February 12, 2013
DreamWorks Animation will create the first Netflix original series for kids -- a show based on next summer's animated film "Turbo. " The new series, "Turbo: F.A.S.T. " -- short for "Fast Action Stunt Team" -- is to debut in December in the United States and the 39 other countries where Netflix offers its online subscription service. The program will continue the animated exploits of the movie's snail hero, Turbo, who in the film pursues the improbable dream of competing in the Indianapolis 500. "Netflix boasts one of the largest and fastest-growing audiences in kids' television," DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg said in a statement.
February 7, 2013
DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. , the Glendale-based entertainment company led by Hollywood film veteran Jeffrey Katzenberg, is expected to lay off up to 20% of its 2,200-employee workforce, following a decision to shelve production of the movie "Me and My Shadow. " The animation industry giant, home of the animated " Shrek ," "Kung Fu Panda" and "Madagascar" films, also said it was changing the release date for its movie "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" from Nov. 1 to March 7, 2014, at the recommendation of its new distributor, 20th Century Fox. As a result of the decision, "Me and My Shadow," which had been scheduled for release in March 2014, will suspend production and go back into development.
February 6, 2013
DreamWorks Animation said Tuesday night that it is pushing back the release date for its animated movie "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" by four months. The Glendale studio said it was changing the release date for the film from Nov. 1 to March 7, 2014, at the recommendation of its distributor, Twentieth Century Fox. As a result of the decision, "Me & My Shadow," which had previously been scheduled for release in March 2014, will go back into development....
February 4, 2013
For an animal whose primary goals in life were simply getting something to eat and maybe taking a snooze up a tree, a black bear now known as Meatball has shown an uncanny ability to influence his world and the people in it. When he started boldly roaming the hilly neighborhoods of Glendale, La Crescenta and Montrose, homeowners were initially charmed but then increasingly alarmed. When wildlife officials hit him with tranquilizer darts and relocated him deeper into the woods, he thwarted their efforts by finding his way back to suburbia.
January 18, 2013
Hollywood studios aren't known as easy places to work. But DreamWorks Animation once again has made Fortune magazine's list of the 100 best employers. The Glendale studio behind the " Shrek ," "Kung Fu Panda" and "Madagascar" movies ranked 12th in the 2013 list, just above Quicken Loans (which ranked 13th) and semiconductor company Qualcomm (11th). Google once again was ranked No. 1. DreamWorks, with 2,350 employees, was the only Hollywood studio to make the list, which will be released Thursday.
January 8, 2013
Committing to the genre after years of fits and starts, Warner Bros. on Monday said it will produce one animated movie per year beginning in 2014. Every other major studio in Hollywood has established an animation strategy in the past few years, with some such as 20th Century Fox , Sony Pictures and Walt Disney Studios making the movies in-house and others like Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures relying on outside companies with which it makes deals. While animated franchises like "Toy Story," "Ice Age" and "Despicable Me" have been among the industry's most profitable, Warner's approach has been more cautious.
December 13, 2012
A deer was found dead at the Sports Complex in Glendale and authorities believe the animal was killed by an adult mountain lion and an offspring. Community Services and Park personnel found the deer's body this week at 2200 Fern Lane. Mountain lion footprints were found in the area. Glendale police suggest residents take steps to protect children and small pets from mountain lions in the area. Installing ample outdoor lighting, trimming bushes and providing shelter for animals are some way residents can avoid attracting deer or mountain lions, according to police.
December 10, 2012
DreamWorks Animation -- the Glendale studio that created the " Shrek " "Kung Fu Panda" and "Madagascar" movies -- on Sunday named former J.C. Penney President Michael Francis to the newly created position of chief global brand officer. Calling it one of his most important executive appointments, DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg said in an interview that Francis will play a pivotal role in helping the studio find new ways to build its branded characters around the world and across multiple outlets, including television, video games, books and theme parks.
December 10, 2012
A large black bear was spotted Sunday night digging through a trash bin in a Chevy Chase Canyon neighborhood, police said. The bear, which residents described as between 500 and 800 pounds, was sifting through an outdoor trash bin in the 3200 block of Cornwall Drive, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. Officials said the size of the bear, if accurate, is extremely rare. Glendale police who responded to the scene flashed their patrol car lights and used an air horn to scare the bear off into a nearby hillside and out of sight.
December 5, 2012
I am writing to alert the Glendale community about the cruel treatment of animals by the Ramos Circus. The animals are confined to very small enclosures where they must stand or sit tied all day and night. Many people have written to Glendale officials asking that they revoke the permit. The City Council and city officials have not revoked the permit nor even taken a stand. The schools should not accept free tickets from the Ramos Circus, as this demonstrates they support the circus.