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#FeatureFriday: Where is the Indian Animation Industry headed? Experts weigh in
6:00 pm PDT 11/10/2019 By Parth Kaushik

Indian animation is at an inflection point. From being outsourced service providers to content creators and intellectual property owners, the Indian animation industry has gone through quite a metamorphosis. With a surfeit of channels like Disney, Pogo, Cartoon Network, Nick, Discovery Kids and Sony YAY! catering to more than 200 million kids, the kids’ genre has seen a conspicuous rise in viewership over the years. Big players in the Indian animation industry, like Green Gold Animation, Cosmos-Maya, DQ Entertainment, Toonz … Read More

ReDefine appoints Viral Thakkar as Creative Director for VFX in India
7:00 pm PDT 25/09/2019 By Parth Kaushik

ReDefine, the new visual effects and animation services offering, created to serve fast-growth international markets such as India and China, has announced the appointment of Viral Thakkar as ReDefine’s Creative Director for VFX in India.  Thakkar previously ran his own VFX boutique studio, offering quality VFX for films, web series, digital film and advertising. He comes to ReDefine with his team of around 100 talented artists who have delivered visual effects on a number of Bollywood box office hits, including … Read More

Redefine’s Global head Rohan Desai bares it all
7:00 pm PDT 19/09/2019 By Parth Kaushik

Poised to bridge the gap between the East and the West for creative services for films and “Over The Top” (OTT) content for streaming, DNEG’s award-winning global visual effects, animation and stereo conversion business’s new offering ReDefine has started its operations with major Bollywood projects like Brahmastra, written and directed by Ayan Mukherjee, and starring Amitabh Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. It is also working on a number of projects for the Chinese market, including Liberation for directors Xiaoyang Chang and Shaohong Li, The Mermaid 2 … Read More

Jennifer Hargreaves joins Basilic Fly Studio as executive producer
12:00 pm PDT 07/08/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

VFX veteran Jennifer Hargreaves takes charge as executive producer and head of business development of the VFX service provider Basilic Fly Studio. Hargreaves has rich experiences in VFX, spanning more than two decades with an in-depth understanding of VFX that helps her to create compelling and competitive bids,  guide clients through the process and build long-term, trusted relationships. She will be based out of NYC and will handle Basilic Fly’s growing stateside clientele. Hargreaves has donned leadership roles, managed big teams, … Read More

Salt Content CEO Angela Salt speaks candidly about her journey
4:00 pm PDT 24/07/2019 By Parth Kaushik

Awash with a variety of top-drawer mavericks and storytellers from a stunning multiplicity of artistic backgrounds, GAFX 2019 emerged as a leading juggernaut in the apotheosis of AVGC events. Not only did the summit play host to artists from national and regional perimeters but also flew down stalwarts from the west. Salt Content CEO Angela Salt spoke to Animation Xpress about her journey as an illustrator and a writer for kids’ animation such as Curious George, Abby Hatcher, A Street Cat … Read More

John Kilshaw joins Framestore as senior VFX supervisor and creative director for television
12:00 pm PDT 24/05/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Framestore is pleased to announce the appointment of experienced visual effects supervisor and creative director John Kilshaw. He will be based in New York and will continue to build Framestore’s presence within episodic television. “Episodic gives us the opportunity to create fantastic visual effects for an audience whose expectations have never been higher,” said Framestore New York managing director Charles Howell. “I’m looking forward to welcoming John, his passion, and experience in the field as we continue our global expansion … Read More

“I hope the kids’ category continues to grow”: Anu Sikka exclusive at AMS 2019
12:00 pm PDT 23/05/2019 By Yugandhara Shete

Toonz Media Group celebrated its 20th anniversary this year and managed to gather the animation industry under one roof for its 2019 edition of Animation Masters Summit (AMS). The event saw dignitaries from the industry grace the dais and give away valuable insights to the audience. AMS 2019 honoured two masters for their contribution to the world of animation, professor Raman Lal Mistry and Nickelodeon India/ Viacom 18 head of content, kids entertainment cluster Anu Sikka. AnimationXpress, in a candid … Read More

Simran Sethi steps down from Netflix India post
5:00 pm PDT 22/05/2019 By Sharmindrila Paul

Simran Sethi, one of the top executives for Netflix India has called it quits and will move out after a transition period. Sethi, the Los Angeles director of Netflix international originals, responsible for India content, has been closely associated with a number of popular and critically acclaimed original series like Ghoul, Selection Day, Delhi Crime, Sacred Games, Baahubali, Leila, Blood of Blood, Typewriter, adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children and others. Sethi will be leaving Netflix after an almost two-year run. … Read More

DreamWorks Animation hires Randy Lake as COO
1:00 pm PDT 16/05/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Former Sony Pictures exec Randy Lake has just been announced as the new chief operating officer of DreamWorks Animation. Starting in July, he will oversee the studio’s strategic planning and primary business operations, including feature and television production, post production, business and legal affairs, finance and technology. Lake joined Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2006 and was promoted 10 years later to president, studio operations and Imageworks, to oversee all operations and strategy. Before Sony, he served at Booz Allen as … Read More

Animation Masters Summit 2019 saw the creative side of animator Vivek Ram
11:30 am PDT 05/05/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

With a stellar speakers list, this year, Animation Masters Summit have managed to create buzz. Day one ended by honouring the legend of animation Raman Lal Mistry, the creator of the iconic ‘Doordarshan’ logo animation. What keeps the animation industry growing is the passion one has, he said in a candid interview with us. Keeping the essence of 2D animation, animators must focus more on the technique which is kind of getting lost, added he. With the learnings from Mistry, … Read More

Framestore appoints David Michaels as director of production and business development
12:30 pm PDT 03/05/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

The Oscar-winning VFX studio Framestore has announced that post-production specialist David Michaels has joined the company’s Chicago office as the new director of production and business development. David will be working across integrated advertising. A keen traveller, and armed with his global experience, David’s knowledge of the post-production industry both in the US and across Europe is an asset to the Framestore team. “We’re incredibly excited that David has made the move to join us here at Framestore. The scope of … Read More

Epic Story Media appoints Jessica Labi and David Sztoser to expand its senior team
4:30 pm PDT 29/04/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Independent content creation and distribution company, Epic Story Media (ESM) is expanding its senior team with two new hires –  former eOne acquisitions VP Jessica Labi as head of distribution and brand strategy alongside former Nickelodeon toys VP, David Sztoser as head of licensing and merchandising. Both of them will be working across ESM’s growing slate of creator-led brands. The slate has recently expanded to represent global licensing rights to international animated series Slugterra, as well as licensing and television … Read More