1. Miraculous Ladybug, co-produced by French, Japanese and Korean studios, will be aired in the USA
Nickelodeon, a cable TV Company based in the USA, will start airing Miraculous Ladybug on 6 December, 2015 according to Toonzone. It is a CGI animated series and co-produced by Zagtoon (France), Method Animation (France), Toei Animation (Japan) and SAMG Animation (South Korea). The story follows two junior high students, Marinette and Adrien, chosen to save Paris from the mysterious super-villain. It is a good example of global co-production and distribution.
Nickelodeon Debuts “Miraculous Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir” on December 6, 2015: http://www.toonzone.net/2015/09/nickelodeon-debuts-miraculous-tales-of-ladybug-cat-noir-on-december-6-2015/
Source of images: PGS Entertainment (2014) media rights / Miraculous. [Online] Available from:<http://www.pgsentertainment.com/property/11/miraculous/>. [5 October 2015].
2. Drawing and storytelling in Virtual Reality (VR)
Future of Story Telling Summit 2015 is going to be held in NYC between 7 and 8 October. They share videos of speakers before the opening of summit. To name a few, Glen Keane, animated beloved characters such as Ariel from The Little Mermaid and the beast in Beauty and the Beast, shares his excitement of his creativity expansion in VR (HTC vive). Saschka Unseld, head of Oculus Story Studio, will talk about how to make a story by centring the audience and letting them experience a story in virtual reality.
3. RWBY, a good example of the fusion of American and Japanese animation cultures, comes to Japan
Japanese dubbed version of American animation RWBY, accessed over 70 millions times on YouTube and produced by Rooster Teeth Productions, is going to be released on DVD and Blu-ray in Japan in December 2015. The special edition is going to be premiered in theatres in November. RWBY was influenced by Japanese animations and is a good example of a fusion of different animation cultures.
Official site for RWBY volume 1 (Japanese): http://rwby.jp/index.html
Source: warnerbrosanime official YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcjqSFXBg2cGQg5r0YooMiA
4. Animation Boot Camp, a chance to learn from Japanese experts, in November 2015
Four day “Animation Boot Camp” is going to be held between 20 November and 23 November at Tokyo University of the Arts in Japan. It is organized by Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan. Anyone who can communicate in Japanese can apply. Experts from Japanese animation such as Yoshimi Itazu (animator, known for Dennō Coil), Takeshi Inamura (animator, Studio Ghibli) and Takayuki Goto (animator, character designer Production I.G) will give lectures.
Deadline for application is on 12 October 2015
Animation Boot Camp 2015 (in Japanese): http://mediag.jp/project/project/animation-bootcamp2015-camp.html
5. Chrunchyroll launches in Italy
Chrunchyroll, the leading global video service for Japanese animation and Asian media, announced their launch in Italy. They start with over 15 Japanese animation simulcast titles in Italian, including Naruto Shippuden, Gintama, and My love story. Crunchyroll delivers more than 25,000 episodes and 15,000 hours of officially-licensed content from leading Asian media producers directly to viewers translated professionally in multiple languages.
Crunchyroll Launches Service in Italy: http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2015/09/09/crunchyroll-launches-service-in-italy
Crunchyroll Italy: http://www.crunchyroll.it