More Tough Choices Ahead for Independent Animators

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

This time last year, I speculated that the ‘You’ part of ‘YouTube’ was about to become as irrelevant as the ‘Music’ part of ‘MTV’. As it turns out,…

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Animation is Finally a Commodity. Now What?

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

It took long enough, but animation is just about everywhere you, and (among younger generations at least), is immensely popular. Many have long looked with envy at Japan…

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TV Animation Is About to Dive Off a Cliff

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The production of animated TV programs has never been greater. All three kids channels have full slates, numerous cable networks have their own shows, and FOX continues its…

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The Compelling Reasons That Will Make You a Fan of Hatsune Miku

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

If we’re being honest, even I wouldn’t have believed that headline if it was written even six months ago. Clearly being only vaguely aware of who Hatsune Miku is wasn’t enough and it took a proper introduction before I ‘got’ her. Of course there’s a lot of appeal to the character of Miku herself, and that forms the basis for many young fans’ devotion. That’s not what makes her appealing to me though; what does is the concept and execution of the character’s role and what she represents from a business standpoint. To put it simply: she’s the future.

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How Merchandising Will Make or Break Animated Hits

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Merchandising will start to play an even bigger role in animated hits’ success and it will make or break it, regardless of the size of the company, or their animated product.

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YouTube Shoots Self In Foot!

Friday, May 10, 2013

YouTube has decided to offer paid subscriptions as part of their platform. Here’s why that’s a bad idea for them and for creators as well.

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Cartoon Network Still Letting Down Adventure Time Fans

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A good while ago, we wrote about how Cartoon Network was letting down its own fans by restricting the online streaming on their site to cable/satellite subscribers only….

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What Does The VCR Helping Anime Mean For Animation Today?

Monday, April 1, 2013

The VCR did a lot for anime and animation in general back in the 70s and 80s. What is the equivalent in today’s digital age? How can we maintain access to old cartoons and make money from them?

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Where Bitcoin Could Feature in Animation’s Future

Monday, February 11, 2013

A look at the digital currency Bitcoin and how it’s distributed nature could prove beneficial to animation creators and consumers alike.

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Cyanide And Happiness Opt Out of Old Model For Animated Show

Monday, January 21, 2013

The creators behind the successful webcomic Cyanide and Happiness turned down multiple deals for an animated cable TV show opting instead to create a web series. Here’s why that’s a significant decision.

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Tugg People To The Cinema!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
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Via: Indiewire One of the things I recently discussed was the shift in the entertainment business from a ‘push’ model to a ‘pull model’. In other words, instead…

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