Ben Affleck
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

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Harvard research on kids and kindness to kick-start Kidscreen Summit 2017
2:00 pm PDT 05/01/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Kidscreen announced that Harvard University, director of the Human Development and Psychology program, Dr. Richard Weissbourd will open 2017’s biggest event for leaders in children’s entertainment with the presentation of a new research study exploring why and how we are unconsciously undermining the development of empathy and caring in today’s kids. In the current socio-economic climate, where tolerance and understanding seem to be in short supply, it’s more important than ever to help kids develop these skills. Find out how … Read More

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Cyber Group Studios initiates North American subsidiary, appoints Richard Goldsmith as president and CEO
3:00 pm PDT 03/01/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

In a move to extend and globalize its operations, Cyber Group Studios announced the immediate opening of its North American subsidiary, based in Los Angeles, which will be run by media specialist and Richard Goldsmith. After a continued string of eleven-year growth, the new subsidiary will be part of the global effort of Cyber Group Studios to extend its activity in production and distribution, in addition to all the areas related to digital and merchandise licensing. With over 1200 half … Read More

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‘Star Wars’ actress Carrie Fisher known for her role – Princess Leia, passes away
12:45 am PDT 28/12/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

We have all seen her adorning the role of Princess Leia many-a-times for the Star Wars franchise. As she got the character to life, Princess Leia and Carrie Fisher seemed inseparable. Recently, we got the glimpse of her in Star Wars: Rogue One and not in the manner one would expect but rather in a CGI model wherein her face was used to reel in the role of Princess Leia for a couple of seconds. Would we get to see … Read More

Gordon Hunt
Gordon Hunt: Director of The Jetsons, The Scooby-Doo Show, Uncharted (mo-cap) dies at 87
4:00 pm PDT 21/12/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Gordon Hunt, the man who helmed the recording of some of the most iconic animated shows like The Jetsons , Jony Quest, The Richie-Rich show, Pound Puppies, The Smurfs, The Scooby-Doo Show, has passed away on Saturday at his home. His daughter, Emmy and Oscar winning actress, Helen Hunt confirmed the news to various publications. The 87 year-old director died at his home at Sherman Oaks due to complications of Parkinson’s disease. He won a Director’s Guild Awards for his work … Read More

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Cinesite Animation appoints Marianne O’Reilly as Chief Operating Officer
1:00 pm PDT 21/12/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

London and Montreal-based creative studio Cinesite has announced the hire of industry veteran Marianne O’Reilly as chief operating officer for its feature animation studio in Montreal, Quebec. Based out of the Montreal studio, O’Reilly will be responsible for the oversight, development and management of Cinesite Animation service work as the studio continues to grow its roster of animated feature films. Under her leadership, the Cinesite Animation studio will increase its capacity to span two floors within the building to support … Read More

Mark Osborne
‘The Little Prince’ director Mark Osborne to helm animated adaptation of ‘Bone’
6:00 pm PDT 18/11/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

With many comics being transferred to silver screens with animated movies, another famous comics is about to join the ranks. ‘Bone’, written by Jeff Smith was first published in 1991 and tells the story of three Bone cousins – Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone, who are lost in a vast desert after being run out of Boneville. Lost and tired in the blistering desert, one by one each one of them make their way into a lush and … Read More

Image Engine
Image Engine brings in key senior staff to strengthen its artistic front
2:00 pm PDT 01/11/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Academy Award-nominated visual effects studio Image Engine has announced the expansion of its talent base with three additional senior staff at its Vancouver headquarters. New talent includes visual effects supervisor Thomas Schelesny, visual effects producer Tara Conley, and digital environment supervisor Damien Thaller. Thomas, Tara and Damien are set to bring a wealth of experience to the Image Engine team, drawing from high-end visual effects work at Tippett Studio, Rodeo FX and Scanline VFX. Thomas Schelesny – Visual effects supervisor … Read More

Famous comedian and ‘The Simpsons’ writer Kevin Curran passes away at the age of 59
6:00 pm PDT 26/10/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Almost everyone knew or at least at some point has followed ‘The Simpsons’. The show provided subtle comedy and has been immensely popular with the fans. But recently a sad news struck the fans of the show as it was announced the producer and writer for ‘The Simpsons’, Kevin Curran has passed away. The well known comedy writer and producer was fighting a long battle with cancer and passed away at the age of 59 and fans all over mourned the … Read More