Remembering the cartoonist in Balasaheb Thackeray on his 94th birth anniversary
12:00 pm PDT 23/01/2020 By Yugandhara Shete

Shiv Sena founder late Balasaheb Thackeray, India’s most influential politician in Maharashtra, has won hearts with his powerful leadership qualities and love for his followers.  Though his journey as a politician is well known and admired all over, many are not aware about his love for comics. Thackeray began his career with Free Press Journal in Mumbai as a cartoonist. His cartoons were also published in the Sunday edition of The Times of India. Thackeray launched the cartoon weekly, Marmik … Read More

In memoriam: Arnab Chaudhuri
8:30 pm PDT 20/01/2020 By Krishanu Ghosal

It has been almost a month since the unfortunate demise of industry veteran Arnab Chaudhuri. While there was an immediate sense of shock and sadness throughout the industry, soon people from across the world started sharing their condolences while reminiscing the good times that they have spent working or collaborating with the Arjun director and how he inspired so many of them. In a mail to the director’s family, Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra mentioned, “I remember Arnab so clearly. … Read More

Ex-Ogilvy Ryan Williams joins Ventana Studios
5:30 pm PDT 14/01/2020 By Yugandhara Shete

Ventana Studios takes on board Ryan Williams in the capacity of producer for new business growth in the local and international markets. He will be handling all the new business projects for Ventana Studios while maintaining the great rapport shared with the studio’s existing client base. “Together we are aiming to bring about changes in how a mid-sized CG/VFX studio operates in the current, ever-changing market,” said Nube and Ventana Studios business head Ranjan Karkera. Ryan Williams has spent a … Read More

Exclusive: Ajay Devgn surprises kids at ‘Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior’s screening
7:00 pm PDT 10/01/2020 By Parth Kaushik

Inorbit INOX recently launched a special screening for school children where a bevy of kids were treated to the movie Tanhaji The Unsung Warrior. Given the fact that the movie chronicles the life journey of the unsung Maratha warrior; Tanaji Malushare who plays a crucial role in the history of India, the event was organised in an effort to serve as an amalgam of a history lesson and entertainment. The auditorium saw excitement and buzz as scores of kids donning school uniforms thronged Inorbit … Read More

Animation specialist Sumedha Saraogi joins Cinema Management Group
2:00 pm PDT 10/01/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Cinema Management Group (CMG) has hired animation specialist, Sumedha Saraogi as head of business development. Saraogi has more than 20 years of experience in product management, international sales and international marketing. She was previously heading international business development at animation house Symbiosis Technologies and has also worked with DQ Entertainment International. CMG is currently producing six independent animation features and Saraogi will be representing these projects at Kidscreen Summit in Miami next month. After that she will work on marketing … Read More

Xilam Animation appoints Caterina Gonnelli as EVP, Content
11:00 am PDT 09/01/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Award-winning French animation studio Xilam Animation has appointed Caterina Gonnelli, Disney’s former director of acquisitions and co-productions for the Disney Channels EMEA, as the EVP of content for the company’s rapidly growing slate of projects. Joining the company on Monday 13 January, Gonnelli will work alongside her co-EVP Jean Brune to oversee all editorial aspects of Xilam’s content and will be responsible for increasing the company’s slate, as well as conducting development to address the market needs. Gonnelli’s expertise of … Read More

Veteran cartoonist Vikas Sabnis passes away at the age of 69
3:00 pm PDT 28/12/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Veteran cartoonist Vikas Sabnis passed away on Friday following a brief illness. Born on 12 July 1950, Sabnis graduated from the prestigious Sir JJ School of Art and has also worked with legendary journalist Russi Karanjia. He describes the 80s and 90s as the golden era of cartooning. Sabnis was inspired by cartoonists K Shankar Pillai, RK Laxman and Balasaheb Thackeray. Thackeray would himself draw cartoons for Marmik, a political satire weekly launched by him. However, due to his increasing political commitments, … Read More

“The Indian animation industry has lost a true legend”: Industry mourns the death of Arnab Chaudhuri
5:00 pm PDT 25/12/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Artist, director and industry veteran Arnab Chaudhuri passed away today morning in Kolkata. He was noted in the animation industry for his feature film with UTV in 2012 titled Arjun: The Warrior Prince. As soon as the news came, the industry started mourning the death of a fellow colleague. Says Punnaryug Artvision founder Ashish Kulkarni, “Arnab Choudhury was such a gentle man. The Indian animation industry has lost a true legend. What an animation direction in  “Arjun: The Warrior Prince” animated movie. … Read More

“Women in games” appoints India ambassador, Anshu Patni Singhi
5:00 pm PDT 23/12/2019 By Krishanu Ghosal

We recently reported on how the new entity called CHNO Media is trying to shake up things in the Indian gaming ecosystem by catering to the content-hungry audience. Adding on to that we have recently learnt that CHNO Media founder Anshu Patni Singhi has been appointed as the Indian ambassador by Women in Games. Says Singhi, “I am glad to be appointed as the first women in gaming ambassador from India for  WIGJ, which internationally as an organization is working … Read More

K Madhavan is Star and Disney India’s new country manager
4:30 pm PDT 14/12/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

K Madhavan, noted media veteran has been named as the country head of Star and Disney India, an executive from the company announced today. Serving as Star India South Business MD, Madhavan will join his new role from 1 January, taking over from Sanjay Gupta who joined Google India as its new country manager and vice-president of sales and operations. Prior to this, Madhavan served as managing director of Asianet Communications and vice-president of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation. He will … Read More

Happy Birthday Walt Disney: Want to know some unheard facts about creator of Mickey Mouse?
5:30 pm PDT 05/12/2019 By Yugandhara Shete

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible,” said Walt Disney and he did prove it right. Best recognised as the creator of Mickey Mouse, Disney produced the first full-length animated movie. His namesake empire still ranks among the top 10 most valuable brands. Born in Chicago, Illinois on 5 December 1901, though he spent most of his childhood on a farm in Marceline, Missouri. His fascination with drawing began early when young Disney drew pictures of animals on his … Read More

Star Trek’s George Takei joins voice cast for animated series, ‘Love Monster’
1:30 pm PDT 03/12/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

George Takei has joined some of the finest actors and voiceover talents for a new 54 x 7’ 2D-animated series titled Love Monster, from BBC Children’s, Boat Rocker Studios and UYoung.  Takei (Star Trek, Heroes) joins the cast as Elder Panda. The voice cast features narrator Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Episodes, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Javone Prince (The Javone Prince Show, PhoneShop) as Bad Idea Puppy, Sarah Hadland (Miranda, The Job Lot, Bob the Builder) as Tiniest … Read More