Farm-to-Table Movement Goes to School

FRIDAY, Oct. 11, 2019 — There’s a healthy new twist in the farm-to-table movement: Getting farm-fresh food to school lunchrooms and even having students grow their own crops as part of learning.

Colorado was a pioneer in passing the “Farm-to-School Healthy Kids Act” in 2010. The move was designed to increase the use of local farm and ranch products in school food service programs to both improve childhood nutrition and strengthen the state’s agricultural economy. Today, a handful of other states have similar programs.

Some schools also have added programs for growing food to their curriculum. An example is in place at Community School 55 in New York’s South Bronx, thanks to the Green Bronx Machine. Educator Stephen Ritz founded the nonprofit as an after-school alternative program for high schoolers. It’s fully integrated into the core curriculum from kindergarten through high school. Students have grown tens of thousands of pounds of vegetables that go from classroom-to-community.

Ritz turned an underutilized library into the National Health, Wellness and Learning Center, considered the nation’s first career technical education elementary school. The program features a year-round, indoor vertical farm that grows crops regardless of the weather, and a food processing and training kitchen with solar and alternative energy generators. It has served as a model for schools in many areas of the country. You can learn more at greenbronxmachine.org.

National organizations are also devoted to developing farm-to-school programs. You can learn more and become inspired by the National Farm to School Network at farmtoschool.org and, for the youngest “growers,” at Farm to Preschool at farmtopreschool.org.

More information

The National Farm to School Network has a detailed section for starting a program in your community.

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Posted: October 2019

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AHA News: Potentially Fatal Buildup of Proteins in the Heart Often Goes Undiagnosed

TUESDAY, May 21, 2019 (American Heart Association News) — A potentially fatal buildup of abnormal proteins in the heart and other organs is being delayed in its diagnosis and undertreated — despite new drugs that can combat it, a new study suggests.

Although the condition, known as transthyretin amyloidosis, is still perceived as rare, advances in imaging techniques have led to greater awareness. Increasingly, it’s being recognized as a cause of heart failure in older adults, with autopsy studies showing these proteins in the hearts of 25% of the elderly.

A study published May 21 in the American Heart Association journal Circulation looked at data from 1,034 patients who had different types of amyloidosis in the United Kingdom between 2001 and 2017. Amyloidosis happens when abnormal proteins join and attach to organs, tissues, nerves and other places in the body, disrupting normal function.

Researchers found both hereditary and acquired amyloidosis are associated with a “markedly poor quality of life at the time of diagnosis” and many patients cycle in and out of the hospital before the disease is ever detected. The typical patient visited a hospital an average of 17 times in the three years leading up to a diagnosis.

The study also found that patients with a gene variant of the disease — mostly those of Afro-Caribbean ethnicity — typically have worse heart and kidney symptoms when they’re diagnosed and a poorer chance of survival.

Dr. Julian D. Gilmore, the study’s lead author, said the results underscore the need for medical professionals to get better at detecting and treating amyloidosis.

“Our aim is to slow or stop the progression of this potentially fatal condition. But without specific treatment, patients invariably get worse,” said Gilmore, a professor at the National Amyloidosis Centre at University College London.

“Nobody really knows what the prevalence of this disease is, but the referrals we are getting are increasing pretty dramatically year after year. There’s no sign of that slowing down.”

Dr. Mathew Maurer, a cardiologist who was not involved in the research, called it an important study that could convince doctors to consider the disease with the gravity it deserves. “The first issue is that it’s no longer rare — it’s common.”

In 2017, Maurer was lead author of a report in Circulation that concluded the condition “is often misdiagnosed and the delayed diagnosis has significant consequences for patients.” That report surveyed more than 500 patients with the disease and found the average time from initial symptoms to diagnosis was two years.

That lag time could shrink in the future. In the past, amyloidosis could only be diagnosed by a heart biopsy, but it can now be more easily detected with bone scans and a cardiac MRI, Maurer said.

“We have to leverage these imaging techniques early and avoid new amyloid from getting into the heart so we can meaningfully change outcomes for patients. And to do that, we have to get doctors to start thinking about this every day,” said Maurer, director of the Cardiac Amyloidosis Program at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.

Both Maurer and Gilmore said they were encouraged by two new drugs that seem to be successful in battling amyloidosis: tafamidis (Vyndaqel), which was approved in May by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and AG10, which is currently being tested in clinical trials.

