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TV Animators Tooned Up for Big Screen Features

TV Animators Tooned Up for Big Screen Features
The creative lines between film and television are blurring ever more frequently these days, with many live-action directors, writers and other talent moving with increasing ease between the two media. But in the animation industry, only a handful of directors and writers have made the transition.

One of those is Rich Moore, who is directing Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” alongside Phil Johnston and who earlier this year won the animated feature Oscar for Disney’s 2016 hit “Zootopia” with director Byron Howard. Moore has an extensive background in TV animation, working on “The Simpsons,” “The Critic” and “Futurama” for many years before making his feature directing debut on the first “Wreck-It Ralph” film in 2012.

Moore himself realizes he’s part of a rare breed.

“I’ve noticed that, too, and it’s a shame because there are some amazing TV directors out there who should be making features,” says Moore. “If
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‘Samurai Jack’ Creator Genndy Tartakovsky On Putting Sex and Violence Into the Fifth Season

‘Samurai Jack’ Creator Genndy Tartakovsky On Putting Sex and Violence Into the Fifth Season
After Genndy Tartakovsky’s cult animated series “Samurai Jack” was canceled by Cartoon Network in 2004, rumors swirled for years about a feature-length adaptation. Tartakovsky worked with four different studios to adapt his hyper-stylized blend of martial arts and sci-fi action for the big screen, including New Line, Sony and J.J. AbramsBad Robot, but none of them panned out. “As soon as we started developing it as a movie, they wanted to fit it into a box,” Tartakovsky told IndieWire. “I love ‘Jack’ as one of my creations and would never want to change it from what it was supposed to be. There was no reason to reinvent. It was working.”

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Tartakovsky knew exactly how he wanted to tell his story of the titular samurai, who’s thrown
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Exclusive: Seth Green, Breckin Meyer, Matthew Senreich, Tom Sheppard & Michael Rooker Discuss Robot Chicken’s Walking Dead Special

  • DailyDead
Over the years, Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken series has lovingly paid tribute to hundreds of pop culture icons and projects, but this October, they're celebrating AMC’s The Walking Dead with an entire special episode devoted to Rick and his cohorts in honor of the show’s success and its legions of fans who remain devoted to the series after seven seasons.

At a recent press day, Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with several members of the Robot Chicken family, including Seth Green, Breckin Meyer, Matthew Senreich, Tom Sheppard, as well as the incomparable Michael Rooker, whose character, Merle, makes a memorable appearance in the special (and sings us a little ditty about looking for love in a post-apocalyptic world). During the discussion, they chatted about being able to work with Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple and The Walking Dead cast, how supportive AMC was to their idea
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‘Rick and Morty’s’ First Female Writers Speak Out: ‘Resisting the Change Will Make Things Worse’

‘Rick and Morty’s’ First Female Writers Speak Out: ‘Resisting the Change Will Make Things Worse’
Created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, “Rick and Morty” is the zany sci-fi family comedy that keeps on surprising. Cycling through multiple timelines, alien life forms, and human insecurities with a maniacal glee, the animated series flew under the radar at first, with Harmon’s eccentricities caused fans to wait a years in between seasons. Now, “Rick and Morty” is back in full swing, and better than ever. That’s largely due to some fresh blood in the writers room — now fifty percent female, not counting the showrunners.

“That’s just incredibly rare, unfortunately,” Jessica Gao told The Hollywood Reporter. “More often than not, I’m the only woman in the room or the only person of color — or I’m both. So, having a balanced room just makes things a lot easier for women in the sense that you feel you can pitch things and someone else will understand you.
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‘Samurai Jack’ Creator Genndy Tartakovsky Returned for Closure, and to Tell a More Complex Story

‘Samurai Jack’ Creator Genndy Tartakovsky Returned for Closure, and to Tell a More Complex Story
The cult series “Samurai Jack” returns after a nearly 13-year absence with a final story that’s darker, bloodier, and more intense.

That explains why “Jack” has moved from Cartoon Network to Adult Swim as its 10-episode Season 5 premieres this Saturday. The series picks up 50 years later, but the eponymous hero (now sporting a flowing beard and armor and driving a motorcycle) hasn’t aged as a result of being hurled into the dystopian future.

