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Film News Roundup: DreamWorks Animation Campus Sold for $290 Million

Film News Roundup: DreamWorks Animation Campus Sold for $290 Million
In today’s film news roundup, Griffin Capital has sold the DreamWorks Animation Studio Campus for $290 million, “Happy Death Day” tops $100 million in box office, and the comedy “Future ’38” gets sold.

Property Deal

Griffin Capital has sold the DreamWorks Animation Studio Campus for $290 million to Korea-based Hana Asset Management and Los Angeles-based Ocean West Capital Partners.

The five-building, 460,000-square-foot property is located in Glendale, Calif., and was built in 1997 for DreamWorks Skg, headed by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen. The campus remained headquarters for DreamWorks Animation when it became a separate company in 2004 and produced the “Shrek,” “Kung Fu Panda,” and “How to Train Your Dragon” franchises. It will continue as home to DreamWorks Animation under the new owners.

On August, 2016, NBCUniversal acquired DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion, making it a division of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. Griffin Capital acquired the building in 2015 for $215 million. The seller was represented by the Shannon Team of Newmark
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DreamWorks Animation Launches Shorts Program With ‘Bird Karma’ (Exclusive)

DreamWorks Animation has launched DreamWorks Shorts, with the goal to develop talent, storytelling skills, innovate new technologies and explore new characters and stories for possible feature film development.

The first short from the program is “Bird Karma,” directed by William Salazar. The short will debut theatrically before Dwa’s Japanese release of “The Boss Baby” nextspring. It will also play select international and U.S. festivals.

DreamWorks Animation Film Group president Chris deFaria put the program in place when he joined Dwa in March. DeFaria and his creative team heard more than25 pitches for films at a session open to all Dwa employees, with the intention of producing two to three projects over the next three years. From those pitches, eight films were advanced to active development, with three scheduled for release over the next 18 months: “Bird Karma”; “Marooned,” directed by Andy Erekson; and an untitled short directed by Pierre Perifel, Liron Topaz and Jp Sans.
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DreamWorks Animation Taps Focus’ Abhijay Prakash as Chief Operating Officer

DreamWorks Animation has hired Focus Features and Universal Pictures veteran nm5876952 autonm5876952 autoAbhijay Prakash[/link][/link] as its chief operating officer.

He will be responsible for the studio’s strategic planning and primary business operations, including finance, business development, technology, and administrative functions. The appointment was announced on Friday by DreamWorks Animation Group president Chris deFaria.

“On behalf of the amazing team of artists, filmmakers, and executives at DreamWorks, it gives me great pleasure to welcome Abhijay to our leadership team as the next chapter of this legendary studio takes shape,” deFaria said. “Abhijay is one of the most respected executives in the Universal family, recognized for his integrity, business acumen, and most recently for his invaluable contributions to Focus Features, and we look forward to working with him to strategically grow and expand this beloved brand.”

Prakash will also serve as a bridge between DreamWorks Animation and Universal Pictures. “How to Train Your Dragon 3” will be the first
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‘Breadwinner,’ ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ Presentations Slated for View Conference

‘Breadwinner,’ ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ Presentations Slated for View Conference
Special presentations on the upcoming animated film “The Breadwinner” and Disney’s new animated featurette “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” will be featured at the View Conference 2017 in Turin, Italy.

Technical director Mark Mullery will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the production of “The Breadwinner,” an adaptation of Deborah Ellis’ acclaimed novel, directed by Cartoon Saloon’s Nora Twomey and executive produced by Angelina Jolie. Mullery will discuss how animators combined the latest technology with traditional hand-drawn techniques to tell the tale of a young Afghan girl who pretends to be a boy in order to provide for her family.

Disney’s Alessandro Jacomini will talk to View Conference attendees about lighting “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” a featurette featuring the lovable snowman from Disney’s 2013 hit “Frozen,” that will play ahead of Disney-Pixar’s November release “Coco.” Jacomini served a director of cinematography-lighting on the short.

Jacomini is looking forward to presenting at the View Conference. “Industry
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Hand-Painted Animated Film ‘Loving Vincent’ Added to 2017 View Conference Lineup

Hand-Painted Animated Film ‘Loving Vincent’ Added to 2017 View Conference Lineup
A talk about creating “Loving Vincent,” the hand-painted animated film about the life and mysterious death of artist Vincent Van Gogh has been added to the lineup for the 2017 edition of the View Conference in Turin, Italy.

Investor Steve Muench and “Loving Vincent” painters/animators Biserka Petrovic and Adam Maciejewski will discuss how a team of 120 oil painters came together to re-create Van Gogh’s paintings to create the 90-minute film, written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman.