Gilmore said he’d like to see a future study that compares tafamidis with AG10, as well as a study that examines which drug might be best combined with other drugs.

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Posted: May 2019

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Fake Kim goes as real Kim comes: Vietnam expels Kim Jong Un lookalike

HANOI (Reuters) – An Australian comedian who impersonates North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Monday authorities were deporting him from Vietnam, some 24 hours before the real Kim was due to arrive for a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Howard X, an Australian impersonating North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, leaves the La Paix Hotel in a car while escorted by police, in Hanoi, Vietnam February 25, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

The Kim lookalike, who goes by the name Howard X, popped up in Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi on Friday along with his partner who impersonates Trump, drawing crowds and media.

The two real leaders are due to meet in Hanoi on Wednesday and Thursday for their second nuclear summit.

“North Koreans have no sense of humor,” the impersonator told reporters before heading to Hanoi’s airport to leave the country.

“Satire is a powerful weapon against any dictatorship.”

The impersonator visited Singapore in June, when Trump and Kim held their first summit, and performed satirical stunts. He said he was briefly detained by authorities there.

He also showed up at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, where he danced in front of an appalled North Korean cheer squad before security hauled him away.

Vietnamese foreign ministry officials were not immediately available for comment on Monday. Howard X said earlier authorities had questioned him and warned him not to create any disturbance.

Vietnam has tightened security around the capital ahead of the summit.

Howard X said his partner, Trump impersonator Russell White, was allowed to stay on in Vietnam, but not allowed to do make any more public appearances.

The two hugged and kissed goodbye for the cameras on Monday.

“Please no World War Three,” Howard X said.

“They are scared of a couple of guys that look like real thing.”

Reporting by Fabian Hamacher; Writing by Ju-min Park; Editing by Robert Birsel

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Exclusive Clip: ‘Trolls: The Beat Goes On’ S5 Tunes Up on Netflix

Even more upbeat, toe-tapping adventures, positive vibes and — of course — glitter are on their way to Netflix streaming, as DreamWorks Animation Television prepares to launch the fifth season of Trolls: The Beat Goes On! on Friday, January 18.

To get the party started, the dancing machines at DreamWorks have released a fun clip for Animag readers, in which the local Trolls face their ultimate Achilles Heel: The catchiest song ever created! Scroll down to check it out.

Synopsis: Poppy, Branch and all of Troll Village are back in all new hair-raising adventures in season 5 of DreamWorks Trolls: The Beat Goes On! This season, Queen Poppy decides to create a new Bergen-free Troll anthem, Branch must overcome his fear of birds, Guy Diamond loses his glitter, and all of Troll Village comes together to celebrate the one day it snows with an epic Snow Day. Also, who is Mr. Glittercakes?! Join in on exciting new adventures as the adorable, happy Trolls party like never before in all new-episodes available exclusively on Netflix January 18.

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News Bytes: Animating Queer History, ‘Sonic’ Teaser Poster, Pucca Goes 3D & More

CROWDFUND: ‘Our Forbidden Country’: an Animated History of Queer Cruising
From the acclaimed writer/director/animator of Torrey Pines, Clyde Petersen, this second stop-motion feature project explores the subjects of forbidden love, sex with strangers, the impact of AIDS, history and rebellion with a focus on personal stories and reflections from the queer community. Deadline: Dec. 21!

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Irish Animation Awards
Animation Ireland has extended the deadline for its 3rd annual awards to Monday, December 17. Categories include Best Animated International Film, Best Newcomer, Best Commercial, Best VFX, Best Apps, Gaming & Interactive, and more!

Cracking Times at Dublin Animation Company Boulder Media
The toon shop behind hit programs such as the acclaimed Danger Mouse reboot (BBC) has more than tripled its profits in the last year, reaching €3.6m. Boulder had turnover of €18.5m in 2017, up sharply from €8.7m in 2016 when it made €1.1m pre-tax profit.

6 Reasons Why Creative Millennials Should Consider Animation as Their Career
Creativity, technological insight and a love for storytelling are all in-demand in the multi-billion-dollar global biz, as Cosmos-Maya HR director Ashutosh Tipnis points out.

Korea-Born Character Pucca Reimagined as 3D Animation
CJ E&M has announced the popular li’l plucky cartoon gal’s first new TV show in 10 years, in 3D CG for the first time. The new Pucca will debut on local cable in South Korea and on the Tooniverse starting December 19. The series comes out of a deal with original studio VOOZ signed earlier this year.

