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The Animation Anti-Trust Lawsuit now can go forward, which is big news for the Plaintiffs.

Last time in this drama, Sony settled out of court with the Plaintiffs, while aspects of the emails that Pixar’s departments to its lawyers could not be used. Then, as Comcast bought out Dreamworks Animation – they also settled out of court, and it was mentioned that the case could move forward if only Disney and Pixar/Lucas Arts were involved. Now the Hollywood Reporter can report ...

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In the Ongoing Saga in the Wage Fixing Scandal, Sony Pictures agrees to a settlement

Deadline Hollywood now reports that Sony Animation will pay the defendants $13 million dollars: “Plaintiffs have reached a settlement with Defendants Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc. and Sony Pictures Animation Inc. and by early next week will file a motion for preliminary approval of this settlement,” declared a case management filing in federal court on April 29 by lawyers for plaintiffs ...

Charlie Brown and Snoopy are worth $175 million, so says Peanuts sale
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The Peanuts Gang Returns to US TV on Boomerang

From Variety: Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of Charles Schulz’ “Peanuts” gang will return to U.S. TV in a series of animated vignettes set to debut on Time Warner’s Boomerang network on May 9. New episodes will debut each day at 11:30 a.m. The cartoons come not from the people who devised TV classics like “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” or “A Charlie Brown ...

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Comcast Buys Dreamworks for 3.8 BILLION Dollars…But Illumination Entertainment wins?

Here are the details from the Press Release: NBCUniversal, a division of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA), today announced the acquisition of DreamWorks Animation (NASDAQ: DWA). One of the world’s most admired family brands, DreamWorks Animation creates animated feature films, television series and specials, live entertainment and related consumer products. The studio will become part of ...

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PowerPuff Girls 2016, A Comedy of Errors and Hubris.

So we have an issue at hand. The PowerPuff Girls remake (2016) is getting panned. Bad. So bad people are talking about animation mistakes, issues with perspective, and all the rest of it. Its bad jokes, its overuse of 4Chan and Tumblr memes. The new characterizations, the loss of Ms Bellium (she’s….”Dead” in this remake) – the childishness of the teacher (the removal ...

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In the continuing story of the Animation Wage Scandal, Pixar Wins Big.

In a massive set back to the case from the plaintiffs, a Judge Ruled that Pixar’s Emails to a former lawyer does not conclude that there was a scheme to hinder wages to workers. The Hollywood Reporter continues: On Wednesday, Grewal wrote in an order that the DOJ’s conclusions were “never admitted or established” and are “irrelevant for purposes of establishing ...

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Developments In the Animation Wage Fixing Lawsuit – Blue Sky will Pay $6 Million to the Defendants.

Here are some of the details from Deadline: Over a year and a half after a former DreamWorks Animation visual effects artist kicked off a potential class action suit against Sony, DWA, Pixar, LucasFilm, Disney and others over wage-fixing and anti-poaching allegations, Fox owned Blue Sky Studios has today thrown in the legal towel and is seeking a settlement. “The Court should preliminarily ...

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IMPACTING: FLCL will have a season two, and three coming to Toonami in 2017/2018

From The Toonami Facebook Page and Adult Swim: Adult Swim, a division of Turner, is proud to announce an official sequel to one of the most beloved anime series of all time – FLCL (pronounced Fooly Cooly). Created in 2000, FLCL told the tale of Naota, a 12-year-old boy who met a woman that would forever change his life…whether he liked it or not. 16 years later, Adult Swim and legendary ...

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Toonz: A Computer Animation Tool for 2D, used by Studio Ghibli is now Open Source

Sometimes the biggest news of the year isnt from the biggest names. Some times out of the noise, there is a moment where things are made free. Toonz is a program used by Studio Ghibli since 1999 with Princess Mononoke. They have used it in the rest of their films up until their recent work. It was originally part of the Silicon Graphics Suite of workstations (remember them?) and for a while ...

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Joe Alaskey, The Second Man To ever Voice The Looney Toons Characters – Has Passed.

Emmy Award Winning Voice Actor, Joe Alaskey passed away late last night of complications due to cancer, he was 63 years old. His many works as Bugs and Daffy (of the latter he would win the aforementioned Oscar for the animated series Duck Dodgers), as well as the Rugrats’s Grandpa Lou Pickles. He also did Plucky Duck in Tiny Toon Adventures. He did two live action works (a movie and a TV ...

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Viacom Used TMNT…as a TAX SCHEME?

This is one of the craziest stories I ever heard of, and the year is just getting started. And maybe its REALLY getting bad in Viacom if they are doing this to a storied franchise… From NBC News: Viacom Inc was sued by a former vice president who said the media company fired her in retaliation for opposing its alleged plan to illegally avoid paying U.S. taxes on the international licensing ...

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Imagica Robot to Acquire Pokemon Anime Studio OLM (For 24 Million)

From Anime News Net: Video content company Imagica Robot Holdings (Imagica Robot HD) announced on Tuesday that it is acquiring anime studio Oriental Light and Magic (OLM). The acquisition is valued at 2.858 billion yen (about US$23.58 million), and will see Imagica Robot HD acquire a 51.33% majority stake in OLM. The deal will make OLM a subsidiary of Imagica Robot HD. The actual date of ...

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