As Stoopid Buddy grows its slate of adult animated series, Johnson joins the company in a newly created role.
Noël will help implement the NFB’s 2020–2023 Strategic Plan, which the organization stresses will give more agency to creators.
The announcements closely follow the news that responsibility for HBO Max’s kids and family programming has shifted to Warner Bros.
Japan’s anime industry is growing, however, it expects fierce competition from both China and Hollywood, the latter of which it says “has finally advanced into the realm overlapping with the adult animation market that had been Japan’s monopoly.”
Launching the new venture, Neumann cited the growing demand for animation in the Covid era.
Turner was most recently vice president, development at Disney Television Animation.
So the Toronto scene continues to blossom — but does it have the same lure it once did for aspiring animators?
Consolidation ahoy! Sony is already home to several anime units, including Crunchyroll’s main competitor Funimation.
As part of the restructuring, Cartoon Network boss Tom Ascheim says that the brand will “not always be cartoons.”
A caveat: that growth has been entirely reversed by the pandemic.
The division plans to develop more than 30 new kids’ shows, both animated and live action, over next three years.
Gordon will oversee the company’s animation teams in London, Montreal, and Vancouver.
The company picked up 2.2 million subscribers in Q3, falling short of analyst forecasts of 3.3 million.
The first title they are developing is “Mother Nature,” a character-driven action adventure with ecological overtones.
The new studio is creatively led by Brad Lewis, a veteran of Pixar and Dreamworks.
The division will produce and distribute “coveted anime series” both in Japan and globally.
The streamer’s partnerships with the two high-profile creators bring diversity to the fore.
“In the years leading up to this crisis,” writes Warren, “your company prioritized the enrichment of executives and stockholders.”
“Covid accelerated the rate at which we made this transition,” said CEO Bob Chapek, “but [it] was going to happen anyway.”
Commercial networks have been calling for this change for years. Australian producers are aghast.