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‘Calamity,’ Sirocco,’ ‘Piano Player’ Shine at Cartoon Movie

  • Variety
‘Calamity,’ Sirocco,’ ‘Piano Player’ Shine at Cartoon Movie
Remi Chayé’s “Calamity, a Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary,” Benoît Chieux’ “Sirocco and the Kingdom of the Winds” and “They Shot the Piano Player,” from Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal, were among projects which caught attention at this week’s 22nd Cartoon Movie, which ran March 3-5 in the French port city of Bordeaux.

The presentation of “Calamity.” the awaited second feature by Chayé (“Long Way North”), registered the highest attendance of any pitch at the animation co-production and sales forum. Produced by France’s Maybe Movies and Denmark’s Nørlum and sold by Paris-based Indie Sales, “Calamity” tells the story of Martha Jane Cannary, a 12-year-old girl caring for her siblings in a wagon train heading West to Wyoming. A coming-of-age feature, it is also an origins story of the young woman would become the legendary Calamity Jane.

A buzz title in Bordeaux, sold by Film Constellation and
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Endeavor Content Hires Tamara Rothenberg To Focus On Kids, Family & Ya Programming

  • Deadline
Endeavor Content Hires Tamara Rothenberg To Focus On Kids, Family & Ya Programming
Exclusive: Tamara Rothenberg has joined Endeavor Content’s TV Advisory group, where she will focus on children’s, family and young adult programming across the firm’s portfolio.

Previously, Rothenberg was a consultant for Disney, where she worked on original movies for Disney Channel and Disney+.

Prior to that, she was an executive at Netflix, launching original series including Free Rein, Alexa & Katie, Hilda and The Magic School Bus: Rides Again. She also identified and participated in greenlighting the successful Ya movie The Kissing Booth and the upcoming animated family feature My Father’s Dragon.

“Tamara’s experience as a creative executive, her business acumen, and her experience in both the traditional and streaming worlds make her uniquely suited to spearhead our programming efforts in children’s, family, and young adult programming,” said Endeavor Content co-presidents Graham Taylor and Chris Rice.

Rothenberg will focus on building upon the success
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Sony Pictures Television Buys Silvergate Media, Producer of ‘Octonauts’ and ‘Hilda,’ for $195 Million (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Sony Pictures Television is diving into children’s TV in a big way by buying Silvergate Media – the producer behind global hits “Octonauts,” Netflix’s “Hilda” and the “Peter Rabbit” animated series – for $195 million, Variety has learned. The acquisition marks Spt’s first move into producing kids’ TV and follows its stablemate Sony Pictures Animation’s diversification into TV series.

Spt is buying Silvergate from the current management team and Shamrock Capital. L.A.-based investment business Shamrock acquired 51% of Silvergate in 2016. Among Silvergate’s assets is a 49% stake in a joint venture formed last year with China’s Wanda Group. That entity holds the rights to “Octonauts,” the preschool animated series about a band of intrepid underwater explorers. The show started out in the U.K. and has become a global success.

Sony has also acquired a minority stake in Silvergate Bp Bidco, which owns the “Peter Rabbit” animated TV series.
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FiGa Films Snatches Agustin Banchero’s Debut Feature ‘Las Vacaciones de Hilda’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Leading Miami-based international sales and distribution company FiGa Films has picked up worldwide sales rights to Agustin Banchero’s drama, “Las Vacaciones de Hilda” (“Hilda’s Short Summer”).

“The film was part of this year’s San Sebastian Int’l Film Festival’s [work in progress section] Cine en Construcción and blew us away,” said FiGa Films’ Sandro Fiorin, adding: “It is the most mature first feature I’ve seen in years.”

Produced by Virginia Bogliolo and Juan Alvarez Neme of auteur-driven Uruguayan shingle, Tarkiofilm, “Hilda” centers on the titular character whose self-imposed solitary life is upended when she hears that her son, whom she hasn’t seen in years, is coming to visit. The abrupt cancellation of his visit triggers memories of a past summer.

“Her memories of a particular summer spark an emotional pivot for the character,” said Banchero whose inspiration for his film primarily stemmed from his need to understand people close to him.
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46th Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Winners

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today announced the winners of the 46th Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards. The gala was held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Southern California.

“Tonight’s awards ceremony is an example of the extraordinary depth and breadth of Daytime television,” said Terry O’Reilly, Chairman, NATAS. “It is with great pleasure that we honor these talented nominees and a special honor to be recognizing Jacques Pepin’s culinary career with our Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Check out the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards winners list below.

Digital Drama

Best Digital Actress

Vanessa Baden Kelly, “Giants”

Best Digital Actor

Kevin Spirtas, “After Forever

Best Digital Supporting Actress

Erin Cherry, “After Forever

Best Digital Supporting Actor

Terrence Terrell, “Giants

Best Digital Guest Performer

Sean Patrick Flannery, “The Bay

Best Digital Writing

After Forever

Best Digital Directing

After Forever

Talk Show

Best Talk/Entertainment
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2019 Annie Awards winners: Full list led by ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,’ ‘Bojack Horseman’

Winners of the 46th annual Annie Awards were revealed on Feb. 2, 2019 at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” won all seven of its races including Best Studio Animated Feature. Its main Oscar rival for that award, ‘Incredibles 2,” took just 2 of its leading 11 bids. The Annies, which hand out awards in 32 categories, are presented by the Hollywood chapter of the International Animated Film Assn. Scroll down for the full list of winners (and complete roster of nominees).

