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Walt Disney appoints Abhishek Maheshwari as India country head
5:20 pm PDT 07/11/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

The Walt Disney Company in India today announced the appointment of Abhishek Maheshwari as country head for India. Maheshwari, who joined Disney in 2012 and was previously VP and head (media networks & interactive), will now be responsible for all of Disney’s businesses reporting to Walt Disney International, South Asia executive vice president and managing director Mahesh Samat. “Abhishek is an astute and transformative business leader. Since joining the company, he has championed and driven strategic changes that have positioned … Read More


Creodomus founder Rajendra Praveen shares his out-of-the-box gaming shows
11:30 am PDT 31/10/2017 By Swati Panda

Gaming shows are here to redefine themselves to some notches higher. We are talking about game shows which connects a cartoon character, TV and the game player. Intriguing! Creodomus Entertainment CEO Rajendra Praveen attended MIPCOM 2017 at Cannes, France as a part of the ABAI delegation. Animation Xpress spoke to him at MIPCOM and he shared his excitement about his newly developed out-of-the-box game shows. Live Interactive Game show The name of the interactive game show is ‘Run Singoo Run’. … Read More


Hollywood VFX Supervisor Nick Davis joins MPC
11:00 am PDT 31/10/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

MPC has announced a new addition to its team, as internationally acclaimed visual effects artist Nick Davis has joined it as the VFX supervisor. With as many as 27 years of experience and some major Hollywood projects such as Batman Forever, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and lately King Arthur: Legend of the Sword under his belt, Davis is a seasoned professional with numerous accolades to his name too. He has also won an Academy award nomination for his … Read More


Every day is animation day for animation screenwriter Vivek Shukla
7:09 pm PDT 28/10/2017 By Swati Panda

“Once you are entering into the world of animation then everyday will be animation day.” This is what India’s leading animation screenwriter Vivek Shukla feels about the beautiful world of animation.He is a freelance screenwriter for animation, live action T.V. shows, feature films and an Indie filmmaker. Known for working for projects like Chimpoo Aur Simpoo (ZeeQ), Akbar Birbal (Discovery Kids),Bunty aur Billi for Toonz Animations (Hungama TV – Disney),Eena Meena Dika for Maya Digital Studios (Hungama TV – Disney),King Vikram … Read More


Producer Mike Disa’s take on what to expect in the revamped ‘Wacky Races’
10:00 am PDT 28/10/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

After a gap for quite a while, Wacky Races started airing on POGO in Wacky POGO in August 2017. In a overview interview, the producer of the show, Mike Disa, opens up on the re-launch of the show and what is there in store for us. What’s new and what’s still there?  Find out! What inspired you to bring back “Wacky Races”? I had done feature films for Warner Bros. in the past and am very close with several of the creative … Read More


Priya’s Shakti Comics Co-creator Ram Devineni and his tryst with social awareness
3:00 pm PDT 27/10/2017 By Sachin Bhat

The brutal and barbaric rape case of Nirbhaya on 21 December 2012 has left an indelible mark on our country. Not only did it bring the safety of women into dire question, but also caused a national outrage that culminated into wide-spread protests. Priya’s Shakti comics co-creator Ram Devineni was one of the many to partake in those protests, simmering with anger and resentment at what had transpired and what responses garnered from the political lobby. But amid all the … Read More


Faisal and Nawaz: The duo who created the viral comic strips of Garbage Bin
5:43 pm PDT 26/10/2017 By Sachin Bhat

It takes more than just a few wisps of audacity to publicly call yourself or your work equivalent to a garbage bin. But Faisal Mohammed and Mohammed Shah Nawaz, the founders of Garbage Bin Studios, possess immense humility. Started in 2011 with a few comic stripes on Facebook, Garbage Bin could only muster a mere two ‘likes’ on its page in its first month of operation. Not a great start by any accounts, but the duo weren’t to be cowed … Read More


Biren Ghose on the progress of ABAI, the milestones reached and what lies ahead!
4:00 pm PDT 09/10/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

AnimationXpress has been reporting on the progress that the association ABAI has been making in pushing the agenda of the AVCGI industry in Karnataka. We have also published coverage of several events conducted by the Karnataka government and ABAI at regular intervals. The elections to select the office bearers of ABAI are to be held on 12 October and current president Biren Ghose reached out to us to give his views on the success that he has achieved so far … Read More


Mercury Filmworks expands management team and promotes key executives
12:35 pm PDT 28/09/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

With media partners like Disney, Netflix and Amazon clamoring for more content and with over 10 projects in the delivery pipeline along with the newly created Lighthouse Studios, Mercury Filmworks, one of Canada’s most prolific independent animation studios, is expanding its management team, promoting several key executives and hiring new staff.  The announcement was made today by Mercury Filmworks CEO Clint Eland. “We are very grateful that our media partners continue to see Mercury Filmworks as a provider of top-tier … Read More


Xentrix Studios strengthens leadership team with former DW India leader Adi Shayan and more
3:10 pm PDT 25/09/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Xentrix, a leading animation studio in the country based out of Bengaluru, has made a slew of key hirings to strengthen its leadership team to support its rapid growth. Former DreamWorks India leader Adi Shayan has been roped in as chief operating officer. Shayan is the honorary secretary of ABAI (now called GAFX) and has spearheaded many industry initiatives such as Bengaluru GAFX and Karnataka AVGC Policy. Shayan states, “The strength of Xentrix is its immensely passionate man power. The crew here takes a lot of … Read More


Quentin Staes-Polet: The key aspects game developers should follow for success
3:00 pm PDT 12/09/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

It is truly said, game development is an art and it cannot be taught. If the talent of developing games exists in a person, nothing can be done but discover the tremendous ability and developing and cultivating this mindset. The formula to make yourself a great game developer is vast but one thing which remains constant is the power to think, visualise and execute. And, as it turns out, this mindset can help you succeed far beyond your technological undertakings. … Read More


CAKE promotes Bianca Rodriguez as the new sales division head
1:00 pm PDT 12/09/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Leading kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE has promoted Bianca Rodriguez as head of sales to lead its expanding sales division. It was announced today by CCO and managing director at CAKE, Ed Galton. Bianca Rodriguez, who has been with CAKE since 2011 will oversee a new sales team which includes two new roles, created to meet the demands of CAKE’s growing catalogue and expanding portfolio of co-productions. Julien Farçat, formerly sales manager at NBC Universal, joins as sales manager for French-speaking … Read More