Nitish Nazara
A Fireside chat with Nazara Technologies founder Nitish Mittersain
6:00 pm PDT 19/07/2016 By Vivek Kapadia

Starting a mobile gaming ecosystem in 2000, when nobody really took mobile phone gaming seriously was something of an edge Nazara Technologies has today. Its founder and managing director Nitish Mittersain has been the brain behind the company which has now evolved to being one of the leading game developers and publishers in the large mobile consumer base in India and emerging markets including the Middle East and Africa. Nitish comes from an entrepreneur family and the Mittersain clan has … Read More

TJ Miller
T.J. Miller of ‘Silicon Valley’ fame roped in for the lead voice of ‘Emojimovie: Express Yourself’
4:00 pm PDT 18/07/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

As the world celebrated ‘World Emoji Day’ yesterday, we received some news regarding the virtual expressions or emojis or rather concerning the Emojimovie: Express Yourself which is being produced by Sony Pictures Animation. The plot of the movie seems to be an interesting one as we delve into the world where emojis come to life. During the presentation at CinemaCon this spring, Sony Pictures Animation, president, Kristine Belson provided a glimpse of the movie’s plot while asserting, “Inside your phone, there’s a secret … Read More

Ollie Rankin
Double Negative VFX supervisor shifts focus to VR, joins Uncorporeal Systems
3:00 pm PDT 12/07/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Alice Through the Looking Glass VFX supervisor is set to embark on a new journey. Working with VFX studio Double Negative since the past one year, Ollie Rankin has now moved to Uncorporeal Systems as Head of VFX and VR Production. Hailing from New Zealand, Rankin has been a virtual reality storyteller and visual effects supervisor whose feature film career spans more than 16 years and 26 films. He has been involved in many of cinema’s VFX heavy franchises like … Read More

Narendra Deshpande
Graphic India strengthens leadership team by hiring animation veteran Narendra Deshpande
12:30 pm PDT 07/07/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Graphic India, one of India’s leading character entertainment companies, announced the hire of veteran animation executive, Narendra Deshpande as SVP of Production and Animation. Deshpande will work closely with Graphic India’s co-founder and CEO, Sharad Devarajan and its EVP, creative, Jeevan J. Kang, to scale up Graphic’s original animation production across television and digital platforms. “Narendra brings to Graphic India two decades of animation production experience and excellence and it’s our great honour to have him join us in our … Read More

Heather Walker
Heather Walker purchases Yowza! Animation studio
2:00 pm PDT 05/07/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Industry veteran Heather Walker has purchased traditional animation studio Yowza! Animation from founder Claude Chiasson. Yowza! Animation is an animation studio based in Toronto which was founded by Claude Chiasson in June 1996. However after this acquisition, Walker will manage the business and related productions while Chiasson will continue to lead the creative side of team Yowza! Yozwa! is known for its traditional style of hand drawn animation. Since 1996 it has delivered projects for various clients like DreamWorks, Disney, … Read More

Lawsuit filed against DWA CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg for Comcast Merger ‘Side Deal’
6:00 pm PDT 29/06/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, according to a report by the Los Angeles Business Journal. A DWA minority shareholder Ann Arbor City Employees Retirement Systems filed the lawsuit seeking a share of the profits from an alleged side deal that took place as part of the $3.8 billion merger deal back in April. The merger deal took place in april earlier this year when Comcast Corporation acquired DreamWorks Animation for the above mentioned … Read More

Framestore, Gaumont and Axis Animation have new additions to their respective teams
4:00 pm PDT 22/06/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Framestore, the VFX studio that won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects for the film The Golden Compass, has appointed James Whitlam as executive producer, Film. Whitlam has earlier worked on the VFX work of various films like Mad Max: Fury Road, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Batman Begins. His nine-year tenure at Rising Sun Pictures was quite fruitful as he worked on the major ventures of the … Read More

Ed Ulbrich
Ed Ulbrich appointed as the general manager of Deluxe Visual Effects
10:30 am PDT 21/06/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Deluxe Entertainment Services Group (Deluxe) announced that former Digital Domain, CEO, Ed Ulbrich has joined the company as president and general manager of Deluxe Visual Effects and will be reporting to Deluxe, CEO, John Wallace. He will lead Deluxe’s Method Studios and Iloura, and unify global VFX operations in an attempt to extend the scale and capabilities of services for motion pictures and advertising. Ulbrich will also drive and grow Deluxe VR, a dedicated unit dealing with the creation of … Read More

Viral Thakkar (3)
VFX veteran Viral Thakkar launches his own VFX studio ‘Fluiidmask’
2:00 pm PDT 16/06/2016 By Ronald Rodrigues

The startup fever has triggered a considerable amount of entrepreneurs to venture into serious business and develop something substantial in the recent few years. Viral Thakkar, a well known veteran in the Indian Bollywood VFX and Animation industry, has emerged to be another notable player in this startup era. Viral Thakkar has now founded his own VFX studio called Fluiidmask Studios and thus serves as the founder and creative director of the same. The new venture is situated at Maurya … Read More

BOT VFX appoints Frederick Lissau as its senior producer
1:00 pm PDT 11/06/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

BOT VFX (aka BOT), the VFX outsourcing company, has recruited Frederick Lissau to its ranks as the company continues to expand its client base and breadth of services. Lissau brings 20 years of production experience in VFX, Animation and Games with himself, having worked in North America, Asia and Europe.  He’s tasked with the goal of deepening BOT’s many existing relationships in New York and expanding into newer ones in and around the New York area. BOT, chief, Hitesh Shah … Read More

Russel Hicks
Nickelodeon veteran Russell Hicks steps down
11:00 am PDT 09/06/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Nickelodeon president of content development and production, Russell Hicks has stepped down and will no longer be a part of the Nickelodeon Group. He served around four years as president of content development and production for the Viacom’s Nickelodeon Group, where he oversaw both animation and live-action projects. However, he had been with the company for 14 years and was primarily based in Burbank. “Russell Hicks has decided to step down from his position effective immediately,” a Nick spokesperson informed. … Read More

Comedian Akmal Saleh joins voice cast of ‘Blinky Bill’ TV series
11:00 am PDT 07/06/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Akmal Saleh, the internationally renowned comedian, will join the voice cast of The Wild Adventures of Blinky Bill as Blinky’s best friend, Jacko the frill-necked lizard. Produced by Sydney-based Flying Bark Productions, the CGI animated TV series is the latest incarnation of the iconic Aussie character following on from last year’s box office success, Blinky Bill the Movie. The 52 x 11 minute episode of The Wild Adventures of Blinky Bill has been commissioned by Australia’s most watched television network, … Read More