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‘King of the Hill’ Creator Mike Judge to Receive Writers Guild Animation Award

13 December 2016 10:51 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

King of the Hill” and “Silicon Valley” co-creator Mike Judge has been selected to receive the Writers Guild of America West’s Animation Writers Caucus’ 2016 writing award for lifetime achievement.

“We’re very excited for Mike Judge to receive this long-overdue honor,” said WGA West VP David A. Goodman.

“His contributions to the field of animation, among them the groundbreaking ‘Beavis and Butt-Head,’ and the long-running hit ‘King of the Hill’ have advanced the form of animation storytelling and continue to be a benchmark for creators everywhere,” Goodman said. “We applaud the risk he took to guarantee making ‘King of the Hill’ a WGA-covered show, which to this day helps the Guild chip away at the precedents that keep writers who work in animation from receiving the guarantees and benefits of our union.”

Judge, a WGA member since 1998, was born in 1962 in Ecuador and raised in Albuquerque, N.M. MTV picked up Judge’s 1992 animated short, “Frog Baseball »

- Dave McNary

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Exclusive Interview: Oointah On The Inspirations Behind Death By Game Show

22 January 2016 11:01 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

A title coming out this week that you may have missed is the explosive indie game, Death By Game Show; a twitch-action and tower defense hybrid from developer Oointah.

The game takes place 500 years into the future, where droids now rule the world due to humans becoming irreversibly idiotic—and the earth’s new mechanical masters intend to keep it that way, sentencing any person with even just a tiny glimmer of intelligence to ‘Death By Game Show.’ Such is the fate of U.H. Wutt, a heavy-set hero who is by no means smart, but compared to the rest of his fellow men, he is practically Albert Einstein.

If the premise sounds familiar, it’s because the developers were heavily inspired by the 2006 comedy film, Idiocracy, which was written and directed by famed satirist Mike Judge. Judge is perhaps best known as the creator of such animated sitcoms as Beavis and Butthead, »

- Joseph Banham

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