Welcome to the creative animation edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. Here’s what’s topping today!
Adult Swim’s newest original series is a first-timer in its history as the late night block takes us inside our dreams as the latest addition to its original series with new animation at its disposal. When do the dream experiments begin Jim?
Jim Fish (via The Futon Critic)- Adult Swim, basic cable’s #1 network in total day with adults 18-24, 18-34, and 18-49, has greenlit Dream Corp, LLC., a new animated comedy series from creator Daniel Stessen (The Gold Sparrow) and executive produced by both American and British The Office alums, John Krasinski and Stephan Merchant, as well as Krasinski’s Sunday Night partner Allyson Seeger. Dream Corp, LLC., an absurd workplace comedy set in a neglected dream therapy facility, continues Adult Swim’s commitment to expanding their original programming slate with innovative animated shows like Rick and Morty and building their primetime audience.
The first Adult Swim original series to utilize the latest rotoscope technology, Dream Corp, LLC. will be an innovative standout in the current animation landscape. Each week viewers will watch as a rotating cast of desperate patients have their dreams recorded and analyzed by Dream Corp’s absent-minded professor, Dr. Roberts (Jon Gries), and his team of unremarkable scientists. The new series is set to start production in Los Angeles, CA later this year.
3 weeks ago, DreamWorks recently hired Maggie Wildrotter to its animation board to help with the current franchises. The next addition came in to this week just as Kung Fu Panda 3 hi-yah’s back in theaters in January. Who’s the next creative animator Danny?
Danny Angelfish (via Animation World)- Oriental DreamWorks has named Peilin Chou head of creative for feature animation, according to a report by Variety.
A joint venture established by DreamWorks Animation and a trio of state-backed Chinese companies in 2012, Oriental DreamWorks is the Chinese co-production partner for DWA’s Kung Fu Panda 3, which arrives in theaters in both Mandarin and English on January 29, 2016.
Bringing a broad range of experience to the Shanghai-based company, Chou previously served as vice president of original series at Spike TV, where she helped launch the network and its original animation programming. Before that, she served as director of development at Nickelodeon and worked as a development executive at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where she served as part of the team that oversaw animated features Mulan, Toy Story and Hercules.
“Peilin’s prolific background and distinguished achievements bring an invaluable level of expertise to Oriental DreamWorks,” Oriental DreamWorks CEO James Fong reportedly said in a statement. “She will be instrumental in advancing our mission to create world-class family entertainment in China for both the local and global markets and I am elated that she will be building our entire feature animation film slate and leading our development team.”
DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and Oriental DreamWorks chair Ruigang Li also reportedly praised the hiring of Chou, saying it would help Oriental DreamWorks as the company “continues to build upon its status as a leader and innovator within the creative community in China and beyond.”
And speaking of China, DHX Media’s list of SVOD shows were a tad low last week after delivering the latest batch last year. This week, the company continued to deliver the goods. What happened at the VOD department Dan?
Dan Barry (via Animation World)- DHX Media (DHX), a key player internationally in the creation of content for families and children, has signed two non-exclusive content distribution deals with SVOD operators in China. China’s leading online entertainment platform iQiyi has acquired AVOD and SVOD rights to more than 400 half-hours of content which includes classic Teletubbies, Paddington and Caillou.
In an additional deal, online video company LeTV has acquired OTT TV (Smart TV and set top box) and web broadcast rights to 313 half-hours of classic Teletubbies in English and Mandarin-language
Josh Scherba, SVP Distribution at DHX Media, commented, “China is increasingly becoming one of our key territories for distribution growth and these deals further boost the presence of our brands, particularly Teletubbies which has an existing fan base in China. Leveraging our large selection of Mandarin-dubbed shows, we are ideally positioned to provide kids and family content to operators in this rapidly growing market.”
Teletubbies was the first Western preschool property to air in China, on CCTV reaching an audience of 300 million children and the first to open its very own Skills Development Centre in 2006. It also has an impressive roster of licensees in the territory including Phoenix and Hangzhou- Z-Shine.
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And speaking of Black Friday, the newest Teen Titans Go focuses not only on Black Friday but Thanksgiving too, only Starfire is unfamiliar with it and the Titans give her a crash course. Will she discover what the shopping holiday really means? Plus, don’t miss the newest We Bare Bears, and don’t miss the conclusion of the war of the vampires on Adventure Time as the true secret is revealed! And for you Regular Show fans, the present and the future collide as Mordecai and Rigby have to save the universe and their friendship as the Park’s future is in flux! Don’t miss Regular Show: The Movie next Wednesday. See you soon on the next edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report as Thanksgiving flies in next week!