For the Future of the Texas Film Industry, Look to Animation

Actor Michael B. Jordan attends the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. On May 21, 2018, Jordan was announced as the voice of Julian Chase, lead protagonist of the forthcoming anime series Gen:Lock from the animation studio of Austin-based Rooster Teeth, Texas film industryIf Matt Hullum, CEO of Austin-based entertainment network Rooster Teeth, and Gray G. Haddock, the head of the company’s animation studio, spend much time battling insecurity about their place in the wider media landscape, they don’t show it. The company has built itself into a media juggernaut, with an audience of more than 45 million viewers; licensing deals that have placed characters from its hit anime series, RWBY, on backpacks and t-shirts at Walmart and Hot Topic; and 65,000 die-hard fans who travel to Austin every year for its annual RTX convention. But approaching a Hollywood superstar for the lead voice role in its forthcoming series did make them a little nervous. Michael B. Jordan—the former Friday Night Lights star who co-starred in this winter’s Black Panther—was always on Haddock’s mind…View Original Post

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