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Xilam appoints Morgann Favennec as executive vice president
6:30 pm PDT 17/05/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Xilam Animation has announced the appointment of a new executive vice president of development and global sales, Morgann Favennec, applicable from 3 July, 2017. Favennec joins Xilam at a time of rapid expansion across all the company’s areas of business including development, production and distribution with a growing number of new platforms and networks. A unanimously praised professional and an important player in the global audiovisual market, Favennec has played a major role throughout her career in the success of … Read More


Trinity Behind ‘Baahubali’ Magic
3:30 pm PDT 16/05/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Success has no shortcuts – it may be an old cliché’ but something which is quite relevant in our times. An abundance of talent sure helps but there have been too many tales where the path to brilliance have been crippled by the failure to put in the effort needed to convert the dreams into reality. The few who strive forward with their focus and determination intact get to enjoy the fruits of their hard work but rarely do few … Read More


Anthony Vinciquerra roped in to head Sony Pictures Entertainment
11:30 am PDT 15/05/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Experienced media executive Anthony Vinciquerra has been named the new chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), effective 1 June, 2017. Vinciquerra is stepping in for 13 year veteran Michael Lynton, who announced his departure in January. Reporting to Sony president and CEO Kazuo Hirai, the new SPE head will oversee the studio’s corporate groups and its business division – Sony’s Motion Picture Group (which includes Sony Pictures Animation and Imageworks), Sony Pictures Television and Worldwide Media Networks. “Tony … Read More


VFX supervisor Sandeep Kamal: “I am still waiting to work on an assignment that will challenge me”
8:30 pm PDT 19/04/2017 By Prerna Kothari

“Necessity is the mother of invention, when you want something badly, you can easily figure out a way to get it” These are the words coming from a person who has been in the visual effects industry for more than 20 years and has bagged the National Film Award for Best Special effects in 2013 for Girish Malik’s movie ‘Jal.’ We should probably thank Steven Spielberg as he’s the reason behind Sandeep Kamal getting inclined towards filmmaking. A humble person … Read More


Melissa Benavides appointed as EP of Sequence Group’s Melbourne facility
2:30 pm PDT 13/04/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

The Sequence Group – a creative studio that specialises in design, animation and visual effects – has bolstered its Melbourne office with the appointment of Melissa Benavides as executive producer. Melissa brings a decade’s worth of talent and experience to Sequence’s work across high-end animation, experiential events, motion graphics and live-action VFX. The Sequence Group, founder and creative director, Ian Kirby says, “Melissa is an incredibly important addition to the Melbourne team. At Sequence, we don’t just produce one kind … Read More


Images Beyond Imagination: Charuvi Agrawal’s art exhibition centered on her animated movie ‘Shri Hanuman Chalisa’
4:30 pm PDT 11/04/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

This visual artist is always on her toes- exploring, experimenting and creating something novel all the time. Charuvi Agrawal, a practising visual artist who specialises in large-scale interactive instalments alongside making animated content through her own firm Charuvi Design Labs, has organised an art exhibition in collaboration with the Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi. Titled as “Hanuman: Images Beyond Imagination”, the exhibition is between 10 April and 30 April, from 10:30 am to 7 pm at … Read More


Leena Dutta appointed business head of Sony kids’ channel, Sony YAY!
1:10 pm PDT 04/04/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) has announced Leena Lele Dutta as business head for their upcoming channel in the kids’ entertainment space- Sony YAY!. With over two decades of experience in the media and entertainment industry, Dutta will be spearheading the new channel and will be responsible for developing content and driving the channel’s reach and connect with its relevant target audience. Sony Pictures Networks India, CEO, NP Singh said, “The kids genre is a new territory for us and … Read More


Sony Pictures Animation promotes Pam Marsden to head of production
10:30 am PDT 15/03/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Producer of the comedy hit animated feature Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, Pam Marsden has been promoted to head of production at Sony Pictures Animation. Sony Pictures Animation, president, Kristine Belson made the announcement on Tuesday, 14 March, 2017. Previously, Marsden served as the executive vice president of physical production, a post she held for six years at Sony Pictures Animation, where she was responsible for planning, budgeting and supervising all projects on the Sony Pictures Animation slate. She … Read More


Martin Short wins ‘Canadian Screen Award’ for ‘The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Camping!’
4:00 pm PDT 10/03/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Martin Short won the Canadian Screen Award (CSA) for ‘Best Performance in an Animated Program or Series’ for The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Camping!. The win was announced last night on the second night of the CSA Gala. Martin Short has been entertaining millions of children worldwide in The Cat in The Hat Knows a Lot About That! for multiple seasons, as well as four additional movies. A new season of the series is currently in production in-house at … Read More


Christophe Balestra steps down as the co-president of Naughty Dog
4:30 pm PDT 09/03/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Naughty Dog, the studio behind famed gaming IPs like the Uncharted series and The Last of Us has announced the departure of its long time co-president Christophe Balestra. Balestra himself took to a blog post to inform about his departure, “I never thought I would be saying something this difficult so soon — after fifteen years here, I am announcing my departure from Naughty Dog. My last day will be on April 3, 2017.” However, he did not reveal where exactly … Read More


Senior colourist Andreas Brueckl joins FutureWorks
6:00 pm PDT 02/03/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Award winning senior colourist Andreas Brueckl has joined FutureWorks Media as the facility continues to build its talent pool and broaden its services for picture finishing and colour grading. Brueckl arrives with more than 15 years of post-production experience and a resume spanning full length features to high-end television commercials. Andreas Brueckl has graded more than 800 TV commercials and stands as one of Europe’s most experienced DI film colourists. Starting out at Germany’s Bavaria Broadcast Company in engineering, he … Read More


MPC LA promotes Michael Gregory as the VFX creative director
12:30 pm PDT 24/02/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

MPC Los Angeles has announced that Michael Gregory has been promoted to VFX creative director. Gregory will work alongside VFX creative director Rob Hodgson to lead the studio’s advertising VFX division. Gregory joined the Los Angeles studio in March 2016 as head of 2D after 13 years of experience at MPC London, where he became one of the industry’s most sought out and well-liked VFX supervisors and lead artists. His most recent work via MPC LA includes commercials for Nike, … Read More