’Sonic the Hedgehog’ Movie First Look: Official Poster
IGN discusses the hints dropped by our first teasing look at the CG/live-action hybrid flick with exec produced Tim Miller (director of Deadpool) and producer Neal Moritz (Fast and the Furious franchise). The pic is directed by Jeff Fowler (Animated Short Oscar nominee for Gopher Broke) and stars Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic, who finds himself in our present-day world befriending Tom Wachowski (James Marsden) and getting in the way of Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey). Paramount releases Sonic the Hedgehog in theaters November 8, 2019.

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Turkish Toon Star Pepee Goes Global with Amazon Prime

Pepee, “the first Turkish National Cartoon Character,” is making its English-language debut and rolling out to viewers around the world thanks to a new agreement between series producer Dü?yeri and Amazon Prime. Pepee receives 30 million monthly views on YouTube and boasts 1.6 million followers online.

The CG series centers on five-year-old Pepee, who lives with his loving family and friends in a green pastoral world. In the course of his everyday adventures, Pepee learns shapes, colors, numbers and more. With his cute little sister Bebee, cousin Shila, grandparents, giraffe and monkey friends, he discovers his emotions and learns how to deal with them.

“We have taken the first major step towards globalization and opening our doors to the world market. Being a 100 percent local brand, we are proud to represent our country in the international arena and to promote it in the best possible way,” commented Dü?yeri Founder and Dü? ??leri Chairman Ay?e ?ule Bilgiç.

“Within the scope of the cooperation we have established with Amazon Prime, Pepee will be broadcasted in English for the benefit of all the children around the world. Thanks to this cooperation, the children will have the chance to watch Pepee in English for the first time on a platform which broadcasts to the entire world, including applications on smartphones and tablets.”

Established in 2008, Dü?yeri seeks to create a more meaningful entertainment environment for children around the world and offer value-adding products and services. Pepee is the first brand the company has built up, and its wide appeal in Turkey has lead to 98 percent brand awareness in the country.

Season 1 of Pepee is available to to stream on Amazon Prime Video now.

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News Bytes: Fathom Backs Animation Is Film, TAAFI Program Revealed, Benjy Brooke Goes for ‘TTG’ Movie & More

Fathom Events to Sponsor 2nd Annual Animation Is Film Festival
“We chose to sponsor Animation Is Film because of their mission to showcase the best works of animation from around the world to their audiences. This aligns with Fathom’s history of bringing top animation titles to passionate fans via the cinema. Animation is an important and innately cinematic art form that deserves to shine – and we are always looking for ways to make the spotlight a little brighter,” said Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt.

Animation Is Film will open with the U.S. premiere of Mamoru Hosoda’s Mirai, which Fathom Events is bringing to select theaters nationwide Nov. 29, Dec. 5 & 6.

TAAFI Industry 2018 Full Program Revealed
Taking place in Toronto Nov. 2-4, the conference will feature more than 50 speakers (including Fred Seibert, Jennifer Oxley, Dan Haskett, and many more business bigwigs and admirable artists!) across 25 sessions, plus one big party!

Benjy Brooke Goes to the Movies with ‘Teen Titans Go!’
The Hornet director was tapped feature helmer Peter Rida Michail to design and animated a 2 min. Sequence for Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, giving him a chance to get into the mixed up mind of zealous young hero Robin. Powered by the sonce “My Super Hero Movie” by composer Jared Faber, the segment features a “dark and gritty,” Alex Toth/Glen Murakami/Frank Miller-influence Robin redesign by Brooke.

Marvel Animation Turns Gamora into a Princess & More in Special Presentaion
ICYMI at NYCC: Key creatives and cast members from Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest, Guardians of the Galaxy and more hit the Big Apple’s big pop culture confab last weekend, where Marvel Animation SVP Cort Lane and special guests offered up plenty of surprises for fans.

VR NOW Awards 2018 Nominees Announced
The 3rd int’l competition for virtual/mixed/augmented reality and 360 video will see 12 projects vie for awards in four categories, with the winners to be announced opening night of the VR NOW Con (Potsdam-Babelsberg, Nov. 14-15). No animated projects made the Cinematic VR Award nominations cut, but hey, there’s always next year!

‘Reigns: Game of Thrones’ Invades iOS, Android & PC
Nerial, Devolver Digital and HBO have released a new entry in the smash-hit swipe ‘em up series based on the award-winning GoT TV series, on the App Store, Google Play, and Steam for $ 3.99. Players can choose to rule as Cersei Lannister, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, Sansa Stark and more while changing between each king and queen to face challenges and mysteries unique to their story. Melisandre’s flames have proven hard to decipher and less than reliable, so players may encounter stories they do not expect…

Check out the gameplay video and trailer below.

