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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:44 pm 
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ABC Studios has entered the unscripted space with a new Alternative Division led by Fernando Hernandez, former head of Universal TV Alternative Studios and EVP of Development and Production at Ryan Seacrest Prods.

Since being brought in by ABC Studios President Patrick Moran about 10 months ago, Hernandez has built a development slate of projects set up at networks within and outside of the Disney/ABC family. They include Ink & Paint, an eight-episode documentary series for the upcoming Disney-branded streaming service which takes a Hidden Figures look at a number of women who made many of the Disney animated classics possible with little or no recognition for their work. The goal for Ink & Paint is to be ready for the Disney streaming platform launch in late 2019, with ABC Studios also working on a second docu series for the service.

Ink & Paint, based on the book Ink & Paint by Mindy Johnson, is done in partnership with Sertner Productions. It tells the story of animation at Disney, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Coco and Moana, through the prism of an unsung workforce of trailblazing women who helped create some of the greatest animated movies of all time.

The docu series just filmed possibly the oldest surviving animator for the doc, 108-year-old Ruthie Thompson, who started at Disney Animation in 1937 as a cel cleaner and eventual rose to become a supervising scene planner. She was interviewed at the Ink & Paint building on the Disney lot, which has been kept intact with the old machines and paints still there. “She’s very funny and very spry, and having her come back onto the lot and be able to help us launch this story was extraordinary,” Hernandez said.

The series’ title refers to the original method of making animation which involved individual cels, which first were inked, putting on black ink to do the outlines, before they were sent to a group of painters to do the coloring. “When Walt Disney first brought on these women, a lot of them came on as inkers and painters and then moved onto being full animators and to be leads in the industry,” Hernandez said.
Source: https://deadline.com/2018/10/abc-studio ... 202474547/


PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:45 pm 
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now this is an inspired concept for their streaming service. If this is successful Id hope we get other docus on Disney history/films. :up:

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