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Paramount Animation’s ‘Wonder Park’ Rocks Annecy

Annecy, France — Paramount Animation’s presentation of “Wonder Park” at the Annecy Festival packed a large interest. It was the first Annecy for DreamWorks Animation vet Mireille Soria since she was appointed president of the division.

People were keen to know what she’d say about where she wanted to take the division.

Also, after several years absent from most international events, Spain animation made an impressive splash at March’s Cartoon Movie in Bordeaux. The big film missing there was Paramount Animation’s “Wonder Park,” whose animation vendor and co-producer – along with Nickelodeon Movies – was Madrid’s Ilion Animation Studios. Clips of “Wonder Park” and a song featured at cinema.con. But Annecy’s sneak peek promised a far deeper drill down.

Production on “Wonder Park” was initiated in September 2014, nearly three years before Mireille Soria took over at Paramount Animation. As it turned out, however, the first question
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‘Fourteenth Goldfish’ Animated Movie in Works From Skydance

‘Fourteenth Goldfish’ Animated Movie in Works From Skydance
David Ellison’s Skydance Media is developing Jennifer L. Holm’s best-selling children’s book “The Fourteenth Goldfish” as an animated comedy movie.

Skydance announced on Friday that it had bought movie rights to “Goldfish,” and signed Ted Melfi and Kimberly Quinn to write and produce. Victor Maldonado and Alfredo Torres from Headless Productions will direct the film with Alessandro Carloni serving as executive producer.

“The Fourteenth Goldfish” centers on a 12-year-old girl whose middle-school life is made even more complicated when her estranged grandfather shows up at her door, having reversed his age to 14. Together, they must go on an adventure to stop the technology from falling into the wrong hands.

“We fell in love with ‘The Fourteenth Goldfish’ immediately and were passionate about telling this story featuring characters of all ages and the unique comedic circumstances that connects a young girl with her grandfather at an important time in both their lives,
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Skydance Catches ‘Fourteenth Goldfish’ For Animated Pic; James Marsden In ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ – Film Briefs

Skydance Media has acquired rights to The Fourteenth Goldfish, Jennifer L. Holm’s bestselling 2014 children’s book, and has attached husband-wife producing partners Ted Melfi and Kimberly Quinn to write and produce an animated film. Victor Maldonado and Alfredo Torres will direct, and Alessandro Carloni will be executive producer. The plot centers on a 12-year-old girl whose middle school life is made even more complicated when her estranged grandfather shows up at her…
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Spain’s Animation Industry Flexes Its Muscle

Spain’s Animation Industry Flexes Its Muscle
Two months ago at Bordeaux’s Cartoon Movie, Europe’s biggest animated movie showcase, no country made a larger impact than Spain.

A sneak peek of footage from Raul de la Fuente’s “Another Day of Life,” capturing war correspondent Ryszard Kapuściński’s life-haunting experience in Angola’s civil war, dazzled Cartoon Movie with the verve of its animation/live-action mix. The $20 million “Dragonkeeper,” about a feisty washer-girl slave turned dragon protector, sparked enthusiasm for its story and Western-Chinese animation meld. Alberto Vázquez (“Birdboy: The Forgotten Children”) drew the showcase’s second-biggest audience for in-the-works “Unicorn Wars,” about an ancestral battle between Teddy bears and unicorns. And Madrid-based Latido Films won Distributor of the Year for “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of Turtles,” about Luis Buñuel’s shooting of 1933’s “Land Without Bread.”

Spanish animation’s strong showing at Cartoon Movie was no fluke. Animation accounted for the highest-grossing Spanish hit
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Skydance Media hires four senior executives from DreamWorks Animation

Initial animation roster includes Luck, Split, and Powerless.

Skydance Media has hired four senior figures from DreamWorks Animation as David Ellison builds his nascent animation studio.

The move comes after Ellison (pictured) launched the animation division last year to make features and television series in partnership with Spain’s Ilion Animation Studios. President of animation and family entertainment Bill Damaschke, the former DreamWorks Animation chief creative officer who joined last October, announced the hires on Tuesday (February 27).

Holly Edwards has been named head of production, animation; Kim Mackey head of talent acquisitions and talent development; Jessie Carbonaro director of talent acquisitions and talent development; and Matthew Burke director of finance.