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

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Original ‘Bee and PuppyCat’ Goes Global on Cartoon Hangover

Get your favorite PJ pants on and hunker down for winter with the complete 2014 Bee and PuppyCat series, coming to Frederator Network’s Cartoon Hangover YouTube channel globally and free to view! The first four episodes of Natasha Allegri’s fan-favorite series are up now, with the rest of the 10 installments rolling out every Friday at 3 p.m. ET through November 9.

The launch will give international fans the chance to see the toon in its entirety. All of Bee and PuppyCat is also available on Ellation’s VRV platform, currently limited to viewers in the U.S.

Allegri’s vividly relatable heroine and her mysterious pet quickly won over online audiences from the first. More than 40 million minutes of the original Bee and PuppyCat two-part pilot have been watched on YouTube, and more than 18,000 fans contributed to a Kickstarter for the series in 2014, making it the most-backed animation project in Kickstarter history. Over the years, Bee and PuppyCat has continued to grow into a pop culture phenomenon, spurring a line of cookbooks, plush toys and more.

A new series, Bee and PuppyCat: Lazy in Space, will debut in 2019 exclusively on VRV within the Cartoon Hangover Select channel. Fans will encounter a world even more expansive (and possibly in danger) as the pair combat problems big, small, and totally weird, all while trying to make rent in time. Lazy in Space will feature longer, half-hour episodes, along with an extended season. Tokyo-based OLM, Inc. (Pokémon animated franchise), with support from its subsidiary in L.A., Sprite Animation, will be co-producing with Frederator Studios (Castlevania, Adventure Time, The Fairly OddParents), with Allegri as showrunner.

In addition to creating the break-out series, Allegri has worked on hits like Over the Garden Wall and Adventure Time, for which she created the hugely popular gender-flipped concept of “Fionna and Cake,” also writing and illustrating a comic series based on the spin-off. She is also director of The Summoning and a writer on Netflix’s Cannon Busters.

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Clip: Adult Swim’s ‘Harvey Birdman’ Special Goes to Washington!

He’s dealt with conniving crooks, devious frame-ups and utter incompetence — but is Harvey Birdman prepared for the White House? Fans will get to find out when the recycled Hanna-Barbera character makes his long-awaited return to TV in the new half-hour special Harvey Birdman, Attorney General — premiering Sunday, October 14 at midnight ET/PT.

Harvey Birdman, Attorney General centers around newly elected, megalomaniac billionaire-turned-President of the United States, Phil Ken Sebben (voiced by Stephen Colbert), who appoints Harvey Birdman (Gary Cole) as the Attorney General and tasks him with … getting himself impeached!

In addition to Cole and Colbert, voice actors reprising their roles from the series are John Michael Higgins as Mentok the Mindtaker, Paget Brewster as Birdgirl, Chris Edgerly as Peter Potamus, Peter MacNicol as X the Eliminator and Phil LaMarr as Black Vulcan.

Original series creators and executive producers Michael Ouweleen and Erik Richter also return for the special, with Richard Ferguson-Hull and Evan Adler also serving as exec producers.

Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law aired for four seasons on Adult Swim from 2000-2007. In conjunction with the special’s premiere, the past three seasons of are now available to own on iTunes, Google, Amazon, PlayStation and Xbox. Fans can also catch previous episodes at adultswim.com.

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Gotta Catch ‘em All! VIZ ‘Pokémon’ Manga Library Goes Digital

VIZ Media is providing an important resource for trainers in North America, with the digital launch of a comprehensive library of Pokémon manga titles. The release rollout began this week, and will continue each month through the start of 2019 on viz.com, the VIZ Manga app, and partner platforms including Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology and Google Play.

“The bestselling Pokémon Adventures have captivated readers of all ages,” says Sarah Fairhall, Editorial Director. “This extremely popular series features action-packed story arcs inspired by the video games. We’re thrilled to now offer fans access to their favorite stories and Pokémon in digital form.”

