DWA’s animated feature ‘The Croods 2’ gets new writers and distributor
4:00 pm PDT 24/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

DreamWorks Animation’s animated feature film The Croods 2 will be rewritten by Kevin and Dan Hageman. The Hageman brothers are known to have come up with the story for Warner Bros’ blockbuster The Lego Movie and now they will pen the story for this DWA’s sequel project too. The film was supposed to be released on 22 December, 2017 by 20th Century Fox, but the studio recently put The Story of Ferdin in its place after DWA was sold to … Read More

Jeffrey Katzenberg bids adieu to DreamWorks Animation as Comcast’s $3.8 billion deal seals
12:00 pm PDT 23/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

There’s a law of nature which states nothing in this world is permanent and someday or the other it will change. Seems the time to bid adieu to DreamWorks Animation has finally arrived for Jeffrey Katzenberg. On Monday, the deal which was initiated less that four months ago has finally been sealed. The $3.8 billion deal between Comcast and DreamWorks Animation, is closed. The animation studio, which has so far given hit franchises like Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How To Train … Read More

Assemblage cements its base with veteran talent Priyank Raj and Samuel Kumar
6:30 pm PDT 09/08/2016 By Ronald Rodrigues

Assemblage Entertainment, the studio which has created huge ripples in the animation industry in India in just a short span of two years, is on its way of getting bigger and better. The studio which recently delivered a major animated feature film Norm of North is now looking forward to strengthening its team and equipping its artists to raise the bar for its deliverables. Priyank Raj has joined team Assemblage as the Vice President Operations recently on 11 July, 2016. … Read More

Nickelodeon promotes Dion Vlachos to Executive Vice President Retail
2:15 pm PDT 09/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Nickelodeon seems to have made some changes in their hierarchy as they have now promoted known industry veteran Dion Vlachos to EVP of retail sales, marketing and publishing. Vlachos will be operating from New York and will be leading the retails business of the company’s famed properties like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, PAW Patrol, SpongeBob SquarePants, Shimmer and Shine and more. Vlachos joined Nickelodeon in 2013 as a senior vice president of retail sales and marketing, has looked after Nickelodeon’s ecommerce … Read More

Jon Stewart will be churning animated news parody for HBO
12:00 pm PDT 01/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

It was already a known fact that Jon Stewart has signed an exclusive production deal of four years with HBO last year. However, till now it was not clear about what kind of content will Stewart be creating or featuring in. Now, during the TCA (Television Critics Association) summer press tour, HBO, president of programming, Casey Bloys revealed some information about the upcoming features of Jon Stewart in regards to the channel. “The idea is, it will be an animated … Read More

DC Entertainment found a new president in Geoff Johns
3:00 pm PDT 28/07/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

There’s a reason to celebrate for Geoff Johns as he got promoted from being DC Comics’ CCO to the president and chief creative officer at the DC Entertainment. Johns is answerable to Diane Nelson, who remains president of DC Entertainment, president of Warner Bros. Consumer Products and president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Johns has written Justice League, Green Lantern, The Flash and Justice Society of America due to which when he stepped into the role of … Read More

A Fireside chat with Nazara Technologies founder Nitish Mittersain
6:00 pm PDT 19/07/2016 By Vivek Kapadia

Starting a mobile gaming ecosystem in 2000, when nobody really took mobile phone gaming seriously was something of an edge Nazara Technologies has today. Its founder and managing director Nitish Mittersain has been the brain behind the company which has now evolved to being one of the leading game developers and publishers in the large mobile consumer base in India and emerging markets including the Middle East and Africa. Nitish comes from an entrepreneur family and the Mittersain clan has … Read More

T.J. Miller of ‘Silicon Valley’ fame roped in for the lead voice of ‘Emojimovie: Express Yourself’
4:00 pm PDT 18/07/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

As the world celebrated ‘World Emoji Day’ yesterday, we received some news regarding the virtual expressions or emojis or rather concerning the Emojimovie: Express Yourself which is being produced by Sony Pictures Animation. The plot of the movie seems to be an interesting one as we delve into the world where emojis come to life. During the presentation at CinemaCon this spring, Sony Pictures Animation, president, Kristine Belson provided a glimpse of the movie’s plot while asserting, “Inside your phone, there’s a secret … Read More

Double Negative VFX supervisor shifts focus to VR, joins Uncorporeal Systems
3:00 pm PDT 12/07/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Alice Through the Looking Glass VFX supervisor is set to embark on a new journey. Working with VFX studio Double Negative since the past one year, Ollie Rankin has now moved to Uncorporeal Systems as Head of VFX and VR Production. Hailing from New Zealand, Rankin has been a virtual reality storyteller and visual effects supervisor whose feature film career spans more than 16 years and 26 films. He has been involved in many of cinema’s VFX heavy franchises like … Read More

Graphic India strengthens leadership team by hiring animation veteran Narendra Deshpande
12:30 pm PDT 07/07/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Graphic India, one of India’s leading character entertainment companies, announced the hire of veteran animation executive, Narendra Deshpande as SVP of Production and Animation. Deshpande will work closely with Graphic India’s co-founder and CEO, Sharad Devarajan and its EVP, creative, Jeevan J. Kang, to scale up Graphic’s original animation production across television and digital platforms. “Narendra brings to Graphic India two decades of animation production experience and excellence and it’s our great honour to have him join us in our … Read More

Heather Walker purchases Yowza! Animation studio
2:00 pm PDT 05/07/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Industry veteran Heather Walker has purchased traditional animation studio Yowza! Animation from founder Claude Chiasson. Yowza! Animation is an animation studio based in Toronto which was founded by Claude Chiasson in June 1996. However after this acquisition, Walker will manage the business and related productions while Chiasson will continue to lead the creative side of team Yowza! Yozwa! is known for its traditional style of hand drawn animation. Since 1996 it has delivered projects for various clients like DreamWorks, Disney, … Read More

Lawsuit filed against DWA CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg for Comcast Merger ‘Side Deal’
6:00 pm PDT 29/06/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, according to a report by the Los Angeles Business Journal. A DWA minority shareholder Ann Arbor City Employees Retirement Systems filed the lawsuit seeking a share of the profits from an alleged side deal that took place as part of the $3.8 billion merger deal back in April. The merger deal took place in april earlier this year when Comcast Corporation acquired DreamWorks Animation for the above mentioned … Read More