1. Cygames establishes animation studio
IT media reported that Japanese mobile game developer Cygames announced that they will establish an animation studio as a fully-owned subsidiary. Cygames is well known their popular titles such as Rage of Bahamut, The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, and Gran Blue Fantasy. They also produced TV animated seriese Rage of Bahamut GENESIS (2014) by its own, unlike other regular Japanese TV animation series, which have several stakeholders. The new studio will produce original animations in-house.
IT media (Japanese): http://www.itmedia.co.jp/news/articles/1603/28/news118.html
Job opportunities (Japanese): http://www.cygames.co.jp/recruit/animation/
2. Production I.G to produce new seasons of FLCL for Adult Swim
Adult Swim, a cable network in the USA, announced an official sequel to the animated series of FLCL first created in 2000. Production I.G, known for Ghost in the Shell, will create two new six-episode seasons to continue the tale. Each season will premiere in Adult Swim’s Toonami block in late 2017 and early 2018.
3. Double Negative closes its Singapore branch
VFX studio Double Negative announced that it would close its Singapore branch. The closure will result in the redundancy of the majority of the staff in Singapore. The Singapore facility was established in 2009 and helped create world-class visual effects for films such as Godzilla, Man of Steel and Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2.
4. 39 projects selected for the Animation Production Day
39 animation projects from 14 countries have been selected out of 54 submitted projects to participate in the 10th anniversary edition of the Animation Production Day (APD) at the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film on 28th and 29th April. German and international producers have chance to present their work in exclusive 30-minute one-on-one meetings with potential co-producers, investors, broadcasters, distributors and funders. This year’s conference focuses on animated documentaries.
Number of projects by country
13 projects: Germany
26 projects: Denmark, Spain, Belgium, France, England, Canada, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Macedonia, and Turkey.
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