A variety of Pokémon Adventures volumes (story by Hidenori Kusaka, art by Satoshi Yamamoto) as well as theatrical movie manga adaptations by various authors and artists will be made available:

July (Available Now): POKÉMON ADVENTURES Vols. 1-7: RED & BLUE

August: POKÉMON ADVENTURES Vols. 8-14: GOLD & SILVER

September: POKÉMON ADVENTURES Vols. 15-22: RUBY & SAPPHIRE

October: POKÉMON ADVENTURES Vols. 23-25: FIRERED & LEAFGREEN
POKÉMON ADVENTURES Vols. 26-29: EMERALD

November: POKÉMON ADVENTURES: DIAMOND & PEARL/PLATINUM Vols. 1-11

December: POKÉMON ADVENTURES: HEARTGOLD & SOULSILVER Vols. 1-2
POKÉMON ADVENTURES: BLACK & WHITE Vols. 1-9
POKÉMON ADVENTURES: BLACK 2 & WHITE 2 Vols. 1-2

January: POKÉMON Manga Movie Adaptations

Pokémon is one of the most successful international entertainment franchises of all time. More than 300 million Pokémon video games and over 23.6 billion Pokémon Trading Cards have been sold in more than 74 countries in addition to substantial publishing and merchandise sales. VIZ Media is the official North American distributor for a wide variety of Pokémon home media releases including animated series and films and also publishes a variety of Pokémon graphic novel series.

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And the world record for swimming along in a sack with hands & feet tied up goes to..

OHRID, Macedonia (Reuters) – Swimming instructor, lifeguard and adventurer Yane Petkov – Bulgaria’s answer to Houdini and Michael Phelps combined – reclaimed on Tuesday the Guinness world record for swimming along with his hands and feet tied while fully wrapped inside a sack.

Bulgarian Yane Petkov, 64, is held after he wanted to set a new Guinness World Record by attempting to swim more than three kilometers at Macedonia’s Lake Ohrid,Ê in a bag with his arms and legs tied up, in Ohrid, Macedonia July 24, 2018. ÊREUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski

Petkov, 64, swam 3,380 meters in Macedonia’s Lake Ohrid, beating the record of Indian fisherman Gopal Kharvi, who in 2013 swam 3,071 meters in the Indian Ocean – though not in a sack.

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The Bulgarian swimmer already had one entry in the Guinness Book of Records in 2013 with 2,030 meters, but he only held it for three months until he was overtaken by Kharvi.

Before his latest attempt, Petkov said he had planned to swim 3.5 kilometers, and Guinness observers were present for his swim, organized by the Red Cross and the waters sports clubs of Ohrid and Petric.

Petkov took around three hours to worm his way along through the water, face-up and feet first, before he emerged on the shore in the ancient town of Ohrid, a popular holiday resort.

Reporting by Ognen Teofilovski; Writing by Aleksandar Vasovic; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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Seriously’s Third ‘Best Fiends’ Short Goes for Gold

Fort of Hard Knocks

Fort of Hard Knocks

Mobile-first entertainment company Seriously has premiered its third animated short based on its Best Fiends franchise: Fort of Hard Knocks. This latest installment furthers the company’s vision of turning the mobile game property into a broader brand across video content and beyond.

“We have so many wonderful stories to tell in the Best Fiends universe, and we can’t wait to share our latest animation Fort of Hard Knocks with our community of players and fans,” said Andrew Stalbow, CEO and Co-Founder, Seriously. “It’s so much fun extending out the brand beyond our games and we’re lucky to live in an age where we, as creators, get to distribute our content direct to our audience on mobile. Both our brand and our direct connection have the potential to be a significant competitive advantage and point of differentiation for us going forward.”

The high quality CG was produced by Golden Globe-nominated Reel FX Studios — known for its widely acclaimed feature Book of Life and its work on Despicable Me, Ice Age and Looney Tunes.

Directed by Augusto Schillaci (part of Reel FX’s new strategic creative group ATK PLN) and produced by Emmy nominee Claudia De La Roca (Futurama), Fort of Hard Knocks stars Pamela Adlon (Better Things), Mark Hamill (Star Wars), David Herman (Office Space), Maurice LaMarche (Futurama) and Kate Walsh (13 Reasons Why). Despicable Me franchise composer Heitor Pereira provided the music.

“The Best Fiends franchise continues to be an amazing experience,” said Schillaci. “Fort of Hard Knocks pushed our creative collaboration to a new level in character animation, story, comedy and visual style and I think fans will really resonate with the final piece.”

Fort of Hard Knocks will be integrated into the Best Fiends game with events and challenges, such as “Minutian Film Festival” in honor of the short launch, in which players collect popcorn boxes and win Exclusive Fiend Style for Beebert, called Spielbert; plus a mini-game collection challenge.

