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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Director, “Asterix” actor Pierre Mondy dead at 87

Pierre Mondy

French film and theatre actor and director Pierre Mondy, heard in two 1980s Asterix cartoon movies, died Saturday morning at Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris from a relapsed lymphoma. He was 77. He voiced Caius Obtus in Asterix et la Surprise de Cesar (Asterix vs. Caesar; 1985) and Cetinlapsus in Asterix Chez Le Bretons (Asterix in Britain; 1986).

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A Little Old, A Little New at DC Nation

DC Nation

DC Nation– the animated collaboration between Cartoon Network, Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment- will see new episodes of Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice: Invasion throughout the fall. Also returning are the comedic animated shorts and exclusive behind-the-scenes views of the DC Universe. This full hour animated action show begins a new season Saturday, September 29, at 10 a.m.

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Disney Writing Down $50 Million at Movie Studio

Walt Disney Studios

The Walt Disney Company will record a $50 million write-down at its movie studio division after halting production on an as-yet untitled stop-motion animated film, an unnamed “source with knowledge of the matter” told Reuters on Thursday.

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Irish Brown Bag Expanding

Brown Bag Films

Dublin-based Brown Bag Films is expanding their employee base to 125, more than doubling size in the past two years. The firm’s most recent Disney series, and the top-rated pre-school show in the U.S., Doc McStuffins, attracted almost five million viewers and will expand to Europe this autumn.

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DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor Partner On Distribution Deal

DreamWorks Animation SKG

In a major strange bedfellows pairing, DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor announce a joint venture in a content distribution deal. Their new company- called M-Go- will be pushing out content digitally. But not just DWA’s content… the agreement announced Tuesday are with NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution.

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Jamaica’s First Animation Studio Opens

Wayne Sinclair, Reel Rock GSW Studio

Newly opened Reel Rock GSW Studio has the unique distinction of becoming the first full-fledged animation facility in Jamaica. The studio was launched Monday evening at its Braemar Avenue headquarters in St Andrew. With a 12-member full time staff, the company is headed by directors Lorna Green, Wayne Sinclair and Fayval Williams.

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Lance LeGault was Junior in Home on the Range

Lance LeGault

Longtime character actor Lance LeGault, the voice of Junior the Buffalo in the 2004 Disney movie Home on the Range, died Monday at his Los Angeles home, his daughter Mary said.

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Cartoon Network Greenlights Homegrown Animated Series

Cartoon Network Studios

Building upon the global success of recent artist-driven series like Adventure Time and Regular Show, Cartoon Network has green-lit two new animated series. Steven Universe, from Adventure Time writer and storyboard artist Rebecca Sugar, and Uncle Grandpa, from Emmy Award-nominee Pete Browngardt, have started pre-production.

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Digital Domain Closing Florida Studio; Tembo in Limbo

Digital Domain

Animation company Digital Domain is closing the doors to their Port St. Lucie studio, and in the process, is laying off between 280 and 350 employees.Their first original production “The Legend of Tembo,” is now in limbo.

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Bob Lambert, 55, led Disney’s digital transition

Bob Lambert

Former Disney senior executive Bob Lambert, who helped the Mouse House move from film to digital production, died suddenly Friday of unnamed causes at his Glendale, California home, his family announced Monday night. He was 55.

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