Nevision expands creative team
2:00 pm PDT 27/07/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Independent Producer, Nevision announces today that pre-eminent industry executives Nigel Pickard and Sharon Bloom are working with the London-based company which specialises in the development, production and international exploitation of high end television drama and non-scripted programming. Nigel is joining the Nevision Board, working with the founding team which includes CEO James Cabourne alongside industry executives Neil Zeiger, Keith Evans and Tim Buxton. Nigel joins Nevision with a wealth of experience in international television. He was most recently CEO of … Read More

James Stephenson appointed Nick SVP Animation & Games
1:00 pm PDT 23/07/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Nickelodeon has appointed James Stephenson to the newly created position of senior VP, animation and games – adding animation production and development to his current responsibilities of digital content creation. Stephenson will be based at Nick’s animation studio in Burbank and report to Russell Hicks, president of content development and production for Nickelodeon Group. In his new role, Stephenson will guide current series creative and have oversight of day-to-day operations for animation development, short form, series and games, ushering in a … Read More

Indra Suharjono named CEO of Next Media Animation
4:00 pm PDT 22/07/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Next Media Animation (NMA) has announced that Indra Suharjono will join NMA as its CEO based in Taiwan. Effective immediately, Suharjono will be responsible in driving and delivering on the growth plans of the company and to establish NMA as the premier animation studio in Asia and home to creators worldwide. Suharjono will succeed Kith Ng, who will join the board of NMA and focus on NMA productions and new technology with the Media Lab. The announcement was made by Jimmy … Read More

Saban Brands ropes in Janet Hsu as chief creative officer
1:00 pm PDT 22/07/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Saban Brands has named Janet Hsu as its first-ever chief creative officer, effective 17 August. Hsu currently serves as president & COO of global lifestyle brand Sanrio, Inc. of Hello Kitty fame. At Saban, Hsu will oversee the company’s portfolio of global entertainment and lifestyle properties, as well as being instrumental in acquiring additional brands and building new intellectual properties. Hsu joins Saban Brands as it continues to grow its Entertainment Group and Lifestyle Group business units. Entertainment currently boasts … Read More

Emily Whinnett joins CAKE as new VP creative
10:00 am PDT 20/07/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Leading kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE has announced the appointment of Chapman Entertainment’s former director of production and development, Emily Whinnett as its new VP creative. Emily will work closely alongside CAKE creative director and CEO, Tom Van Waveren on the company’s slate of upcoming programming, helping to increase CAKE’s future development output and building on its reputation as a co-producer. Waveren said: “We are thrilled to have Emily joining our team at CAKE.  2016 will be a big year for … Read More

Animator Andreas Deja amongst the 8 new ‘Disney Legends’ list
1:30 pm PDT 15/07/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Eight newly named Disney Legends will be honoured at this year’s D23 Expo in Anaheim. Animator Andreas Deja, composer Danny Elfman and Star Wars creator George Lucas are among the honourees, who will be celebrated Friday, 14 August at 10:00 am in the Anaheim Convention Center. The ceremony will be hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, and will include special musical performances. “The Disney Legend Award is our highest honor, and we are incredibly proud to recognize these eight … Read More

Nintendo’s beloved gaming CEO Saturo Iwata dies at 55
10:00 am PDT 13/07/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Nintendo on Monday announced that its CEO Saturo Iwata died of bile duct cancer at the age of 55 after fighting it for over a year after he went for a surgery to remove the bile duct growth. Iwata was considered among his peers as a gamer at heart and the one who made games keeping the gamers in mind. Started out as a programmer in 1980s at Nintendo and became a president in 2002. An icon in the Japanese … Read More

Is Wesley Snipes returning to the Blade series for Marvel?
3:00 pm PDT 11/07/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Marvel Studios may today be perhaps sitting on a stack of money-churning properties giving us massive superhero tent-poles like Iron Man, Captain America, The Avengers or even the latest entrant Ant Man. However Marvel hadn’t tasted success back in the early 1990s and as a matter of fact comic-rival DC Comics did have an upper hand then at the silver-screen reigning with its Batman and Superman movies. Marvel had been heading for a dead-end each time it rolled out a movie … Read More

EA elevates Samantha Ryan to head of mobile division
7:00 pm PDT 09/07/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Electronic Arts (EA) announced a new head of its mobile division in Samantha Ryan. Ryan will be in charge of the company’s ongoing efforts to expand its game development from consoles and PCs to smartphones and watches. Ryan has been a recent addition to its mobile division, with her joining in March this year as SVP and group GM from Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment the film studio’s video game wing responsible for the Batman: Arkham adventure games and the fighting … Read More

Carbon VFX signs design director Leo Nguyen
12:30 pm PDT 09/07/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Creative studio Carbon VFX has announced the addition of award-winning design director Leo Nguyen. Nguyen joins the company with an impressive skillset that spans across art direction, illustration, 3D, motion graphics and editing. Prior to Carbon VFX, Nguyen spent two years at Light of Day as design director and, eventually, creative director. During his time at the creative studio, he led the company’s massive rebrand creating a new logo, website and identity. Nguyen’s considerable talents have proved invaluable in everything from branding to commercials, short … Read More

Harry Shearer returns to ‘The Simpsons’
1:00 pm PDT 08/07/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Harry Shearer is back on The Simpsons. Fox has confirmed that the series main cast is returning for the 27th and 28th seasons of the iconic animated hit, including Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria and Shearer, who publicly turned down in May an offer to remain with the show. The signing ensures Shearer will continue to voice such iconic characters as Mr. Burns, Smithers, Ned Flanders and Principal Skinner. The next two seasons of the show … Read More

Shannon Lords joins Humble as executive producer
10:30 am PDT 08/07/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Shannon Lords has joined Humble as executive producer in Los Angeles. Lords comes over from Warpaint, Morgan Spurlock’s commercial production company, where she served as managing director and executive producer. She is the newest addition to Humble’s growing Los Angeles office, alongside EP Dawn Fanning Moore, and brings a wealth of experience and strong bicoastal ties to the company. A seasoned production veteran, Lords has worked with dozens of commercial, documentary, and feature directors to develop commercials and branded content … Read More