WarnerMedia names Johannes Larcher as HBO Max International head
3:00 pm PDT 09/07/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

WarnerMedia has brought on board Johannes Larcher as the head of HBO Max International, who will join the company in August 2020. He will report to WarnerMedia International Networks president and WarnerMedia chief revenue officer Gerhard Zeiler.  In his new role, he will be responsible for the international rollout and management of WarnerMedia’s streaming service HBO Max, which launched successfully in the U.S. on 27 May, 2020. His first focus will be the launch in Latin America, slated in 2021. Commenting on … Read More

Priya Dogra named president of WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks, EMEA and APAC
1:00 pm PDT 09/07/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

WarnerMedia has named Priya Dogra as president of WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks, EMEA and APAC replacing Giorgio Stock, who left last month. In a statement, the company said Dogra will continue her responsibilities as EVP of strategy and corporate development for WarnerMedia “for the time being.” She takes over from Stock, who exited the company after less than a year in the position. Dogra reports to Gerhard Zeiler, chief revenue officer, WarnerMedia and president, WarnerMedia International Networks and will oversee programming, advertising, … Read More

‘Shrek 2,’ ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ director dies at 60
12:00 pm PDT 27/06/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Animation writer-director and voice actor, Kelly Asbury whose credits include Shrek 2, Smurfs: The Lost Village and Beauty and the Beast, died today after battling cancer for several years. His rep Nancy Newhouse Porter of Newhouse Porter Hubbard confirmed the news to Deadline. Asbury contributed to beloved animated features from Disney, DreamWorks — where he co-directed two Oscar-nominated films, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002). He most recently directed UglyDolls for STX Entertainment, and provided the voices of Gibberish Cat, … Read More

Toonz Media Group partners with American actress Janet Hubert for new animation project
1:00 pm PDT 25/06/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Toonz Media Group (TMG) is partnering with Daytime Digital Emmy nominated actress Janet Hubert for a new animation project that focuses on representing special kids from diverse backgrounds. The project titled JG & the BC Kids is about a young lady superhero whose travels around the world nurturing special kids from multicultural communities. Hubert is a co-producer of the project. Toonz, Elijah Rock Productions, and Ericka Nicole Malone Entertainment have started preproduction on a feature length animated movie, which will … Read More

Johnny Depp to voice for animated series ‘Puffins’
11:00 am PDT 23/06/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Johnny Depp will voice the character Johnny Puff in the new animated series Puffins from Iervolino Entertainment, the company founded by producer Andrea Iervolino, who co-owns it with Monika Bacardi. Puffins will be a mobile-first, short-content format animated series consisting of 250 five-minute episodes, produced by Iervolino and Bacardi. It follows the adventures of a group of cute little birds, servants of the wily walrus Otto. The main characters of the series are five Puffins: Johnny Puff (voiced by Depp), … Read More

Disney+ Hotstar appoints Sunil Rayan as head
11:00 am PDT 22/06/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney+ Hotstar has appointed Sunil Rayan as president and head. Rayan will report to The Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific president and Star and Disney India chairman Uday Shankar. Rayan comes from Google where he was managing director for Google Cloud for Games. At Google he helped oversee product, engineering and business development strategies. Before that, he was managing director for the mobile app advertising business, associate principal at American management consulting firm McKinsey & Co with expertise in sales force productivity, … Read More

Aardman Animations announces senior appointments
3:00 pm PDT 17/06/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Animation studio Aardman has announced the promotions of Alison Taylor to director, distribution and business development, and Rob Goodchild to commercial director. Taylor and Goodchild will be central to providing market insight, financing, distribution and licensing for Aardman’s portfolio of brands, which includes both its own IP and third-party properties represented by the company. These newly created roles in the sales and marketing arm of the business form part of a departmental restructuring to consolidate all the studio’s sales, marketing … Read More

Former Indiagames COO and Qyuki co-founder Samir Bangara passes away
2:00 pm PDT 15/06/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

The Indian industry has lost one of its biggest visionaries. The co-founder and CEO of  Qyuki Digital Media Samir Bangara, passed away on Sunday 14 June in a road accident. He started his career at IL&FS venture corporation and moved to Ernst & Young next where he was focused on cross border M&A in the tech, communications,wireless and entertainment industry and was instrumental in closing several cross border deals. Further to that he moved to Indiagames as the COO where he, along … Read More

Mad Magazine releases artist Al Jaffee’s final fold-in art on his retirement
1:00 pm PDT 12/06/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Mad Magazine artist Al Jaffee’s final piece of fold-in artwork has been published as the 99-year-old cartoonist retires. For decades, Jaffee provided his unique artwork to the popular humor publication, with his notable work including the classic Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions segments. Jaffee is also the illustrator behind the iconic Mad fold-in pages found at the tail end of every issue, which involved readers folding in the page a certain way to unveil a hidden image with an accompanying … Read More

Disney veteran David Levine to quit after 16 years with the company
2:00 pm PDT 04/06/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney’s VP of kids programming for the UK, Europe and Africa David Levine is leaving Disney at the end of June after 16 years. Based in London, Levine has been tasked with progressively senior roles out of the office, including GM of Disney Channel UK and Ireland, and VP programming, production and strategy, before assuming his most recent position in 2019. Prior to his move to the UK, Levine worked out of the Burbank office in several different roles, including … Read More

Syrinthia Studer to head live-action films at Nickelodeon and Awesomeness Films
5:00 pm PDT 02/06/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

ViacomCBS has named Syrinthia Studer as the first EVP of Nickelodeon and Awesomeness Films, overseeing all live-action feature-length content for both Awesomeness and Nickelodeon’s kids and family studio. Reporting to studio EVP Shelley Zimmerman, Studer’s new role encompasses development, production, acquisitions and co-financing work. She will be based in LA and is in charge of developing original feature-length live-action content for the Gen Z, and kids and family audience. Most recently, Studer was the EVP of worldwide acquisitions at Paramount Pictures, where … Read More

Politician and activist Magid Magid announced as the Children’s Media Conference keynote speaker
3:00 pm PDT 28/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

The Children’s Media Conference (CMC) has announced that former Lord Mayor of Sheffield and Green MEP Magid Magid will be the keynote speaker at this year’s virtual conference online between 6 to 10 July 2020. Aged only 28, Magid became Lord Mayor of Sheffield, being the youngest-ever, the first ethnic-Somali, and the first Green Party councillor to hold that role. In May 2019, he was elected to the European Parliament as Green Party MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber. In … Read More