As Jack journeys home, he’s lost in a psychological purgatory and losing his mind. He’s haunted by memories of the past and filled with guilt about abandoning his family. He even has ego-crushing,”Birdman”-like dialogues with himself.

That’s not to suggest that the series has lost its humor. For creator Genndy Tartakovsky, “Jack” continues to incorporate a Hanna-Barbera (where he began his career) influence.

And it’s been a redemptive experience for Tartakovsky,
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Adult Swim Cancels Controversial Show 'Million Dollar Extreme'

Adult Swim has canceled Million Dollar Extreme Presents: World Peace, a show which has been accused of promoting racism, sexism and bigotry, Splitsider reports.

The sketch show was canceled after one season, airing just six episodes over the summer. Created by Sam Hyde, Charls Carroll and Nick Rochefort, the show immediately garnered criticism for controversial sketches – including one where Hyde wore blackface – while some of its promotional material featured language that seemed to nod to the white nationalist movement known as "Alt-Right."

Per Buzzfeed, an Mde press release stated the
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Comedian Brett Gelman Severs Ties With Adult Swim Over Lack of Female Representation

Comedian Brett Gelman has taken to Twitter to announce that he has “severed ties” with comedy network Adult Swim in the wake of the recent controversy surrounding their lack of female creators.

Splitsider reports that the “Dinner in America” star and creator will no longer work in tandem with the network, specifically pointing to Evp/creative director Mike Lazzo’s recent Reddit post that attempted to explain away the channel’s lack of female creators — as was reported earlier this year, they currently have zero projects from women currently in the works — by announcing that “women don’t tend to like conflict” when it comes time to write and produce comedy.

Adult Swim’s Mike Lazzo Takes to Reddit to Defend Lack of Female Creators https://t.co/fjxE8FYx7z This Is The Reason I Have Severed Ties

Brett Gelman (@brettgelman) November 14, 2016

Gelman also noted that his decision stemmed
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Adult Swim Regular Brett Gelman Says He Won’t Work With Network Over Treatment of Women

Brett Gelman, a comic actor who has appeared on Adult Swim programs including “Eagleheart” and “Brett Gelman’s Dinner in America,” said via Twitter that he is cutting ties with the Time Warner-owned outlet over some comments made by a network executive and the network’s decision to run “Million Dollar Extreme Presents: World Police,” a series that has many fans with conservative leanings.

A spokesperson for Adult Swim said the network declined to comment.

On Twitter, Gelman cited recent remarks by Mike Lazzo, an Adult Swim executive vice president, about the absence of female creators associated with the network, as a reason for why he planned to “sever ties” with Adult Swim. On Redding, Lazzo recently noted that “women don’t tend to like conflict, comedy often comes from conflict, so that’s probably why we (or others) have so few female projects.” But he also acknowledged that “this was a dumb answer to a good
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Brett Gelman: Sexism Reason ‘I Have Severed Ties’ With Adult Swim

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Brett Gelman claims the reason he cut off contact with Adult Swim was due to the adult animation programming block’s lack of female creators. Gelman, an actor and comedian who worked on Adult Swim shows “Eagleheart” and “Hot Package,” posted a write up of a recent reddit post from Adult Swim creative director Mike Lazzo discussing comments he made about women. Gelman captioned the tweet with, “This is the reason I have severed ties.” Adult Swim's Mike Lazzo Takes to Reddit to Defend Lack of Female Creators https://t.co/fjxE8FYx7z This Is The Reason I
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Adult Swim Creative Director on ‘Limiting Female Projects’: ‘Women Don’t Tend to Like Conflict’

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Mike Lazzo, who serves as vice president and creative director of Adult Swim, received criticism this week for reportedly not hiring women in creative positions because, as one anonymous former employee recalls him saying, “when you put women in the writers room, you get conflict, not comedy.”

