‘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

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