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MPC LA promotes Michael Gregory as the VFX creative director
12:30 pm PDT 24/02/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

MPC Los Angeles has announced that Michael Gregory has been promoted to VFX creative director. Gregory will work alongside VFX creative director Rob Hodgson to lead the studio’s advertising VFX division. Gregory joined the Los Angeles studio in March 2016 as head of 2D after 13 years of experience at MPC London, where he became one of the industry’s most sought out and well-liked VFX supervisors and lead artists. His most recent work via MPC LA includes commercials for Nike, … Read More

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Milind D Shinde’s six-month old animation studio, 88 Pictures delivers ‘Trollhunters’
6:00 pm PDT 23/02/2017 By Prerna Kothari

One of the most awaited animated series got released last year on Netflix which went on to win three Annie Awards this year. This series was being made by the man who is known for blending and creating magic on screen with his dark fantasy films. We are talking about Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters. The series is a DreamWorks Animation production which hit Netflix on 23 December, 2016 and recently Netflix renewed the series for a second season of thirteen … Read More

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Former Sony online head and ‘EverQuest’ creator teams up with Amazon Gaming Studios
6:00 pm PDT 16/02/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Amazon seems to be taking the game-development business rather seriously as during last year’s TwitchCon, the company announced the first three titles to be released under Amazon Gaming Studios’ name. The company has now announced their latest gaming studio in San Diego, which is being headed by industry veteran, John Smedley, the co-creator of EverQuest. The aforementioned studio is apparently working on “an ambitious new project that taps into the power of the AWS Cloud and Twitch to connect players … Read More

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Industry veteran Craig Zerouni joins Deluxe as the head of technology
12:00 pm PDT 16/02/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Deluxe has named long-time media technology executive Craig Zerouni as the head of technology, Deluxe Visual Effects (VFX). In this role Zerouni will focus on continuing to unify software development and systems architecture across Deluxe’s Method studios in Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York, and India, and its Iloura studios in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as Deluxe VR, based in Los Angeles, in an attempt to integrate and expand global production capacity. Based in Los Angeles and reporting to Deluxe … Read More

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Matt Reeves is set to replace Ben Affleck as the director for the upcoming Batman movie
7:00 pm PDT 11/02/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

It was announced just a few days back that Ben Affleck stepped down from the director’s post for the upcoming Batman movie. Now, the chair of the director has reportedly filled by Planet of Apes and Cloverfield, director, Matt Reeves. However, Affleck will still be onboard with the project as he will be donning the mantle of Batman/Bruce Wayne in the movie. The script for the yet-untitled Batman movie has been written by Affleck and DC Films, co-head, Geoff Johns. … Read More

Sarah Cox joins Aardman as executive creative director
3:30 pm PDT 10/02/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Leading UK animation studio Aardman announced the appointment of industry veteran Sarah Cox as creative executive director on 9 February, 2017. The announcement, which became immediately effective, was made by Aardman co-founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton. Cox will oversee the development of a new slate of Aardman intellectual properties aimed at kids and family audiences across all platforms including digital and broadcast. The projects to be commissioned will focus on the company’s signature humorous character-driven stories with global brand … Read More

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DHX Media brings in fresh studio and distribution management teams
11:30 am PDT 09/02/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

DHX Media, one of the world’s leading independent, pure-play children’s content company, has appointed seasoned management members to integrate its studio and distribution teams and enhance synergies across its businesses in an attempt to propel its global growth strategies. Anne Loi has been named executive vice president, global operations, and will oversee all studio and distribution group operations as well as global technical services and business analytics. Josh Scherba has been appointed to the position of executive vice president, distribution … Read More

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Vishal Dembla appointed as the GM of Turner Asia Pacific’s new Southeast Asia organisation
3:00 pm PDT 06/02/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Turner Asia Pacific has announced the establishment of a new Southeast Asia organisation and appointment of a new regional lead to be based in Singapore. Vishal Dembla has been named VP and GM of Turner Southeast Asia. In this new role, he will be growing all of Turner’s commercial and channel operations within Southeast Asia, as well as the day-to-day management of its kids and entertainment businesses in that region. Turner Broadcasting System – an American media conglomerate and a division of … Read More

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Ben Affleck steps down as the director of the untitled Batman movie
12:00 pm PDT 31/01/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Ben Affleck has decided to step down as the director of the standalone Batman movie of Warner Bros. News of Affleck directing the movie first came when Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara made the announcement in April 2016. “There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said in a statement. “Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot … Read More

‘Doctor Strange’s’ VFX creator Deluxe’s Method Studios gets its new Vancouver head- Kerry Shea
7:00 pm PDT 24/01/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Deluxe Entertainment Services has named veteran production executive Kerry Shea head of its Vancouver studio, overseeing day-to-day operations for Deluxe’s global visual effects (VFX) brand Method Studios and TV post-production/VFX brand Encore. In this role, Shea will lead the studio’s talent and resources to deliver the highest-quality work for feature films and episodics. Deluxe’s Method Studios is among the largest in terms of worldwide VFX capacity, with studios in Los Angeles, Sydney, Melbourne, New York and India. A key focus … Read More

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James Cameron in talks with Deadpool’s Tim Miller for Terminator Reboot
3:00 pm PDT 23/01/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

“I’ll be back!” Good news for Terminator and James Cameron fans as Cameron is reportedly heading a Terminator reboot that may be helmed by Deadpool director Tim Miller. James Cameron will be regaining certain rights to his prized creation The Terminator in 2019 and will be godfathering a new iteration of the film that might finally get it right in drawing a close in the battle between humans and Skynet. As reported by Deadline, sources said that “Cameron, whose copyright … Read More

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Fox places Salil Mehta as the president of their new VR and gaming division
12:00 pm PDT 19/01/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

With the advent of the digital era, almost all big names are trying to tap into the ecosystem and Fox is ready to tap into the immersive sectors with the inception of FoxNext. The freshly formed division will be working on the gaming, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) properties and location-based entertainment across 20th Century Fox Film and Fox Networks Group. To spearhead the newly formed division, the company has placed veteran Fox executive, Salil Mehta, as the president … Read More