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Lazzo clarified his comments on reddit: “What I actually said was-women don’t tend to like conflict, comedy often comes from conflict, so that’s probably why we (or others) have so few female projects,” he wrote. “Nonetheless this was a dumb answer to a good question as Lucille Ball and Gilda Rather to Amy Poelher and Amy Schumer prove my statement a load of generalized nonsense.” A recent Buzzfeed report states that only one out of every 34 credits go to women on Adult Swim, the
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Adult Swim Animator And Voice Actor Clay Martin Croker Dies At 54

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Adult Swim animator and voice actor Clay Martin Croker died yesterday at the age of 54, as reported by Adult Swim creative director Jason DeMarco and contributor/rapper Mc Chris. Croker is best known for voicing both Zorak and Moltar on the long-running Cartoon Network talk show parody “Space Ghost Coast to Coast,” a series credited for establishing Adult Swim, spawning four separate spin-off shows — “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” “Sealab 2021,” “The Brak Show,” and “Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law” — and produced the majority of the writers and staff who still currently work for the alternative programming block.

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Croker began his career animating promos for TNT in the early-90s, but moved to Cartoon Network a few years later to help animate and design bumpers for the network’s rebranding. It was then producer Mike Lazzo, now Senior
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Childrens Hospital Will Shut Its Doors For Good After This Season

Sad clown alert: the popular Adult Swim comedy Childrens Hospital will be ending its seven season run next month. Creator and star Rob Corddry confirmed the news in an in-depth interview with Variety, saying he believes the currently-airing seventh season is “the ultimate season of Childrens Hospital.”

The actor admitted that if he and the team believed that they weren’t going out on top, they would have probably continued the show into another year. As it stands, he thinks they’ve made the right decision.

Here’s a brief clip from his thoughts on the move to end the show:

This show, season after season, has been an exercise in perfecting this world. We just finished editing this season a couple of weeks ago, and it really is the ultimate season of Childrens Hospital. That wasn’t the decision-maker but it certainly was a strong factor. It’s uncomfortable
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Adult Swim’s New Slate Boasts Projects Featuring Adam Scott, Seth Green and Nathan Fillion

Adult Swim unveiled its coming slate ahead of next week’s upfront event, including the ironically titled “TV Sucks” from Brad Neely. All told, the animated Turner channel is turning up its development to the tune of 30 new original series, specials and pilots for 2015-2016. “Adult Swim has always been known as a place for taking risks and for great talent trying interesting things,” said Christina Miller, president and general manager, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang. “Mike (Lazzo) and his team continue to raise the bar, always knowing what the Adult Swim fan wants; and this new slate of original programming adds.
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Creative Arts Emmys 2014: Winners And Nominees

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

(Winner) Allison Janney, “Masters of Sex

Margo Martindale, “The Americans

Diana Rigg, ‘Game of Thrones

Kate Mara, “House of Cards

Jane Fonda, “The Newsroom

Kate Burton, “Scandal

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Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series

Boardwalk Empire

Francesca Paris, Department Head Hairstylist

Lisa Dellechiaie, Key Hairstylist

Therese Ducey, Key Hairstylist

(Winner) “Downton Abbey

Magi Vaughan, Department Head Hairstylist

Adam James Phillips, Key Hairstylist

Game Of Thrones

Kevin Alexander, Department Head Hairstylist

Candice Banks, Key Hairstylist

Rosalia Culora, Hairstylist

Gary Machin, Hairstylist

Nicola Mount, Hairstylist

Mad Men

Theraesa Rivers, Department Head Hairstylist

Arturo Rojas, Key Hairstylist

Valerie Jackson, Hairstylist

Ai Nakata, Hairstylist

The Originals

Colleen Labaff, Department Head Hairstylist

Kimberley Spiteri, Co-Department Head Hairstylist

Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special

Dancing With The Stars

Mary Guerrero, Department Head Hairstylist

Kimi Messina,
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Turner Taps Digital Exec to Bring Global Focus to Cartoon Network, Adult Swim

Turner Broadcasting has turned to a veteran exec with experience in digital content, licensing and marketing to fill the leadership void at the Cartoon Network group.

Christina Miller has been named prexy-g.m. of Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang and their digital offshoots.

