Disney’s child actor Kevin Corcoran succumbs to Cancer
10:00 am PDT 09/10/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney child actor Kevin Corcoran, who played Moochie in the Spin and Marty serials on The Mickey Mouse Club and went on to play roles in films such as Old Yeller, died on Tuesday at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank at the age of 66. The cause of his death was colorectal cancer. Moochie – an adorable, talkative kid who was always getting into jams – was not far removed from the real-life Corcoran. Corcoran was 7 when he started … Read More

Universal Pictures appoints Nickelodeon’s Teri Weiss to head Kids Production Unit
2:00 pm PDT 06/10/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Universal Pictures have created its Universal Kids Production group and appointed Teri Weiss the former Nickelodeon executive to lead it. After serving longtime in Nickelodeon, Teri Weiss will now function as the Senior Vice President and Head of the Kids/Family Development and Production within the new group. The new production group led by Teri Weiss will focus on developing original television content based on new and existing intellectual properties. Universal Pictures also aim to expand its current output of content … Read More

Ted Turner felicitated with the life time achievement award at News Emmys
1:00 pm PDT 01/10/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The founder of CNN, Ted Turner who revolutionised the world of television news was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award for News & Documentary at the 36th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. The Emmy Awards that were presented in 45 categories was attended by more than 1000 television and news media industry executives, news and documentary producers and journalists. The award was presented by Larry King, host of Ora TV’s Larry King Now. King’s Larry King Live anchored CNN’s … Read More

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Farmville creator Mark Skaggs quits Zynga
5:00 pm PDT 30/09/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

One time considered as the most played social media game, the Farmville franchise creator Mark Skaggs resigned from his post at the social game company Zynga. Most recently, he served as Zynga’s SVP of Games, where he oversaw all of the company’s titles, including the recently released strategy game Empires & Allies. “We are appreciative and thankful for the player-focused passion and creativity Mark has infused in Zynga teams and projects over the years,” said Zynga CEO Mark Pincus in a … Read More

Grom Social names Sander Schwartz president
12:00 pm PDT 30/09/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Grom Social, An online social-media networking destination for children 6-16, has named established children’s media senior executive Sander Schwartz as its president. After serving as president of Warner Bros. Animation, president of production of Sony Pictures Television International and president of FremantleMedia’s kids and family entertainment division, Schwartz established his own consultancy where he provides services for a variety of clients engaged in children’s television, film and other media. As president of Grom Social, Schwartz will expand the website into … Read More

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Stan Lee believes Chris Evans is the better man! Find out why?
6:00 pm PDT 29/09/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Since the time it has been announced by Marvel that Captain America: Civil War is going to be released next year, the studio has left no stone unturned to continue generating buzz around its first feature in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When people became aware that a war will take place between Captain America and Iron Man in this upcoming motion picture, they have started predicting which sides would the remaining Marvel heroes be choosing. Recently a concept art was … Read More

Maria Elena Lagomasino elected to Walt Disney’s board of directors
3:30 pm PDT 23/09/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The Walt Disney Company Board of Directors has elected financial advisory firm WE Family Offices’ CEO and managing partner Maria Elena Lagomasino as an independent director, effective 1 December, 2015. “Ms. Lagomasino is a respected leader in the finance and investment field and also has a wealth of experience with, and keen understanding of, global consumer brands. I know the Company and its shareholders will benefit greatly from her Board service,” said Disney chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger. “Disney … Read More

Animation and VFX veteran Nancy Bernstein no more
1:30 pm PDT 23/09/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Nancy Bernstein, an executive at DreamWorks Animation for 10 years who served as Head of Production, died on Friday, succumbing to cancer at age 55. “We are heartbroken by the loss of Nancy Bernstein, a dear family member who passed away on Friday following a long and courageous battle with illness,” DreamWorks Animation said in a statement. “One of our most beloved and respected producers and executives, Nancy spent 10 years at DWA, where she excelled as Head of Production, … Read More

VFX supervisor Stephan Fleet joins Zoic Studios
12:30 pm PDT 22/09/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Visual effects house Zoic Studios has got on board veteran VFX supervisor Stephan Fleet. With a diverse background in VFX and digital media, he has held posts as a visual effects supervisor for such top TV titles as “Extant,” “The Whispers” and “Scorpion.” Fleet will work on projects across Zoic’s Culver City, New York City and Vancouver studios. He comes to Zoic from Encore Hollywood, where he served as executive creative director. Growing up between Los Angeles and Poland in a … Read More

Diana Giorgiutti joins Luma as executive producer of features
9:30 am PDT 19/09/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

VFX studio Luma, Santa Monica and Melbourne, has secured Diana Giorgiutti as executive producer of features. With international experience in feature films spanning 35 years, most recently as a visual effects producer for Marvel Studios, Giorgiutti crosses over to the vendor side which signals tremendous leverage in Luma’s positioning in the film industry. For the past six years, she has been part of a collaboration with Marvel producers Victoria Alonso, Kevin Feige, and Louis D’Esposito. During this time Giorgiutti built … Read More

Shotgun Software hires Rob Di Figlia as Sr. Business Development Manager
9:00 am PDT 19/09/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Shotgun software, developer of the cloud-based production tracking, review and asset management software for film, TV and games, has announced that Rob Di Figlia has been hired to lead its Studio Pipeline Initiative. Working out of the company’s Venice, CA office, Di Figlia will partner with new and existing Hollywood Studio clients to drive product development and implementation. “We’re thrilled that Rob has joined Shotgun to lead our Studio Team. He’s been one of Shotgun’s most innovative customers for many … Read More

Disney ABC ropes in Cindy Davis and John Frelinghuysen for new strategic roles
1:30 pm PDT 16/09/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The Walt Disney Company  has named Cindy Davis, a former Wal-Mart executive and John Frelinghuysen, a former AOL leader to senior posts. Cindy Davis, who now earlier led Wal-Mart’s customer analytics efforts, will join the Disney-ABC Television Group as executive vice president for consumer experience. She will be accountable for  the consumer wants and needs, improving research, including ratings,  across Disney’s television networks other than ESPN (ABC, Disney Channel, Disney XD, ABC Family).Disney also has  John Frelinghuysen as  executive vice president … Read More