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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


Milind D Shinde’s six-month old animation studio, 88 Pictures delivers ‘Trollhunters’
6:00 pm PDT 23/02/2017 By Prerna Kothari

One of the most awaited animated series got released last year on Netflix which went on to win three Annie Awards this year. This series was being made by the man who is known for blending and creating magic on screen with his dark fantasy films. We are talking about Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters. The series is a DreamWorks Animation production which hit Netflix on 23 December, 2016 and recently Netflix renewed the series for a second season of thirteen … Read More


Former Sony online head and ‘EverQuest’ creator teams up with Amazon Gaming Studios
6:00 pm PDT 16/02/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Amazon seems to be taking the game-development business rather seriously as during last year’s TwitchCon, the company announced the first three titles to be released under Amazon Gaming Studios’ name. The company has now announced their latest gaming studio in San Diego, which is being headed by industry veteran, John Smedley, the co-creator of EverQuest. The aforementioned studio is apparently working on “an ambitious new project that taps into the power of the AWS Cloud and Twitch to connect players … Read More


Industry veteran Craig Zerouni joins Deluxe as the head of technology
12:00 pm PDT 16/02/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Deluxe has named long-time media technology executive Craig Zerouni as the head of technology, Deluxe Visual Effects (VFX). In this role Zerouni will focus on continuing to unify software development and systems architecture across Deluxe’s Method studios in Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York, and India, and its Iloura studios in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as Deluxe VR, based in Los Angeles, in an attempt to integrate and expand global production capacity. Based in Los Angeles and reporting to Deluxe … Read More


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