Eeksaurus bags the first ever award for India at Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2015
12:00 pm PDT 02/07/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

In a first for India at Annecy, France’s prestigious International Animation Film Festival which is world renowned to recognise the best in the field of animation, Eeksaurus has bagged the Annecy Cristal Award in the Commissioned Film Category for their film on child labour for Rotary International titled ‘Fateline’. The jury at Annecy was mighty impressed with the campaign calling it a film that was a fantastic mix of technique and aesthetics, a kind they had never seen before. The … Read More

DreamWorks bags rights for Michael Crichton’s ‘Micro’
4:00 pm PDT 30/06/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

DreamWorks Studios recently acquired the film rights of Michael Crichton’s last novel “Micro,” according to reports. The novel was published in 2011, a few years after Crichton’s death. It was actually unfinished when he died in 2008, but another author Richard Preston was commissioned by Crichton’s publisher to finish the book. The novel went on to become a New York Times bestseller, spending 20 weeks on the list for hardcover and paperback. DreamWorks, particularly Steven Spielberg, expressed excitement over the … Read More

9 Story Media Group builds momentum in Asia with multiple sales deals
5:00 pm PDT 29/06/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

9 Story Media Group has secured a multitude of sales for its kids and family content across Asia, as it builds momentum and expands its presence within the territory. Nearly 350 half hours of content have been sold to broadcasters in Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea. Thailand’s TV3 has acquired 130 half hours of content, including first seasons of preschool favourites Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood (80 x 11’), Peg + Cat (80 x 11’) and Monkey See Monkey Do … Read More

Cake inks ‘Angry Birds’ deal with Rovio
11:00 am PDT 25/06/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Cake has entered a distribution deal with Rovio Entertainment to represent its slate of animated content based on the popular Angry Birds brand. Under the agreement, Cake will rep the entire catalog of shorts, consisting of Angry Birds Toons and its spin-offs Angry Birds Stella and Piggy Tales starring arch nemeses Bad Piggies. Angry Birds Toons debuted in 2013, building on the brand’s success in mobile gaming, publishing and licensing. The show has aired on TV in over 50 countries as well … Read More

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IDFC Investment sells 0.8% stake in DQ Entertainment for Rs 1.26 crore
10:30 am PDT 25/06/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

IDFC Investment Advisors Ltd, the investment management subsidiary for India Development Fund, has sold 0.80 per cent stake in Hyderabad-based animation company DQ Entertainment (International). IDFC sold 0.63 million shares at Rs 20.01 per share in DQ Entertainment in a bulk deal on Monday for Rs 1.26 crore (Rs 12.63 million) on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). IDFC Investment had picked up a small stake in early 2010 as part of pre-IPO placement in the animation company, which primarily provides … Read More

Krayon Pictures joins forces with China’s Heshan Media for sequel to ‘Delhi Safari’
11:00 am PDT 19/06/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The year 2012 witnessed the release of India’s first stereoscopic 3D animated feature film called ‘Delhi Safari’, which was touted to be the best animated feature out of India, before last year’s release ‘Chaar Sahibzaade’ took over the mantle purely on merit, which is a good sign for the Indian animation industry. According to a new development that we have come to learn of, the Pune-based Krayon Pictures, which had co-produced ‘Delhi Safari’ along with People Tree Films, has found … Read More

Jetpack Distribution secures broadcast agreement with iflix
11:00 am PDT 18/06/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Global distributor, Jetpack Distribution, has secured a broadcast deal with Southeast Asia’s leading Internet TV service, iflix, for a broad range of programming from across their portfolio. iflix, which currently broadcasts across Malaysia and the Philippines, has picked up 187 hours of programming by acquiring rights to 12 series’ of Jetpack’s programming, including titles such as pre-school puppet live-action series The Moe Show (52 x 11’), the EMMY nominated docudrama, Heart & Soul (26 x 30’) and 2D animation, Jamie’s … Read More

Maharashtra to become AVGC hub thanks to new IT/ITES Policy
8:00 am PDT 17/06/2015 By Sidharth Iyer

Earlier this year the Maharashtra IT and ITES Draft Policy was brought to public eye at FICCI FRAMES, and there were many provisions that were requested in a bid to promote the sunrise sector of Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics (AVGC) and make Maharashtra an AVGC hub. The good news is that the policy has finally been approved by the state government and is all set to roll out the well-defined plans to make the dreams of many aspirants … Read More

Pixar to unveil ‘Finding Dory’ teaser footage at D23 Expo
3:00 pm PDT 16/06/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney’s annual fan convention that takes place in Anaheim, California will host the first footage from the Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory. Walt Disney Animation Studios announced on Monday that Finding Dory will join several other upcoming films as part of their D23 presentation taking place on Friday, 14 August. The event titled “Every Story Is a Journey: The Upcoming Films of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios” will be hosted by Pixar’s chief creative officer John Lasseter, who will introduce footage from Pixar’s Dory and The Good … Read More

9 Story Media Group enters the Chinese market
10:30 am PDT 16/06/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

9 Story Media Group has entered into an agreement with Beijing Sunshine Culture and Communication, a leading Chinese media company. Under the terms of the deal, Sunshine has taken all rights within the territory for the award winning preschool series, Peg + Cat (80 x 11’) and Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood (130 x 11’). “We are thrilled to partner with Sunshine on Peg + Cat and Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood,” said 9 Story Media Group MD Natalie Osborne. “This marks our first … Read More

Sony Animation announces a full CGI Smurfs feature ‘Get Smurfy’ for 2017
4:00 pm PDT 15/06/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Sony Animation has chosen today – which is apparently Global Smurfs Day – to announce Get Smurfy, the studio’s upcoming fully-animated Smurfs movie. Yes, there won’t be any live-action elements like a Neil Patrick Harris this time around. Sony announced that Demi Lovato will be voicing Smurfette and she will probably be seen singing in the film as well. Rainn Wilson, who is best known for playing Dwight on The Office, will voice the evil Gargamel. Lastly, Homeland’s Mandy Patinkin will voice Papa Smurf. … Read More

New villain ‘Kai’ given a teaser peek in fresh Kung Fu Panda 3 video
12:00 pm PDT 15/06/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The first teaser trailer for the highly-anticipated tent pole installment – Kung Fu Panda 3 – has arrived. Although the trailer is in Chinese, fans still can enjoy several scenes of the movie which reveal some new characters and give a look at the Furious Five. The trailer opens with Master Shifu seemingly warning the Furious Five that there will be a war. It continues with scene where the main villain, Kai aka The Collector, smirks. Although the trailer was meant … Read More