Marvel Entertainment has made public details surrounding Marvel Rising, an upcoming multiplatform animation franchise that will focus on inclusivity that will feature characters with different backgrounds with strong female leads. The programme will kick off next year with six x four-minute digital shorts that spotlight Spider-Gwen as she fights crime under her new moniker Ghost-Spider. A feature-length animated film entitled Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors will premiere later in 2018. The film will bring together a number of studio characters including fan-favourites and a crop of budding stars in the Marvel universe. The film sees names like Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, Quake, Patriot, America Chaves and Inferno join forces to fight an unexpected threat. Additional Marvel Rising conte
After securing £11m from Santander Corporate & Commercial London-based Coolabi Group Ltd is to grow its portfolio and make strategic acquisitions. The company specialises in the creation, development and brand management of children’s and family entertainment intellectual property rights. Coolabi owns the rights to over 20 TV series and its shows have aired in more than 140 territories on channels including ABC, The Cartoon Network, CBBC, CBeebies, Disney, Netflix and Nickelodeon. Brands owned and / or represented by the firm include the multi award-winning remake of Clangers, and Scream Street, shown on CBBC. Other properties include Beast Quest, Poppy Cat, Purple Ronnie, Smallfilms’ Bagpuss and Ivor the Engine. The group also creates original series fiction for publishers and
Eight VFX has named Abbe Daniel as its new executive producer for its New York office. The studio also has named Carolyn Hill and Amanda Rosenberg of Carolyn Reps to handle sales on the East Coast. The appointments were made public by Eight VFX’s partners, creative director Jean-Marc Demmer and managing director Baptiste Andrieux. Daniel joins Eight VFX from Leroy & Clarkson, the brand design and identity boutique in New York. She’s held key positions at production companies and agencies, specializing in the production of digital ad campaigns, visual-effects work and experiential installations. Before being emplayed at Leroy & Clarkson, she was an EP at the experiential studio Fake Love, and has held EP/MD or senior producer posts at such studios as Digital Kitchen, Curious P
This New Year’s day will be a good day. That is when Cartoon Network will release Unikitty!, a spinoff series based on the popular LEGO Movie character. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, the toon’s initial episodes will be shown throughout the day on linear broadcast and will also be available on CN’s digital and mobile platforms including the Cartoon Network App. Following its premiere, other Unikitty! episodes will air on Friday evenings on Cartoon Network. The half-hour series follows the titular character also known as Princess Unikitty who morphs into Angry Kitty if crossed. The show that was shown the green signal by Cartoon Network in May features voice actor Tara Strong taking over the reins from Alison Brie who played the character in the 2014 movie. Incidentally, the
The Foundry has launched Mari 4.0, the most-recent version of the digital 3D painting and texturing tool. Basically, it is a visual effects software development company that has its headquarters in London and offices in Manchester, Los Angeles, Austin, Texas and Redwood City, California. Mari 4.0 has a host of advanced features making the tool easier to use and faster to learn. It comes equipped with more flexible and configurable exporting, simpler navigation, and a raft of improved workflows. “The launch of Mari 4.0 marks an exciting new era for the tool,” informs Jordan Thistlewood, Foundy senior product manager. “At Foundry, we pride ourselves on listening to the needs of our customers, and creating with them in mind. We have taken on board the requirements of both our customers
UK-based pre-school SVOD service Hopster will debut a new holiday original based on its Two Minute Tales entitled The Little Toymaker. The six-minute holiday special will launch on the platform on December 26. Two Minutes Tales, based on Grimm’s classic fairy tales, is the second most-watched show on Hopster. Using a similar formula, The Little Toymaker has been inspired by the stories of Pinocchio, the Pied Piper and the Red Shoes.The story follows a greedy little prince who wants everything for himself. The animation retains the trademark style of Two Minute Tales mixing a 3D look with medieval artwork. Hopster has also acquired a number of content including PNP’s Magic Moments Advent Calendar, The Gruffalo (available in the UK on December 25), Mog’s Christmas (launching in the UK on
It was Walt Disney’s 116th birth anniversary yesterday and let’s walk down the memory lane.Who doesn’t know this master animator, voice actor and film producer? Even today, it’s difficult to escape the draw of his movies, the lure of his theme parks and the morals laid into some of the films he made. Now, without any hiccups let’s start paying homage to the great man.Firstly, lets start by saying that “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was the first full-length animated movie he produced. Disney still holds the world record of winning more Academy Awards than anyone else. It is he, who as an individual holds the record for an individual honoured with the most Oscars(26), according to the Academy. He selected the Florida site for Disneyland by flying over central Florida’s swamplands i
Netflix has started production on Twelve Forever, a new animated comedy set to debut across the globe on the streamer in 2019. It is created, executive produced and written by Julia Vickerman (Powerpuff Girls, Clarence, Yo Gabba Gabba!). The new toon follows 12-year-old Reggie, whose desire to stay a kid is so strong that she opens up a fantasy world. Netflix is also planning to premiere the reimagining of Carmen Sandiego in 2019 with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and DHX Media on board. The popular ’90s property will be turned into a 22-minute toon with Gina Rodriguez voicing the titular character. The series is being produced by California-based The Cartel with Stan Spry and Bradford Bricken serving as executive producers.
Among the flip flops time and again, Walt Disney Pictures and have re-started serious discussions about Disney acquiring Fox’s entertainment assets. Any deal, it it comes through, is expected to include 20th Century’s Fox film and TV studio, the FX Networks and National Geographic cable group, Fox’s 30% stake in Hulu, and international TV platforms including Star India and its 39 % interest in European satellite broadcaster Sky. The combined value of the assets believed to be for sale is estimated at around $48.5 billion while the 20th Century Fox film and TV production operation and library on its own is valued at around $15 billion at its highest. The Murdoch family hopes to determine whether to pursue a transaction by the end of the year. Comcast reportedly also remains interest
Mumbai is home to several big and small animation studios among which are Maya Digital Studios, GreenGold Animation, Shemaroo Entertainment, Graphiti and Screenyug Creations Pvt. Ltd. among lots others. From this day, we start profiling animation houses giving full information of the establishment, workforce, works, awards won (if any) etc. This time we give you details about Astute Media-Vision, a well-equipped production house based in Goregaon (West). The studio has been established by Pankaj Sharma for the complete in-house production from the conceptual stage to the finishing stage of kids programmes, 3D animation feature films and live-cum composite feature films with lots of visual effects under one roof. Astute's in-house experienced as well as renowned hired professionals en...