Nazara Games appoints Rashmi Ranjan Mishra as Business Head – Brand Solutions
1:00 pm PDT 17/10/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

India’s leading mobile game publisher, Nazara Games, today announced the appointment of  Rashmi Ranjan Mishra as their new Business Head – Brand Solutions. He will be heading ad sales nationally across all the games published by Nazara. Prior to Nazara, Mishra was the Regional Sales Manager at TIL (Times Internet Limited) where he was looking after Mobile/Digital Ad Sales and Solutions for West and South India. Rashmi has over 10 years of experience in Mobile/Digital domain with expertise in Sales … Read More

Digitales Studios expands base to North America by appointing producer Dane Smith
10:00 am PDT 13/10/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Digitales Studios, a division of Karishma Software, one of India’s leading animation development and production companies in the region has appointed animation producer Dane A Smith as the international business development producer for North America and Canada. Smith will lead the Business Development and be the point of contact for the North American and Canadian clients for the studio, working with the studio management in Mumbai. Dane assumes his new role effective immediately, reporting to Digitales’s MD, Dipesh Desai, and … Read More

Cinesite launches international roadshow in search of animation talent
1:00 pm PDT 06/10/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Delivering great stories to global audiences requires world-class people. In order to complement its expanding team of outstanding local artists, Cinesite is launching an international roadshow, seeking new talent for its Montréal team. In addition to meeting recruits at festivals and events including Spark Animation in Vancouver, CTN eXpo in Los Angeles and Journée Québec in Paris, Cinesite’s recruitment team will be visiting several major international cities throughout October and November and meeting potential recruits.  The complete details are listed … Read More

Disney appoints ‘Inside Out’ screenwriter to co-direct animated feature ‘Gigantic’
12:00 pm PDT 04/10/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney has tapped  Inside Out and Captain Marvel screenwriter Meg LeFauve to co-direct its upcoming animated feature Gigantic. The film is loosely based on the English fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk. As previously announced director Nathan Greno will be directing the film. LeFauve’s will join him in direction and thus gain her first directing credit. LeFauve had already been working on the “Gigantic” screenplay and now her role has been extended for a much higher output. The story is … Read More

FuseFX hires Hemlock Grove’s VFX producer Sean Tompkins
3:00 pm PDT 20/09/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Not long ago it was learnt that FuseFX shifted to a bigger facility in New York and had announced the series it will be working on this year. Now, further strengthening its Los Angeles production staff, FuseFX has added three veteran visual effects producers. They include Sean Tompkins, a two-time Emmy nominee who previously served as associate head of production at Zoic Studios. Tompkins began his career with the iconic CBS series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation before joining Zoic in … Read More

With key hires, Deluxe’’s Method Studios strengthens its artistic leadership and animation depth
11:00 am PDT 14/09/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Deluxe Entertainment’s global visual effects brand, Method Studios, announced the expansion of its artistic leadership and animation depth with key new hires based in Los Angeles and New York. New talent includes supervising art director and head of art department Olivier Pron, commercials VFX supervisor and creative director Jesse Bradstreet, commercials VFX supervisor James Rogers, animation supervisors Daryl Sawchuk and Tim Ranck, and VFX supervisor Gong Myung Lee. “”It’s nearly impossible to extoll the individual virtues these artists bring to … Read More

Julian Scott takes up the post of Animation & Television Consultant for ‘Film London’
2:00 pm PDT 13/09/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Following the departure of Good Story, production executive, Bob Thompson after three years in his position, Film London has appointed industry veteran Julian Scott as its new Animation and Television Consultant. With a rich amount of experience in his kitty, Scott will be responsible for advising investors and producers on the facilities, talents and skills available in the country. He would also organise familiarisation trips for overseas executives and champion the UK’s generous tax incentives for animation and children’s television. Scott … Read More

Genius Brands International continues expansion plans; promotes Stone Newman to president
2:00 pm PDT 07/09/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Genius Brands International has promoted Stone Newman to president of Global Consumer Products, Worldwide Content Sales and Marketing. The announcement was made today by GBI’s chairman and CEO Andy Heyward, to whom Newman continues to report. This move has come with a view of the company’s continued growth in worldwide licensing, merchandising and retailing programs over the past two years. In his new role, Newman, who joined GBI in 2014 as president of Global Consumer Products, will add oversight of … Read More

‘Minions’ production executive Dave Rosenbaum joins Cinesite as Chief Creative Officer
11:30 am PDT 01/09/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Moving one step ahead, visual effects and animation studio, Cinesite announced that Dave Rosenbaum has joined the company assuming the key leadership position of chief creative officer. Rosenbaum will be ushering in the studio’s next phase of growth and expansion into a premiere movie animation studio in North America. Rosenbaum was a part of the team at Illumination since its inception as the VP of talent and shaped all facets of Illumination’s feature films, marketing, video games and theme park … Read More

Andrew McPhillips joins Spin VFX as CG supervisor
3:45 pm PDT 30/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

There’s a new member on-board at Spin VFX and the announcement comes from the mouth of Spin VFX president / executive producer Neishaw Ali himself. Andrew McPhillips joins the studio as the CG supervisor. “Talented and resourceful with an infectious enthusiasm is how I would describe Andrew. His child-like curiosity is fuelled by his passion and love for the craft. His dedication to creating quality imagery is second only to his problem-solving approach and yet another reason why Andrew fits … Read More

9 Story Media Group appoints Alix Wiseman as Vice President, Business Development & Acquisitions
1:30 pm PDT 30/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

9 Story Media Group has announced the appointment of Alix Wiseman to the newly created position of VP, business development and acquisitions. Reporting to chief strategy officer Natalie Osborne, Wiseman will be responsible for leading distribution and acquisitions efforts in EMEA with a focus on bringing in new content from Europe as well as greenlighting projects with European broadcasters. Wiseman will be based out of the UK. VP, business development, Claudia Scott-Hansen, also reporting to Natalie Osborne, will continue to lead distribution efforts … Read More

Crystal Dynamics places Ian Millham as the game director for ‘Tomb Raider’ franchise
11:00 am PDT 29/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

It has been about eight months since Tomb Raider’s previous director, Brian Horton bid adieu to Crystal Dynamics for Infinity Ward, the studio of Activision which is known for its Call of Duty game. Crystal Dynamics launched Rise of the Tomb Raider in January and it was the last title Horton had probably worked on. Now, Crystal Dynamics has roped in Ian Milham to helm the Tomb Raider franchise as a game director. Milham, who has been in the industry for almost … Read More