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DreamWorks Animation wins big at 42nd Annual Annie Awards
11:00 am PDT 01/02/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

There was a lot on the line at the 42nd Annual Annie Awards – which recognises the year’s best in the field of animation – on 31 January at the UCLA’s Royce Hall. The champion here is generally considered the favourite to win the Oscar later this month, as nine of the 13 winners since the Best Animated Feature Oscar category was introduced also took the top prize at the Annies. That includes last year, when Disney’s juggernaut Frozen claimed … Read More

Colors set to ‘roar’ with ‘Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat’ from 2 February
3:00 pm PDT 31/01/2015 By Vishaka Chakrapani

Historical shows are a rarity on Indian television, what with the high production cost as well as the risk of achieving the targeted viewership. However, Hindi GECs are slowly breaking the mould of sticking to soap operas. The latest on the block is Colors’ upcoming show Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat that will be an hour long episode at the 9:00 pm slot from Monday through Friday. Shot across Jaisalmer, Kerala, Film City and of course the huge set at Karjat, Ashoka … Read More

Lego announces new slate for 2015 videogames
1:00 pm PDT 31/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Lego video games are back and boast of big names in the line-up for the year. Jurassic World and Marvel’s The Avengers bring the popular brick based video-game to two new movie franchises, mirroring Lego’s physical franchised toys. A long standing favourite with family gamers, LEGO’s success continues to grow. Having released a video-game version of The Lego Movie, as well as Lego Batman 3 and Lego Hobbit last year, Warner has just announced the first two Lego game titles for 2015: … Read More

Mattel reports lower results for Q4-2015 and FY-2014; CEO Stockton takes the fall, quits
11:45 am PDT 31/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

BENGALURU:  Mattel, Inc (Mattel) reported a 6 per cent drop in worldwide sales from Q4-2014 (quarter ended 31 December, 2014 current quarter) to US$ 1994 million from US$ 2113.2 million in Q4-2014. Worldwide sales for FY-2014 (year ended 31 December, 2014) fell 7.3 per cent to US$ 6023.8 million from US$ 6484.9 million in FY-2013. For the quarter, the company reported net income of US$ 149.9 million, or US$ 0.44 per share, which includes a negative impact of US$ 0.05 … Read More

Angry Birds jumps into match-three puzzle maze
11:15 am PDT 31/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Once a popular game Angry Birds is now sidelined by the newer games like Candy Crush, Clash of Clans and Puzzles & Dragons; of these three, two games are based on the match-three puzzle formula. Rovio has clearly seen the effect the puzzle games have and has soft-launched two new Angry Birds games ditching its usual slinging birds for match-three puzzle gameplay. Angry Birds Stella Pop! has been released in Canada, while Angry Birds Fight! is available in Thailand. The new games are … Read More

iOS App Store scores 70% greater profit as against Google Play Store
11:00 am PDT 31/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The record breaking quarter for the Cupertino based company also saw rise in the revenue of its app store. The recent report by mobile analytics firm App Annie that looks back at the year 2014 and how Apple’s iOS App Store and Google Play Store have fared, brings forth these facts. Google Play Store despite seeing 60 per cent in downloads was outshone by iOS – hinting at vastly superior monetisation of its service. In App Annie’s 2014 Retrospective, it … Read More

Nickelodeon to launch direct-to-consumer service in February
10:45 am PDT 31/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Taking a leaf from HBO’s book, Nickelodeon is also planning to launch its standalone subscription service this February. The plans for the direct-to-consumer service were revealed during a call between parent company Viacom and investors, Variety reports. More details will follow next month. No details have been revealed as to which markets this service will be made available as yet. The service will be aimed at consumers using mobile devices, and may carry a different name and/or branding, said Viacom … Read More

SAB TV pays tribute to eminent cartoonist RK Laxman
10:30 am PDT 31/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Paying tribute to the eminent cartoonist and creator of ‘The Common Man’, SAB will re-telecast its popular comedy show ‘RK Laxman Ki Duniya’ with back-to-back episodes. The channel will air the show on Saturday, 31 January, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. SAB TV senior EVP and business head Anooj Kapoor said in a statement, “India will definitely miss RK Laxmansaab, his blunt and honest depiction of Indian way of life is what kept the humour alive in daily newspaper … Read More

Government keen on National AVCG Centre: MoS Rathore
1:00 pm PDT 30/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The government has off late shown keen interest in promoting the animation, VFX, comics and gaming (AVCG) industry of the country. The latest in its efforts to boost the sector is coming from the Information & Broadcasting Ministry minister of state Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. The proposed National Centre of Excellence for gaming, animation and visual arts is getting the right push from the minister. A report in Times of India quotes him as saying, “We are very keen on this … Read More

Disney reveals new Latino princess in ‘Elena of Avalor’
12:30 pm PDT 30/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney is all set to embrace various cultures in his range of series. A new show that is set to premiere in 2016 is Elena of Avalor, which is about a 16 year old Latino princess in an enchanted fairytale kingdom inspired by diverse Latin culture and folklores. The character will first premiere on Disney’s popular show Sofia the First. The animated series produced by Disney Television Animation will go into development now as per Disney Junior Worldwide EVP and … Read More

Alibaba reportedly invests $10 million in Android console maker Ouya
12:00 pm PDT 30/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Ouya, the miniature game-console maker that has struggled to gain traction since its record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, has received a new injection of capital from a powerful strategic partner. According to a report by Wall Street Journal, E-commerce giant Alibaba invested $10 million in the Santa Monica based company last month. The two companies have discussed a plan to incorporate Ouya’s software and library of more than 1000 games into Alibaba’s set-top box. This investment could boost the fast sinking console’s … Read More

Nick regains pole position in WK 4 of TAM TV ratings
11:30 am PDT 30/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

In week 4 of the TAM TV ratings, the mainstay kids channel from Viacom18 – Nick – has regained its numero uno spot. It has gained just one TVT to reach 230 TVTs (229), closely following is Disney Channel India shedding 28 TVTs closing the week with 221 TVTs (249). Coming in at third is Hungama with 210 TVTs (216) and followed by both the Turner siblings – Cartoon Network at 190 TVTs (192) and Pogo dropping 20 TVTs at … Read More