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Bhimsain Khurana’s animation Retrospective to screen at Mumbai International Film Festival 2018
11:20 am PDT 23/01/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Indian animation pioneer Bhimsain Khurana’s works are to be screened as part of Retrospective on 29 January, 2018 at JB Hall, Films Division under the aegis of the prestigious Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF), 2018. Khurana has been the creator of indelible short films such as Ek Anek Aur Ekta, The Climb, Munni, Freedom is a Thin Line and many more. The Retrospective package consists of films from his illustrious career between the early 70s till early 2000, which defined … Read More


Cinesite Studios appoint Tara Kemes as GM of Vancouver animation facility
12:15 pm PDT 09/01/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Cinesite Studios has announced the appointment of Tara Kemes as general manager of its feature animation studio in Vancouver. Kemes, who takes over from Nicole Stinn, will be responsible for the overall management of the studio and will report directly to Cinesite Group CEO Antony Hunt. As general manager, Kemes will combine years of industry experience with a thorough understanding of what is required to execute Cinesite’s production commitments. She will oversee the continued expansion and strengthen Cinesite’s profile within British … Read More


‘Star Trek: Next Generation’ actor Jon Paul Steuer passes away
3:00 pm PDT 05/01/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Star Trek franchise’s 2018 has got off to a whimper as Jon Paul Steuer, famous for playing Alexander Rozhenko in Star Trek Next Generation, has reportedly passed away at 33. Whilst the cause of death remains obscure, the Grace Under Fire star is said to have died during the turn of the new year. Steuer first forayed into the television circuit as the son of Worf in the American television series Star Trek, courtesy his ability to “sit still” for the … Read More


Geoffrey Wexler appointed chief, international of Studio Ponoc
11:30 am PDT 03/01/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Experienced leader, manager and lawyer Geoffrey Wexler was recently promoted to chief of international at animation studio Studio Ponoc, where he has been working since July 2017. Studio Ponoc is a Japan-based animation studio which was founded in April 2015. Its first feature film Mary and the Witch’s Flower was released in 2017. Wexler worked as a producer for the English version of the anime film. Before starting out at Ponoc, Wexler worked at Studio Ghibli for six years, from … Read More


Bugs Bunny creator Bob Givens passes away at 99
11:00 am PDT 26/12/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Animator Bob Givens, most notably known for his official design of Bugs Bunny, has passed away. The animator’s daughter Mariana Givens confirmed that Givens had passed away on 14 December at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California due to acute respiratory failure. In a career spanning over 60 years, Givens worked as an animator at various studios like Walt Disney Studio, Warner Bros., Hanna-Barbera and Jack Kinney. Givens started out at Walt Disney Studio in 1937 and worked … Read More


In conversation with the “Roto Maker”, Madhav Reddy Yatham (Mike)
5:00 pm PDT 12/12/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Rotomaker is a fairly known name in the VFX industry. Originally based out of California, the studio has eventually spread its wings to various other locations. With more than 1000 movie credits to their name, including acclaimed Hollywood movies, regional movies, and television series, the studio has risen as a formidable name in the industry. The fact that they are authorised could be attributed to the rigorous auditions they underwent by the likes of MPAA, Disney, Marvel Studios, FOX, Warner Bros, … Read More


Shemaroo strengthens its leadership team with fresh key hires
6:00 pm PDT 29/11/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Shemaroo Entertainment is beefing up its leadership team and has announced three new senior hires across product, digital marketing and public relations. Vaibhav Goyal has been appointed as general manager, head of products in new media & technologies, while Omprakash Singh joins as digital marketing lead and Ankita Anthony has been roped in as public relations Lead. The appointments are Mumbai-based and are expected to help drive the company’s growth in its new transitional phase. Vaibhav Goyal who joins Shemaroo … Read More


Disney-Pixar’s John Lasseter accused of misconduct, takes leave
7:00 pm PDT 22/11/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Now it’s the turn of Pixar co-founder and Disney chief creative officer John Lasseter to lose his halo. The animation legend has apparently taken a leave of absence from the company following alleged misconduct and missteps. The leave is expected to be for six months. A number of reports appearing in the US media have Pixar employees over the years alleging that Lasseter hugged them or kissed them wantonly. In fact, many employees were petrified to come out in the … Read More


Roopak Nair from JetSynthesys opens up about celebrity games being the new bandwagon
11:30 am PDT 20/11/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

JetSynthesys gears up for the launch of the game Sachin Saga Cricket Champions, based on the legendary cricketer’s career that starts from the age of 16 till his last matches. PlayIzzOn is the gaming development and publishing company under JetSynthesys has exclusive global gaming rights of Sachin Tendulkar (Sachin Saga Cricket Champions) and Salman Khan (Being Salman, the official game) alongwith a number of other Bollywood and Hollywood stars. It is also into publishing side where it works with local companies in India … Read More


How Sagar Taneja’s love for Bollywood turned him into a ‘South Park’ caricaturist
5:00 pm PDT 16/11/2017 By Sachin Bhat

Far away in the Arabian gulf of Bahrain, illustrator Sagar Taneja pours out his love for Bollywood through his sketches and arts. Having grown up in a family of Bollywood buffs, the bling naturally caught up with him too and today, with his caricatures of the stars from the industry, has garnered numerous followers of Facebook and other social networking platforms. “I remember that my father, who is a hardcore Dev Anand fan, made me and my brother watch old … Read More


Learn what it’s like to be an animator in China with iAniMagic judge, Basil Chen
6:00 pm PDT 15/11/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Basil Chen (Po-Chung Chen) is an animator and storyboard artist in China, as well as the winner of the iAniMagic animation contest in 2016 and 2015. He has worked on many films and animation projects; including the famous motion picture, Monkey King: Hero is Back. In this interview, he shares his insights on the animation industry in China. What led you to become an animator? I have always been a fan of comics and animation. When I was about 11 or 12 … Read More


Rockline Group’s ‘Munirathna Kurukshetra’ has some superb VFX with Baahubali’s budget
5:20 pm PDT 15/11/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Rockline group is a huge name in the southern industry and has forayed into Bollywood working with some of the biggest names. Founded by southern star Rockline Venkatesh, the 30 year old company has already produced 25 films including Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan(2015) and Rajnikant’s Lingaa(2014) in the past. Today the reigns of the flourishing company lies strongly in the hands of Rockline Venkatesh’s ambitious, talented and extremely down to earth son, Yateesh Venkatesh. He is currently the managing director … Read More