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The Friday Round-Up (from Animation Wages to The Ultimate Ultimatum)

Claude Harrington 09.02.2016

If for some reason your alarm failed to go off on Monday morning, and you accidentally slept through this entire week, then here’s a round-up of some things you might have missed:



Monday: The Framework of Multicultural Animation (Part 1 of 2)

Tuesday: The Framework of Multicultural Animation (Part 2 of 2)

Wednesday: An Interview with NYT Senior Graphics Editor Graham Roberts

Thursday: PICK OF THE WEEK: Invisible (CGI 3D Animated Short)

ICYMI: The 22 Video Marketing Stats You Need to Know

ICYMI: Phil Amalong: Confessions of a Piano-Playing, Mountain-Biking Serial Entrepreneur


FROM THE VAULT: IN THE NEWS: Top Animators Allege Conspiracy…and Judge Agrees

“Last week, in an ongoing antitrust lawsuit against several major animation studios (i.e. Blue Sky, Disney, Sony), a California federal judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs (animators Georgia Cano, Robert Knitsch, David Wentworth), enabling them to move forward with their claim and potentially go to trial. So what, exactly, is the claim?

The trio of artists allege that the major animation studios colluded to suppress wages–via a long-held “gentleman’s agreement”–and then fraudulently concealed the conspiracy.”


Animation News:

Vancouver Animation Industry Survey Reveals Alarming Low Wages and Unpaid Overtime Practices (via Cartoon Brew)

Bill Etra, a Video Animation Pioneer, Dies at 69 (via The New York Times)

How Western Animation has Changed (via Kotaku)

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A Century of Stop-Motion Animation (via Entertainment Weekly)

Marvel, Jack Kirby And The Comic-Book Artist’s Plight (via The Atlantic)

How The Upright Citizens Brigade Improvised A Comedy Empire (The New Yorker)



Google Confirms the End of its Modular Project Ara Smartphone (The Verge)

The SpaceX Explosion: What You Need to Know (via WIRED)

Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft Creating the Justice League for AI (via Quartz)



The Billion-Dollar Ultimatum (via BuzzFeed)

Meet the Parents Who Won’t Let Their Children Study Literature (via Washington Post)

What Would Happen if America’s Pastime Just…Died? (via Sports Illustrated)

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