Wow! Unlimited Media to double its animation team
3:00 pm PDT 06/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Despite ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19, when we hear about companies laying off or furloughing its employees, production company Wow! Unlimited Media is planning to double the size of its animation team. As per Playback Daily’s report, Wow! executives are eyeing opportunities in lockdown by falling back on the learnings of the past two months that will allow the company to significantly expand its production pipeline. Wow! senior leaders believe they’ll be able to double its animation team as demand for … Read More

Crime-thriller ‘The Blacklist’ uses animation to finish the half-filmed season finale
11:00 am PDT 06/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

The makers of NBC crime thriller The Blacklist, produced by Sony Pictures TV and Universal Television decided to go back to animation in the midst of live-action filming halt due to coronavirus. The season 7’s 19th episode, titled The Kazanjian Brothers, was midway into filming in New York when TV production across the industry was halted due to Covid-19. The idea for the 15 May episode emerged from a brainstorming session with executive producers Jon Bokenkamp and John Eisendrath in mid-March, … Read More

Animation studio, This Thing of Ours celebrates website launch with trio of surreal vignettes
7:00 pm PDT 05/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

This Thing of Ours (TTOO), a recently born London-based animation and design studio, has launched a series of animated vignettes to celebrate the completion and launch of its new website. The brief of the studio is quite simple: If This Thing of Ours was a thing, what would it be? TTOO has created three short animations that reflects some of its many sides as a studio. It decided to base the vignettes on random late-night telly. Commenting on the launch … Read More

APC Kids strengthens CTC Media’s ‘KID-E-CATS’ presence in Italy
5:30 pm PDT 05/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

APC Kids, the children’s entertainment division of APC Studios, has secured two deals in Italy for CTC Media’s hit preschool animation series, KID-E-CATS. Following the success of the first two seasons, Cartoonito has signed a new free-to-air deal for KID-E-CATS season three, while Koch Films GmbH has taken home video rights to seasons one and two. Speaking about the deals, APC Kids managing director Lionel Marty says, “KID-E-CATS continues to gain momentum and charm broadcasters and audiences alike, now totaling over … Read More

Darren Criss to star in animated movie ‘Superman: Man of Tomorrow’
1:00 pm PDT 05/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment are bringing more heroic action to fans this summer with new animated movie, Superman: Man of Tomorrow. The adventure centers on Clark Kent, an intern for the Daily Planet who is also learning on the fly how to save Metropolis as his powerful alter ego. The cast for the movie has finally been revealed, with a number of significant names heading up the film’s leading roles. The film will see Darren Criss (Transformers: Robots … Read More

‘Bubble’ Podcast getting animated at Sony
12:00 pm PDT 05/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the makers of the adult comedy animated movie, Sausage Party are working on another animated film aimed at adult audiences.  The duo is developing an adaptation of the podcast series Bubble for Sony Pictures Animation.  The podcast Bubble is a sci-fi comedy satire set in Fairhaven, a utopian city enclosed inside a bubble on an alien planet, and follows a group of hipsters who use an app not unlike Uber in order to pick up side … Read More

“Till now we are doing well amid lockdown as per Q1 2020 financial results”: Wackytoon’s Niloy Kanti Biswas
8:00 pm PDT 04/05/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

With the lockdown now extended till 17 May nationally, it has become more challenging to keep work going on smoothly in several sectors. Animation studios are putting their best foot forward during such tough times by working remotely from their homes and providing fresh episodes and telemovies, while all live-action projects remain stalled.  Kolkata based Wackytoon Studio, partner company of Green Gold Animation, have adeptly adapted to this pandemic and is strictly following the Government mandate of complete lockdown due to … Read More

China mocks US over coronavirus response in an animation short
2:00 pm PDT 04/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

US president Donald Trump had recently alleged that the novel coronavirus may have originated in a Chinese virology laboratory. China has released a short animation film, featuring Lego-like figures mocking the US’ response to the coronavirus epidemic. The film titled Once Upon a Virus released by China’s official Xinhua news agency suggests that China did everything in its power to warn the global community of the coronavirus breakout but the US never took the alerts seriously. And when cases escalated … Read More

Kids sector grows by 43 per cent in week 16; ‘Chhota Bheem’ boosts DD National’s slot viewership: BARC
8:00 pm PDT 30/04/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

The sixth edition of the report on ‘Crisis Consumption on TV and Smartphones‘ jointly released by BARC India-Nielsen Media have found the Kids sector to witness 43 per cent growth between 18 to 24 April, in comparison to the pre-COVID period. Prior to this time period, kids viewership stood at 39 per cent.  Maximum growth in the sector is seen to still come from the morning slots especially between 9 to 10 am, while the prime time struggles to match … Read More

WarnerMedia strengthens kids content team in APAC
6:00 pm PDT 30/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks has brought on board Carlene Tan as the new director of original production and development for its Kids division in Asia Pacific. As departmental lead, she will focus on identifying new IP and producing original series for Cartoon Network, Boomerang and POGO. Based in Singapore, Tan will immediately get involved with the current slate of Asia Pacific originals including the International Emmy-nominated Lamput and the just-launched Monster Beach. She will also help steer the long-running Roll No. … Read More

Discovery Kids launches 100+ new episodes and eight fresh tele-movies of ‘Little Singham’ and ‘Fukrey Boyzzz’
3:00 pm PDT 30/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Discovery Kids has pumped up its Summer plans to keep the younger audience engaged and entertained during lockdown. The kids broadcaster has announced to be launching more than 100+ new episodes and eight new telemovies of popular animated IPs – Little Singham and Fukrey Boyzzz.  The channel has been working closely with Reliance Animation, for Little Singham, and Paperboat Design Studios for Fukrey Boyzzz, with more than 600 artists, animators, writers, spread across eight states, working from home to ensure … Read More

Rob Gibbs, Pixar story artist for ‘Finding Nemo’, passes away at 55
11:00 am PDT 30/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

2020 is only bringing death news. Noted Pixar writer, story artist and director Rob Gibbs of Finding Nemo, Toy Story 2 fame has passed away aged 55.  Though the reason of his death is still not revealed, Pixar spokesperson confirmed the news. Gibbs was a resident of San Rafael, California.  Gibbs has worked in the entertainment industry for 20 years and contributed to many popular Pixar films like- Monsters Inc., Up, Incredibles 2, Wall-E, Inside Out and the latest offering … Read More