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Gkids, Annecy announce second annual Animation Is Film Festival

Gkids, Annecy announce second annual Animation Is Film Festival
Inaugural 2017 event guest list included Angelina Jolie, Hiromasa Yonebayashi.

Animation company Gkids and Annecy International Film Festival have announced the second annual Animation Is Film Festival to run October 19-21 in Hollywood.

The festival will showcase animated features, special presentations, and animated short film programmes.

Last year’s inaugural Animation Is Film Festival featured special guests including The Breadwinner (pictured) executive producer Angelina Jolie and director Nora Twomey, The Lego Batman Movie director Chris McKay, The Big Bad Fox co-director Benjamin Renner, The Incredibles producer John Walker, and Mary And The Witch’s Flower director Hiromasa Yonebayashi.

The 2017 jury for
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Warner Bros.’ ‘Looney Tunes’ Gets Thunderous Reception at Annecy

Annecy, France — The big new news from Warner Bros. Animation — a short-format revival of the Looney Tunes cartoons​ franchise — went down, with o​ne​ short “The Curse of the Monkey Bird” screening​ to thunderous applause at a sneak peek Monday in Annecy.

It was all part of an Annecy Fest Look Ahead by Warner Animation Group (Wag) and Warner Bros. Animation (Wba), co-hosted by executive VP Allison Abbate and VP Audrey Diehl, which also took in “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies” and “The Lego Movie 2: ​T​he Second Part,” climaxing with an eight-minute excerpt from “Smallfoot.”

The Looney Tunes cartoons will be 1 to 6 minutes in length, with Wba aiming to produce 1,000 minutes in all, Diehl said. Fifty shorts of varying length are in production. The series features veteran Looney Tunes voice cast members including Jeff Bergman and Bob Bergen, and newcomer Eric Bauza taking the reins as Bugs,
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George R. R. Martin Producing Animated 'Ice Dragon' Film

George R. R. Martin Producing Animated 'Ice Dragon' Film
Game of Thrones mastermind George R. R. Martin is teaming with Warner Bros. to produce an animated film version of his 1980 fantasy novel, The Ice Dragon, Deadline reports.

The story follows Adara, a young girl in a snowy, mythical kingdom who befriends an ice dragon after her mother's death. A description of the book on Martin's website reads in part, "The ice dragon was a creature of legend and fear, for no man had ever tamed one. When it flew overhead, it left in its wake desolate cold and frozen land.
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George R.R. Martin Developing Animated ‘Ice Dragon’ Movie With Warner Bros.

George R.R. Martin Developing Animated ‘Ice Dragon’ Movie With Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. is developing George R.R. Martin’s fantasy novel “The Ice Dragon” as an animated movie with the “Game of Thrones” writer on board as a producer.

“The Ice Dragon,” first published in 1980, is the story of a young girl and the ice dragon she befriends in a mythical land of frigid snow after the death of her mother. The ice dragon was an untamed creature of legend and fear, and when it flew overhead, it left in its wake desolate cold and frozen land, but the girl was unafraid because she was a winter child, born during the worst freeze that anyone could remember. Her friendship leads to the ice dragon defending the girl’s world from fiery dragons on a summer day.

Martin’s manager Vince Gerardis is set to executive produce. Warner Bros. Animation Group chiefs Allison Abbate and Chris Leahy are overseeing the project for the studio.
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Tiffany Haddish to Star in ‘The Lego Movie’ Sequel

Tiffany Haddish to Star in ‘The Lego Movie’ Sequel
Tiffany Haddish is on board to voice one of the stars in Warner Bros. Animations’ “The Lego Movie 2,” sources tell Variety.

Trolls” director Mike Mitchell has been tapped to direct the pic. Producers are “Lego Movie” directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, along with Dan Lin and Roy Lee. Jill Wilfert from Lego Group, Chris McKay, and Jinko Gotoh are executive producing.

Lord and Miller wrote the first draft of the script for the sequel with Raphael Bob-Waksberg coming on board for a re-write. Matt Fogel has written the latest draft.

The plot and details of Haddish’s character are being kept under wraps.

Allison Abbate and Chris Leahy overseeing for Warner Animation Group.

“The Lego Movie 2” is set to bow on Feb. 8, 2019. “The Lego Movie” grossed nearly $470 million worldwide in 2014 amid strong support from critics and fans.

