Mill Film Australia appoints Mark Thorley as the managing director
4:00 pm PDT 14/07/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Technicolor’s VFX studio Mill Film has appointed Mark Thorley to head the office at Australia as the managing director. The announcement comes in the wake of the February launch of Mill Film in Adelaide. Thorley has more than 15 years of experience as an executive leader working at companies like Lucasfilm Singapore, where he oversaw studio operations and production strategies. Earlier, Thorley served as the head of production for nine years at Animal Logic in Los Angeles and Sydney. He … Read More

Framestore brings Chris Beers as compositing lead
4:00 pm PDT 03/07/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Framestore has brought Chris Beers on board as the compositing lead. Beers, who brings with him an impressive portfolio, will be working across a variety of clients with the Chicago team, as well as diving into Nuke projects of his own. Getting his start in the industry at a young age, Beers found his passion working on personal projects. His interest led him to pursue his craft at The Illinois Institute of Art, where he earned a BFA in visual … Read More

Children’s TV show producer, Peter Firmin, dies at the age of 89
2:00 pm PDT 03/07/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Peter Firmin, the creator of animated children’s TV shows, passed away on 1 July at the age of 89. He co-owned several beloved stop-motion characters like the Clangers, Bagpuss and Basil Brush. Clangers production company Coolabi confirmed Firmin’s death in a statement which noted, “We are sad to announce that the artist Peter Firmin has passed away at his home in Kent after a short illness. He was 89. During a career spanning over six decades, Peter worked with great … Read More

Guest Column | Animation over the years – Rajiv Chilaka
7:00 pm PDT 02/07/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

The Banyan Deer in 1957 can be documented as the first major animation work in India. This project was helmed by the Films Division of India which had just started operations. In 2000, the industry got a better foothold and we saw a flow of animation content and creation. The 80s and 90s were filled with foreign animation content on TV as the consumption of local Indian content were low and kids were more tuned to shows like Tom & … Read More

9 Story Media Group names Angela C. Santomero as the CCO
4:30 pm PDT 18/06/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

9 Story Media Group has announced to have appointed Angela Santomero as the chief creative officer (CCO). In her newly established role, Santomero will report to 9 Story president and CEO Vince Commisso, and lead the creative content strategy across all of 9 Story Media Group. Her appointment follows the company’s recent acquisition of Out of the Blue Enterprises, which Santomero co-founded. “I am excited to welcome Angela to the 9 Story team. Angela is an absolute creative powerhouse with an unparalleled track … Read More

Guru Studio elevates Louise Jones as the VP of finance and business affairs
5:30 pm PDT 12/06/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Toronto-based Guru Studio has promoted Louise Jones from the director of finance to VP of finance and business affairs. Jones, who joined the Canadian production company as director of finance in 2012, will expand her remit to oversee business affairs, strategic planning, production financing and accounting across the entertainment business, in her new role. She previously worked as a production accountant for Just for Laughs and in the assurance practice at Ernst & Young. She has also served as the … Read More

Pearl Studio names Justinian Huang as the head of development
11:30 am PDT 08/06/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Pearl Studio chief creative officer Peilin Chou announced Justinian Huang as the head of development for Pearl Studio today. The global animation company are currently in production of two major films. Originally from Shanghai, Huang in his new role as head of development, will report to Peilin Chou and will oversee Pearl’s development team.He’ll also continue to build and expand upon Pearl’s diverse and robust development slate which includes over a dozen active projects, and the newest addition- Tiger Empress … Read More

When Monky became a comic artist!
5:30 pm PDT 05/06/2018 By Yugandhara Shete

A kid who never liked to read comics turns into a comic artist at the age of 22 and creates his own merchandising line. Who would have believed that a simple comic event at a cafe in Bandra can turn around the wheels! Mumbai’s Ahmed Sikander has brought the comics out in the light in quite a different way. From sketching books to creative multipurpose stands, the fun merchandising catches attention of all. Bold designs, bright colours and cool caricatures … Read More

Meet Rahul Bhandare, the comic therapist
3:00 pm PDT 14/05/2018 By Yugandhara Shete

When an engineering student after working as an assistant manager for a leading brand for two long years suddenly feels something is amiss, he tries giving himself a THERAPY! Rahul Bhandare, a graduate from Bhavans college realised his love for comics while he was still pursuing engineering. Thinking of it as just a hobby, he continued creating comics on his website The Comic Space. After doodling and drawing since school, Bhandare realised his liking towards story telling. And eureka! The idea … Read More

From ‘Alien Rabindra Jayanti’ to ‘Alien Frieda Kahlo’: meet graphic poet and story-teller, Charbak Dipta
3:00 pm PDT 10/04/2018 By Sharmindrila Paul

Ever wondered about how would an alien selfie look like? Or an Adam teaser?  Or an Alien Bengali-babu?  If not, then the official website or the Facebook page of illustrator Charbak Dipta is THE place to visit. After one has gone through them, one will find that his works are as unusual as his name and dressing sense. Born to a Bengali family in Bongaon, a small town in West Bengal, Charbak Dipta has already become a name in the field of graphic story-telling … Read More

Annapurna International School of Film & Media welcomes Hollywood VFX veteran Phaneendra as academic advisory board member
3:30 pm PDT 23/03/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

In a distinguished and interdisciplinary career, Phaneendra Gullapalli graduated from prestigious Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA) and started his career at Digital Domain (California) – a pioneer in visual effects industry. At Digital Domain, Gullapalli was part of Academy award winning team for Visual Effects in the Hollywood movie Curious case of Benjamin Button and his other Hollywood tent-pole feature film credits involve Real Steel and Tron Legacy, A Good Day to Die Hard and Star Trek into Darkness. He also … Read More

Cyber Group appoints Loic De Boudemange as digital development lead
2:30 pm PDT 21/03/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Cyber Group Studios has appointed Loic De Boudemange as vice president of digital development and operations in charge of the company’s digital arm. Boudemange formerly served as social media manager for TV5MONDE, overseeing the network global strategy. He also previously worked within the TF1 group as key digital and social media executive and was instrumental in structuring production of native and digital content for mobile apps, replay and OTT strategy. At Cyber ​​Group Studios, Boudemange will oversee all digital operations … Read More