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FY-2014: Feature film segment also pulls down DreamWorks Animation’s FY-2014 numbers
10:00 am PDT 26/02/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

BENGALURU: DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (DWA) reported revenue decrease of 3.2 per cent to US$ 684.62 million for the year ended 31 December, 2014 (FY-2014, current year) as compared to the revenue of US$ 705.92 million in FY-2013. DWA says that increases in the New Media segment were more than offset by lower year-over-year performance in the Feature Film Segment says the company. The company reported operating loss for FY-2014 at US$ 300.04 million as compared to a loss of … Read More

Netflix infuses fresh animated content for kids
9:30 am PDT 26/02/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Netflix has added new animated as well as live-action comedy series to its growing portfolio of kids’ content. New shows include Danger Mouse (spring 2015), Inspector Gadget (March 2015), Some Assembly Required (Summer 2015), Bottersnikes & Gumbles (spring 2016). A CGI animated series inspired by Playmobil called SUPER4 will make its US premiere in April only on Netflix. “We’ve seen great characters and rich storytelling work for a global audience time and time again,” said Global Independent Content vice president … Read More

Disney and DirecTV sign multi-year distribution deal
9:00 am PDT 26/02/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

US pay TV service provider DirecTV has inked a deal with Disney which will have Watch ABC, Watch ABC Family, Watch Disney Channel, Watch Disney Junior, Watch Disney XD and WatchESPN so that DirecTV customers can access live  and on-demand programmes. This includes news, entertainment and sports programming on computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and connected devices. As per the multi-year distribution deal, customers of the provider can watch live network streams of ABC local channels that are available in … Read More

Q4-2014: DreamWorks Animation loss widens with help from ‘Penguins’ & ‘Peabody and Sherman’
2:30 pm PDT 25/02/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

BENGALURU: DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (DWA) reported 14.7 per cent higher revenues for the quarter ended 31 December, 2014 (Q4-2013, current quarter) of US$ 234.2 million, as compared to the US$ 204.3 same period in 2013. DWA reported an adjusted operating loss of US$ 37.6 million and adjusted net loss attributable to DWA of US$ 64.1 million or an adjusted loss of US$ 0.75 per share. The company’s results for the quarter ended 31 December, 2014 include impairment charges of … Read More

Rudra Matsa Entertainment’s outsourcing sojourn
2:00 pm PDT 25/02/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

For the last one year Rudra Matsa has been associated with one of the world’s biggest toy manufacturing company, creating short webisodes for them. The short 2D animated series are a part of its vast merchandise base and includes young girls as the lead. After dabbling with creation of IPs the company is now also exploring the service providing model, Rudra is happy about the association that has been built with the company, allowing his set-up to deliver 18 episodes … Read More gears up for version 2.0; targets March end launch
1:30 pm PDT 25/02/2015 By Sidharth Iyer

Kids nowadays are easily influenced by all sorts of media that they are exposed to and it’s becoming difficult for parents to keep a tab on their kids’ online activities. is one such online destination where parents can breathe easy as they have complete monitoring rights of their young one’s activities. “Our core objective is to ensure that when a child initiates his journey into the world of internet, there is a space solely dedicated for kids where their preferences … Read More

Google cracks the whip on sexually explicit content on Blogger
12:30 pm PDT 25/02/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Google is banning sexually explicit material on its Blogger platform. In an announcement posted on its website, the search giant said that users will no longer be able to ‘publicly share images and videos that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity on Blogger’ as of 23 March. However, Google will still allow nudity with the caveat that the content ‘offers a substantial public benefit, for example in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts.’ What about the existing blogs? If your current … Read More

‘Talking Tom and Friends’ to debut on YouTube Kids app
11:30 am PDT 24/02/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Google has launched a much anticipated version of its YouTube app aimed at children. Outfit7′s all-new animated series based on the entertainment juggernaut of the same name Talking Tom and Friends, will showcase from 30 April 2015. It will be 52 x 11 minutes series, with new episodes every week. The announcement was made yesterday on the YouTube Official Blog and from the 2015 Kidscreen Summit – the global kid’s content market, taking place in Miami, Florida. “We’re thrilled to partner … Read More

Machinima lays off employees a day after Warner Bros. investment
11:30 am PDT 23/02/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Warner Bros. Entertainment has upped its investment in Machinima, leading a $24 million round of financing for the online video network. Machinima, the first global Many2Many programming service is focused on fandom and gamer culture. Also joining WB in the $24 million round are original investors Redpoint Ventures and MK Capital, along with Coffin Capital and Allen DeBevoise. Google was an early investor in Machinima. “In 2014, Machinima regained our leadership position in the global digital video marketplace by focusing … Read More

YouTube will host the first post budget interviews of Jaitley, Prabhu
11:30 am PDT 20/02/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s push towards internet for all and emphasis on using social media to reach out to more people has resulted in the first post budget interviews of the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu to be hosted on the video sharing website YouTube. The Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry has begun using a combination of social media platforms like YouTube, Twitter and Facebook to hold Talkathons, which it plans to utilise for the post … Read More

YouTube to release app for kids; targets the US first
10:30 am PDT 20/02/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

A new free app designed for kids will be launched by Google owned video service YouTube on 23 February. Called ‘YouTube Kids’, it will offer original episodes of TV shows for children apart from the existing kids-targeted videos available. Reports suggest that the app will have a timer facility for parents to keep control on their tot’s viewing limit. At first, it will only be available on Android for users in the US. It is expected to have a different … Read More

YouTube: Our visual companion since a decade
11:00 am PDT 16/02/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The video sharing website YouTube for the past 10 years has been home to a wide variety of videos ranging from education to entertainment to funny animal videos. But the iconic site had its first video uploaded on 23 April 2005, with a guy standing in the zoo, and the guy in question being Jawed Karim, co founder YouTube standing in front of some elephants, the grainy, 19-second video now has over 17 million views. We’ve come a long way … Read More