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Animation Exec Katie Krentz Signs Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios (Exclusive)

Animation Exec Katie Krentz Signs Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios (Exclusive)
Veteran animation executive Katie Krentz has signed an overall deal with CBS Television Studios. It is the first such agreement for Krentz, who recently wrapped a five-year tenure at Cartoon Network, where she was senior director of development.

“Making the transition from executive to producer felt like the natural next step for me, and I’m so excited,” said Krentz. “I look forward to working with CBS Television Studios to build an animation pipeline where we can create and showcase innovative animated content from the most unique voices in the space.”

Krentz developed 35 pilots and over 15 series during her time at Cartoon Network. There she earned a reputation for shepherding artist-driven programming such as the Emmy-winning limited series, “Over the Garden Wall.” Among the other shows she developed are “Steven Universe,” “We Bare Bears,” “Uncle Grandpa,” “Clarence,” and “Ok K.O! Let’s Be Heroes,” as well as the upcoming “Apple and Onion,” “Summer Camp Island
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‘South Park’ and ‘Law & Order: Svu’ Were Hulu’s Most-Watched Shows In 2017

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Hulu may be part of the new digital streaming revolution, but both of its most-popular series have been airing for two decades. According to the service, “Law & Order: Svu” was the most-watched drama on Hulu in 2017, while “South Park” was the top comedy.

Based on hours watched, all three of Hulu’s top comedies in 2017 were animated: “Family Guy” and “Bob’s Burgers” were right behind “South Park.” On the drama side, right behind “Svu” was another NBC series, “This Is Us,” and Hulu’s Emmy-winning original, “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

The Hulu tally was revealed just days after it picked up more kudos for “Handmaid’s” at the Golden Globes, where the show won for Best TV Drama Series and Best Actress in a TV Drama Series (Elisabeth Moss).

Read More:Most-Watched Television Networks: Ranking 2017’s Winners and Losers

It was a transformative year for Hulu, and not just because
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Hulu Tops 17 Million Subscribers for On-Demand, Live TV Plans

Hulu is touting subscriber momentum, revealing that the streaming service ended 2017 with more than 17 million U.S. subscribers for its subscription on-demand and live TV packages.

That’s up 40% over the last year and a half: Hulu last revealed Svod subscriber numbers in May 2016, announcing 12 million customers at the time. Also Tuesday, the company announced that its total audience grew to 54 million total unique viewers, up from 47 million in May 2017 — and said 2017 ad revenue reached $1 billion for the first time in the company’s history (but didn’t provide an indication of how much of an increase that represented).

However, Hulu still trails category leader Netflix by a wide margin. Even with the added skinny bundle TV offering, Hulu is about one-third the size of Netflix in the U.S. Netflix reported 52.8 million domestic streaming subscribers as of the end of Q3 2017. It’s also unclear what portion of Hulu’s subscribers are on the live-tv plan (which
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Star Trek: Discovery episode 10 review: Despite Yourself

James Hunt Jan 9, 2018

Jonathan Frakes directs Star Trek: Discovery's first episode of 2018, Despite Yourself. Spoilers ahead in our review...

This review contains spoilers.

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1.10 Despite Yourself

Star Trek is back! And do you know what I was thinking during this episode of Discovery? I was thinking “Man, I wish I could be listening to the Hamilton soundtrack instead of watching Star Trek” because I went to the Actual Theatre on Saturday to see the London production of Hamilton and it’s So Good and it makes me Sick that Lin Manuel-Miranda wrote that whole show by himself. What a guy.

Anyway, that’s just a hot tip from me, recommending the well-kept secret that is the most popular musical on the Internet. Do you think Alexander Hamilton would have liked
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The 18 Netflix Original Series to Be Excited About in 2018

If you have a Netflix account, odds are you aren’t short on things to watch. The streaming giant has been putting out unprecedented content week-in and week-out, whether it’s Netflix original series like “Ozark,” foreign acquisitions like “Peaky Blinders,” original movies like “Bright,” festival pick-ups like “Mudbound,” comedy specials, documentaries, and more, more, more.

Well, in 2018, Netflix is not slowing down. With nearly $8 billion to spend on original content and a mission to make half its library Netflix originals, there’s plenty of exciting options heading to subscribers’ queues this year. Below, IndieWire has rounded up a preview of 18 new shows, with an eye toward proven creators and exciting properties that are trying to craft the next big show.

