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1. NBCUniversal acquires DreamWorks Animation

NBCUniversal, a division of Comcast Corporation, announced the acquisition of DreamWorks Animation for the value of approximately $3.8 billion. The studio will become part of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. From this deal, NBCUniversal hopes to have broader reach to new audiences in the kids and family entertainment space, in both TV and film. DreamWorks Animation’s popular titles include DreamWorks Animation film franchise properties, such as Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon.

Press release:
http://www.nbcuniversal.com/article/nbcuniversal-announces-acquisition-dreamworks-animation

2. Winners of The 23rd Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (ITFS)

Approximately 80,000 visitors filled up the seven cinema halls and the Open Air Cinema at The 23rd Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (ITFS). “Animation for Grown-Ups” became this year’s motto of the festival to show that animated films cover a broad spectrum of content.

The winners



Grand Prix

  • Kaputt (Germany, 2015)
  • Directors: Alexander Lahl, Volker Schlecht
  • Production: Die Kulturingenieure


AniMovie – the Best Full-Length Animated Film

  • Psiconautas, los niños olvidados (Spain, 2015)
  • Directors: Pedro Rivero, Alberto Vázquez
  • Production: Basque Films, ZircoZine Animation, Abrakam Estudio, La Competencia

Tricks for Kids – the Best Children’s Animated Series

National

WN033

  • Petzi: Schildkröteninsel (Germany, 2015)
  • Directors: Michael Bohnenstingl, Paul Cichon, Johannes Weiland
  • Production: Studio Soi, GmbH & Co KG

International

  • The long Long Holiday: The Secret (France, 2015)
  • Director: Paul Leluc
  • Production: Les Armateurs, Blue Spirit Studio

You can find a list of full winners from the link below:

http://www.itfs.de/en/gewinner-des-23-internationalen-trickfilm-festivals-stuttgart/

3. Australian producers invited to Cartoon Connection for the first time

Four Australian production companies have been invited by the Korean Trade Commission (KOTRA), to attend Korea’s Cartoon Connection 2016, as a direct result of the Australians’ participation at SCREEN FOREVER in Melbourne last year. This is the first time an Australian contingent has been invited to the event since the signing of the Free Trade Agreement with Korea in December 2014 and follows a series of initiatives driven by Screen Producers Australia which includes collaboration with the KOTRA and organizers of Cartoon Connection 2016. The four companies invited to attend Cartoon Connection are Flying Bark Productions, Sticky Pictures, BES Animation and Start VR.

Press release: https://screenproducers.org.au/assets/Releases/Australian-Producers-Invited-To-Korea1.pdf

4. Virtual Reality (VR) & Augmented Reality (AR) Certificate Program

Cogswell Polytechnical College in the US announced the launch of a new VR/AR certificate program, which addresses the development of content for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). The program is a six-course set of specialized classes that will be offered weekday evenings and weekends. The purpose of this certificate program is to provide professionals in the computer graphics industry the opportunity to join development teams that create VR or AR content.

Source: http://cogswell.edu/virtual-reality-certification.php

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