Manoj Mishra returns to DQ Entertainment fold as COO
10:00 am PDT 07/06/2017 By Krishanu Ghosal

Earlier this year, the animation industry was taken aback when information trickled out about India’s leading animation studio DQ Entertainment’s COO Sumedha Saraogi had departed from the company. She had been associated with DQ for more than a decade, first as a senior veep of global business development and then as COO. Now the news is that her position has been filled with the return of long time DQ executive Manoj Mishra who has returned to the DQ fold. At least … Read More

Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee will put handprints-footprints in cement at Legion M ceremony
10:30 am PDT 02/06/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

On 18 July, the eve of San Diego Comic-Con, the iconic creator and force behind Marvel Comics, Stan Lee, will put his handprints and footprints in cement in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX. Presented by Legion M, ICON: Celebrating Stan Lee is the first ever handprint-footprints ceremony in TCL history to be organised and hosted by the fans. Kevin Smith from the TV show Comic Book Men said, “Stan Lee gave us the heroes that fuelled our imagination and aspirations. Now, … Read More

Senior colourist Andreas Brueckl bags all awards in the colour grading category at Apollo Awards
3:45 pm PDT 30/05/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

It was a remarkable evening for FutureWorks’ senior colourist Andreas Brueckl at the Apollo Awards, an initiative aimed at honouring the best in production and post-production across Asia Pacific. Held in Singapore, Brueckl bagged all the awards in the colour grading category which included both for short form and long form. Nominated for three of his films in two categories, the senior colourist swept off both the awards, making him Asia’s premiere colourist. Brueckl won for his film ‘Funeral’ and the … Read More

Assemblage Entertainment’s art director Ramana’s short film ‘Living Idle’ wins international acclaim
5:00 pm PDT 29/05/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Prolific filmmaker Ramana’s live-action short film Living Idle – about a woman’s unconditional love for her husband and family – is fast gaining approval across the globe. It won 26 international awards at various film festivals, the recent one being at Five Continents International Film Festival (FICOCC) in May this year. The film which runs for a duration of seven minutes, revolves around a woman who goes to any extent to fulfil her duty without any expectations or biases towards her … Read More

Bhimsain Khurana: an energetic and zealous man who constantly inspires
6:30 pm PDT 27/05/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Dressed in white kurta and pyjamas, he walked into the Travancore Hall, Park Center, and everyone present rose to their feet applauding – in admiration and reverence – for this legend of Indian animation. As he descended the stairs with folded hands as a form of greeting, one could not fail to see the deep humility that this man has amassed over the years with his work and experience. At Animation Masters Summit 2017, Bhimsain Khurana was honoured with a … Read More

Jiggy George appointed as India Head by International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association
4:00 pm PDT 26/05/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) today announced that is has appointed Jiggy George as its official head for India. A pioneer in the Indian licensing industry, George has over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, project management and licensing. India is a strategically important market for the licensing industry. LIMA early on recognised the market’s growth potential for the industry and is eager to partner with George to help realise this potential. “With experience as a licensor, licensee … Read More

Framestore appoints Jordi Bares as ad creative director
1:30 am PDT 24/05/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Jordi Bares joins as a creative director in advertising at Framestore, London. Bares joins at an exciting time for Framestore, as the multi-award winning company continues to deliver innovative creative solutions to an ever-increasing portfolio of clients across its advertising, content and film divisions. Bares is an established name in the visual effects industry, having previously led teams at The Mill, Realise Studio and most recently, Glassworks. With a reputation for breaking creative boundaries, he has built an astonishing portfolio … Read More

Xilam appoints Morgann Favennec as executive vice president
6:30 pm PDT 17/05/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Xilam Animation has announced the appointment of a new executive vice president of development and global sales, Morgann Favennec, applicable from 3 July, 2017. Favennec joins Xilam at a time of rapid expansion across all the company’s areas of business including development, production and distribution with a growing number of new platforms and networks. A unanimously praised professional and an important player in the global audiovisual market, Favennec has played a major role throughout her career in the success of … Read More

Trinity Behind ‘Baahubali’ Magic
3:30 pm PDT 16/05/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Success has no shortcuts – it may be an old cliché’ but something which is quite relevant in our times. An abundance of talent sure helps but there have been too many tales where the path to brilliance have been crippled by the failure to put in the effort needed to convert the dreams into reality. The few who strive forward with their focus and determination intact get to enjoy the fruits of their hard work but rarely do few … Read More

Anthony Vinciquerra roped in to head Sony Pictures Entertainment
11:30 am PDT 15/05/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Experienced media executive Anthony Vinciquerra has been named the new chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), effective 1 June, 2017. Vinciquerra is stepping in for 13 year veteran Michael Lynton, who announced his departure in January. Reporting to Sony president and CEO Kazuo Hirai, the new SPE head will oversee the studio’s corporate groups and its business division – Sony’s Motion Picture Group (which includes Sony Pictures Animation and Imageworks), Sony Pictures Television and Worldwide Media Networks. “Tony … Read More

VFX supervisor Sandeep Kamal: “I am still waiting to work on an assignment that will challenge me”
8:30 pm PDT 19/04/2017 By Prerna Kothari

“Necessity is the mother of invention, when you want something badly, you can easily figure out a way to get it” These are the words coming from a person who has been in the visual effects industry for more than 20 years and has bagged the National Film Award for Best Special effects in 2013 for Girish Malik’s movie ‘Jal.’ We should probably thank Steven Spielberg as he’s the reason behind Sandeep Kamal getting inclined towards filmmaking. A humble person … Read More

Melissa Benavides appointed as EP of Sequence Group’s Melbourne facility
2:30 pm PDT 13/04/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

The Sequence Group – a creative studio that specialises in design, animation and visual effects – has bolstered its Melbourne office with the appointment of Melissa Benavides as executive producer. Melissa brings a decade’s worth of talent and experience to Sequence’s work across high-end animation, experiential events, motion graphics and live-action VFX. The Sequence Group, founder and creative director, Ian Kirby says, “Melissa is an incredibly important addition to the Melbourne team. At Sequence, we don’t just produce one kind … Read More