Having scored its most-watched summer in its 20-year history across early primetime, Cartoon Network has greenlit two animated series conceived as part of the shorts development initiative underway at Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, CA. Steven Universe, from Adventure Time writer and storyboard artist Rebecca Sugar, and Uncle Grandpa, from Emmy Award nominee Pete Browngardt, have started pre-production and are currently slated for a 2013 debut. Building upon the global success of recent artist-driven series like Adventure Time and Regular Show, both new series will further define the genre of homegrown animated comedies coming from Cartoon Network Studios. Read story
Cabler renews emphasis on nurturing offbeat in-house productions
When Rob Sorcher returned to Cartoon Network as chief content officer in early 2008, he had a sense that a generational shift was underway in animation. The first generation of artists to grow up with the Internet (and Cartoon Network) as a household appliance were hitting the job market, fresh out of CalArts, Gotham's School of Visual Arts and other art institutions. These millennial toonsmiths were coming through the door with very different sensibilities about material, characters and especially humor than even their older brothers and sisters. Read story
Welcome to Sheets Week, Curbed LA's five-day festival for artist and architectural designer Millard Sheets. Sheets was born in the Pomona Valley in 1907 and he made irreplaceable contributions to Southern California's art and architecture scenes over the next 80 years--as a young painter, he helped force the East Coast establishment to take Los Angeles art seriously; he was a major force in developing the Scripps College art department and in creating both Otis Art Institute and CalArts (the latter at Walt Disney's request)... Read story
I met with Liz Glynn on July 17 in her Chinatown studio to discuss the work she created for the “Made in LA” 2012 biennial at the Hammer Museum this summer. The three-part installation—with multilayered references to Egyptian pyramids, smuggling tunnels into Gaza, and other spiritual and material trade routes, legitimate and not—continues an investigation of the intersection of antiquity and the present that began with her 2008 performance, The 24 Hour Roman Reconstruction Project, in which she invited people to help her build and then destroy a cardboard model of ancient Rome. Other related projects include the 2010 III, for which she built a pyramid of shipping pallets on a hilltop in East LA as the site of a series of performances, and the 2012 exhibit “No Second Troy,” which considers the parallel journeys of Trojan gold and Turkish workers to Germany.Read interview
What’s up, Doc? California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) celebrates 100th Birthday of Director and Animator Chuck Jones
Chief Creative Officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, John Lasseter, will provide remarks at a special screening of his favorite Chuck Jones cartoons.
Fun fact: Both Chuck Jones and John Lasseter are “Calartians.” Jones attended the Chouinard Arts Institute which is one of CalArts’ two predecessor institutions. Lasseter graduated from the CalArts School of Film Video Character Animation Program in 1979.
CalArts was recently called the “the Harvard Business School of animation” by the Los Angeles Times. Nearly all the big names in the field, from Pixar’s brain trust to an array of Disney directors and executives, are graduates of CalArts’ Animation Program. Read story
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) celebrates the 100th birthday of animation legend Chuck Jones with a special program at the REDCAT theater in Los Angeles. At the event, John Lasseter, Disney and Pixar’s Chief Creative Officer, will provide remarks at a special screening of his favorite Chuck Jones cartoons. Both Lasseter and Jones are CalArts grads. Jones attended the Chouinard Arts Institute, which is one of CalArts’ two predecessor institutions. Lasseter graduated from the CalArts School of Film Video Character Animation Program in 1979. Read story
Experimental. Pop. Ambient. Indie. Electronic. Julia Holter spans a wide range of genres, creating a musical journey drawing on influences from classical composition to Middle Eastern beats. On Friday evening, Holter took the stage at The Bowery Ballroom with a sparkly skirt and handbag on her shoulder. Playing largely from her latest album, Ekstasis, she commenced with “Our Sorrows” and “Fur Felix.” Moving from pop sensibilities to the more languid strings of chamber music, Holter’s choral arrangement on “Marienbad” was reminiscent of one Kate Bush. Read story
She was a former fashion editor who co-founded Angels Attic, a Santa Monica museum devoted to antique and contemporary dollhouses, toys and miniatures.
Eleanor LaVove, a former fashion editor who co-founded Angels Attic, a museum devoted to antique and contemporary dollhouses, toys and miniatures, died Aug. 24 at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica. She was 94. Read story
Choreographer Benjamin Millepied to Work with the Industry's Yuval Sharon
As the vision for his new company begins to take form, L.A. Dance Project founder Benjamin Millepied, revealed to Artbound this week that he will collaborate on a new opera with The Industry, the avant garde "hyper opera" company that debuted in Los Angeles this spring helmed by Yuval Sharon (see Artbound's story here on The Industry). Read story