Haddish’s star has been on the rise since her breakout role
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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Team Set as Speakers for Produced By Conference

‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Team Set as Speakers for Produced By Conference
The Producers Guild of America has set “The Handmaid’s Tale” creative team of Bruce Miller, Elisabeth Moss and Warren Littlefield as speakers for its 10th annual Produced By Conference on June 9-10 at Paramount Pictures.

Other notable speakers include TV creator Marta Kauffman (“Grace & Frankie,” “Seeing Allred”); documentarian Errol Morris (“Wormwood,” “The Fog of War”); producer Rosa Tran (“Final Space,” “Anomalisa”); producer Charles D. King (“Mudbound,” “Fences”); and showrunners Justin Simien (“Dear White People”) and Lena Waithe (“The Chi”).

Last year’s Produced By conference included a panel with Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey and another with Norman Lear and Jordan Peele.

Confirmed panelists to date:

Allison Abbate, Evp, Warner Animation Group; “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Corpse Bride

Adrian Alperovich, Chief Operating Officer, Mwm Studios

Bonnie Arnold, Producer, DreamWorks Animation; “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Toy Story

Dan Braun, Co-President, Submarine; “Kusama – Infinity,” “Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict”

Lesley Chilcott,
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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Team Set as Speakers for Produced By Conference

‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Team Set as Speakers for Produced By Conference
The Producers Guild of America has set “The Handmaid’s Tale” creative team of Bruce Miller, Elisabeth Moss and Warren Littlefield as speakers for its 10th annual Produced By Conference on June 9-10 at Paramount Pictures.

Other notable speakers include TV creator Marta Kauffman (“Grace & Frankie,” “Seeing Allred”); documentarian Errol Morris (“Wormwood,” “The Fog of War”); producer Rosa Tran (“Final Space,” “Anomalisa”); producer Charles D. King (“Mudbound,” “Fences”); and showrunners Justin Simien (“Dear White People”) and Lena Waithe (“The Chi”).

Last year’s Produced By conference included a panel with Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey and another with Norman Lear and Jordan Peele.
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Warner Bros. Animation is Developing Cat In The Hat and More Dr. Seuss Feature Films

Warner Bros. Animation has partnered up with Dr. Seuss Enterprises to produce several animated feature films based on the stories and characters of Dr. Seuss! According to Variety, the first film they will be adapting for the big screen in The Cat in the Hat.

I love the books that Dr. Seuss wrote! I wish they would kick off this venture with another movie other than The Cat in the Hat, though. But, I guess that is the most popular character. I personally can't wait to see a Green Eggs and Ham movie!

Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, said this is a statement:

"Our Pictures Group is home to some of the world’s most popular film franchises, and we’re honored to add Dr. Seuss titles to that roster. With Warner Animation Group, we’ve really revitalized our feature animation activities, and this partnership with Dr.
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New Version Of The Cat in the Hat Coming To Theaters From Warner Bros. Pictures Animation Group

Warner Animation Group, the animated film production arm of Warner Bros. Pictures, has formed a creative partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. to produce multiple feature films based on the iconic characters and stories created by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel). Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group and Susan Brandt, President of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, made the announcement today.

A fully animated version of the children’s classic “The Cat in the Hat” will be the first project developed under this partnership.

“Our Pictures Group is home to some of the world’s most popular film franchises, and we’re honored to add Dr. Seuss titles to that roster,” said Emmerich. “With Warner Animation Group, we’ve really revitalized our feature animation activities, and this partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises will continue our move into world-class, wide-appeal animated fare.”

“For generations, Dr. Seuss has entertained and delighted children
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‘Cat in the Hat’ Movie in Works From Warner Bros., Dr. Seuss Enterprises

‘Cat in the Hat’ Movie in Works From Warner Bros., Dr. Seuss Enterprises
Warner Animation Group, the animated film production arm of Warner Bros. Pictures, has formed a creative partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P., to produce multiple feature films based on the iconic characters and stories created by Theodor Seuss Geisel aka Dr. Seuss.

The first feature to be produced under the deal will be a fully animated version of the children’s classic “The Cat in the Hat.”

