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‘Black Panther’ Director Ryan Coogler signs 5 year deal with Disney

The Walt Disney Company has expanded its partnership with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, by signing a five-year television deal with his Proximity Media. Coogler, who is currently working on the Black Panther sequel, will now develop new TV series for the studio. The first offering is...

Crunchy Roll announces a deal with Idris and Sabrina Elba for a dark anime series ‘Dantai’

Crunchyroll announced a deal with Idris and Sabrina Elba, in conjunction with Idris’ Green Door Pictures and Sabrina’s Pink Towel Pictures, to develop Dantai (working title), a dark fantasy animated series. Idris and Sabrina Elba will serve as executive producers. Crunchyroll is also announcing that the global...

Animation writer and director Marc Wilmore dies from COVID-19

Emmy-winning comedy and animation writer, director, performer and producer Marc Edward Wilmore — known in animation circles for his work on The Simpsons and F Is for Family — died January 30 in Pomona, California, due to COVID-19 and ongoing health issues caused by a kidney transplant many years ago. News...

Disney+ announces a new streaming brand ‘Star’ along with the initial lineup

Disney+ has announced “its biggest content drop ever” with the initial lineup of its new streaming brand Star. The rich huge library of content coming to the new general entertainment brand through Disney+ will bring a huge expansion of TV series, movies and originals to subscribers in...

Audible teams up with DC for second and third instalments of audio drama series ‘The Sandman’

Post the huge success of the first instalment, Audible, the leading creator and provider of premium audio storytelling, and DC have greenlit the much-anticipated second and third instalments of The New York Times best-selling, multi-part original audio drama series, The Sandman: Act II and The Sandman: Act III....

WildBrain acquires worldwide distribution rights for ‘Alva’s World’

WildBrain has acquired worldwide distribution to Alva’s World (52×11’), outside the UK, Ireland and Finland. Produced by award-winning Irish animation studio Kavaleer Productions, Alva’s World is a fun, irreverent and forward-thinking 2D animated show for kids from upper preschool to early elementary, which aims to create a new canon of fables...

Chinese streaming platform Tencent Video signs deal with international broadcasters for original anime series

Tencent Video, a leading Chinese online video streaming platform, has inked a raft of sales to international broadcasters for its original animation series – Super BOOMi, A Squad and CoNaBLUE. The deals follow the recent announcement of co-production deals with three leading European studios- Sixteen South, Zeilt Productions and Silvergate...

Animator and pop artist Ron Campbell dies

Australian-born animator and pop artist Ron Campbell, director for The Beatles Saturday morning cartoon and animator on The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine, died January 22. The 81-year old passed away in Phoenix, Arizona, where he lived with his wife Engelina. The news was shared to the artist’s Facebook page by his...

Paramount Animation acquires film rights for ‘C.O.S.M.O.S’

Paramount Animation has optioned the film rights to C.O.S.M.O.S., an upcoming kids’ sci-fi book series from Thomas Wheeler — co-creator of Cursed and writer on family flicks Puss in Boots, The LEGO Ninjago Movie and Dora and the Lost City of Gold. Wheeler is also attached to write the adaptation. C.O.S.M.O.S. — centred on...

Netflix acquires worldwide rights for ‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines’

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights (excluding China) to The Mitchells vs. The Machines (formerly Connected) from Sony Pictures Animation. The road trip comedy-adventure about an ordinary family that must band together to unplug a technological apocalypse will roll out later this year. “This is a very personal movie about...