‘Angry Birds’ maker Rovio names new CEO in Pekka Rantala
9:45 am PDT 30/08/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

The creators of the global phenomenon ‘Angry Birds’, Rovio has roped in the services of Pekka Rantala from beverage maker Hartwall to take over as its new chief executive by the beginning of next year for the Finland based studio. Current CEO Mikael Hed, son of board chairman Kaj Hed, will join the company’s board of directors as well as take on the role of chairman at Rovio’s animation studios. Rantala, who is currently the CEO of Hartwall, earlier worked … Read More

The industry says ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya!’
7:00 pm PDT 28/08/2014 By Niyati Handa

Be ready to eat Modaks, Laddus and other mouth watering delicacies this 29 August, as India unites to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi. It is a festival celebrated in honour of Lord Ganesha, whose idol is worshiped with a variety of herbal leaves, plants and then immersed at the end of the festival. Ganesh Festival was started by Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak and is considered a perfect time for creating a holy atmosphere in the house. Ganpati Puja is not only restricted … Read More

PFT appoints Ankur Jain as VP sales for South Asia
5:30 am PDT 21/08/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Prime Focus Technologies (PFT), the technology arm of Prime Focus, the world’s largest media services powerhouse, has announced the appointment of Ankur Jain as VP sales for the South Asia region. Jain will lead business development and sales across segments like broadcast networks, government and service providers including strengthening of key account relationships. “South Asia region and especially India is an important market for PFT and having Ankur onboard ensures that we further solidify and expand our presence in this … Read More

DreamWorks Animation appoints Fazal Merchant as CFO
10:15 am PDT 19/08/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DreamWorks Animation has roped in former DirecTV executive Fazal Merchant to serve as its new CFO following Lew Coleman’s transition to the role of vice chairman at the animation studio. Merchant takes up his new role at DWA beginning 15 September. At DirecTV, he was a senior VP and chief financial officer DirecTV Latin America. “As we transition and augment our executive leadership team to best fit the needs of the company, I’m thrilled to welcome Fazal into the role of … Read More

The industry resonates on India’s 68th Independence Day
3:00 pm PDT 14/08/2014 By Niyati Handa pays tribute to our great freedom fighters like Mahatma Gandhi, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Sarojini Naidu and many others who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of our country. And on the occasion of Independence Day, we spoke to members of the industry on their thoughts and memories of this memorable day. Read More

Comedy legend Robin Williams is no more…
4:00 pm PDT 12/08/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead today, according to reports from the Marin County Coroner in northern California. The TV and film veteran, who became part of animation history with his enigmatic voice performance as the blue Genie in Disney’s Aladdin (1992), was 63 years old. Read More

UPA Artist David Weidman is no more
4:00 pm PDT 11/08/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

David Weidman, the animation and silkscreen artist who helped shape UPA’s mid-century modern style in classic cartoons, passed away last Wednesday at the age of 93 in his Highland Park, Los Angeles home – which he built himself in the 1950s, according to Variety. Read More

Cartoonist Pran, the man behind ‘Chacha Chaudhury’, is no more
10:00 am PDT 06/08/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

One of India’s most successful Indian cartoonists Pran Kumar Sharma passed away on Wednesday (today) at the age of 75. Pran was the man behind the famous comic series Chacha Chaudhury. His others famous characters included cartoons like Shrimatiji, Pinki, Billoo, Raman, Channie Chachi among others. Read More

Prime Focus Technologies appoints Yuval Tori as EVP, EMEA
2:30 pm PDT 02/08/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Prime Focus Technologies (PFT), the technology arm of Prime Focus, the world leader in media and entertainment industry services, has announced the appointment of Yuval Tori as executive VP for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Based in London, Yuval will be responsible for business operations in the region including business development, sales and client relationships. Read More

Rainmaker Entertainment elevates Tara Kemes to VP culture and talent
1:00 pm PDT 31/07/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Rainmaker Entertainment, the multifaceted Vancouver-based animation studio, has promoted its director of talent development, Tara Kemes, to the newly created position of VP culture and talent. Read More

Tricon Films & Television appoints Frank Saperstein as EVP, Kids, Family & Animation
1:00 pm PDT 30/07/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

In this new position, Saperstein will oversee all aspects of production and programming in the kids & family business, leveraging the company’s extensive development and production capabilities, while further expanding the division’s strategic partnerships. Read More

Vaibhav Studios ropes in Tony Singh as management & productivity consultant
5:30 pm PDT 26/07/2014 By Sidharth Iyer

The Mumbai based studio, which specializes in scripting, designing, directing and producing animation films, has roped in an experienced hand in Ranjit ‘Tony’ Singh as management and productivity consultant. In his role Singh will be looking after the design and implementation of customised production management systems as well as advice the studio on how to improve the overall operations. Read More