Anupama Mandloi resigns as Fremantlemedia India MD, to continue as consultant
10:00 am PDT 28/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Known for spearheading Fremantlemedia’s India operation and building it from scratch, Anupama Mandloi has resigned from the post of managing director. However, she will continue as a consultant at the company. Mandloi says, “I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to set up and drive the company in India with a fabulous set of colleagues. It has been an enriching five years and I will always treasure this experience. I continue to work with Fremantlemedia as a consultant.” … Read More

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DreamWorks Animation’s chief branding officer Michael Francis steps down
11:00 am PDT 27/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Michael Francis, the chief global brand officer at the DreamWorks Animation will be stepping down from his position in December. His duties will be handled by Jim Fielding, the current head of global consumer products and former president of Disney Stores. Earlier Fielding for a long time was a senior executive at Claire’s Stores. Francis joined the company in 2013 and has been overseeing the company’s branding, licensing, consumer products and franchise management efforts. According to the announcement by CEO … Read More

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Disney’s Maker Studios undergoes changes in management team
1:30 pm PDT 25/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Last year Erin McPherson was heard speaking on how she saw Maker Studios bringing in a new lease of life to Disney following a reported $500 mn merger, but now Maker Studios has parted ways with its content chief along with senior VP marketing Jeremy Welt, who have both left the Disney-owned digital media company. Erin McPherson had joined Maker in November 2013 as chief content officer and in 2014 Disney acquired the company. Previously McPherson had led Yahoo’s video … Read More

Cinanima Founder Antonio Gaio Dies at 90
10:30 am PDT 24/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

António Gaio, director of Portugal’s Cinanima International Animated Film Festival of Espinho for more than 35 years, died last week. He was 90. Gaio took over the festival in 1980 – five years after the country restored democracy after years of rule under fascist dictator António de Oliveira Salazar and – and set about making it an internationally recognized event. In 2000, he published a book titled History of Portuguese Animation, and in 2012 he was honored at the Centro Multimeios of … Read More

Mukesh Ambani owned Reliance Industries is using animation to help employees
5:00 pm PDT 20/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

It’s a mammoth task for an organisation like Reliance that has over one lac employees across India to make their them aware of all the company policies. To solve this problem Mukesh Ambani owned Reliance Industries (RIL) has come up with an indigenous idea. They have come up with two virtual employees: ‘Shubh’ and ‘Labh’ to reach out to their employees and make them aware of the benefits that the organisation offers apart from monetary compensation. Such an initiative has … Read More

Legendary hires former DreamWorks Animation exec Ian Richter
4:00 pm PDT 20/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Former DreamWorks Animation executive Ian Richter has joined the executive ranks at Legendary Entertainment to help the company capitalize on opportunities across film, TV, digital and virtual reality as well as emerging storytelling platforms. Hired on as Executive VP of Franchise and Emerging Platform Development, Richter reports directly to Legendary’s president and chief creative officer, Jon Jashni, and chief marketing officer, Emily Castel. At DreamWorks Animation, Richter was head of franchise creative where he worked closely with filmmakers on such films as How To Train Your … Read More

Phil Peterson Named Toon Boom Tech Advisor
12:00 pm PDT 20/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Toon Boom Animation has named industry veteran Phil Peterson as technology advisor to the animation production software company. As part of his mandate, Peterson will evaluate and make recommendations for technology development relating to the company’s current and future products. “Toon Boon Animation has a renewed focus in developing professional products that will enable better storytelling,” said Peterson. “I’m very excited to be able to work with them in pushing the boundaries of their animation and rendering technology.” Peterson has … Read More

Zee names Sharlton Menezes as biz head of digital content
7:30 am PDT 19/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

In a recent internal re-shuffling, Zee Digital Convergence Limited (ZDCL) has named Sharlton Menezes as business head of original digital content. Menezes was earlier heading programming and marketing at Zee Café and Zee Studio. In his new role, Menezes will be responsible for production, distribution and monetisation of original video content. He will directly report to ZDCL CEO Debashish Ghosh. He will also be responsible for optimising the current TV show content created by Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) and look after … Read More

Johnny Depp honoured with Disney Legend Award at D-23 Expo
1:00 pm PDT 17/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Johnny Depp seems to have added another feather to his success hat. The Jack Sparrow recently was honoured with the Disney Legend award at the D-23 Expo in California. The actor made a surprise appearance at Disney’s D-23 Expo to accept the honour from the company’s CEO Bob Iger on Friday. Johnny told the packed auditorium that he didn’t like the words ‘fan’ or ‘legend’ but thanked the 7,500 audience members for giving him the ‘opportunity to do stupid stuff … Read More

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The industry looks at a positive India on 69th Independence Day
4:30 pm PDT 14/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Freedom is what you call as when you have the right to live, right to speak, right to do everything that is ethical and does not disobey the law of the country. Imagine what incase you were deprived of living ‘free’, if you were forced to live according to  the conditions laid by others; by their choice. How many days would one survive if he were treated as a slave; after all there is a saturation point to everything in … Read More

Angry Birds publisher Rovio Entertainment appoints new head of its media business
2:00 pm PDT 11/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Rovio Entertainment, maker of Angry Birds mobile games, said today it has appointed Tuomo Korpinen to lead its media business. Korpinen is the new president of Rovio Animation and Blue Bird Distribution – the two divisions that are tasked with taking the Angry Birds property into movies and other entertainment. He will also take on the role of global executive vice president of media business with operational, commercial, marketing and development responsibility of all media related activities and properties for the company. Korpinen will … Read More

Vanessa Brookman joins Turner as content VP
12:30 pm PDT 06/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Turner Broadcasting has appointed Vanessa Brookman to the newly created role of Vice President of Content & Creative, UK and Northern Europe. The position’s primary responsibility is to define and execute content strategy for the company’s kids and general entertainment portfolio across the UK, Nordic and Baltic countries. Brookman will be overseeing channels, digital, creative and presentation teams, setting the creative agenda and ensuring Turner’s programing stays on top of the regional marketplace. Brookman joins Turner from Viacom International Media … Read More