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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Russell Hicks named Nick’s president of content

Russell Hicks

Russell Hicks, a 14-year Nickelodeon veteran and its chief creative officer since 2008, has been named to the new position of president of content development and production for the Nickelodeon Group.

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Dobie Gillis actor Steve Franken dies at 80

Steve Franken

Comedic character actor Steve Franken, who portrayed braggart rich kid Chatsworth Osborne, Jr. in the 1959-63 TV series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, died Friday in Los Angeles. He was 80.

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GKids plans to distribute 4 Oscar-qualifying films

Oscar Statuette, Academy Awards

New York-based animation distributor GKids announced Tuesday that it plans to give runs to four films in order to qualify them for this year’s Oscars.

Three of the four are French features: Zarafa (Pathe), Le Chat du Rabbin (The Rabbi’s Cat) (TF1) and Le Tableau (The Painting) (Rezo). The fourth is Kokurikozaka Kara (From Up on Poppy Hill), from Japan’s Studio Ghibli.

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Annie Awards Call for Entries set for Sept. 3


The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced Monday its “Call for Entries” for the 40th Annual Annie Awards.

Submissions will be accepted beginning September 3.

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SPA celebrates its 10th with special screenings

Sony Pictures Animation

The 10th anniversary celebration of Sony Pictures Animation continues with a five-week series of special screenings featuring SPA’s technically competent but prosaic collection of animated and hybrid films, as well as reunions with filmmakers participating in Q & As following each screening, rare footage/materials from the SPA archives, and giveaways.

The series, which will culminate with an exclusive screening of the highly-anticipated comedy Hotel Transylvania, in theaters September 28, was announced Monday by Bob Osher, president of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, and SPA president of production Michelle Raimo-Kouyate.

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The Legend of Mor’du Short Announced For Brave Blu-Ray

The Legend of Mor'du

With Disney’s announcement for a November 13, 2012 Blu-ray release of the Pixar hit Brave, also comes the news of a new short based in the new Brave world. Extras on the release will include a new short called, The Legend of Mor’du as well as 2001’s theatrically released La Luna (which was shown before Brave in it’s theatrical release).

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