More than 100 of Van Gogh’s paintings were re-imagined for “Loving Vincent,” which was the Audience Prize winner at June’s Annecy animation film festival.

The film stars Douglas Booth, Robert Gulaczyk, Chris O’Dowd and Saoirse Ronan, whose live-action performances have been painted over in oil in the style of the troubled artist.

Loving Vincent” opens in the U.S. next month in New York and Los Angeles, and later in the year in various other
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“Vr is Not Another Kind of Filmmaking”: Baobab Studios’ Eric Darnell on Animated Vr

If you’d mentioned Eric Darnell’s name a few years ago, most people would have thought of the Madagascar films or the Penguins of Madagascar spin-off, all of which he co-directed while at DreamWorks Animation, where he also directed Antz and contributed to films like The Prince of Egypt and Shrek. But think of him today and you’re just as likely to conjure up images of bumbling aliens, a fluffy and resourceful bunny or a multicolored crow, and all in virtual reality. That’s because Darnell is the co-founder and chief creative officer at Baobab Studios, which in just two years has established itself as one of the United […]
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Before They Were Blockbuster Directors: 8 TV Episodes by the People Behind 2017’s Biggest Films

Before They Were Blockbuster Directors: 8 TV Episodes by the People Behind 2017’s Biggest Films
Even though the worlds of film and TV are converging more than ever before, it’s interesting to note just how many of the people behind the biggest films of the year have tried their hand at TV work in the past.

Get Out” director Jordan Peele never officially directed an episode of his long-running Comedy Central sketch show “Key & Peele,” but his debut film currently sits at No. 7 on the year’s domestic box office list. Go up and down the rest of that chart and you’ll find movies from directors who’ve made valuable contributions to TV comedies and dramas alike.

Most of these episodes were pilots or season premieres, ways for directors to help establish a template or shorthand for what governs life in front of and behind the camera for the duration of these series. While some of these filmmakers took multiple opportunities in the TV director’s seat,
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Before They Were Blockbuster Directors: 8 TV Episodes by the People Behind 2017’s Biggest Films

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Before They Were Blockbuster Directors: 8 TV Episodes by the People Behind 2017’s Biggest Films
Even though the worlds of film and TV are converging more than ever before, it’s interesting to note just how many of the people behind the biggest films of the year have tried their hand at TV work in the past.

Get Out” director Jordan Peele never officially directed an episode of his long-running Comedy Central sketch show “Key & Peele,” but his debut film currently sits at No. 7 on the year’s domestic box office list. Go up and down the rest of that chart and you’ll find movies from directors who’ve made valuable contributions to TV comedies and dramas alike.

Most of these episodes were pilots or season premieres, ways for directors to help establish a template or shorthand for what governs life in front of and behind the camera for the duration of these series. While some of these filmmakers took multiple opportunities in the TV director’s seat,
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Grangel Studio Boards ‘Dinogames’ From Moonbite Games and Dream Team Concept (Exclusive)

Grangel Studio Boards ‘Dinogames’ From Moonbite Games and Dream Team Concept (Exclusive)
Annecy, France – – Barcelona-based Grangel Studio will assume the character design on transmedia project “Dino Games,” set to be pitched Friday at an Annecy Mifa market Transmedia showcase, DinoGames director Carlos Fernández de Vigo (“Memoirs of a Man in Pajamas”) announced at Annecy.

Founded by brothers Carlos and Jordi Grangel, this multimedia studio has worked on character design for movies such as Genndy Tartakovsky’s “Hotel Transylvania,” Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders’ “How to Train Your Dragon,” Mark Osborne and John Stevenson’s “Kung Fu Panda” and Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath’s “Madagascar.”

Carlos Grangel took an Annie Prize for outstanding character sesign in an animated feature production for Kelly Asbury and Lorna Cook’ “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.” He has received other nominations for Tim Burton and Mike Johnson’s “Corpse Bride” and Bibo Bergeron, Vicky Jenso and Rob Letterman’ “Shark Tale.”

DinoGames” includes a 3D animated TV series,
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Vr specialists Samhoud Media announce China plans

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Vr specialists Samhoud Media announce China plans
Exclusive: Samhoud looking to open Vr cinemas all over the world.

Amsterdam-based Vr specialists Samhoud Media has announced in Cannes it will open its first Vr cinema in China next month (on 10th June.) This will be located in Beijing.

Samhoud Media is also launching itself as a distribution company for Vr and is a producer of Vr content too.