“Our Pictures Group is home to some of the world’s most popular film franchises, and we’re honored to add Dr. Seuss titles to that roster,” Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, said. “With Warner Animation Group, we’ve really revitalized our feature animation activities, and this partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises will continue our move into world-class, wide-appeal animated fare.”

The primary focus of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. is to protect the integrity of the Dr. Seuss books while expanding beyond books into ancillary
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Warner Animation Group Appoints New Evp, Svp

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Warner Animation Group has appointed two senior-level executives to their animated film production arm: Allison Abbate has been named executive vice president, while Chris Leahy has been appointed senior vice president. President and Chief Content Officer Toby Emmerich and Courtenay Valenti, President of Production and Development, share oversight of the animation group. “Allison and Chris are well known and well respected in the animation community and will be key to expanding our operations at Warner Animation Group,” said Emmerich. “We have ambitious plans for Wag and will rely on Allison and Chris to attract world-class animation talent to help us develop.
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Allison Abbate, Chris Leahy Promoted at Warner Animation Group

Allison Abbate, Chris Leahy Promoted at Warner Animation Group
Warner Animation Group, the animated film division of Warner Bros. Pictures, has named two senior-level creative executives to lead the animation studio, Allison Abbate and Chris Leahy.

Abbate, a longtime producer with the animation studio, is now executive vice president for Warner Animation Group, and Chris Leahy has been appointed senior vice president.

“Allison and Chris are well-known and well-respected in the animation community and will be key to expanding our operations at Warner Animation Group,” Toby Emmerich, president and chief content officer for Warners, said in a statement. “We have ambitious plans for Wag and will rely on Allison and Chris to attract world-class animation talent to help us develop and deliver a robust slate of both animated and live-action/hybrid titles.”

Over a 20-year career in the film business, Abbate has produced several animated pictures, including “The Iron Giant,” which earned her a BAFTA Award in 2000. Her credits also include “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Tim Burton’s [link
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Warner Animation Group Sets Allison Abbate & Chris Leahy As Toppers

Warner Animation Group said today that Allison Abbate and Chris Leahy will take the roles of senior-level creative executives at the animated film production arm of Warner Bros Pictures. Abbate has been named Evp, while Leahy has been named Svp. Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures, who shares oversight of Warner Animation Group with Courtenay Valenti, President, Production and Development, Warner Bros. Pictures, said of the…
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‘Breadwinner,’ ‘Big Bad Fox’ Take Top Prizes at Animation Is Film Festival

‘Breadwinner,’ ‘Big Bad Fox’ Take Top Prizes at Animation Is Film Festival
The Breadwinner” has been selected as the grand prize winner at the inaugural Animation Is Film Festival, held last weekend at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

The Breadwinner,” directed by Nora Twomey of Ireland animation studio Cartoon Saloon, also took home the audience award. The film tells the story of a young girl who disguises herself as a boy to help feed her family during Taliban rule in Afghanistan.

“‘The Breadwinner’ is not just an incredibly important film, but one that reminds us of the power of animation to communicate serious issues in the world. Transforming hardship into a warm and moving story, the movie represents a triumph by its director, Nora Twomey, in terms of script, voice acting, design, music, and editing,” said jury chairman and Variety chief film critic Peter Debruge. “The films in competition this year illustrated the many techniques and possibilities of animation, but ‘The Breadwinner’ was a clear favorite among our jury
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Animation Is Film Festival Unveils Full Slate and Jury

Animation Is Film Festival Unveils Full Slate and Jury
The first Animation Is Film Festival has announced its full slate of films and events, and has finalized its competition jury.

Added to the previously announced selection of films in competition are the North American premiere of “Fireworks, Should We See It From the Side or the Bottom” by Nobuyuki Takeuchi and Akiyuki Shinbo, which will screen on opening night, Friday, Oct. 20; the West Coast premiere of “Mutafukaz” by Guillaume Renard and Shoujirou Nishimi; the U.S. premiere of “Night Is Short, Walk on Girl,” by Masaaki Yuasa; and the world premiere of “Tropical Virus,” which will screen on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A with director Santiago Caicedo.

