Nike Names Chilly Tee To Board of Directors

As Phil Knight steps down, the "Krisis of Identity" rapper steps up.

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The weather has been sweltering`, but in Beaverton, things just got Chillier. Earlier today, Phil Knight announced he will step down as chairman of Nike, the footwear giant he co-founded over a half-century ago. That's a big deal. But for hip-hop fans, the bigger news is that Knight's son, rapper Chilly "Travis Knight" Tee, has been appointed to the company's Board of Directors. According to The Oregonian, ...   More
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

TFNW adds Ron Wyden, LAIKA to the Program


TechFestNW, the now three year-old celebration of the digital start-up scene in Portland, added two interesting and diverse elements to its program this week.  The first is Senator Ron Wyden, who, addition to being the senior Senator of this state, has been called the Paul Revere of the digital age, for his work on the Senate Intelligence Committee.  This clip, which will most certainly be ...   More
Thursday, June 19, 2014 by

Laika Studios Sheds Last Remnant of Will Vinton Studios

The Laika/House advertising branch, including Vinton's M&Ms, will be spun off from the company.


Movies & Television
Laika film studios announced today that it would spin off its advertising division, Laika/house, and concentrate entirely on its feature film business. The advertising division will continue to operate as Laika/house over the summer, when it will become a separate company.This also means that the film studio would sever itself from the last remaining legacies of animator Will Vinton and his studios—including the animated ...   More
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Living With The Dead

In ParaNorman, Laika follows up Coraline with more supernatural angst. Only this time, it’s fun.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Norman Babcock sees dead people. As the title portmanteau of ParaNorman—the second feature from Portland animation house Laika...   More
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Murmurs: Self-Financing Fritz, PacifiCorp Fines and a Laika Lawsuit

News to whisper in Michele Bachmann’s ear.

City Commissioner Amanda Fritz won her council seat in 2008 with public financing, part of the short-lived experiment in Portland that voters killed last year. Facing re-election in 2012, Fritz    More
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 WW Editorial Staff

Feast Your Decaying Eyes on the Trailer for Laika's ParaNorman


Movies & Television
Phil Knight's animation factory Laika is getting started extra early on promoting its second feature, ParaNorman. The follow-up to Coraline doesn't have the Neil Gaiman name recognition factor built in; it's an original concept about a little boy who's a "ghoul whisperer." So 11 months before the movie's August 2012 premiere, the Portland studio has launched its first ParaNorman teaser trailer just ...   More
Friday, October 28, 2011 by Aaron Mesh

Can You Guess Who Animated the New Mr. Peanut? It Was LAIKA

Movies & Television
Buried deep within this New York Times story about Robert Downey Jr. providing the first-ever voice for Planters mascot Mr. Peanut, here's a local nugget: Portland studio LAIKA animated and helped design the character and his advertisements. To be precise, the puppet animation was done by LAIKA/house, the advertising wing of Phil and Travis Knight's cartoon empire. The company makes about 30 commercial ...   More
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 AARON MESH

LAIKA To Lay Off 52 Workers

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Friday, September 18, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

RETAIL THERAPIST: Coraline, the Fashion Show

I'm sitting in the front row of a fashion show at the Benson Hotel, and I've never been more uncomfortable. The show begins with a light and shadow display using canvas sheets, and a woman emerges in a Ace-bandage-like bondage gear suit. Six or so five-foot metal poles are connected to various points on the bandage suit, and they drag behind her like a strange, industrial-strength dress train. ...   More
Monday, July 19, 2010 Sarah Davidson


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