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What’s needed to enable more India-Canada animation co-productions?
9:30 pm PDT 31/08/2015 By Sidharth Iyer

The animation industry of Canada has been reputed and recognized for its undying contribution towards the upliftment of the global industry. Ever since the early 1940s the Canadian animation fraternity – largely riding on back of the legacy of Norman McLaren (1914-87) and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) – has given some of the most memorable characters and series that have been experienced across generations. After the founding of the NFB in 1939, the commercial pressures on artists … Read More

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GameJam Titans Chennai witnesses a tsunami of participants
5:00 pm PDT 31/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Hopping from Hyderabad, GameJam Titans reached the ‘Detroit of India’ – Chennai for another mega session of game jamming. One of the biggest turnouts, GameJam Titans has seen in the two years of its existence. SBOA School Auditorium was filled with energy and enthusiasm of close to 800 kids from 62 schools were seen, wanting to showcase their games to the jury members. The themes given to the school kids to create a game were ‘treasure’ and ‘recycle’ – wherein they … Read More

Rovio puts market listing plans on hold after brickbats over job cuts
11:00 am PDT 30/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Rovio’s much delayed stock-market listing seems to have taken a nose dive more so after this week’s warning of lower earnings and a planned mauling of more than a third of its staff. While the mobile games market as a whole is thriving and looks set to grow to more than $35 billion in 2017, according to research firm Newzoo, Rovio’s woes typify ‘the difficulty’ established players have in changing with the times. “They lost their moment…You need to list … Read More

PT MNC Sky Vision’s Rudy Tanoesoedibjo in conversation with DMG’s Nadav Palti at MIPCOM 2015
9:00 am PDT 30/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

MIPCOM has announced that Rudy Tanoesoedibjo, CEO & president director, PT MNC Sky Vision and Nadav Palti, CEO & president, Dori Media Group (DMG), are to deliver a joint Media Mastermind Keynote on Tuesday, 6 October in the Grand Auditorium of the Palais des Festivals. The Media Mastermind Keynote is part of the MIPCOM 2015 conference programme ‘A New Creative Excellence.’ MIPCOM, the global entertainment market runs from 5-8 October 2015, in Cannes. Tanoesoedibjo and Palti will discuss the opportunities, … Read More

Lionsgate’s Jim Packer and Hulu’s Mike Hopkins to open with keynote conversation at MIPCOM 2015
8:00 am PDT 30/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

MIPCOM has announced that Jim Packer, president of Woldwide Television and digital distribution of Lionsgate, will hold a keynote conversation with Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins on the opening day of MIPCOM. Part of the official MIPCOM 2015 conference programme ‘A New Creative Excellence,’ the keynote conversation is scheduled to be held on Monday 5 October in the Grand Auditorium of the Palais des Festivals, Cannes. The conversation, structured as a Fireside Chat, will cover Hulu’s rapid growth in the US, … Read More

10 brother and sister pairs that remind us of our childhood rivalry
8:00 am PDT 29/08/2015 By Prerna Kothari

Who needs friends if they have siblings? Siblings are our partners in crime; they hide secrets from parents and help each other through rough phases in one’s life. Having a sibling is a boon in disguise. They share a complex relationship with one another, they are one another’s protectors, tormentors, playmates, counsellors, sources of envy, objects of pride; siblings are basically our backbone and lifeline. Sisters get to know boys mentality by studying their brother and the brother solves the … Read More

Superman and Aquaman will be seen in ‘Suicide Squad’?
7:00 am PDT 29/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Suicide Squad – the title itself attracts the attention of anyone who’s a DC Universe’s fan. It’s one of the most anticipated movies which are going to release only next year though. For those who don’t know about Suicide Squad, They are an anti hero strike team of incarcerated, death row super villains; acting as deniable, covert assets of the United States government, the team undertakes high-risk, black ops missions in exchange for commuted prison sentences. The team’s actions are … Read More

Disney to unveil ‘Star Wars’ merch on 3 September via YouTube
4:00 pm PDT 28/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

It seems Disney is gearing up for ‘The Force Awakens’ in a big way. Star Wars fans won’t have to wait to get their hands on toys and memorabilia tied to the movie as the company is set to hold a global online event to roll them out. The toys will be introduced over an 18-hour period in 15 cities and 12 countries beginning early on 3 September, Disney said in a press release. The unboxing of the items will … Read More

Indian Toy Industry to grow at a CAGR of 20% and touch Rs 248.83 bn by 2020
3:30 pm PDT 28/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The Indian Toy Industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 20 per cent and be valued at Rs 248.83 billion by the year 2020. The main reason for the growth of the toy industry is the growing population of the country. The toy industry has changed after the advent of globalization and liberalization in India in the early nineties. With the melting of international trade boundaries, a free flow of Chinese toys accessed the Indian market, thus creating … Read More

Khan Academy Launches ‘Pixar in a Box’
2:30 pm PDT 28/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Free online education outlet Khan Academy ( has launched Pixar in a Box — a new resource that explores the academic concepts behind Pixar Animation Studios’ creative process. Through a series of video lessons, interactive exercises and hands-on activities, students will discover how the concepts they learn in school enable Pixar filmmakers to create new worlds, animate unique characters and tell stories through animation. The program is designed for middle and high school students, but is available and accessible to … Read More

CBeebies to Launch ‘Messy Goes to Okido’
1:30 pm PDT 28/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

BBC’s CBeebies will be launching a new hybrid live-action, CG 3D and 2D series, Messy Goes to Okido, on 7 September. The show – based on the character created by kids’ arts and science magazine OKIDO – is a comedy-adventure starring an inquisitive, lovable monster that educates young viewers about scientific concepts. Aimed at kids 2-5, the series is entirely produced in Squint/Opera’s Battersea studios in London, and is directed by BAFTA winner Liz Whitaker (Bob the Builder, Pingu, Timmy … Read More

BARC India & TAM collaborate to supply raw data; form new JV
12:30 pm PDT 28/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Indian television ratings monitoring agencies BARC India and TAM India have joined hands to form a new meter management company. The new company will run meter operations and supply raw data to BARC India. Meters will be deployed based on BARC’s sample design and the ratings will be computed and disseminated through BARC India’s software. This ratings data will be the sole trading currency for the country, giving advertisers, broadcasters and agencies accurate and quality measurement. The meter company will … Read More