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Nent Group and NBCUniversal Sign Content Partnership for Kids, Family Programming

Following Nent Group and NBCUniversal’s long-term content partnership signed earlier this year, the two companies have inked a first-window deal for kids and family programming.Under the agreement, Nent Group will distribute NBCUniversal’s kids series and family content and DreamWorks Animation film catalogue on Viaplay streaming service and Viasat pay-tv channels.As part of the deal, Nent […]

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Lego in Talks With Universal Pictures for Exclusive Film Partnership

With its Warner Bros. deal expired since this fall, Lego is looking to build its empire elsewhere, and Universal Pictures may be where the toy brand winds up. Despite Universal’s already successful animation division, Illumination Entertainment, which has produced The Secret Life of Pets and Despicable Me franchises, the studio is in talks with Lego […]

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‘Klaus’: Why Netflix’s Santa Origin Myth Is a 2D Gamechanger

“Despicable Me” creator Sergio Pablos struggled to make a 2D Santa origin story, “Klaus,” for nearly a decade at his animation studio in Madrid. And the animation community has cheered him on (including influential Academy members) for trying to reinvigorate the hand-drawn technique with a modern, digital veneer. But, after being turned down by Hollywood […]

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‘Klaus’ Trailer: Jason Schwartzman Helps Create Christmas In New Animated Netflix Film From Creator Of ‘Despicable Me’

At last count, there are roughly 1,532,567 animated Christmas films. Trust me, I did the math. But that isn’t stopping Netflix from releasing one more, with the upcoming “Klaus.” And if the trailer is to be believed, maybe we shouldn’t write this one off as just another Christmas children’s film.As seen in the trailer, “Klaus” […]

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‘Despicable Me’ Producer Hired By Dreamworks To Relaunch The ‘Shrek’ Franchise

It’s only been seven years since “Puss in Boots,” the latest film in the “Shrek” franchise, hit theaters and earned $555 million worldwide. But as we’ve seen time and time again, it’s never too early to reboot a franchise. Although, what Dreamworks and “Despicable Me” mastermind Chris Meledandri is being called a reboot, but really […]

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La Film Festival Looks for Reinvention With Fall Berth

Eight years ago, the La Film Festival hosted June premieres in downtown Los Angeles for a pair of decidedly high-profile movies — “Twilight Saga: Eclipse” and “Despicable Me.”The festival’s 24th edition, which launches Thursday night, will be very different. Film Independent moved the festival from downtown two years ago to the Arclight venues. Tentpoles are […]

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Why Is Nintendo Teaming with Illumination for the Animated ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Movie?

Just last month we got confirmation that Nintendo was teaming with Illumination Entertainment to create an animated Super Mario Bros. movie. The studio behind movies like Despicable Me, Minions and The Secret Life of Pets seemed like an odd choice to bring the Nintendo video game character to the big screen again after all these […]

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