Digital Media

Marvel releases a sneak peak featurette of ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’
1:00 pm PDT 29/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

In addition to Marvel announcing its entire Phase 3 line-up, the studio also unveiled a new clip from “Avengers: Age of Ultron” during Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. The latest video shows the Avengers hanging out in Tony Stark’s penthouse throwing back beers and blowing off steam. Of course, this being the Avengers, their idea of a party game is a pretty different, taking turn trying to lift Thor’s hammer. The scene is followed by the first Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer that was launched … Read More

Hulu extends deal with Viacom
12:00 pm PDT 29/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Online video streaming company Hulu has extended its distribution partnership with Viacom under which it will expand its kids TV channel Nickelodean’s shows like ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ and ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ including their Spanish feeds as well. Hulu will also continue to stream other shows from Viacom properties like Comedy Central, VH1, MTV, Spike and others. This deal strengthens the partnership between the two parties that was first offered in 2011. In addition to Spongebob and TMNT, Hulu will be … Read More

World celebrates International Internet Day!
11:00 am PDT 29/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Today, you are staring down at your smartphone, computer or any digital device all the time, sending updates and connecting to the people around the world with the help of internet. But, this was all possible when first a two word message was sent from one computer to another 45 years ago. One of the greatest inventions in the history of telecommunication and technology, International Internet Day has been celebrated every year since 2005. On 29 October, 1969, the first … Read More

Softbank Pledges $10 billion worth of Investments in India; Starts with snapping SnapDeal
10:30 am PDT 29/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Japan based telecom and media giant Softbank Corp plans to invest $10 billion in India and to kick-start this pledge, the company inked a deal with Indian online retail giant SnapDeal with investments of $627 million in the company. The deal comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Japan visit in September to attract the foreign investments in the country and boost the Indian economy. “The visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Japan has created a climate of hope and … Read More

Spuul, Pocket Films collaborate to feature short films online
9:15 am PDT 29/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Online video streaming service Spuul has joined hands with aggregator and distributor of alternate content Pocket Films to showcase the finest short films and documentaries online. Spuul chief content officer Prakash Ramchandani said in a statement: “Users can enjoy watching a range of content formats on Spuul. Adding shorts has worked well especially for consumers on the go. Secondly, short formats allow new directors, actors to showcase their talent to a global audience and get instant feedback. Pocket Films has … Read More

First official ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Trailer nears 25 million views on YouTube in 3 days
6:30 pm PDT 24/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Marvel had planned to release the first trailer to next summer’s blockbuster sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron early next week during the broadcast of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series, but it was mischievously leaked – so they decided to throw caution to the wind and put it out right away. And boy did they make the right move! The new trailer gives fans a good look at the James Spader-voiced Ultron, the robotic villain who is one of the … Read More

Warner Bros. Goes Digital with ‘Blue Ribbon Content’
6:00 pm PDT 24/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Warner Bros. has named its newly created short-format digital content division ‘Blue Ribbon Content’. The new banner, headed by Sam Register, will be responsible for developing and producing both animated and live-action series for digital platforms, and already has an interesting slate of titles lined up, which includes both DC Universe spinoffs and original concepts. Blue Ribbon Content’s lineup includes: Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles: This new animated series from BTAS producers Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett features much … Read More

Worldwide TV revenue climbs; OTT and VOD set to grow manifold
5:30 pm PDT 24/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

With the TV and video market witnessing much growth, largely thanks to more on-demand choices, pay-TV and over-the-top revenue both look poised for healthy growth through 2018 according to research firm IDATE. It says that the television revenue worldwide will exponentially increase from €368.9 billion in 2014 to €424.7 billion in 2018, which translates into an average 3.6 per cent annual growth, compared with the 5 per cent reported between 2010 and 2013. However, pay-TV revenue specifically is forecast to … Read More

Fusion, Mondo come together for an Animated Sketch Show
9:45 am PDT 24/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Multi-platform media company Fusion has announced a new 15 minute animated sketch series titled Like, Share, Die, being produced by leading YouTube-based animation distributor Mondo Media. The show will mix topical humour with a number of Mondo’s original series as seen on their 2.5 billion-view YouTube channel. Like, Share, Die is being exec produced by Mondo’s Aaron Simpson and Six Point Harness’ Brendan Burch, and has signed Josh Faure-Brac (SuperNews!) as head writer and producer. Mondo will also source sketches … Read More

FilmBox rebrands Extra as Live service; to come onboard PlayStation4
5:30 pm PDT 23/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Users of the FilmBox Live offering in Turkey, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia will now be able to access movies, TV series and thematic videos on the PlayStation4 platform. FilmBox Live, featuring a number of live-streaming TV channels and VOD content has been running on the PlayStation3 for some time. “We are thrilled to make our FilmBox Live app available on PS4 and bring our content to many more people in the community throughout the CEE and Turkey,” said … Read More

Facebook is now mightier than IBM
12:30 pm PDT 21/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

It’s a major changing of the technology guard for corporate America. Facebook’s market capitalisation shot past IBM’s in recent weeks, as Mark Zuckerberg’s social media behemoth saw its value rise to roughly $208 billion in worth as of last Thursday. Thanks to a remarkable share surge over the past year, Facebook’s market value has leapfrogged any number of the gold-plated names of American industry, including Verizon, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Walt Disney, Bank of America and Citigroup. Facebook’s shares – up 44 … Read More

Leonardo DiCaprio partners with Netflix for release of documentary on endangered gorillas
3:00 pm PDT 20/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

NEW DELHI: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio and his Appian Way Productions shingle have partnered with Netflix for the release of Virunga, a documentary about endangered gorillas on the Congo that the digital network acquired exclusive subscription-video rights to in July. DiCaprio will serve as an executive producer on the film, which is slated for release on 7 November in theatres in New York and Los Angeles and in all territories where Netflix is available. In a review earlier this year at … Read More