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Time Warner’s ‘Cable Guy’ heads to DreamWorks Studio
8:00 am PDT 12/09/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Steven Spielberg has roped in cable television veteran to run his struggling DreamWorks studio. Formerly head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, Michael Wright left his position due to changes regarding Time Warner Inc. cable-TV Net work. As of Thursday, 4 September, Wright has been functioning as the chief executive of DreamWorks. DreamWorks has been in financial distress from a series of early flops after the studio’s 2011 relaunch. Wright takes on the reins, when for the … Read More


9 Story Entertainment appoints Natalie Dumoulin to new role of VP, Creative Affairs
2:00 pm PDT 11/09/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

9 Story Entertainment has appointed award-winning media executive Natalie Dumoulin to the newly created position of VP, creative affairs. Reporting directly to president and CEO Vince Commisso, Dumoulin will be responsible for sourcing and developing animated and live-action properties for kids of all ages, collaborating with 9 Story’s producers, writers and animation teams and working closely with the company’s broadcast partners on key properties in development. The new role was designed to encompass more than just straight development, with Dumoulin … Read More


Childhood memories are forever… Happy Teacher’s Day!
3:40 am PDT 05/09/2014 By Niyati Handa

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge,” said the great physicist and scientist Albert Einstein. Since 1962, India has been celebrating Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s birthday in the form of Teacher’s Day every 5th of September, as a symbol of tribute and honour to the contribution made by him and other teachers to the society.  Teachers play an important role in the overall development of a person. Every student celebrates this day … Read More


Govinda Talluri moves on from Green Gold Animation
6:00 pm PDT 03/09/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

One of India’s premiere animation studios, Green Gold Animation, lost out on the services of one of its oldest employees in Govinda Talluri recently. Govinda, who looked after the business development for the overall studio, recently put down his papers. “Govinda has been a great asset to the company and he has really helped Green Gold Animation by playing a key role in establishing, designing, implementing & executing international sales, digital business and licensing & merchandising divisions through strategic consulting,” … Read More


Prashant Radhakrishnan joins Simplilearn as chief sales officer
12:30 pm PDT 02/09/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Simplilearn.com, a Global Leader in Professional Certification and Online Training announced the appointment of Prashant Radhakrishnan as the company’s new chief sales officer. With over 17 years of experience in sales and marketing across multiple verticals and industries, Prashant will be heading the sales team across the globe. Prior to Simplilearn he has worked with leading companies like Dell, Infosys and also Fabmart.com. His last stint involved setting up his own startup in the healthcare ecommerce space. Speaking on his … Read More


‘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

AnimationXpress.com 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