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Matt Reeves is set to replace Ben Affleck as the director for the upcoming Batman movie
7:00 pm PDT 11/02/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

It was announced just a few days back that Ben Affleck stepped down from the director’s post for the upcoming Batman movie. Now, the chair of the director has reportedly filled by Planet of Apes and Cloverfield, director, Matt Reeves. However, Affleck will still be onboard with the project as he will be donning the mantle of Batman/Bruce Wayne in the movie. The script for the yet-untitled Batman movie has been written by Affleck and DC Films, co-head, Geoff Johns. … Read More


Sarah Cox joins Aardman as executive creative director
3:30 pm PDT 10/02/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Leading UK animation studio Aardman announced the appointment of industry veteran Sarah Cox as creative executive director on 9 February, 2017. The announcement, which became immediately effective, was made by Aardman co-founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton. Cox will oversee the development of a new slate of Aardman intellectual properties aimed at kids and family audiences across all platforms including digital and broadcast. The projects to be commissioned will focus on the company’s signature humorous character-driven stories with global brand … Read More


DHX Media brings in fresh studio and distribution management teams
11:30 am PDT 09/02/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

DHX Media, one of the world’s leading independent, pure-play children’s content company, has appointed seasoned management members to integrate its studio and distribution teams and enhance synergies across its businesses in an attempt to propel its global growth strategies. Anne Loi has been named executive vice president, global operations, and will oversee all studio and distribution group operations as well as global technical services and business analytics. Josh Scherba has been appointed to the position of executive vice president, distribution … Read More


Vishal Dembla appointed as the GM of Turner Asia Pacific’s new Southeast Asia organisation
3:00 pm PDT 06/02/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Turner Asia Pacific has announced the establishment of a new Southeast Asia organisation and appointment of a new regional lead to be based in Singapore. Vishal Dembla has been named VP and GM of Turner Southeast Asia. In this new role, he will be growing all of Turner’s commercial and channel operations within Southeast Asia, as well as the day-to-day management of its kids and entertainment businesses in that region. Turner Broadcasting System – an American media conglomerate and a division of … Read More


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


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


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


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


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


‘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: 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