Previously announced competition films are “The Breadwinner,” directed by Nora Twomey, one of Variety’s 2017 10 Animators to Watch; “The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales” by Patrick Imbert and Benjamin Renner; “Big Fish and Begonia” by Liang Xua and Zhang Chun; “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children” by
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A New Animation Festival Launches, With Plans To Impact the Oscar Race

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A New Animation Festival Launches, With Plans To Impact the Oscar Race
Aiming to make an impact this Oscar season, the inaugural Animation Is Film Festival from GKids, the Annecy International Animation Festival, Variety, and Acifa-Hollywood launches October 20-22 at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theater.

The festival will present a selection of new animated feature films from Asia, Europe, South America, and North America, with juried and audience prizes and filmmakers attending most screenings. Additionally, the festival will feature studio events, special screenings, short film programs, and a Vr lounge.

Aif seems well timed: The Academy now allows all members to vote for animated features, using preferential voting. However, it remains to be seen what the dynamic will be in terms of mainstream versus indie nominees.

GKids, which has nine Oscar nominations (including this year’s “My Life as a Zucchini”), has seven movies in contention this season; four showcase in competition at Aif. The highlight is “The Breadwinner” (October 20), a coproduction of Ireland,
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‘Breadwinner’ Among Features in Animation Is Film Festival’s First Competition Lineup

‘Breadwinner’ Among Features in Animation Is Film Festival’s First Competition Lineup
The Breadwinner,” which includes Angelina Jolie as one of its producers, is among the first features selected for the inaugural Animation Is Film Festival’s competition lineup.

The festival, produced by Gkids in partnership with Annecy International Film Festival and Variety, with additional sponsors and media partners Google and Fathom Events, will be held Oct. 20-22 at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood. The fest looks to fill a niche in the U.S. for a world-class animation film festival.

In addition to “The Breadwinner,” directed by Nora Twomey, one of Variety‘s 2017 10 Animators to Watch, other films in the initial competition lineup include “The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales” by Patrick Imbert and Benjamin Renner, “Big Fish and Begonia” by Liang Xua and Zhang Chun, “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children” by Alberto Vazquez and Pedro Rivero, “Lu Over the Wall” by Masaaki Yuasa, “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, “Tehran Taboo
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Inaugural Animation Is Film Festival Sets Competition Lineup & Jury

Inaugural Animation Is Film Festival Sets Competition Lineup & Jury
The new Animation Is Film festival has unveiled its preliminary competition lineup and jury for its first edition, which runs October 20-22 at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theaters in Hollywood. The fest will present a selection of new animated feature films from Asia, Europe, South America and North America along with filmmaker Q&As, special events and both juried and audience prizes. Variety chief film critic Peter Debruge will chair the 2017 jury, which includes Allison Abbate
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Warner Animation Group’s Allison Abbate ‘Feeling Much Better’ After Fainting Onstage at Annecy

Annecy, France — If Allison Abbate wanted to win over the hearts of an Annecy audience presenting Warner Animation Group’s upcoming lineup, she did so conclusively attempting to still talk up the slate even as she fainted onstage at Annecy’s Pierre Lamy auditorium.

By the time that she passed out – which was just momentarily – she was being helped to a chair onstage by Warner Bros. France’s Olivier Snanoudj and Reel FX’s Chuck Peil and did not incur any physical injury from her swoon. Abbate was helped off stage by the two execs to maybe the most heartfelt applause of any presentation at Annecy from an audience which had already cheered her when she made her stage entrance some five minutes earlier: She is a much liked and respected member of the Hollywood animation community.

Snanoudj, flanked by Peil whose Reel FX is creating “S.C.O.O.
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Pixar Shares ‘Coco’ Secrets at Annecy Animation Festival

Pixar Shares ‘Coco’ Secrets at Annecy Animation Festival
An audience of animation students and assorted cartoon enthusiasts went cuckoo for “Coco,” as representatives of Pixar — co-director Adrian Molina and producer Darla K. Anderson — shared designs, insights and the first five minutes from the studio’s upcoming fall feature at the Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival in Southern France on Friday.

Inspired by the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead), when the living honor their ancestors with gifts and celebration, “Coco” appears to be not only the most colorful Pixar film to date, but the first to concentrate so thoroughly on people of color. “I think this one’s going to be extra-specially more beautiful than all of the other Pixar films,” Anderson said, “but I’m biased.”

According to Molina, true to Pixar tradition, the creative team behind “Coco” traveled to Mexico to research the culture and context of the story, which
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