In addition to the competitive awards, honorary Windsor McKay awards were presented honoring career achievement and exceptional contributions to animation by director, animator and art director Ralph Eggleston, voice director and voice actress Andrea Romano and, posthumously, to Frank Braxton, the first African-American animator, animation director and guild president. The Ub Iwerks Award was presented to Ton Roosendaal for developing Blender Open Source Animation Software while the
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Sweeps With Seven Wins at Annie Awards

  • The Wrap
‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Sweeps With Seven Wins at Annie Awards
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” has been named the best animated feature of 2018 at the 46th Annual Annie Awards, sweeping all seven categories in which it was nominated and giving the film a prize that has predicted the Oscar animated-feature winner more than 70 percent of the time.

The awards were handed out at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus on Saturday night by the Los Angeles branch of the International Animated Film Association, Asifa-Hollywood.

In addition to winning Best Animated Feature, “Spider-Man” picked up awards for its directing, writing, character animation, character design, production design and editorial. “Incredibles 2” came into the show with the most nominations, 11, but only won two, while “Ralph Breaks the Internet” had 10 nominations and received one award.

Also Read: Stan Lee Was 'Really Happy' With His 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Cameo, Directors Say

The seven wins for “Spider-Man” fell short of the record 11 Annie wins for Pixar’s “Coco” last year,
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Swings Off With Seven Annies, Including Best Feature

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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Swings Off With Seven Annies, Including Best Feature
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” topped Saturday’s Annie Awards, taking home seven zoetropes — one for each of its webslinger incarnations — including best animated feature. The Sony Pictures Animation film, which won in every category in which it was nominated, swung past Aardman Animations’ “Early Man,” Pixar’s “Incredibles 2,” Fox Searchlight Pictures’ “Isle of Dogs” and Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” for that honor.

In addition to animated feature, “Spider-Verse” picked up trophies for direction; writing (Phil Lord and Rothman); character animation in an animated feature (David Han); character design (Shiyoon Kim); production design (Justin K. Thompson) and editorial.

Mamoru Hosoda’s “Mirai” was named best animated independent feature.

How the “Spider-Verse” Annie wins will affect its chances on Oscar night is unclear. The Academy changed its nominating procedures this year for the animated feature category, opening it up to any Academy member willing to join the nominating committee.
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2019 Annie Awards nominations: Full list led by ‘Incredibles 2’ and ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’

Nominations for the 46th annual Annie Awards were announced on Dec. 3, 2018 and winners will be revealed on Feb. 2, 2018 at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California. Pixar’s “Incredibles 2,” which is the frontrunner at the Oscars, leads with 11 nominations while Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is right behind with 10. The Annie Awards cover 32 categories and are presented by the Hollywood chapter of the International Animated Film Association. Scroll down to see the full list of nominations.

In addition to the competitive awards, honorary Windsor McKay awards will be presented honoring career achievement and exceptional contributions to animation by director, animator and art director Ralph Eggleston, voice director and voice actress Andrea Romano and, posthumously, to Frank Braxton, the first African-American animator, animation director and guild president. The Ub Iwerks Award will be presented to Ton Roosendaal for developing Blender Open Source Animation Software while the June Foray
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Grimes Assists Poppy on New Metal-Pop Song ‘Play Destroy’

Grimes joins singer-songwriter Poppy on her experimental new song, “Play Destroy.” The disorienting track flips between snarling industrial-metal verses and pillowy synth-pop choruses. Poppy adds to the stylistic contrast with her vocals, singing destructive lyrics in a soft coo.

“This is how we play, this is how we play destroy/ Manipulate the girls, indoctrinate the boys,” she observes on the hook, adding later, “Burn down the local Way Mart/ Drop a match in the gas tank, blow up your neighbor’s pool.”

“Play Destroy” appears on Poppy’s new LP,
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Netflix releases trailer for animated graphic novel adaptation Hilda

Ahead of its arrival on Netflix this coming Friday, the streaming service has released a trailer for its animated adventure series Hilda, the upcoming adaptation of Luke Pearson’s acclaimed graphic novel of the same name which features the voice talents of Bella Ramsey, Ameerah Falzon-Ojo, and Oliver Nelson; watch it here…

Fearless, free-spirited Hilda finds new friends, adventure and magical creatures when she leaves her enchanted forest home and journeys to the city.

Hilda arrives on Netflix on September 21st.

The post Netflix releases trailer for animated graphic novel adaptation Hilda appeared first on Flickering Myth.
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Watch This Wonderfully Charming and Imaginative Trailer For Netflix's Animated Series Hilda

Netflix released the first trailer for their new animated series Hilda. The series is based on Luke Pearson’s graphic novel of the same name. It looks like a charming series filled with magical childlike imagination and what looks to be exciting adventures.

The story follows a young girl named Hilda whose life takes her on a journey in which she encounters a mystical world filled with trolls, elves and other magical creatures in a remote northern setting.

The series stars Bella Ramsey (Lyanna Mormont in Games of Thrones) as the voice of Hilda and is produced by Silvergate Media (Octonauts) in collaboration with Mercury Filmworks.

The entire first season will drop on Friday, September 21st. Enjoy the trailer!
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12 Takes on Annecy 2018

  • Variety
Annecy, France — France’s Annecy Festival, the world’s biggest animation meet, opens its doors June 11. Here are 12 takes on this year’s edition, and the state of the animation business:

1.Annecy Breaks Attendance Records, Again

This will be the largest Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival ever. One week out, accreditations for its Intl. Animation Film Market (Mifa) were tracking 16% up vs. 2017, at 3,500. That’s the biggest attendance, and the biggest’s growth in attendance, on record, said Mifa head Mikaël Marin. Total Annecy attendance – festival guests, students and Mifa participants – was 10% up on last year’s 10,000, another historical record. Quaint, fairy-tale-like town it may be. But in numbers, Annecy is not much smaller than, say, MipTV, thanks of course to a much larger festival.

2. Animation Biz Drivers

So what else is new? Annecy has grown every single year since at least the turn of the decade, said Marin. Various
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