Seriously created the first two shorts with Reel FX last year, Boot Camp and Visit Minutia, which combined have racked up 12.8 million views and helped grow the Best Fiends YouTube channel to more than 605,000 subscribers. Players can catch all the social content in-game through the Video Center, helping drive views across all platforms. The next short is slated for September 2018. Best Fiends has been  downloaded 90 million times and has as many as 2 million daily active players.

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Daily News Bytes: English Trailer for GKIDS ‘Fireworks,’ GLAS Grant Deadline Approaches, Instagram Goes Long-Form & More

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Heritage Sets Animation Art Record in $ 1.5 Million Auction
Works and collections of icons like Mary Blair (Cinderella Magic Coach Concept Painting, $ 60K), Chuck Jones (The Dream Wile E. Coyote & Road Runner Oil Painting, $ 24K), Eyvind Earle (Sleeping Beauty Princess Aurora Background Color Key, $ 19.2K) and June Foray (Rocky and Friends Rocky & Natasha Cel, $ 10.8K) helped push the latest Animation Art Auction at Heritage over the top. Sign up for their mailing lists so you don’t miss the next amazing collection on the block.

Instagram Announces IGTV, An Entertainment Hub with Hour-Long Videos and Content from Social Stars
There’s a new player in the long-format streaming game. After weeks of rumors, the popular social media photo and video platform has officially announced the new venture. IGTV’s introductory blog post announced that creators LaurDIY and King Bach will be launching shows. Now, let’s get some animation on there!

Two US Premieres Set for AX 2018
Anime Expo will present two national feature premieres of highly anticipated Japanese titles in LA this summer. On Friday, July 6, aficianados can catch the first stateside screening of Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms writer/director Mari Okada and P.A. Works CEO/Founder Kenji Horikawa attending as Guests of Honor, presented by North American distributor ELEVEN Arts Anime Studio. Then on Sunday, July 8, Pony Canyon presents the romantic coming-of-age story Kase-san and Morning Glories with director Takuay Sato and producer Yusuke Terada.

Saturday: ‘Art of Incredibles 2’ at Nucleus Gallery
Head to the LA area for the Pixar flick exhibition’s opening reception from 2-5 p.m., including a behind-the-scenes panel and book signing with creative consultant & character designer Teddy Newton, character art director Deanna Marsigliese, and graphic arts director Josh Holtsclaw.

DEADLINE APPROACHING: GLAS Animation Grant
The newly launched program for independent animation filmmakers in the US (working outside academic institutions) is looking to give out two $ 2,500 grants for short films this year. Applications are open until July 30, 2018, with the awardees to be announced in October.

WATCH: ‘Fireworks’ English-Language Trailer
Produced by Genki Kawamura (Your Name.) and directed by Akiyuki Shinbo, studio Shaft’s sci-fi fantasy teen love tale anchors on the triangle of shy norimichi, fast-taking Yusuke, and the elusive classmate they’re both goo-goo for, Nazuna. A scheme to runaway from home and a glowing ball with the power to reset time combine into a reality-twisting adventure. GKIDS is rolling out the film in the US starting with a Fathom Events premiere July 3.

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Cartoon Saloon Goes Back in Time with ‘Vikingskool’

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Cartoon Saloon is preparing another great-looking animated TV series. The Irish studio, best known for features such as The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea and The Breadwinner, officially announced this week that it’s producing Vikingskool, a show that will debut on Disney channels worldwide next year.

The series centers on a group of young would-be Viking warriors in an elite Vikingskool. Orion Ross, Disney’s VP of Content for Animation, Digital and Acquisitions, EMEA, described the characters as “freshmen in Top Gun but for Vikings.” At the heart of the tale are three best friends: Erik, Arnie and Ilba, each with their own unique Viking strengths and weaknesses. Targeting 6-11 year olds, the group will embark on a series of humorous and exciting adventures in a mystical world. “There is a substantial Viking history in Ireland and Northern France. As a co-production we can say it’s the only Viking show made by actual Vikings,” added Ross.

Vikingskool is being produced by Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon and France’s Samka Productions with post-production from Norwegian VFX company Storm Films. The series’ 26 half-hours are scheduled for broadcast at the end of 2019.

Cartoon Saloon was founded by Paul Young, Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey in Kilkenny in 1999. For more info, visit www.cartoonsaloon.ie

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