Disney|ABC appoints Mila Livitz as SVP business affairs
3:00 pm PDT 22/08/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney | ABC Cable Services appointed Mila Livitz, a veteran from the industry as the SVP business affairs at Disney. Livitz will be reporting to EVP business affairs, Disney|ABC Networks Group Adina Savin. “Mila is a gifted, highly strategic executive and this promotion recognizes her significant contributions to the company and her ability to evolve with the rapidly-changing media landscape. A proven leader, Mila’s tenacity, industry savvy and smart negotiating skills make her well-positioned to oversee Disney TVA’s Business Affairs … Read More

#FeatureFriday: “I wish to die sitting in the director’s chair”– Anthony Bell
5:30 pm PDT 17/08/2018 By Yugandhara Shete

The talent house, Anthony Bell was in India for some production work related to another treat he is soon serving us. The Norm franchise is growing, with the next feature film coming soon for the audience. Director Bell in an exclusive interview with AnimationXpress shared some fond moments he had in India. How do you find India and the culture here? I am loving India, this is my fourth or maybe fifth trip here. I originally came when I released the film … Read More

Kenya Barris signs an exclusive multi-year deal with Netflix
1:00 pm PDT 17/08/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Netflix has signed writer and producer Kenya Barris to an exclusive multiyear deal. Barris is known for his ABC comedy series Black-ish and its spin-off series Grown-ish on Freeform. He also wrote the comedy movie Girl’s Trip and will now produce new television series for the streaming service. “Kenya uses his voice to make audiences more aware of the world around them, while simultaneously making them laugh. He is one of our great modern storytellers,” said Netflix VP of original … Read More

Viacom appoints Brendan Yam to lead the new international digital unit
11:00 am PDT 14/08/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Viacom International Media Networks announced Brendan Yam as the VP and general manager of the new unit, Viacom Digital Studios International (VDSI). The unit fill focus on creating, distributing and monetising digital content for Viacom’s flagship brand, including MTV, Nickelodeon, and Comedy Central. “Viacom has prioritized reaching digital-first audiences, and with over 3.1 billion cumulative subscribers in more than 180 countries and territories, our international youth audience is key to delivering on Viacom’s goals,” said VIMN president and CEO David … Read More

Disney Channels appoints Meredith Roberts as SVP animation strategy
11:00 am PDT 02/08/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Meredith Roberts has been appointed as the SVP animation strategy at Disney Channels. In the newly created role, Roberts will be responsible for steering the creative strategy for all animated content produced by Disney Television Animation and other studios for Disney Junior, Disney Channel, Disney XD and other related platforms. Being a member of the Women in Animation advisory board, Roberts will also be working to create an inclusive and supportive culture in the office. She will be reporting to … Read More

Genndy Tartakovsky signs deal with Sony Pictures Animation for two original features
11:00 am PDT 26/07/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Director and co-writer of Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, Genndy Tartakovsky has signed a deal with Sony Pictures Animation to do two new original features, as reported by Deadline. He has directed all the three films from the Hotel Transylvania franchise and co-wrote the third. “I’m very excited to start this next adventure with my Sony family. With their trust and support we are going to do something unique and different, and push animation to the next level,” Tartakovsky told Deadline. … Read More

L’Atelier Animation names Peter Skovsbo as general manager
11:30 am PDT 19/07/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Montreal-based studio L’Atelier Animation has roped in Peter Skovsbo as its general manager. Under this role, he has been tasked with the company’s strategic development as well as a full operational review to meet the needs of upcoming  projects, including the animated feature- Fireheart. Co-produced by Main Journey and Caramel Films, the film will be distributed by Entertainment One. “I was not looking for a career change when L’Atelier approached me. However, our first meeting was an eye-opener in regard … Read More

Art director and production illustrator, George Jenson, dies at 87
11:00 am PDT 16/07/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Art director and production illustrator George Jenson died at the age of 87 due to melanoma cancer on 25 May in Henderson, Nevada. Born on 24 June 1930 in Calgary, Alberta, Jenson moved to Los Angeles with his family at the age of six. After serving with the US Army in Germany during the Korean War, he attended the Art Students League in New York City on the GI Bill. Jenson’s career began in 1964 as a production illustrator/storyboard artist … Read More

Mill Film Australia appoints Mark Thorley as the managing director
4:00 pm PDT 14/07/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Technicolor’s VFX studio Mill Film has appointed Mark Thorley to head the office at Australia as the managing director. The announcement comes in the wake of the February launch of Mill Film in Adelaide. Thorley has more than 15 years of experience as an executive leader working at companies like Lucasfilm Singapore, where he oversaw studio operations and production strategies. Earlier, Thorley served as the head of production for nine years at Animal Logic in Los Angeles and Sydney. He … Read More

Framestore brings Chris Beers as compositing lead
4:00 pm PDT 03/07/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Framestore has brought Chris Beers on board as the compositing lead. Beers, who brings with him an impressive portfolio, will be working across a variety of clients with the Chicago team, as well as diving into Nuke projects of his own. Getting his start in the industry at a young age, Beers found his passion working on personal projects. His interest led him to pursue his craft at The Illinois Institute of Art, where he earned a BFA in visual … Read More

Children’s TV show producer, Peter Firmin, dies at the age of 89
2:00 pm PDT 03/07/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Peter Firmin, the creator of animated children’s TV shows, passed away on 1 July at the age of 89. He co-owned several beloved stop-motion characters like the Clangers, Bagpuss and Basil Brush. Clangers production company Coolabi confirmed Firmin’s death in a statement which noted, “We are sad to announce that the artist Peter Firmin has passed away at his home in Kent after a short illness. He was 89. During a career spanning over six decades, Peter worked with great … Read More

Guest Column | Animation over the years – Rajiv Chilaka
7:00 pm PDT 02/07/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

The Banyan Deer in 1957 can be documented as the first major animation work in India. This project was helmed by the Films Division of India which had just started operations. In 2000, the industry got a better foothold and we saw a flow of animation content and creation. The 80s and 90s were filled with foreign animation content on TV as the consumption of local Indian content were low and kids were more tuned to shows like Tom & … Read More