Comic world legend Stan Lee to get his very own graphic memoir
12:30 pm PDT 23/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Legendary comic book creator Stan Lee will tell the story of his extraordinary life with the same inimitable energy and offbeat spirit that he brought to the world of comics in a unique graphic format. To be published by Simon & Schuster, “Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir” will hit bookstores on 6 October. From the very beginning, working with the great Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, to creating Spider-Man with Steve Ditko, to his most recent cameo in “Avengers: Age of … Read More

John Lasseter discusses Disney-Pixar’s upcoming feature slate
4:00 pm PDT 21/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney-Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter gave an in-depth, two hour presentation on the studios’ upcoming features slate at the Cannes Film Festival Wednesday morning. Highlights included new clips and plot details for Pixar’s Finding Dory and Disney’s Moana. He also pointed out that this is the first year Pixar will release two films - Inside Out, which premiered at Cannes earlier this week, and The Good Dinosaur, coming at the Thanksgiving holiday. He also cited the bolstered morale at Disney Animation thanks to the … Read More

Turner India ups Rohit Khetarpal to director, network & content distribution
1:30 pm PDT 21/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Turner International India has elevated Rohit Khetarpal as director of network and content distribution for South Asia. In his new role, Khetarpal will be responsible for content syndication and driving mobile and interactive platforms including mobile, broadband, DTH, IPTV, gaming services for Turner’s portfolio of industry-leading news and kids entertainment brands including CNN International, Cartoon Network, and POGO. In addition, he will lead CNN International’s hotel partnership programme and broadcast partnerships in South Asia. He will also manage the distribution … Read More

Former EA Games president Frank Gibeau leaves after 20 years
10:30 am PDT 20/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Electronic Arts veteran and longtime executive Frank Gibeau has parted ways with the publisher after serving the company for more than 20 years. Gibeau first joined the company in 1991 and ascended the ranks over the years to become the president of EA Games and EA Labels overlooking the development of the company’s franchises, including Battlefield, FIFA, Madden NFL, Need for Speed and The Sims.  Currently he was serving as an executive VP of EA Mobile, a role he assumed in … Read More

Argentinian animation filmmaker feted at first Animation Day at Cannes
3:00 pm PDT 19/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

New Delhi: Animation producers, filmmakers and animation lovers shared news around their work while attending a panel discussion and a screening of their best films from Montreal Internation Animation Film Festival 2015 at the first Animation Day at the Cannes Film Festival. The event was held today at the Horyou Village located at the grounds of Le Grand Hotel Cannes. Among the films screened were The Best Short Film Winner Aubade directed by Mauro Carraro (Switzerland), Castillo y el Armado, directed by Pedro Harres (Brazil) and Last … Read More

Actor Gopi Bhalla who created ripples in FIR all set for a 3D avatar
10:30 am PDT 19/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

New Delhi:  Actor Gopi Bhalla, who held viewers in splits as Constable Gopi in SAB TV’s FIR, is now appearing on the channel in a show of his own as Constable Gopi Bhalla 3D avatar with the title SAB KA GOPI. Gopi Bhalla brought giggles through his performance in the very popular and longest running FIR. The way he mouthed his dialogues on the show came in for special praise and there have been ringtones on his dialogues too. Bhall … Read More

Asa Butterfield leads the race to become the new face of Marvel’s Spidey
3:00 pm PDT 16/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Every superhero fanatic would have rejoiced when Marvel’s webslinger, Spiderman swung from Sony Entertainment to Marvel Studios in the bid to give Spidey a creative direction in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sony’s $4 billion franchise has already been rebooted in Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spiderman series, yet Andrew Garfield even with the right charm failed to swing the movie in the right direction. But this February, when Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige announced Spiderman’s entry into the MCU alongside … Read More

The Simpsons parts ways with Ned Flanders’ voice actor Harry Shearer
3:00 pm PDT 14/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Harry Shearer the voice behind the popular character Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns and many more from the longest running animated show The Simpsons quit the show over contract dispute. He has been part of the show for 25 years and tweeted his departure from the show stating that his signing up for the new season would have stopped him from doing other work. The actor quoted The Simpsons writer and producer James L. Brooks’ lawyer, who reportedly said that while the “show … Read More

Colin Brown joins Blue 2.0 as vice chairman
11:00 am PDT 12/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Post house Blue 2.0 has hired former British Film Commissioner and Cinesite boss Colin Brown as its vice chairman. Former Prime Focus UK Broadcast VFX honcho Parvinder Bhatia had taken over Prime Focus’ UK broadcast post production business under new post production banner Blue 2.0 in March. As the former CEO of Cinesite Global and general manager at Lucas Animation, Brown brings significant senior level management experience with leading media companies across the UK, Europe, USA and Asia, said Blue 2.0 MD … Read More

Disney Names Leslie Ferraro Consumer Products Prez
10:00 am PDT 11/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Leslie Ferraro, formerly an EVP in the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts division, has been appointed President of Disney Consumer Products, effective immediately. Ferraro takes over from the position vacated by Bob Chapek, who was named chairman of the Parks division earlier this year. A 16-year Mouse House veteran, Ferraro was EVP of global marketing sales and travel operations for Parks and Resorts, where she was responsible for leading the marketing and sales teams in developing consumer campaigns worldwide. She … Read More

CISCO appoints Chuck Robbins as new CEO
9:00 am PDT 05/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

NEW DELHI: Telecom vendor Cisco has appointed an insider, Chuck Robbins as its chief executive officer. The policy of upgrading an insider is very much like that adopted by Microsoft, which had taken Indian born Satya Nadella for the top job. Robbins will take over the CEO position from John Chambers, who led the rise of Cisco for the last 20 years. Chambers will assume the role of executive chairman on 26 July. Robbins, who joined Cisco in 1997, knows every Cisco segment, technology area, and geography. Cisco chairman and … Read More

Liam Neeson voices for ‘Family Guy’, as it celebrates 250 episodes
4:00 pm PDT 04/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Family Guy is celebrating its 250 episode long run with a guest appearance by Liam Neeson. Neeson plays himself in the episode and busts Peter Griffin out of jail after hearing Peter’s been telling everyone he could beat Neeson in a fight. The results are typically disastrous for Peter and hilarious for everyone else. The Oscar nominated actor has been part of movies like Schindler’s List before taking on the role of Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace - has of late … Read More