Read More:18 HBO Original Programs To Be Excited About in 2018 — ‘Sharp Objects,’ ‘Paterno,’ and More “Altered Carbon”

Release Date: February 2, 2018

Length: 10 hourlong episodes

Creator: Laeta Kalogridis

Cast: Joel Kinnaman,
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The ‘Futurama’-esque Space Delivery Absurdity of ‘JohnnyExpress’

By Jacob Oller

Just when you thought Fry had a monopoly on sci-fi laziness. he wonders of space travel and the limitlessness of the universe will make tracking packages even more frustrating than it is now. That’s the premise behind JohnnyExpress, a short film from Kyungmin Woo. The animation, created through Alfred Imageworks, is rubbery yet static, like […]

The article The ‘Futurama’-esque Space Delivery Absurdity of ‘JohnnyExpress’ appeared first on Film School Rejects.
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Titan & Statix Press announce ‘Factory’ from Elgo

Titan Comics and Statix Press have announced a brand-new comic series, Factory, from Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius collaborator – Yacine ‘Elgo’ Elghorri (Character designer on Matt Groening’s Futurama).

Arriving March 2018, Factory is part of Titan Comics’ new Statix Press imprint, which showcases the best comics from Europe and around the globe, introducing audiences to fresh new creators & titles.

In the new Factory comic series, Mad Max meets Fallout in a nightmarish vision of life on a dystopian planet. A band of mutants slog through the harsh deserts of a dystopian planet in search of The Factory – the last semblance of civilization left among the wasteland. Said series creator Elgo:

The first time I was published in the USA was in the magazine Heavy Metal. I was 22 years old… Years later and after working on movies and TV shows in Los Angeles I briefly worked for Marvel and Idw,” However, my
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TV Animators Tooned Up for Big Screen Features

TV Animators Tooned Up for Big Screen Features
The creative lines between film and television are blurring ever more frequently these days, with many live-action directors, writers and other talent moving with increasing ease between the two media. But in the animation industry, only a handful of directors and writers have made the transition.

One of those is Rich Moore, who is directing Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” alongside Phil Johnston and who earlier this year won the animated feature Oscar for Disney’s 2016 hit “Zootopia” with director Byron Howard. Moore has an extensive background in TV animation, working on “The Simpsons,” “The Critic” and “Futurama” for many years before making his feature directing debut on the first “Wreck-It Ralph” film in 2012.

Moore himself realizes he’s part of a rare breed.

“I’ve noticed that, too, and it’s a shame because there are some amazing TV directors out there who should be making features,” says Moore. “If
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NBC Developing ‘Natural History’ Museum Comedy From Chris Hardwick & David X. Cohen

NBC has put in development comedy Natural History from Chris Hardwick’s Fish Ladder Production, Futurama co-creator David X. Cohen, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Universal TV. Written by Hardwick and Cohen, Natural History focuses on a young woman who returns home to become director of a beloved local natural history museum, only to find it has gone to hell in her absence. She must wrangle her well-intentioned but less-than-reliable staff while battling slashed…
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‘Batman: Gotham by Gaslight’ Looks Bloody Interesting

Inspired by the the one-shot Elseworlds tale by Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola, Batman: Gotham By Gaslight puts Batman against the real world serial killer, Jack the Ripper. Take a look at the trailer below as well as additional information about the upcoming DC and Warner Bros. Animation film.

Batman: Gotham By Gaslight takes place at the turn of the century as America’s continued industrial revolution is to be showcased at a World’s Fair hosted by Gotham City. But while the world prepares to witness the glittery glory of Gotham’s technological advances, there is a killer loose in the city’s darkest shadows. Preying on the city’s women, this killer is as precise as he is cruel. As Police Commissioner James Gordon tries to calm the fears of Gotham’s citizens regarding the butcher called Jack the Ripper, the masked vigilante Batman enacts his own detective
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Batman: Gotham By Gaslight Animated Feature Set For February Release

We finally have a release date for Batman: Gotham By Gaslight and those waiting for a physical copy will be able to snag the film beginning February 6th. It is possible to get the film sooner, but that's only for the crowd who wants to own it digitally. Those who don't have a problem with that can pick it up January 23rd.

For those who clicked having no clue what this is, think Batman in the time of Jack The Ripper with a bit of a steampunk vibe. You can see the trailer for the feature below, or find the original comics by doing a quick web search! Here's some additional information on the film from the press release:

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight takes place at the turn of the century as America’s continued industrial revolution is to be showcased at a World’s Fair hosted by Gotham City.
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Jam City celebrates Halloween in 6 of their hit mobile games

Mobile game developer, Jam City, are celebrating the Halloween spirit this year across six of their hit mobile games. All six titles will feature a Halloween themed event which include fan contests, new gaming content, costumes and spooky challenges.

Jam City’s Halloween treats will come to Cookie Jam, Panda Pop, Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff, Family Guy: Another Freakin’ Mobile Game, Marvel Avengers Academy, and Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow.

