Sony Animation Picks Up ‘Hair Love’ Short From ‘BlacKkKlansman’ EP Matthew A. Cherry

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EXCLUSIVE: With directing gigs on Big 4 shows like Whiskey Cavalier and The Red Line, Matthew A. Cherry has a pretty full dance card this year, but the BlacKkKlansman executive producer is heading into some new territory also.
Animation, to be precise….

‘Frozen’ Marks Broadway Anniversary With News Of International Expansion

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With the Broadway production of Frozen about to mark its first anniversary, Disney Theatrical Productions has announced versions of the show will be performed in Australia, London and Germany in 2020 and 2021.
The international rollout follows the prev…

Paramount Moves ‘Limited Partners’ To 2020 & Dates ‘The Tiger’s Apprentice’ Toon

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Paramount has moved the release of its Tiffany Haddish-Rose Byrne buddy comedy Limited Partners back by six months to January 10 and dated its literary-adaptation toon The Tiger’s Apprentice for 2020.
Limited Partners, which the studio acquired a…

‘My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic’ Ninth Season Will Be Show’s Last; Patton Oswalt And Weird Al Yankovic Returning

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After nearly a decade on the air, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is heading over the rainbow after the upcoming ninth season, which Discovery Family has confirmed will be the animated mainstay’s last.
In announcing the end of the show, the n…

Will Vinton Bio-Documentary In (Stop) Motion From XYZ Films & Starburns

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EXCLUSIVE: XYZ Films and Rick and Morty producer Starburns Industries are teaming to produce Welcome to My Daydream, a biographical feature-length documentary about Oscar-winning stop-motion animation icon Will Vinton. Marq Evans (The Glamour & the…

NFL Star Von Miller To Topline Animated Comedy Project From OBB About Mars Expansion Team

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EXCLUSIVE: OBB Pictures and Denver Broncos all-pro linebacker Von Miller are teaming on a half-hour animated comedy project titled Mars Martians, about the NFL’s first expansion team on Mars. Miller will voice the lead role and serve as an execut…

DreamWorks Animation President Margie Cohn Reorganizes Creative Ranks, Appoints New Executives

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Newly appointed DreamWorks Animation president Margie Cohn announced two new leadership roles in addition to a realigned executive structure on Thursday.

Cohn named Kristin Lowe has the feature department’s chief creative officer and Peter Gal as the chief creative officer on the TV side, both of which are newly created roles. The appointments, which are effective immediately, place all aspects of creative under one leader in each division in an attempt to streamline management of upcoming slates.

Both Lowe and Gal will report directly to Cohn, who was tapped to head DreamWorks Animation in January.

“With this new structure, DWA is positioned for growth as we continue to create beloved and award-winning films and television series,” Cohn said in a statement. “Kristin and Peter are both very well-respected executives, and their leadership will only serve to strengthen DWA’s position as a home to the very best storytellers. The pitch and catch between the two divisions will ensure that diverse and unique voices can find their home regardless of the medium.”

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In her new role, Lowe will oversee the feature development, casting and artistic management departments. She comes to DreamWorks Animation after 14 years at Universal Pictures, where she most recently served as executive vice president of production. Lowe has overseen production on numerous Universal box-office successes including “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” “Night School” and the “Fifty Shades” trilogy, which grossed more than $1 billion globally. Lowe spent the last two years working with the DreamWorks Animation team to develop their slate since the NBCU acquisition in 2016.

Following the release of “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” which opened No. 1 at the North American box office, grossing $285 million to date globally, DreamWorks will release “Abominable” in the fall. DWA boasts an impressive slate of feature films and short films in various stages of production, in addition to producing multiple non-theatrical and location-based themed entertainment projects at the Glendale studio.

Gal is expanding his previous executive vice president of development role in the TV business to include pre-school, current series, casting, music and creative talent management departments. Initially tasked with creating stories based on characters from DreamWorks Animation features like “All Hail King Julien” or “The Epic Adventures of Puss in Boots,” Gal has expanded DreamWork Animations TV’s storytelling into reimagined classics such as “Voltron: Legendary Defender” and “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power,” and is digging into Universal IP with the upcoming “Fast & Furious” animated series, in addition to originals.

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The TV division has rapidly expanded since its inception in 2013, producing more than 20 original animated series that have garnered 22 Emmy awards.  The studio has more than 25 shows in active production.

In addition to these new positions, Cohn has aligned the marketing, public relations, business and legal affairs, human resources and recruiting functions for both features and TV under Michael Vollman, executive vice president of marketing; Courtenay Palaski, senior vice president and head of communications; Josh Meyer, head of business affairs; and Ashley Brinsfield, head of human resources and recruiting.

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All of these positions will report to Cohn, along with chief financial officer Kelly Betz; executive vice president of business operations Daniel Solnicki; and Robbin Kelly, head of legal affairs.

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Zac Efron & Anna Kendrick Set For Facebook Watch Animated Comedy ‘Human Discoveries’

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Facebook Watch’s new original animated comedy Human Discoveries has set Zac Efron and Anna Kendrick as its stars. The forthcoming series, which will debut later this year, comes from Chris Bruno and David Howard Lee with ShadowMachine founders Co…

‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ Wins Oscar For Best Animated Feature

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It was a career bounce-back moment for the ages: Just 614 days after they were fired as the co-directors of Solo: A Star Wars Story, creative provocateurs Phil Lord and Chris Miller won the Academy Award for best animated feature for Sony’s Spider-Man:…

‘Green Eggs and Ham’: Michael Douglas, Adam Devine, Diane Keaton Among Voice Cast For Ellen DeGeneres’ Netflix Series

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Netflix likes Green Eggs and Ham, judging by the top-flight voice cast assembled for the new animated series set for a debut next fall. The Ellen DeGeneres-produced adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic will feature Michael Douglas, Adam DeVine, Diane Ke…

‘War For Cybertron’: Netflix Sets Transformers Universe Origin Toon Series For 2020

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Netflix is getting set to explore the origins of the battle between Autobots and Decepticons. The streamer is teaming with Hasbro and Rooster Teeth on War for Cybertron, an original animated series from the Transformers universe that will premiere worl…

Skydance Promotes Holly Edwards To President Of John Lasseter-Led Animation Division

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EXCLUSIVE: We are hearing that Holly Edwards, who previously served as Skydance Animation’s Head of Production, is being promoted to the position of president of Skydance Animation.
We understand that John Lasseter, Head of Animation, made the an…

‘DC Super Hero Girls’: Trailer Arrives For New Cartoon Network Series From Producer Lauren Faust

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The women’s super-empowerment movement continues to soar higher and higher. The just-released trailer for DC Super Hero Girls previews the major new Warner Bros. Animation initiative that gets underway March 8 with DC Super Hero Girls: Sweet Just…

Netflix’s Animated ‘Love Death And Robots’ Gets Premiere Date & One Heavy Trailer

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Netflix said Thursday that its way adult-skewed animated anthology series Love Death and Robots from Tim Miller and David Fincher will premiere on the streaming service March 15. It also dropped a trailer that offers the first real look at the series, …

‘Star Trek’: Nickelodeon Near Deal For Kids Animated Series From Alex Kurtzman, Hageman Brothers & CBS TV Studios

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Alex Kurtzman and CBS TV Studios have set the latest extension of the Star Trek TV franchise. Nickelodeon is in negotiations for a Star Trek animated series from Emmy-winning writers Kevin and Dan Hageman (Trollhunters, Ninjago), CBS TV Studios and Kur…