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Jennifer Howell
DreamWorks Animation appoints Paramount exec as Head of Development
12:00 pm PDT 24/05/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

DreamWorks Animation has appointed Paramount’s Head of Comedy Jennifer Howell as the company’s new Head of Development. Howell will replace Gregg Taylor and will report to Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria. Producing duties for DreamWorks animated musical film Larrikins which has an expected release date in 2018. Taylor oversaw the development of both Trolls and The Boss Baby during his five year tenure and also served as the production executive on How to Train Your Dragon. With a well grounded … Read More


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Green Gold’s Rajiv Chilaka to be honoured by Academy of Art University for his contribution to Indian animation
5:15 pm PDT 20/05/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Academy of Art University, president, Dr. Elisa Stephens will honour alumnus Rajiv Chilaka of Green Gold Animation, based in Hyderabad, India. Chilaka, known as “the animation poster boy of India,” has been acclaimed for his ground-breaking contribution to the Indian animation industry. India, with a population of 1.3 billion, includes 50 per cent of that number under the age of 25, resulting in a large audience, ripe for Chilaka’s appealing cartoon characters. As an honoured guest of the Academy, Chilaka … Read More


Darwyn Cooke
DC Comics illustrator Darwyn Cooke passes away at the age of 53
10:00 am PDT 16/05/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

The creative and illustrative force behind DC: The New Frontier series, Darwyn Cooke passed away early Saturday morning on 14 May, 2016. The news comes just one day after Darwyn’s wife, Marsha Cooke posted on the artist’s blog that he was receiving palliative care following a bout with aggressive lung cancer. The unfortunate news of his demise was stated by his family in a statement on the artist’s blog saying- “We regret to inform you that Darwyn lost his battle with … Read More


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Major Chinese VFX studio to be launched by Rhythm and Hues co-founder, John Hughes
11:00 am PDT 23/04/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

John Hughes, one of the co-founders of the Academy Award winning studio Rhythm and Hues, is all set to launch a considerably large scale VFX studio in China. Rhythm and Hues won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects in 1995 for their contribution in Babe. They were also the VFX force behind the 2012’s critically acclaimed film Life of Pi directed by Ang Lee. Although, soon after being nominated for the Academy Awards for Life of Pi, the company … Read More


Arun Dutta
GSN Games India finds their new country manager in Arun Dutta
5:30 pm PDT 14/04/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

GSN Games, which specialises in social casino games, has appointed Arun Dutta as their new country manager of GSN Games India. The acquisition comes through with their purchase Bash Gaming, widely known for Bingo Bash, which is often termed as the most successful mobile game developed in India. Dutta has dedicated 20 years of his life in key leadership roles. He has overseen the product supervision and engineering of famed companies such as Danaher Corporation and Hewlett-Packard. Prior to his … Read More


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Disney COO quits but the show must go on  
11:00 am PDT 07/04/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney COO Thomas Staggs announced the end of his journey at the company by the end of this year. Staggs was about to replace current Disney CEO Bob Iger upon his 2018 retirement but now, after the replacement himself moving out, the production house will have to look for another suitable candidate to lead the helm. Disney’s board definitely has the bandwidth and capability to find a successor to Iger, although someone as good as Staggs will be difficult to … Read More


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Prime Focus Technologies appoints new COO
6:30 pm PDT 29/03/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Prime Focus Technologies (PFT), the technology arm of Prime Focus, the world’s largest media services powerhouse, announced the addition of IT industry veteran Raghunath Mohanrao (Raghu) to its executive suite as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Raghu is stepping in to take over duties from PFT co-founder and former COO, Ganesh Sankaran, who is taking sabbatical for 15 months to pursue an MBA, while remaining on the PFT Board of Directors. Ganesh Sankaran said, “I’ve wanted to go back to school for … Read More


Deirdre Brennan
Deirdre Brennan appointed as Corus Kids, VP of content at Corus Entertainment
10:30 am PDT 25/03/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Corus Entertainment announced the appointment of Deirdre Brennan as VP of content, Corus Kids. A highly respected global leader in children’s content, Deirdre will oversee all content aspects of the Corus Kids portfolio, which includes YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon, TELETOON, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD in Canada. “I am excited to join Corus, a dynamic organisation that’s incredibly committed to producing and delivering the best content for Canadian children and the world,” said Deirdre Brennan. She will … Read More


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Rahul Thakkar’s Media Review System, makes work life easier at DreamWorks, earns him an Oscar
5:30 pm PDT 23/03/2016 By Prerna Kothari

Antz, Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda… all these movies have a common thread among them. Yes, they all are animated films but at the same time, all have come out of DreamWorks Animation, the studio that’s among the top studios that’s been producing animated films and has delivered many blockbuster movies. The big question is: what does it take to create a movie? A single animated feature film takes about three to four years  to get developed and a lot … Read More


Christine Davis
Christine Davis appointed as director of animation at Tricon Films & Television
11:00 am PDT 23/03/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Tricon Films & Television, the Toronto based production and distribution company, has appointed Emmy Award-winning producer Christine Davis as its director of animation production. This move comes with a view to encourage its Kids and Family branch which consists of various current shows like WilderNuts, Shutterbugs, The Next Star and so on. With a pool of experience from the past, Davis has worked on a number of entertaining kids’ series like Arthur, Justin Time and Anne of Green Gables. She has also worked for a number … Read More


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Intel mastermind Andy Grove, passes away
5:00 pm PDT 22/03/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

The technology world has suffered a grave loss as Andy Grove, who served as the former CEO and chairman of Intel, passed away on Monday. He was 79 and was suffering from Parkinson’s disease, but the cause of death has not been reported yet. Andrew Grove aka ‘Andy’ Grove was the first hire at the American technology giant company which was founded in 1968. Being a science pioneer in the semiconductor industry, Andy Grove escaped from Communist-controlled Hungary at the age of … Read More


Terry Curtin
DreamWorks Animation appoints Terry Curtin as Theatrical Publicity Head
4:00 pm PDT 22/03/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

DreamWorks Animation has appointed Terry Curtin as its head of theatrical publicity as per the announcement on Monday. She will be joining DreamWorks from 11 April, 2016. Terry Curtin will oversee the worldwide publicity efforts for DWA’s feature film slate, including traditional and digital publicity campaigns. Curtin will replace Robin Chandler, who previously served as head of theatrical publicity, will step down from her role in order to launch an independent consulting practice. She joins the company from STX Entertainment, … Read More