Edwards, a 20-year veteran of feature films who joined DreamWorks Animation in 2002, will work closely with Damaschke and individual producers on animation projects and help establish the studio’s growth plan.

At DreamWorks Animation she managed films across three intercontinental locations. Prior to that she
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Film News Roundup: Sam Rockwell to Voice Gorilla in Angelina Jolie’s ‘One and Only Ivan’

Film News Roundup: Sam Rockwell to Voice Gorilla in Angelina Jolie’s ‘One and Only Ivan’
In today’s film news, Sam Rockwell will be the voice of a gorilla named Ivan, fan organization Legion M partners with Dean Devlin on “Bad Samaritan,” and the director of “Tangled” gets a new gig.

Casting

Oscar nominee Sam Rockwell has signed on to voice a silverback gorilla named Ivan, the lead character in Disney’s drama “The One and Only Ivan.”

Thea Sharrock is directing the live-action/CG hybrid film from a script by Mike White. Angelina Jolie is producing and voicing an elephant named Stella while Brooklynn Prince of “The Florida Project” is voicing a baby elephant named Ruby.

Published by HarperCollins in 2011, the book centers on a gorilla named Ivan who lives in a cage in a shopping mall along with the elephant Stella and a stray dog called Bob. Ivan does not remember life before the mall, but when the baby elephant Ruby enters his life, Ivan finds himself
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Children’s book Wed Wabbit to receive a movie adaptation

Lissa Evans’ acclaimed children’s book Wed Wabbit has been optioned by Locksmith Animation for a feature film adaptation, which is being eyed as a live-action/CG hybrid for 20th century Fox.

The official Amazon description for Wed Wabbit reads: “Your name is Fidge and you’re nearly eleven. You’ve been hurled into a strange world. You have three companions: two are unbelievably weird and the third is your awful cousin, Graham. You have to solve a series of nearly impossible clues. You need to deal with a cruel stuffed animal dictator and three thousand Wimbley Woos (yes, you read that sentence correctly). And the whole situation — the whole, entire thing — is your fault. Wed Wabbit is an adventure about friendship, danger, and the terror of never being able to get back home again. And it’s funny. It’s seriously funny.”

“Lissa’s children’s books are absolute
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Locksmith confirms first animated feature, Ron’s Gone Wrong

Simon Brew Oct 17, 2017

Ron's Gone Wrong is a big new animated movie, set to be produced in the middle of London...

New British animation studio Locksmith Animation has followed up its announcement of a deal with 20th Century Fox with the news of its first movie. The film will be called Ron’s Gone Wrong, and will be produced in London, in conjunction with effects house Double Negative.

The movie is to be directed by J P Vine (of Pixar vintage) and Alessandro Carloni (the co-director of Kung Fu Panda 3), and the script has been penned by Peter Baynham and Locksmith co-founder Sarah Smith.

Furthermore, a release date of November 6th 2020 has been confirmed.

As for story details, here’s what we know about Ron’s Gone Wrong, courtesy of the official synopsis…

Ron’S Gone Wrong tells the story of the wonderful walking, talking, digitally connected bot that sweeps
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20th Century Fox and Locksmith Animation announce first animated film Ron’s Gone Wrong

20th Century Fox and Locksmith Animation, the UK’s new high-end CG feature animation studio, have announced their inaugural project, Ron’s Gone Wrong, which is being directed by Alessandro Carloni (Kung Fu Panda 3) and Pixar Story veteran J.P. Vine (Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur) for release in November 2020.

Ron’s Gone Wrong tells the story of the wonderful walking, talking, digitally connected bot that sweeps the world becoming every kid’s new Best Friend. But when an eleven-year-old boy ends up with one that doesn’t work, his attempts to teach it become a hilarious, heart-warming exploration of what real friendship means in a world of algorithms and social media.

“While we have set our bar for talent extremely high, the team assembled in London for Ron’s Gone Wrong is truly exceptional, including some of the most respected and dynamic film-makers working in feature animation today.” said Sarah Smith and Julie Lockhart,
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‘X-Men’ Spinoff ‘Gambit’ to Open Valentine’s Day 2019

‘X-Men’ Spinoff ‘Gambit’ to Open Valentine’s Day 2019
Gambit” will unleash his powers on Feb. 14, 2019.

20th Century Fox has set a release date for the “X-Men” spinoff starring Channing Tatum.

