Framestore, Gaumont and Axis Animation have new additions to their respective teams
4:00 pm PDT 22/06/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Framestore, the VFX studio that won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects for the film The Golden Compass, has appointed James Whitlam as executive producer, Film. Whitlam has earlier worked on the VFX work of various films like Mad Max: Fury Road, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Batman Begins. His nine-year tenure at Rising Sun Pictures was quite fruitful as he worked on the major ventures of the … Read More

Ed Ulbrich appointed as the general manager of Deluxe Visual Effects
10:30 am PDT 21/06/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Deluxe Entertainment Services Group (Deluxe) announced that former Digital Domain, CEO, Ed Ulbrich has joined the company as president and general manager of Deluxe Visual Effects and will be reporting to Deluxe, CEO, John Wallace. He will lead Deluxe’s Method Studios and Iloura, and unify global VFX operations in an attempt to extend the scale and capabilities of services for motion pictures and advertising. Ulbrich will also drive and grow Deluxe VR, a dedicated unit dealing with the creation of … Read More

VFX veteran Viral Thakkar launches his own VFX studio ‘Fluiidmask’
2:00 pm PDT 16/06/2016 By Ronald Rodrigues

The startup fever has triggered a considerable amount of entrepreneurs to venture into serious business and develop something substantial in the recent few years. Viral Thakkar, a well known veteran in the Indian Bollywood VFX and Animation industry, has emerged to be another notable player in this startup era. Viral Thakkar has now founded his own VFX studio called Fluiidmask Studios and thus serves as the founder and creative director of the same. The new venture is situated at Maurya … Read More

BOT VFX appoints Frederick Lissau as its senior producer
1:00 pm PDT 11/06/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

BOT VFX (aka BOT), the VFX outsourcing company, has recruited Frederick Lissau to its ranks as the company continues to expand its client base and breadth of services. Lissau brings 20 years of production experience in VFX, Animation and Games with himself, having worked in North America, Asia and Europe.  He’s tasked with the goal of deepening BOT’s many existing relationships in New York and expanding into newer ones in and around the New York area. BOT, chief, Hitesh Shah … Read More

Nickelodeon veteran Russell Hicks steps down
11:00 am PDT 09/06/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Nickelodeon president of content development and production, Russell Hicks has stepped down and will no longer be a part of the Nickelodeon Group. He served around four years as president of content development and production for the Viacom’s Nickelodeon Group, where he oversaw both animation and live-action projects. However, he had been with the company for 14 years and was primarily based in Burbank. “Russell Hicks has decided to step down from his position effective immediately,” a Nick spokesperson informed. … Read More

Comedian Akmal Saleh joins voice cast of ‘Blinky Bill’ TV series
11:00 am PDT 07/06/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Akmal Saleh, the internationally renowned comedian, will join the voice cast of The Wild Adventures of Blinky Bill as Blinky’s best friend, Jacko the frill-necked lizard. Produced by Sydney-based Flying Bark Productions, the CGI animated TV series is the latest incarnation of the iconic Aussie character following on from last year’s box office success, Blinky Bill the Movie. The 52 x 11 minute episode of The Wild Adventures of Blinky Bill has been commissioned by Australia’s most watched television network, … Read More

Former Chairman of DreamWorks Animation, Roger Enrico passes away
10:00 am PDT 03/06/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

The earthly journey of former DreamWorks Animation chairman Roger Enrico has ended as he passed away on 1 June, 2016. He was 71. Enrico joined DWA in 2001 and served until 2012. He became DWA’s board chairman in 2004, the year the studio behind Shrek, Penguins of Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda went public, and he left in 2012, replaced by Mellody Hobson. Prior to DWA, Enrico was the CEO of PepsiCo from 1996-2001. He was known for his profound … Read More

Studio Ghibli’s ‘Spirited Away’ animator Makiko Futaki passes away
3:00 pm PDT 30/05/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Studio Ghibli veteran animator Makiko Futaki passed away on 13 May, 2016 at the age of 57. She worked on all of Studio Ghibli’s biggest hits, including 2002 Oscar-winner Spirited Away. Futaki, who died in a Tokyo hospital from an unspecified illness, worked for Studio Ghibli for three decades. The studio is known for its simple kind of traditional animation and Futaki enhanced this art and distinct feature of the studio to a great extent. Born on 19 June, 1958, … Read More

Adam Sandler to write, produce and star in new animated feature
10:00 am PDT 26/05/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Adam Sandler is set to write, act and produce an untitled animated feature for STX Entertainment. After his long standing performance in the Hotel Transylvania franchise where he voiced the lead character Count Dracula, animation has been a key field of interest for the actor. Sandler also helmed Hotel Transylvania 2 along with Rober Smigel in writing the screenplay. And, as per what the movie panned out both in terms of story and box office collection, the story has been … Read More

DreamWorks Animation appoints Paramount exec as Head of Development
12:00 pm PDT 24/05/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

DreamWorks Animation has appointed Paramount’s Head of Comedy Jennifer Howell as the company’s new Head of Development. Howell will replace Gregg Taylor and will report to Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria. Producing duties for DreamWorks animated musical film Larrikins which has an expected release date in 2018. Taylor oversaw the development of both Trolls and The Boss Baby during his five year tenure and also served as the production executive on How to Train Your Dragon. With a well grounded … Read More

Green Gold’s Rajiv Chilaka to be honoured by Academy of Art University for his contribution to Indian animation
5:15 pm PDT 20/05/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Academy of Art University, president, Dr. Elisa Stephens will honour alumnus Rajiv Chilaka of Green Gold Animation, based in Hyderabad, India. Chilaka, known as “the animation poster boy of India,” has been acclaimed for his ground-breaking contribution to the Indian animation industry. India, with a population of 1.3 billion, includes 50 per cent of that number under the age of 25, resulting in a large audience, ripe for Chilaka’s appealing cartoon characters. As an honoured guest of the Academy, Chilaka … Read More

DC Comics illustrator Darwyn Cooke passes away at the age of 53
10:00 am PDT 16/05/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

The creative and illustrative force behind DC: The New Frontier series, Darwyn Cooke passed away early Saturday morning on 14 May, 2016. The news comes just one day after Darwyn’s wife, Marsha Cooke posted on the artist’s blog that he was receiving palliative care following a bout with aggressive lung cancer. The unfortunate news of his demise was stated by his family in a statement on the artist’s blog saying- “We regret to inform you that Darwyn lost his battle with … Read More