The move marks a big jump for the exec who was most recently senior VP of g.m. of Turner Sports’ strategy, marketing and programing unit and g.m. of NBA Digital, which Turner runs in partnership with the league. She previously worked for Cartoon Network as head of its consumer products unit. She reports to Turner Broadcasting prez David Levy.

Miller’s appointment follows the departure in March of Stuart Snyder as president of Turner’s animation, young adult and kids media wing — a move spurred by the shakeup at the top with John Martin succeeding Phil Kent earlier this year as Turner’s chairman-ceo.
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Aaron McGruder Inks 1st-Look Deal w/ Adult Swim. Live-Action Adventure Project 'Hooligan Squad' Will Launch

Aaron McGruder has signed a first-look development deal with Adult Swim that will be launched with "Hooligan Squad," a live-action pilot set in the future, about an American insurgency in Japanese-occupied San Francisco. “With "The Boondocks" and the upcoming "Black Jesus" series we consider Aaron very instrumental in the success of Adult Swim and this deal is the continuation of a great partnership,” said Mike Lazzo, executive vice president/creative director of Adult Swim. McGruder added: “It’s a rare thing to have a network home. Even more rare is a home that wants to see you grow and expand as a creator. Adult Swim is headed to...
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‘Boondocks” Aaron McGruder Inks First-Look Deal With Adult Swim

Writer-cartoonist Aaron McGruder has signed a first-look development deal with Adult Swim, the network announced today.

The deal comes a month before the “Boondocks” creator’s live-action comedy “Black Jesus” premieres on Adult Swim. The series finds the religious figure living in present-day Compton, Calif., on a mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood.

“With ‘The Boondocks’ and the upcoming ‘Black Jesus’ series, we consider Aaron very instrumental in the success of Adult Swim and this deal is the continuation of a great partnership,” said Mike Lazzo, executive vice president and creative director of Adult Swim, in a statement.

McGruder’s first project as part of the overall deal will be a live-action adventure pilot under the working title “Hooligan Squad.” Set in the near future, the pilot focuses on an American insurgency in Japanese-occupied San Francisco. McGruder will executive produce and direct the episode along with his manager,
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Robot Chickens and Selfish Milkshakes: 'Adult Swim' 101

There was a certain point in history, somewhere between The Simpsons and Daria, when TV animation ceased to be the sole provenance of kids drooling over their morning bowls of Lucky Charms. These days, cartoons for grown-ups are not only ubiquitous, but hilariously twisted and high-quality to boot — and that's due in large part to a phenomenon called Adult Swim. What began as a freaky little block of late-night programming has evolved into a vast, even-freakier universe of animated and live-action series with a sardonic, absurdist sense of humor that's
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Watch: Dan Harmon gets animated with 'Rick and Morty'

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(Cbr) Fresh off their visit to the Cbr Yacht at Comic-Con International, "Rick and Morty" creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland stopped by the Cbr Tiki Room at New York Comic Con 2013 to talk with Jonah Weiland about their new Adult Swim show. The pair discuss their stellar voice cast including Sarah Chalke and Chris Parnell and what it’s like getting notes in animation versus live-action. They then go on to discuss the pleasure of working with Adult Swim and their approach to creatives, specifically citing exec Michael Lazzo as someone firmly in their corner. They wrap things up by...
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'Rick and Morty' revitalized Dan Harmon's post-'Community' faith in network TV

Dan Harmon returned to "Community" for Season 5, but the experience of being bumped from his own show for a season has changed him. It's no secret that Harmon lost a lot of faith in the network television medium after his difficulties working on his beloved project, and he took that expectation of network executives along with him to Adult Swim.

There Harmon teamed with voice actor, writer and producer Justin Roiland to create the animated TV series "Rick and Morty." Roiland voices both title characters, but that wasn't always the case. The process of convincing Adult Swim senior executive vice president Mike Lazzo to make the show Roiland and Harmon wanted to create helped revitalize Harmon's faith in the network TV process.

During an interview with Zap2it, Roiland explains that "Rick and Morty" was developed around him voicing both brilliant grandfather scientist character Rick and his young grandson Morty.
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