designed to identify and develop new animation talent and provide a platform for new content for kids. BURBANK, CA -- Nickelodeon announced today its call for submissions for its 2014 global Animated Shorts Program, which is designed to identify and develop new animation talent and provide a platform for new content for kids. (more…)

Box Office Report: Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Crosses $800 Million

Animation, Headlines
Disney blockbuster Frozen continues to make headlines in its tenth week at the box office as it crosses the $800 million mark globally; animated family comedy The Nut Job nabs third place with $12.3 million. In a double victory for Universal, holdovers Ride Along and Lone Survivor remained at the top of the box office chart this past weekend. Starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, Ride Along made $21.2 million over its sophomore weekend for a total of $75.4 million and a first-place finish, while Peter Berg’s Afghanistan war drama, Lone Survivor -- now in its fifth week out -- made $12.6 million for a total of $93.6 million. (more…)

Cartoon Network & Pogo: New Shows, Movies & Contest

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Turner International India is pulling out all the stops to continue its reign in 2014 in the kids’ genre with new content, magnanimous contests and ultimate entertainment on POGO and Cartoon Network! Kids are in for an unbridled dose of humour, adventure and excitement with new and popular characters! POGO has a new superhero this year who is cute, funny, naughty and haughty.  (more…)