Among its recent Vr movies is 17-minute drama High Five, directed by Frank Lammers.

The announcements come as Samhoud looks to open Vr cinemas all over the world.

The aim is to have 50 to 100 cinemas by the end of the year - and eventually to open 2000 to 3000 cinemas worldwide.

Samhoud aims to open 100 cinemas in China this year alone. It is working with partners everywhere from Dubai to Spain and Scandinavia.

The company launched its first venue, The Vr Cinema, in Amsterdam 18 months ago - and the site has already attracted over 60,000 visitors. Its sites are
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Cannes Marche Next panel highlights the future of Vr

Cannes Marche Next panel highlights the future of Vr
Monetisation and IP strategies were key topics at the Marche Next panel ‘Silicon Valley and Beyond: Global Pioneers in Vr.’Morgan Bouchet, head of Vr and Innovation at telecom giant Orange, discussed the company’s new content strand which soft-launched in December, with a goal to create and distribute Vr and Ar content, some of which will include the ability to interact with other users via social engagement and avatars.Bouchet also said it is of interest for the mobile brand to

Monetisation and IP strategies were key topics at the Marche Next panel ‘Silicon Valley and Beyond: Global Pioneers in Vr.’

Morgan Bouchet, head of Vr and Innovation at telecom giant Orange, discussed the company’s new content strand which soft-launched in December, with a goal to create and distribute Vr and Ar content, some of which will include the ability to interact with other users via social engagement and avatars.

Bouchet also said
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Tribeca 2017: Five Questions with Rainbow Crow Producer Maureen Fan

One of my favorite virtual reality pieces at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival was the animated Invasion! from San Francisco-based Baobab Studios. The short film, directed by Baobab co-founder Eric Darnell, was reportedly downloaded over one million times (including in my household, where my kids loved its Google Cardboard version), making it the most-downloaded virtual reality piece yet, and in September a feature film adaptation was announced. Baobab thus had a high bar for their next project, so they launched two: Asteroids!, which premiered at Sundance in January, and now Rainbow Crow, which premiered this year at Tribeca. Following in the kid-friendly tradition of Darnell’s […]
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2017 Nashville Film Festival: Complete Winners List

2017 Nashville Film Festival: Complete Winners List
The 2017 Nashville Film Festival has officially come to an end after selecting its winners and honorees Saturday. The rapidly growing competition received over 5,500 submissions this year, and 303 of those films and shorts were selected.

Some Freaks,” a love story about an overweight girl and a boy with one eye, from director Ian MacAllister McDonald walked away from Tennessee as the grand jury prize winner. Lead actress Lily Mae Harrington was also named best actress, while composer Walter Sickert and music supervisor Dan Wilcox were awarded best music.

German heist mockumentary “The Migrumpies” from Arman T. Riahi was the audience award winner. “Play The Devil” by Maria Govan was given an honorable mention in the same category, and also won best screenplay. Pytor Skvortsov from “The Student” was named best actor.
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Diego Luna, Constance Wu joins Vr series ‘Rainbow Crow’

Diego Luna, Constance Wu joins Vr series ‘Rainbow Crow’
New additions join John Legend in the lead; first episode to debut at Tribeca Film Festival.

Vr company Baobab Studios has announced that Diego Luna and Constance Wu are voicing characters in the series Rainbow Crow.

A launch date for the series has not been announced, although the first episode debuts at the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday and will screen multiple times after that.

Rainbow Crow is a Native America story that hails from the Lenape tribe about a crow, who journeys far from home to bring light back to the world.

Luna will voice Moth, while Wu will lend her talents to Skunk – Rainbow Crow’s companions who help him along his journey to save the forest. John Legend voices the lead and serves as executive producer.

Baobab co-founder and chief creative officer Eric Darnell (Madagascar and Antz) directs the series.

Kiowa-Caddo tribal elder Randy Edmonds, an 83-year-old lifelong crusader for Native American rights and founder
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John Legend boards Tribeca Vr project 'Rainbow Crow'

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Native American series to premiere at Tribeca next week.

Ten-time Grammy winner John Legend will voice the lead in Rainbow Crow 9pictured below), Baobab Studios’ Vr follow-up to Invasion! and Asteroids!

Legend will also serve as executive producer on the story of how the crow sacrifices his multi-coloured plumage and becomes charcoal black in order to return light to the world.

The performer and his longtime partner and collaborator Ty Stiklorius are among the creative team on Rainbow Crow, whose first episode will premiere at Tribeca.