Gore Verbinski recently signed on to direct from a script by Josh Zetumer. Tatum is producing with partner Reid Carolin through their Free Association company, along with Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner.

Gambit, otherwise known as Remy LeBeau, is a New Orleans native with the power to mentally manipulate kinetic energy. His weapons include a staff and a deck of playing cards. The character was created in 1990 by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee, and he first appeared on the big screen in 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” portrayed by Taylor Kitsch.

Fox has scheduled three movies in its expanding “X-Men” universe for 2018, with “New Mutants” set to open on April 13, “Deadpool 2” on June 1, and “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” on Nov. 2.

On Thursday, Fox also set a Dec. 25, 2019, release date for Chris Sanders’ “The Call of the Wild” and a
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20th Century Fox & Locksmith Animation Slate ‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’ As First Project

20th Century Fox and UK-based animation studio Locksmith Animation have set Ron’s Gone Wrong as their inaugural animated feature since announcing the multi-year production partnership deal, which is expected to deliver one film every 12-18 months From directors Alessandro Carloni (Kung Fu Panda 3) and Pixar Story vet J.P. Vine (Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur), the film’s release is slated for November 2020. It tells the story of the wonderful walking, talking, digitally…
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Fox, Locksmith Animation Unveil 'Ron's Gone Wrong'

Fox, Locksmith Animation Unveil 'Ron's Gone Wrong'
The first fruits of 20th Century Fox's new long-term co-production and development deal with new U.K. CG animation studio Locksmith Animation, unveiled last month, have been revealed.

Ron's Gone Wrong, being directed by Alessandro Carloni (Kung Fu Panda 3) and Pixar Story vet J.P. Vine (Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur) and officially announced Thursday, is set for a November 2020 release and will be produced from Locksmith's major new London facilities, due to open in the coming weeks, with partner Double Negative providing digital production.

Set in a world where walking, talking, digitally connected bots have become children's best friends,...
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Skydance Hires Bill Damaschke for Animation-Family Entertainment Post

Skydance Media has hired animation industry veteran Bill Damaschke for the newly created role of president of animation and family entertainment.

The company made the announcement Tuesday and said the appointment is effective immediately. He will report to chief executive officer David Ellison and be responsible with Dana Goldberg, chief creative officer, for helping to set the overall creative direction and strategy for Skydance’s new animation and family entertainment division in conjunction with the feature film and television divisions.

Damaschke most recently served as chief creative officer at DreamWorks Animation. He worked on “Madagascar,” “Kung Fu Panda,” and “How to Train Your Dragon.”

Skydance formed a multi-year partnership in March with Madrid-based Ilion Animation Studios and in July, announced its first two animated feature films — “Luck,” which opens on March 19, 2021, and “Split.”

“Luck,” directed by Alessandro Carloni from a script by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, centers on the battle between the organizations of good luck
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Skydance Media to Stay at Paramount in Multi-Year Deal (Exclusive)

Skydance Media to Stay at Paramount in Multi-Year Deal (Exclusive)
David Ellison’s Skydance Media, which had planned to bolt from Paramount Pictures under its previous regime, has instead signed a new multi-year deal with the studio, according to people familiar with the matter.

The new pact will keep Skydance at the studio for four more years. Together the companies will produce new installments in the Mission: Impossible, Top Gun, and World War Z franchises, as well oversee a re-launch of the Terminator series that is rumored to involve James Cameron, the director of the first two films. Paramount and Skydance will partner on “Bermuda Triangle,” a mystery thriller that may be directed by Sam Raimi, and “Gemini Man,” an action-adventure that has drawn interest from Ang Lee and Will Smith.

The move is a boon to Paramount because Skydance is one of the studio’s most important co-financing and co-production partners. It comes at a particularly critical time for Paramount. Its
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Skydance’s Steps Big Into Animation: ‘Split’ And ‘Luck’ Coming From Top Notch Ani Filmmakers

Skydance’s Steps Big Into Animation: ‘Split’ And ‘Luck’ Coming From Top Notch Ani Filmmakers
Skydance Media doesn’t fool around. The company has pegged its first two animated features and have nabbed top talent from DreamWorks to bring them to fruition: Vicky Jenson, who directed the Oscar-winning Shrek (with Andrew Adamson), will helm Split and Alessandro Carloni, who directed Kung Fu Panda 3 (with Jennifer Yuh Nelson), will direct Luck. Skydance plans to release both films under its just-formed animation label in partnership with Spain's Ilion Animation…
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‘Shrek,’ ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Directors Tapped for Animated Movies From Skydance

‘Shrek,’ ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Directors Tapped for Animated Movies From Skydance
Skydance Media has hired directors for its first animated movies with “Shrek” helmer Vicky Jenson attached to “Split” and “Kung Fu Panda 3” co-director Alessandro Carloni on “Luck.”

