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FuseFX hires Hemlock Grove’s VFX producer Sean Tompkins
3:00 pm PDT 20/09/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Not long ago it was learnt that FuseFX shifted to a bigger facility in New York and had announced the series it will be working on this year. Now, further strengthening its Los Angeles production staff, FuseFX has added three veteran visual effects producers. They include Sean Tompkins, a two-time Emmy nominee who previously served as associate head of production at Zoic Studios. Tompkins began his career with the iconic CBS series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation before joining Zoic in … Read More


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With key hires, Deluxe’’s Method Studios strengthens its artistic leadership and animation depth
11:00 am PDT 14/09/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Deluxe Entertainment’s global visual effects brand, Method Studios, announced the expansion of its artistic leadership and animation depth with key new hires based in Los Angeles and New York. New talent includes supervising art director and head of art department Olivier Pron, commercials VFX supervisor and creative director Jesse Bradstreet, commercials VFX supervisor James Rogers, animation supervisors Daryl Sawchuk and Tim Ranck, and VFX supervisor Gong Myung Lee. “”It’s nearly impossible to extoll the individual virtues these artists bring to … Read More


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Julian Scott takes up the post of Animation & Television Consultant for ‘Film London’
2:00 pm PDT 13/09/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Following the departure of Good Story, production executive, Bob Thompson after three years in his position, Film London has appointed industry veteran Julian Scott as its new Animation and Television Consultant. With a rich amount of experience in his kitty, Scott will be responsible for advising investors and producers on the facilities, talents and skills available in the country. He would also organise familiarisation trips for overseas executives and champion the UK’s generous tax incentives for animation and children’s television. Scott … Read More


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Genius Brands International continues expansion plans; promotes Stone Newman to president
2:00 pm PDT 07/09/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Genius Brands International has promoted Stone Newman to president of Global Consumer Products, Worldwide Content Sales and Marketing. The announcement was made today by GBI’s chairman and CEO Andy Heyward, to whom Newman continues to report. This move has come with a view of the company’s continued growth in worldwide licensing, merchandising and retailing programs over the past two years. In his new role, Newman, who joined GBI in 2014 as president of Global Consumer Products, will add oversight of … Read More


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‘Minions’ production executive Dave Rosenbaum joins Cinesite as Chief Creative Officer
11:30 am PDT 01/09/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Moving one step ahead, visual effects and animation studio, Cinesite announced that Dave Rosenbaum has joined the company assuming the key leadership position of chief creative officer. Rosenbaum will be ushering in the studio’s next phase of growth and expansion into a premiere movie animation studio in North America. Rosenbaum was a part of the team at Illumination since its inception as the VP of talent and shaped all facets of Illumination’s feature films, marketing, video games and theme park … Read More


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Andrew McPhillips joins Spin VFX as CG supervisor
3:45 pm PDT 30/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

There’s a new member on-board at Spin VFX and the announcement comes from the mouth of Spin VFX president / executive producer Neishaw Ali himself. Andrew McPhillips joins the studio as the CG supervisor. “Talented and resourceful with an infectious enthusiasm is how I would describe Andrew. His child-like curiosity is fuelled by his passion and love for the craft. His dedication to creating quality imagery is second only to his problem-solving approach and yet another reason why Andrew fits … Read More


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9 Story Media Group appoints Alix Wiseman as Vice President, Business Development & Acquisitions
1:30 pm PDT 30/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

9 Story Media Group has announced the appointment of Alix Wiseman to the newly created position of VP, business development and acquisitions. Reporting to chief strategy officer Natalie Osborne, Wiseman will be responsible for leading distribution and acquisitions efforts in EMEA with a focus on bringing in new content from Europe as well as greenlighting projects with European broadcasters. Wiseman will be based out of the UK. VP, business development, Claudia Scott-Hansen, also reporting to Natalie Osborne, will continue to lead distribution efforts … Read More


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Crystal Dynamics places Ian Millham as the game director for ‘Tomb Raider’ franchise
11:00 am PDT 29/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

It has been about eight months since Tomb Raider’s previous director, Brian Horton bid adieu to Crystal Dynamics for Infinity Ward, the studio of Activision which is known for its Call of Duty game. Crystal Dynamics launched Rise of the Tomb Raider in January and it was the last title Horton had probably worked on. Now, Crystal Dynamics has roped in Ian Milham to helm the Tomb Raider franchise as a game director. Milham, who has been in the industry for almost … Read More


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DWA’s animated feature ‘The Croods 2’ gets new writers and distributor
4:00 pm PDT 24/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

DreamWorks Animation’s animated feature film The Croods 2 will be rewritten by Kevin and Dan Hageman. The Hageman brothers are known to have come up with the story for Warner Bros’ blockbuster The Lego Movie and now they will pen the story for this DWA’s sequel project too. The film was supposed to be released on 22 December, 2017 by 20th Century Fox, but the studio recently put The Story of Ferdin in its place after DWA was sold to … Read More


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Jeffrey Katzenberg bids adieu to DreamWorks Animation as Comcast’s $3.8 billion deal seals
12:00 pm PDT 23/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

There’s a law of nature which states nothing in this world is permanent and someday or the other it will change. Seems the time to bid adieu to DreamWorks Animation has finally arrived for Jeffrey Katzenberg. On Monday, the deal which was initiated less that four months ago has finally been sealed. The $3.8 billion deal between Comcast and DreamWorks Animation, is closed. The animation studio, which has so far given hit franchises like Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How To Train … Read More


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Assemblage cements its base with veteran talent Priyank Raj and Samuel Kumar
6:30 pm PDT 09/08/2016 By Ronald Rodrigues

Assemblage Entertainment, the studio which has created huge ripples in the animation industry in India in just a short span of two years, is on its way of getting bigger and better. The studio which recently delivered a major animated feature film Norm of North is now looking forward to strengthening its team and equipping its artists to raise the bar for its deliverables. Priyank Raj has joined team Assemblage as the Vice President Operations recently on 11 July, 2016. … Read More


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Nickelodeon promotes Dion Vlachos to Executive Vice President Retail
2:15 pm PDT 09/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Nickelodeon seems to have made some changes in their hierarchy as they have now promoted known industry veteran Dion Vlachos to EVP of retail sales, marketing and publishing. Vlachos will be operating from New York and will be leading the retails business of the company’s famed properties like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, PAW Patrol, SpongeBob SquarePants, Shimmer and Shine and more. Vlachos joined Nickelodeon in 2013 as a senior vice president of retail sales and marketing, has looked after Nickelodeon’s ecommerce … Read More