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Facebook’s Q3 ad revenue at $2.96 billion; 66% comes from mobile, up from 49% last corresponding quarter
2:00 pm PDT 29/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

The social media giant – Facebook – has brought in $2.96 billion in advertising revenue in the third quarter of this year, up from $1.8 billion in the third quarter of 2013. The social network continues to highlight its mobile advertising revenues, which comprise 66 per cent of total ad revenues, which is growing steadily. Last quarter the company reported mobile revenues were 62 per cent of total advertising revenue. Facebook has been pushing mobile advertising this quarter with the launch of its new cross-platform advertising network Atlas, … Read More

‘Nuker of the Year’ promises to be a lifetime opportunity for VFX professionals
1:30 pm PDT 29/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

VFX is a very important tool in today’s day and age and one of the most used software or tool is Nuke from the house of The Foundry. Well, in a very novel initiative the company is holding a nationwide contest christened ‘Nuker Of The Year’, which is open to students as well as professionals in India. Participants will need to submit a web link to a shot they have worked on including a VFX breakdown and the Nuke node … Read More

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

And the ‘Best Animated Short’ at Spark goes to ‘The Dam Keeper’!
12:30 pm PDT 29/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Made up of over 8,000 paintings, The Dam Keeper, produced by Tonko House Studio, won the inaugural Best Animated Short Award, at the Spark Animation Conference, Film Festival and Job Fair. The award was announced at the final shorts program on 26 October at the Vancity Theatre in Vancouver, BC. The film has been directed by Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo (known for their art direction in Ice Age, Ratatouille, Monsters University and Toy Story 3). This short-feature blends traditional hand-drawn animation with lush brushstrokes to bring Kondo and Tsutsumi’s celebrated painting-style to life like … 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

Ubisoft Montreal bags ‘Video Game Studio of the Year’ at Golden Joystick Awards
11:30 am PDT 29/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Ubisoft Montreal was named Studio of the Year at the Golden Joystick Awards presented in London, UK. This is the first time Ubisoft Montreal has won in this category. “I am extremely happy to accept this award on behalf of all our teams at Ubisoft Montreal. To be chosen Studio of the Year by players from around the world is a great honour and proof that we are moving in the right direction. We are fully dedicated to creating touching … 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

Jawhar Sircar elected VP in Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union against heavy odds
10:00 am PDT 29/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

NEW DELHI: Prasar Bharati chief executive officer, Jawhar Sircar, was elected vice president of the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) in the ongoing convention and general assembly at Macau. Interestingly, India had deputed a delegation of just two members and one advisor from the public broadcaster, against countries like Japan, China, Hong Kong, South Korea which had over 40 delegates while countries like Malaysia had 30, Sri Lanka had nine, Afghanistan eight, Bhutan five, Bangladesh and Mongolia seven each, Thailand … Read More

NFB Canada gets animated with International Animation Day celebrations
9:45 am PDT 29/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Once again this year, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has a wealth of activities planned in celebration of International Animation Day, offering plenty of opportunities to view animated films online and on the big screen. Beginning on International Animation Day, 28 October, and running until 2 November, the eighth edition of Get Animated! gives audiences a chance to explore a wide range of animated short films. Making its online debut on 29 October at, Chris Landreth’s Subconscious … Read More

Benedict Cumberbatch to play Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’
9:30 am PDT 29/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

After months of speculations, the Sherlock famed Benedict Cumberbatch is the final choice for the titular role in Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange. Slated for release on 8 July 2016, the feature will be directed by Scott Derrickson. Cumberbatch will play Dr Stephen Strange, a former neurosurgeon who, after losing the use of his hands, turns to the mystic arts and the occult. He will serve as the Sorcerer Supreme – the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. … 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