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9 Story Media Group names Angela C. Santomero as the CCO
4:30 pm PDT 18/06/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

9 Story Media Group has announced to have appointed Angela Santomero as the chief creative officer (CCO). In her newly established role, Santomero will report to 9 Story president and CEO Vince Commisso, and lead the creative content strategy across all of 9 Story Media Group. Her appointment follows the company’s recent acquisition of Out of the Blue Enterprises, which Santomero co-founded. “I am excited to welcome Angela to the 9 Story team. Angela is an absolute creative powerhouse with an unparalleled track … Read More


Guru Studio elevates Louise Jones as the VP of finance and business affairs
5:30 pm PDT 12/06/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Toronto-based Guru Studio has promoted Louise Jones from the director of finance to VP of finance and business affairs. Jones, who joined the Canadian production company as director of finance in 2012, will expand her remit to oversee business affairs, strategic planning, production financing and accounting across the entertainment business, in her new role. She previously worked as a production accountant for Just for Laughs and in the assurance practice at Ernst & Young. She has also served as the … Read More


Pearl Studio names Justinian Huang as the head of development
11:30 am PDT 08/06/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Pearl Studio chief creative officer Peilin Chou announced Justinian Huang as the head of development for Pearl Studio today. The global animation company are currently in production of two major films. Originally from Shanghai, Huang in his new role as head of development, will report to Peilin Chou and will oversee Pearl’s development team.He’ll also continue to build and expand upon Pearl’s diverse and robust development slate which includes over a dozen active projects, and the newest addition- Tiger Empress … Read More


When Monky became a comic artist!
5:30 pm PDT 05/06/2018 By Yugandhara Shete

A kid who never liked to read comics turns into a comic artist at the age of 22 and creates his own merchandising line. Who would have believed that a simple comic event at a cafe in Bandra can turn around the wheels! Mumbai’s Ahmed Sikander has brought the comics out in the light in quite a different way. From sketching books to creative multipurpose stands, the fun merchandising catches attention of all. Bold designs, bright colours and cool caricatures … Read More


Meet Rahul Bhandare, the comic therapist
3:00 pm PDT 14/05/2018 By Yugandhara Shete

When an engineering student after working as an assistant manager for a leading brand for two long years suddenly feels something is amiss, he tries giving himself a THERAPY! Rahul Bhandare, a graduate from Bhavans college realised his love for comics while he was still pursuing engineering. Thinking of it as just a hobby, he continued creating comics on his website The Comic Space. After doodling and drawing since school, Bhandare realised his liking towards story telling. And eureka! The idea … Read More


From ‘Alien Rabindra Jayanti’ to ‘Alien Frieda Kahlo’: meet graphic poet and story-teller, Charbak Dipta
3:00 pm PDT 10/04/2018 By Sharmindrila Paul

Ever wondered about how would an alien selfie look like? Or an Adam teaser?  Or an Alien Bengali-babu?  If not, then the official website or the Facebook page of illustrator Charbak Dipta is THE place to visit. After one has gone through them, one will find that his works are as unusual as his name and dressing sense. Born to a Bengali family in Bongaon, a small town in West Bengal, Charbak Dipta has already become a name in the field of graphic story-telling … Read More


Annapurna International School of Film & Media welcomes Hollywood VFX veteran Phaneendra as academic advisory board member
3:30 pm PDT 23/03/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

In a distinguished and interdisciplinary career, Phaneendra Gullapalli graduated from prestigious Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA) and started his career at Digital Domain (California) – a pioneer in visual effects industry. At Digital Domain, Gullapalli was part of Academy award winning team for Visual Effects in the Hollywood movie Curious case of Benjamin Button and his other Hollywood tent-pole feature film credits involve Real Steel and Tron Legacy, A Good Day to Die Hard and Star Trek into Darkness. He also … Read More


Cyber Group appoints Loic De Boudemange as digital development lead
2:30 pm PDT 21/03/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Cyber Group Studios has appointed Loic De Boudemange as vice president of digital development and operations in charge of the company’s digital arm. Boudemange formerly served as social media manager for TV5MONDE, overseeing the network global strategy. He also previously worked within the TF1 group as key digital and social media executive and was instrumental in structuring production of native and digital content for mobile apps, replay and OTT strategy. At Cyber ​​Group Studios, Boudemange will oversee all digital operations … Read More


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