Laika LLC’s Travis Knight earns a spot on the board of Nike as dad Phil will step down
4:00 pm PDT 02/07/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The Beaverton, Oregon-based company – Nike – is soon going to witness the exit of its chairman, Phil Knight, the man who turned a business selling shoes out of the back of his car into the world’s most valuable sports brand. Knight, 77, began the company in a handshake deal with Oregon coach Bill Bowerman in 1964, with each putting up $500. With shrewd marketing campaigns built around celebrity endorsers like Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods, he made the swoosh one … Read More

Legendary comic-writer Grant Morrison to reinvent Santa Claus in Boom Studios’ Klaus
7:30 pm PDT 01/07/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The Scottish comic-book legendary writer, Grant Morrison has finally unveiled his upcoming project with Boom Studios’, something that had been arousing curiosity since last year. Along with artist Dan Mora, Morrison would be penning an all-new reinvented Santa Claus in the six-issue miniseries, Klaus. With the San Diego Comic Con round the corner, the American comic-book and graphic novel publisher Boom Studios’ and Morrison have shared their thoughts on Klaus in an exclusive interview with Explaining his latest creation, … Read More

Paul Sage, the creative director behind ‘The Elder Scrolls Online’ quits to join Gearbox
3:00 pm PDT 30/06/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Creative director of the very popular MMO The Elder Scrolls Online (TESO), Paul Sage has quit the project. Sage has now joined Borderlands developer Gearbox Software but in what capacity or project is still unknown. After launching on PC in 2014, recently Besthesda’s MMO launched for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One less than three weeks ago. Gearbox is currently working on Battleborn which is helmed by Randy Pitchford and Randy Varnell but the project is currently at a very advanced … Read More

Former Reliance Entertainment COO Mahesh Ramanathan partners Oscar winner Resul Pookutty for a film production venture
12:00 pm PDT 30/06/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Mahesh Ramanathan, the 5 time National Award winning producer, first employee and chief operating officer of Reliance Entertainment has called it quits after a fruitful 8 year stint at the company. Speaking about the partnership Dr Resul Pookutty said: “Mahesh is one of the most successful executives to emerge from the studio system. With an abiding passion for the movie business, his deep insights, reputation, film maker relationships and work ethic are an asset to our partnership. I look forward … Read More

Turner promotes Savoia to communications VP
5:30 pm PDT 29/06/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Rachelle Savoia will now oversee the media relations and communications strategy for Turner Content Distribution (TCD), the division responsible for the distribution and marketing of Turner’s 10 domestic cable networks and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Savoia is based in Atlanta and reports to Sal Petruzzi, senior vice president and domestic communications officer for Turner Broadcasting. Since joining Turner as director of communications in 2011, Savoia has spearheaded internal and external communications strategy for a number of TCD initiatives, including multiplatform distribution … Read More

Anshumani Ruddra part ways with Tiny Mogul, books an appointment with Practo
6:30 pm PDT 25/06/2015 By Vivek Kapadia

Bangalore based Tiny Mogul Games has had a major change at the top level management as the studio head, Anshumani Ruddra sees himself out of the company doors. The studio came into existence in 2013 by virtue of the joint venture between Bharti and SoftBank Japan (Bharti SoftBank). BSB in the recent past also ventured into messaging service space with its application – Hike Messenger. Tiny Mogul Games currently has 12 games on Google Play Store which include – Shiva: … Read More

Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed movie gets a new cast member in Ariane Labed
3:30 pm PDT 25/06/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Ariane Labed, known for award-winning performances in films like Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobste Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Attenberg and Alice’s Odyssey has been cast in the forthcoming Assassin’s Creed movie, according to Deadline. Another actress Alicia Vikander was in running for this role but later she dropped out of the race to act in the next Bourne film. Assassin’s Creed will be Ariane’s first mainstream film. Producers New Regency and Ubisoft are betting big on the project since the movie is based on Ubisoft’s popular video game … Read More

Arjun Madhavan joins Assemblage Entertainment to lead strategy and business development efforts
10:00 am PDT 25/06/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Assemblage Entertainment, the young entrant into the animation industry, continues its expansion and attracts the best of talent. Arjun Madhavan joins Assemblage management to lead the strategy and new business development effort. A graduate of London School of Economics (LSE), he brings with him a global perspective and several years of experience across investment banking, M&A, private equity and corporate growth strategy. Assemblage COO Milind D Shinde said: “Assemblage continues to grow at a fast pace. Now we need to … Read More

Doraemon voice actor Kazuya Tatekabe passes away
2:00 pm PDT 19/06/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Japan Press Network’s 47 News and Nikkan Sports both reported that Kazuya Tatekabe, the voice actor who played the role of Gian in the 1979 Doraemon television anime series, passed away on Thursday. He was 80. The websites list the cause of death as acute respiratory failure. Tatekabe was born in Hokkaido, and he graduated from the Nihon University College of Art’s theater department. He was also a member of the theatrical troupe Izumiza. He was most famous for his role as the bully character Gian in the second Doraemon television anime series that ran from … Read More

‘Lord of the Rings’ actor and legend, Christopher Lee is no more
11:30 am PDT 12/06/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

A veteran actor who appeared in some of the biggest film franchises in history passed away recently. Christopher Lee died on Sunday in a London hospital where he was being treated for respiratory problems and heart failure. He was 93. The British-born Lee made a name for himself early in his career in a series of Hammer horror movies in the 1950s, notably playing Frankenstein’s monster in The Curse of Frankenstein in 1957 and then tackling the title role in the … Read More

Seattle Seahawks’ Marshwan Lynch to appear in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
12:00 pm PDT 10/06/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Skittles eating Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn ‘Beast Mode’ Lynch will feature in Activision game Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. He is the first NFL player is to feature up as a character in the blockbuster shooter franchise according to ESPN. An avid Call of Duty fan will portray a villain in Call of Duty: Black Ops III and is most likely to be named as Skittles. Lynch was photographed with 16 cameras under the illumination of 6,280 LED … Read More

Ronda Rousey hints at wanting play Android 18 in Dragon Ball Z feature
11:00 am PDT 06/06/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Goku will make his television return as Dragon Ball Super is all set make its debut on 5 July, 2015 on Fuji TV in Japan. One of the biggest Anime TV show in the history will air at 9:00 am Sunday slot. Last aired 18 years ago in 1997 as Dragon Ball GT. The story follows the recent Dragon Ball Z’s recent movies Battle of Gods and Resurrection F and will begin several years after the battle with Majin Buu, … Read More