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Animation Guild Votes to Ratify New Three-Year Contract With Studios and Streamers

July 5, 2022 | By
Animation Guild Votes to Ratify New Three-Year Contract With Studios and Streamers

The Animation Guild has voted to ratify a new three-year contract with Hollywood’s studios and streamers that establishes new job tiers for animation writers. 87 percent of guild members who voted used their ballots to ratify the agreement, while 13 percent voted against ratification. It’s unclear what percentage of guild members actually voted this... »

Animation Guild Strikes New Deal With AMPTP That Provides “Significant Gains” for Writers

May 28, 2022 | By
Animation Guild Strikes New Deal With AMPTP That Provides “Significant Gains” for Writers

The Animation Guild has tentatively reached a new deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) following prolonged negotiations that prompted the guild’s first rally in decades. Announced on Friday, the deal provides “significant gains for animation writers,” including wage increases, the addition of MLK Day as a recognized holiday, and the creator of... »

Annie Awards: Mitchells vs. the Machines Upsets Encanto as Flee Wins Again

March 13, 2022 | By
Annie Awards: <i>Mitchells vs. the Machines</i> Upsets <i>Encanto</i> as <i>Flee</i> Wins Again

Netflix’s The Mitchells vs. the Machines and Neon’s animated documentary Flee won the top feature prizes at this year’s Annie Awards, where Netflix’s Arcane earned nine statues on the TV side. In addition to Best Feature, The Mitchells vs. the Machines won awards for writing, FX, character design, production design, voice acting, and editorial, indicating... »

The Year’s Most Anticipated Movies From a Below-the-Line Perspective

March 11, 2022 | By
The Year’s Most Anticipated Movies From a Below-the-Line Perspective

The Batman and Scream were my two most anticipated movies of the year, and with the former currently playing in theaters and the latter now available On Demand, it’s time to turn our attention to my other Most Anticipated Movies of the Year, albeit with a below-the-line twist this time around. Rather than simply... »

Maya and the Three Composer Tim Davies on His Journey From Arranging and Conducting

February 1, 2022 | By
<em>Maya and the Three</em> Composer Tim Davies on His Journey From Arranging and Conducting

Tim Davies is one of those rare composers who does it all, using his background as an orchestrator, arranger, and conductor on many big movies and TV shows to carve out a career for himself — a career that includes working on the music for animated shows such as Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters and Jorge Gonzalez’s Maya... »

The Accidental Turitz: For Disney, Sending Pixar’s Turning Red to Streaming Is All About Green

January 19, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: For Disney, Sending Pixar’s <i>Turning Red</i> to Streaming Is All About Green

About a week and a half ago, Disney announced that it would be relegating yet another Pixar movie to its streaming platform. Turning Red was supposed to be the first theatrical Pixar flick since … um … wait, I know this one. Soul? No. Luca? No. Onward! Right, it was Onward, in March of 2020.... »

Oscars Shortlists: Academy Unveils Contenders in 10 Categories Including Score, Sound and VFX

December 21, 2021 | By
Oscars Shortlists: Academy Unveils Contenders in 10 Categories Including Score, Sound and VFX

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled its shortlists in 10 awards categories on Tuesday, including potential nominees in crafts categories such as Sound, Visual Effects, and Makeup and Hairstyling. The Academy also whittled down the list of contenders in the Documentary Feature and International Feature categories, as well as all three... »

Annie Awards Nominations: Raya and the Last Dragon and Arcane Lead the Field

December 21, 2021 | By
Annie Awards Nominations: <i>Raya and the Last Dragon</i> and <i>Arcane</i> Lead the Field

The nominees for the 49th Annie Awards were unveiled on Tuesday, with Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon leading the pack with 10 nominations, though it was Netflix that dominated the lineup with 52 nominations overall (compared to 29 for Disney). The Netflix series Arcane, which is based on Riot Games’ online multiplayer game... »

Sing 2 Director Garth Jennings on Rerecording Bono’s Iconic Vocals

December 20, 2021 | By
<em>Sing 2</em> Director Garth Jennings on Rerecording Bono’s Iconic Vocals

One of the big movies hitting theaters this holiday season is Sing 2, the animated sequel to the Illumination Entertainment movie Sing, which ruled at the box office over the holidays in 2016. The film’s director, Garth Jennings, came from the world of music videos (as one half of the duo Hammer and Tongs)... »

Over the Weekend 12/06/21: Animation Guild Ends Contract Talks until ’22, New York Film Critics Vote, and More News

December 6, 2021 | By
Over the Weekend 12/06/21: Animation Guild Ends Contract Talks until ’22, New York Film Critics Vote, and More News

You’re going to hear this a lot over the next month, but we’ve reached the holiday portion of the year where things inevitably slow down in Hollywood. This year will likely see more of that than last year when people were still trying to catch up on production due to COVID shutdowns earlier in... »