Monday’s announcement comes four months after Skydance disclosed it had launched an animated division and formed a multi-year partnership with Madrid-based Ilion Animation Studios to develop and produce a slate of animated feature films and TV series. It had announced at that point that Linda Woolverton would write “Split” and Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger would write “Luck.”

Skydance said it plans to release both films in partnership with Ilion.

“Vicky and Alessandro have played instrumental roles in bringing to life some of the most beloved animated franchises of all time and it is my pleasure to welcome them both into the Skydance family,” said Skydance’s Chief Executive Officer, David Ellison. “We are fortunate that – together with Linda Woolverton on ‘Split’ and Aibel & Berger on ‘Luck’ – we now
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Skydance Taps Directors for Two Animation Movies (Exclusive)

Skydance Taps Directors for Two Animation Movies (Exclusive)
Skydance and its partner Ilion Animation Studios are moving quickly to jumpstart the duo's animation slate, hiring directors on a pair of projects.

Alessandro Carloni, who co-directed Kung Fu Panda with Jennifer Yuh Nelson, is reteaming with that film's writers, Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, for the comedy Luck.

Aibel and Berger are writing Luck, a working title. The story aims to pull back the curtain on the millennia-old battle between the organizations of good luck and bad luck that secretly affect the daily lives of humans.

Aibel and Berger are producing, along with Skydance's  David Ellison and Dana Goldberg,...
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What's going on at DreamWorks Animation?

Brendon Connelly Mar 23, 2017

Since DreamWorks Animation got snapped up by Universal, it seems several films have been cancelled. So what's actually happening?

If we imagine that the acquisition of Pixar by Disney was some kind of seismic shift for the Emeryville animation house, then Dreamworks Animation, by comparison, must be living in the red-hot cradle of a hyperactive volcano.

Animated films take so long, from concept to production to release, that recent Dreamworks titles are making their eventual escape from a corporate context which bears little relation to where they were conceived.

The Croods is a particularly good example. It was, originally, going to be a stop-motion film produced at Aardman with a screenplay by John Cleese. Without it ever being cancelled outright, this project continued to evolve, as Dreamworks twisted and turned like a kaleidoscope around it, in to the final product. The plot was different. The characters were different.
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Number of women directors fell in 2016, study finds

Number of women directors fell in 2016, study finds
There was a drop in the number of women working on high profile Hollywood films, despite ongoing diversity debate.

Women directed only 7% of the 250 top grossing films in the Us, falling from 9% in 2015.

The damning figures come from a report by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.

The report, entitled ‘The Celluloid Ceiling’ also shows that in 2016, women comprised 17% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 domestic grossing films, a decline of two percentage points from 2015.

Only 24% of all producers for the top 250 films were women, (fall of 2%); 17% of editors (falling from 23% in 2015) and 5% of cinematographers (a decrease of 1%).

The number of women writers was up two percentage points, to 13%.

Some more statistics from the study:

92% of films had no women directors77% had no women writers58% had no women executive producers34% had no women producers79% had no women editors96% had
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‘Kung Fu Panda 3′ Helmer Jennifer Yuh Nelson On Chinese Audiences’ Embrace Of The DreamWorks Franchise

‘Kung Fu Panda 3′ Helmer Jennifer Yuh Nelson On Chinese Audiences’ Embrace Of The DreamWorks Franchise
Starting her DreamWorks tenure as head of story, Kung Fu Panda 3 director Jennifer Yuh Nelson has had a varied career that is intimately tied to that particular franchise. Working on all three Kung Fu Panda Films, Nelson directed a dream sequence in the original, before assuming directing responsibilities for the next two features. Working on KFP3 alongside Alessandro Carloni, Nelson continued to believe in untapped story and world building potential within panda Po's…
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