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Bento Box Entertainment opens new studio
11:00 am PDT 12/02/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Bento Box Entertainment, the studio behind creating Bob’s Burgers series, is launching Bento Box Digital Studios with the aim of creating digital and mobile format content. The Emmy winning animation studio made this announcement at the Digital Entertainment World conference on 11 February. Along with this new studio, Bento Box Digital Studios also announced that it will be entering an exclusive partnership with leading virtual reality company Littlestar to produce, curate and distribute immersive animated VR content. A branded animation … Read More

9 Story Media Group partners with Scholastic and Netflix to produce ‘The Magic School Bus’ 
5:00 pm PDT 11/02/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

9 Story Media Group, the Canadian animation studio and distribution company, has partnered with Netflix and Scholastic to produce a new version of animated series The Magic School Bus. The mid 1990’s animated children’s series has been the Emmy award winner and was based on the book series of the same name. This new series will launch in the fall 2017 as a global Netflix Original Series. 9 Story Media Group, President & CEO, Vince Commisso said, “The original The Magic School Bus series … Read More

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ movie set to release in 2018  
3:30 pm PDT 11/02/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

The Sonic franchise which created numerous games with the recent Sonic the Hedgehog video game has now ventured to the big screen. Sony Pictures Entertainment and SEGA SAMMY Group have announced Sonic the Hedgehog movie scheduled for 2018. Marza Animation Planet, the animation wing, along with Sony Pictures plans to create a CG-animated and live action hybrid film. It seems this decision of the company is with the aim to expand its business on the animation front and also enhance the imprint of the franchise … Read More

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Cinesite opens new animation studio to produce nine animated films
2:00 pm PDT 09/02/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Cinesite, the visual effects and animation studio, has opened a new animation studio Cinesite Animation in Montreal. The company studio has also unveiled a slate of nine animated feature films that will go into production over the next five years. The studio has previously worked on the Harry Potter series, Iron Man 3 and Skyfall in terms of visual effects. While on the animation front, the first project among the films lined up will be Klaus, written and directed by Sergio … Read More

Portfolio Entertainment and Giggle Media embark to develop animated series for TELETOON
11:00 am PDT 09/02/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Producer and distributor, Portfolio Entertainment, and UK based Giggle Media have entered a development deal with Corus Entertainment’s TELETOON for a new comedy animation series, Invasion of the MooFaLoo! The kids 6-11 co-production comes hot on the heels of Portfolio-produced Freaktown, an upcoming series commissioned by TELETOON. Invasion of the MooFaLoo!, created by Steve Garratt, follows three genetically-modified, rocket-powered sheep – Fluffy, Byron and Telisa – as they fight to protect the world from the MooFaLoo, a race of alien monk cows who conquer planets … Read More

‘Chhaya’ wins the Best Animated Film Award at the 14th MIFF
11:00 am PDT 04/02/2016 By B B Nagpal

Animation made its remarkable performance at the 14th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) which ended on 3 February 2016 in Mumbai. A total of 385 documentaries, shorts and animation films were shown at the Festival from around 20 countries out of the 850 received. Among the several entries received in terms of animated shorts and features, the animation film titled Chhaya bagged the first prize in the Animation Category of International Competition. Directed by Debanjan Nandy along with an enthusiastic team of … Read More

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Temple Street, production company behind ‘Orphan Black’, launches animation division
1:00 pm PDT 03/02/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Temple Street Productions has formed a new parent company Boat Rocker Media and launched five business lines including a new animation division. This new division called Boat Rocker Animation will consist of a 5,000-square-foot studio in Toronto. Functioning as a full service animation studio, Beat Rocker Animation will partner with creators, producers and broadcasters in the production of original 2D and 3D animation content. It has already worked on a couple of animation content which includes Dot and Top Wing, produced … Read More

Animation is no more a medium for children entertainment and can be used as a social tool, says India’s Dhvani Desai and Italy’s Luca Raffaelli
6:30 pm PDT 02/02/2016 By B B Nagpal

NEW DELHI: Animation always endears itself to audiences, but what came as a pleasant surprise was that conventional puppet and drawing animation proved as popular in an era of computer animation. Three packages of animation films – two from Latvia and one from Italy – and a master class by a renowned Italian film festival director surprised many by the attention they received. The package had been curated for the Films Division by award-winning animation filmmaker Dhvani Desai who had … Read More

DHX Media announces DHX Studios; new animation facility in Vancouver
11:00 am PDT 30/01/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

DHX Media, the kids and family entertainment company, is rebranding its content-creation arm as DHX Studios, which will develop and produce quality animated and live-action kids. DHX is also building a brand-new 60,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art animation facility in Vancouver to consolidate its West Coast production operations, comprising about 700 personnel. The new studio will be led by Asaph Fipke who was previously the CEO of Nerd Corps Entertainment, a Vancouver based animation studio. DHX Studios combines development, production and interactive … Read More

Illumination reveals the life of Pets in the new trailer   
4:00 pm PDT 29/01/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

After the adorable Minions, it is time for a gang of pets to entertain and stride along a new wave of adventure. Illumination Entertainment, the creators of the tiny yellow phenomenal characters, have created another upcoming feature based on the secret of The Secret Life of Pets. The second trailer reveals the plot of the film right at the start as it enters the lives that pets live after their owners leave for their daily chores. With different breeds of cats … Read More

Maharashtra ready to offer land for Centre of excellence for animation and gaming: Maha CM
8:00 pm PDT 28/01/2016 By B B Nagpal

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Rathore said his Ministry was seriously contemplating a dedicated channel for documentary, short and animation films. However, he said it was difficult to say at this stage whether it would be a new channel or an existing channel like Doordarshan’s DD Bharati. Speaking at the inauguration of the the 14th edition of Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films – MIFF 2016 – which was inaugurated by Maharashtra Chief … Read More

FICCI suggests 10 year tax holiday for the AVGC industry
11:00 am PDT 28/01/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

The Indian animation, gaming and visual effects industry have been demanding an infrastructure status along with all benefits and incentives available for the infrastructure industry including the availability of finance at a concessional rate. Making this demand, the Entertainment Wing of FICCI has said in a pre-budget memorandum to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley that the sector should be allowed tax concessions as per Section 80-IA of the Income Tax Act FICCI has asked for a 10 year tax holiday for … Read More