Cookie Jam: the 24th October will see the new “Marshmalloween Isle” area introduced which will contain 20 new levels and give players eerie new challenges. Fans can win in-game currency and swag by uploading photos of their spookiest homemade treat to the Cookie Jam Facebook page, with the winner picked by fan voting and Jam City judges. Other in-game events include Halloween themed Cookie Walk and Cookie Hunt events plus an all new challenge giving players the chance to win the Batship.
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Trailer For Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie Will Make Fans of the Series Happy

Nickelodeon has released the first trailer for their new animated film Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie. If any of you were ever fans of the animated series that ended in 2004, I'm sure you'll be happy with what this trailer has to offer.

The film picks up where the original series left off and the story follows the kids "on the field trip of a lifetime, where Arnold and his friends embark on a quest to achieve his dream of finding his missing parents."

Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie will premiere on Friday, November 24th, from 7:00-9:00pm.

The movie was co-written and executive produced by creator Craig Bartlett. The movie features original voice cast members Francesca Marie Smith (The Prince of Egypt) as Helga and Anndi McAfee (Tom and Jerry: The Movie) as Phoebe, alongside dynamic new voice talent Mason Vale Cotton (Mad Men) as Arnold and Benjamin “Lil’ P-Nut” Flores,
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Good News, Everyone! ‘Futurama’ is Coming to Syfy

Good News, Everyone! ‘Futurama’ is Coming to Syfy
Crack open a can of Slurm in celebration – Futurama is coming to Syfy. The hit animated show from The Simpsons creator Matt Groening will make its way to the genre-centric channel next month. After its premiere in 1999, Futurama became a cult hit – an animated series that didn’t do as well in the ratings department as The Simpsons, yet […]

The post Good News, Everyone! ‘Futurama’ is Coming to Syfy appeared first on /Film.
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Futurama: Syfy Picks Up Entire Classic Matt Groening Animated TV Series

When Bender said, "Anything less than immortality is a complete waste of time," it seems like Syfy took him seriously. Syfy has picked up all 140 HD episodes of Matt Groening's animated Futurama TV show. The complete Futurama series kicks off on Syfy on Saturday, November 11, 2017, then will settle into its regular time slots on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays. Get the details from the Syfy press release, below. A sci-fi comedy, Futurama originally ran for four seasons on Fox between March 28, 1999, and August 10, 2003. Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block aired reruns from 2003 to 2007. Groening also made four direct-to-video films, which later aired on Comedy Central as a fifth season of half-hour episodes. The voice cast includes: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John Dimaggio, Phil Lamarr, Tress MacNeille, Maurice Lamarche, David Herman, and Frank
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Syfy Acquires Matt Groening’s ‘Futurama’ Animated Series

Syfy is venturing into animation, acquiring the cult Matt Groening series Futurama from Twentieth Television. It marks the first fully animated series in Syfy’s lineup. Under the multi-year non-exclusive deal, Syfy will have access to all 140 HD episodes of the series, which will debut in a special weekend stunt beginning Saturday, November 11. It will continue airing regularly in primetime on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8Pm-2Am Et and on Saturday mornings from 8-11Am…
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'Futurama' Lands at Syfy in Off-Network Deal

Futurama is headed to a new home.

Syfy has acquired the off-network rights to all 140 episodes of the cult classic Matt Groening animated series as part of multiyear, nonexclusive deal with studio 20th Century Fox Television.

Futurama will make its debut on the NBCUniversal cable channel Nov. 11. The series will air Mondays and Tuesdays from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Centered on a late 20th-century pizza delivery boy who suddenly wakes up after being frozen for 1,000 years, the half-hour featured the voices of Katey Sagal and Billy West,...
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TV Critics Pick the Best Animated Voice Actors of All Time — IndieWire Survey

TV Critics Pick the Best Animated Voice Actors of All Time — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who is your favorite voice actor for animated characters on TV? Why?

Dave Trumbore (@DrClawMD), Collider

My knee-jerk reaction was either Kevin Conroy or Mark Hamill for their roles as Batman/Bruce Wayne and The Joker, respectively, because “Batman: The Animated Series” is always on my mind. But thinking a moment more, my favorite voice actor (and arguably the best in the biz) is Frank Welker.

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His name might not be a household one, but with over 800 credits and nearly 50 years in the industry, Welker’s voice definitely is.
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Music Icon Tom Petty Dead at 66

Music Icon Tom Petty Dead at 66
Tom Petty, the legendary rock musician who sold tens of millions of albums across a five-decade career, has died at the age of 66.

Petty was found unconscious in his Malibu home on Sunday night, and was rushed to a local hospital in full cardiac arrest. He was admitted to the hospital in critical condition, and ultimately was taken off life support on Monday, our sister site Variety has confirmed.

Petty’s longtime manager confirmed the news Monday night on Twitter:

Full statement: pic.twitter.com/FGCVI5yIaa

Tom Petty (@tompetty) October 3, 2017

RelatedJerry Lewis, Legendary Entertainer and Host of Mda Telethon,
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