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1. The Thousand Miles is going to be in production

Variety reported that Sylvain Chomet‘s new film, The Thousand Miles, is moving into production. Chomet is known for his featured films The Triplets of Belleville and The Illusionist. The Thousand Miles is going to be produced by Savoy & Gregory in London. Savoy & Gregory has set up animation studios in Southern France and Italy for production of its animation and post-production will be performed in Canada.




2. Funimation to launch ad-free anime streaming service

Funimation announced a launch of new ad-free streaming anime service called “FunimationNow”. It begins its rollout in early February and subscribers can access it through iOS, Android, and Kindle apps, as well as brand new Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV apps.  It will also reach UK audience. Funimation partnered with Sony DADC New Media Solutions to utilize their Ven.ue platform.

Press release: http://www.funimation.com/blog/2016/01/07/funimation-entertainment-blasts-into-the-new-year-with-the-launch-of-funimationnow-at-ces-2016-press-release/

3. BBC to animate lost episode of Dad’s Army

Missing story of Dad’s Army, which was first broadcast 47 years ago, will be released in an animated film through BBC store as a download. Dad’s Army is one of the most loved UK sitcoms and was originally broadcast on BBC television from 1968 to 1977. A Stripe For Frazer is the episode which will be released exclusively on BBC Store.

Press release: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/worldwide/2016/bbcstoreanimation

4. BAFTA nominations announced

BAFTA announced animated film nominees in 2016. They are Inside Out, Minions and Shaun the Sheep Movie.

BAFTA annoucement: http://awards.bafta.org/award/2016/film/animated-film

5. Guillermo Del Toro ‘s animation come to Netflix

Netflix and Dream Works Animation (DWA) announced the expansion of their current multi-year deal to a number of new original series. New series from DWA includes re-imagination of Voltron and new series Trollhunters from Guillermo del Toro.

Press release: https://media.netflix.com/en/press-releases/netflix-and-dreamworks-animation-expand-global-relationship-1

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