Disney COO quits but the show must go on  
11:00 am PDT 07/04/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney COO Thomas Staggs announced the end of his journey at the company by the end of this year. Staggs was about to replace current Disney CEO Bob Iger upon his 2018 retirement but now, after the replacement himself moving out, the production house will have to look for another suitable candidate to lead the helm. Disney’s board definitely has the bandwidth and capability to find a successor to Iger, although someone as good as Staggs will be difficult to … Read More

Raghunath Mohanrao
Prime Focus Technologies appoints new COO
6:30 pm PDT 29/03/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Prime Focus Technologies (PFT), the technology arm of Prime Focus, the world’s largest media services powerhouse, announced the addition of IT industry veteran Raghunath Mohanrao (Raghu) to its executive suite as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Raghu is stepping in to take over duties from PFT co-founder and former COO, Ganesh Sankaran, who is taking sabbatical for 15 months to pursue an MBA, while remaining on the PFT Board of Directors. Ganesh Sankaran said, “I’ve wanted to go back to school for … Read More

Deirdre Brennan
Deirdre Brennan appointed as Corus Kids, VP of content at Corus Entertainment
10:30 am PDT 25/03/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Corus Entertainment announced the appointment of Deirdre Brennan as VP of content, Corus Kids. A highly respected global leader in children’s content, Deirdre will oversee all content aspects of the Corus Kids portfolio, which includes YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon, TELETOON, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD in Canada. “I am excited to join Corus, a dynamic organisation that’s incredibly committed to producing and delivering the best content for Canadian children and the world,” said Deirdre Brennan. She will … Read More

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Rahul Thakkar’s Media Review System, makes work life easier at DreamWorks, earns him an Oscar
5:30 pm PDT 23/03/2016 By Prerna Kothari

Antz, Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda… all these movies have a common thread among them. Yes, they all are animated films but at the same time, all have come out of DreamWorks Animation, the studio that’s among the top studios that’s been producing animated films and has delivered many blockbuster movies. The big question is: what does it take to create a movie? A single animated feature film takes about three to four years  to get developed and a lot … Read More

Christine Davis
Christine Davis appointed as director of animation at Tricon Films & Television
11:00 am PDT 23/03/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Tricon Films & Television, the Toronto based production and distribution company, has appointed Emmy Award-winning producer Christine Davis as its director of animation production. This move comes with a view to encourage its Kids and Family branch which consists of various current shows like WilderNuts, Shutterbugs, The Next Star and so on. With a pool of experience from the past, Davis has worked on a number of entertaining kids’ series like Arthur, Justin Time and Anne of Green Gables. She has also worked for a number … Read More

Andy Grove
Intel mastermind Andy Grove, passes away
5:00 pm PDT 22/03/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

The technology world has suffered a grave loss as Andy Grove, who served as the former CEO and chairman of Intel, passed away on Monday. He was 79 and was suffering from Parkinson’s disease, but the cause of death has not been reported yet. Andrew Grove aka ‘Andy’ Grove was the first hire at the American technology giant company which was founded in 1968. Being a science pioneer in the semiconductor industry, Andy Grove escaped from Communist-controlled Hungary at the age of … Read More

Terry Curtin
DreamWorks Animation appoints Terry Curtin as Theatrical Publicity Head
4:00 pm PDT 22/03/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

DreamWorks Animation has appointed Terry Curtin as its head of theatrical publicity as per the announcement on Monday. She will be joining DreamWorks from 11 April, 2016. Terry Curtin will oversee the worldwide publicity efforts for DWA’s feature film slate, including traditional and digital publicity campaigns. Curtin will replace Robin Chandler, who previously served as head of theatrical publicity, will step down from her role in order to launch an independent consulting practice. She joins the company from STX Entertainment, … Read More

Stefan Sonnenfeld appointed as the Chief Creative Officer at Deluxe
11:00 am PDT 22/03/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, a leader in digital creative services and multi-platform content delivery solutions, announced that Stefan Sonnenfeld has been appointed as the chief creative officer. Sonnenfeld is a pioneer in the evolution of colour grading, from film to digital intermediate finishing to HDR. Deluxe, CEO, John Wallace says “Stefan’s incredible talent and commitment have been instrumental in transforming Deluxe’s creative services into the premier digital artistic production and post production business that it is today. We are grateful … Read More

Jennifer Yuh Nelson
‘Kung Fu Panda 2’ director Jennifer Yuh Nelson joins Academy Board of Governors
11:00 am PDT 17/03/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Jennifer Yuh Nelson, the director of Kung Fu Panda 2 and 3, has been appointed to the Board of Governors of The Academy of Motion Picture. Also, Reginald Hudlin and Gregory Nava were confirmed by the current Board members for the three-year term. The South Korean born American director and storyboard artist, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, made her directional debut with Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) and then went further on to direct Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) along with Alessandro Carloni. Reginald Hudlin has been … Read More

Jonathan Abraham
Jonathan Abraham hired as Director of International Sales and Acquisitions at Portfolio Entertainment
6:30 pm PDT 09/03/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

International distributor Portfolio Entertainment announced the appointment of Jonathan Abraham to the position of director of international sales and acquisitions effective immediately. Abraham will be responsible for selling Portfolio’s original programs internationally and for guiding the strategic growth of the company’s distribution division. In his role, Abraham will also be charged with acquiring third party content for Portfolio’s distribution catalogue of kids, factual and lifestyle programming. Abraham will be based out of Portfolio’s offices in Toronto and will report directly … Read More

Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan, comic artist behind ‘Avengers’, ‘Fantastic Four’ and ‘The Phantom’, passes away
10:00 am PDT 09/03/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Paul Ryan, the American Comic artist who worked for Marvel Comics and DC Comics on a number of super-hero comics, passed away on 6 March, 2016. Ryan’s cousin Chad Callanan expressed his grief on Facebook by saying, “Chances are you were touched by him in your lifetime as he was the cartoonist for some of the most well known and beloved characters in the world. From Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man, The Phantom to the Fantastic Four, most of which made it to the big screen and Hollywood. … Read More

Fergus McGovern
Probe Software co founder Fergus McGovern passes away at 50
10:30 am PDT 01/03/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Probe Software co founder, Fergus McGovern, who’s one of the most successful entrepreneurial talents within the Videogames Industry, with over 29 years experience in interactive game and toy development died over the weekend at the young age of 50. News of McGovern’s death was reported by Crystal Palace Football Club, where McGovern had been a board member for more than 15 years. Develop reported that McGovern’s death was believed to be caused by a blood clot resulting from a transatlantic … Read More