“Rainbow Crow brings storytelling and music together in a way no one else has yet in virtual reality,” Legend said. “It’s an incredible medium for inspiring a journey of self-discovery and finding your way in times to darkness.

“In light of what’s going on in today’s world, it’s a message of deep meaning that people from all walks of life can embrace.”

Kiowa-Caddo tribal
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John Legend boards Baobab Studios’ 'Rainbow Crow' Vr project

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Native American series to premiere at Tribeca next week.

Ten-time Grammy winner John Legend will voice the lead in Rainbow Crow, Baobab Studios’ Vr follow-up to Invasion! and Asteroids!

Legend will also serve as executive producer on the story of how the crow sacrifices his multi-coloured plumage and becomes charcoal black in order to return light to the world.

The performer and his longtime partner and collaborator Ty Stiklorius are among the creative team on Rainbow Crow, whose first episode will premiere at Tribeca.

“Rainbow Crow brings storytelling and music together in a way no one else has yet in virtual reality,” Legend said. “It’s an incredible medium for inspiring a journey of self-discovery and finding your way in times to darkness.

“In light of what’s going on in today’s world, it’s a message of deep meaning that people from all walks of life can embrace.”

Kiowa-Caddo tribal
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Tribeca: John Legend to Voice, Executive Produce Virtual Reality Animated Series

John Legend is making his foray into virtual reality with Rainbow Crow, an animated series from Vr startup Baobab Studios.

In teaming up with Baobab, Legend executive produces and provides the voice of the title character in the series, which is directed by the Vr studio’s co-founder (and Madagascar director) Eric Darnell. Legend's longtime partner and collaborator, Ty Stiklorius, has also boarded the creative team.

Inspired by Lenape folklore, Rainbow Crow tells the story of a bird with the most dazzling plumage and mellifluous voice, who, after the planet turns dark and cold, must journey far from home to bring light back to the world. Its themes include diversity, self-acceptance...
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Exclusive: Director Tom McGrath confirms Madagascar 4 is in the works

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Author: Zehra Phelan

When you think of Tom McGrath you instantly think of the Madagascar movies. So when Tom was in town to promote his new venture, The Boss Baby, we couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to find out whether, after five years of waiting, there was a Madagascar 4 in the works. We can jubilantly confirm there certainly is.

Related: Madagascar related news and reviews

Madagascar first hit our screens back in 2005 with Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath at the helm. The cute, funny furry animals were voiced by Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith and Sacha Baron Cohen. It became an instant hit grossing over $532 million, that’s more than a little loose change.

2012 saw the release of Madagascar: Europe’s Most Wanted, the last time we had the chance to see the crew altogether. The film saw Alex, Marty, Gloria, and
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Tribeca 2017 Lineup: The Obamas’ Virtual Reality White House Tour Leads Experimental Storytelling Program

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The 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival announced today its lineup of immersive films, including 29 Vr and interactive projects in its Storyscapes and Virtual Arcade exhibits. Tribeca was one of the first U.S. festivals to showcase experimental storytelling projects, and as such the festival attracts world premieres from some of the vastly growing industry’s leading creators and studios.

Highlights include a virtual reality tour of the White House led by Barack and Michelle Obama; a new Vr collaboration from Chris Milk and by Pharell Williams; a mystery starring Emily Mortimer and Alessandro Nivola from interactive studio Eko; and a multidisciplinary exploration of women of color’s experience through the lens of technology, society and culture, titled “NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism.”

Read More: Tribeca 2017 Lineup: New Films From Alex Gibney, Azazel Jacobs and Laurie Simmons Lead the Eclectic Mix

“As Vr has continued to evolve technologically, so has the storytelling. Our mission
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Tribeca Film Festival Sets 2017 Lineup of Vr and Interactive Titles (Full List)

Tribeca Film Festival Sets 2017 Lineup of Vr and Interactive Titles (Full List)
World-premiere virtual reality projects including Kathryn Bigelow’s look at rangers at a poacher-beseiged African park and an immersive experience tied to India’s biggest movie franchise are among the works on tap for the Vr and interactive component of the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival’s slate.

The newly announced additions to the festival’s overall slate encompass the six entries in Storyscapes, the competitive section of programming dedicated to the intersection of film, tech and storytelling, along with the 23 titles lined up for the festival’s Virtual Arcade. Storyscapes titles range from personal projects such as “Draw Me Close,” Jordan Tannahill’s memoir about his relationship with his mother; to Hyphen-Labs’ scifi-themed entry “NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism”; to an immersive recording of a Holocaust survivor’s testimony in Gabo Arora and Ari Palitz’s “The Last Goodbye.”

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