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

Indian entrepreneur Arjun Madhavan features in Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list- 2019
6:00 pm PDT 16/04/2019 By Yugandhara Shete

With a 4,000+ strong alumni network that spans the globe over the last few years, the Forbes 30 under 30 list continues to spotlight the impressive, inspiring work being done across industries. The feature is special not only because it merits the hard work, efforts and achievements of one’s entrepreneurial journey, but more importantly because of the amazing alumni that this list houses and co-members of the feature that continue to do such incredible work in their respective fields. Indian … Read More

Marvel India conducts a multi-city fan event with Robert Downey Jr in a live video conference
12:00 pm PDT 15/04/2019 By Sharmindrila Paul

Marvel India surprised its fans in India with a one-of-a-kind-fan-event where they got to meet their favourite superhero Iron Man (Tony Stark) aka Robert Downey Jr in a LIVE video conference. Gathering at respective assigned venues from four cities- New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru, fans flocked in huge numbers to experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet their favourite superhero, even if it was virtual, and get their questions answered. Presently on a series of press tour for Avengers:Endgame, Downey Jr. was live … Read More

Reaching heights in the animation industry: DreamWorks’ Ravi kamble bares it all
6:30 pm PDT 08/04/2019 By Yugandhara Shete

A journey that began watching cartoons and laying videogames led way to some interesting characters from popular animated features like Penguins of Madagascar, How To Train your Dragon: The Hidden World and many others. After working as freelancer at Revolution Software for the Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars director´s cut videogame, animator Ravi Kamble moved to Manchester to work at RedVision as a junior animator. While being at Redstar he learned a lot about aspects of 3D production beyond just … Read More

Toonz Entertainment head of business development Kishor Shrivastav is leaving to chase passion in live action
2:00 pm PDT 27/03/2019 By Poonam Mondal

Toonz  Entertainment head of business development Kishor Shrivastav has revealed that he will be leaving his position in the group on 30 March 2019. “I’ll be leaving my position as head – business development here at Toonz Media Group, and my last day would be 30th March 2019,” said Shrivastav in an official mail. He shared with AnimationXpress that he has been eyeing to explore avenues of creating something unique which will take him one level up. His passion has always … Read More

Industry veteran Virendra Chauhan joins 88 Pictures
2:00 pm PDT 07/03/2019 By Yugandhara Shete

Industry veteran Virendra Chauhan has joined 88 Pictures as VP production and operations. Spanning over illustrious career of three decades with robust experience across creative and production management, Chauhan is an eminent personality in the Indian animation industry. 88 Pictures founder and CEO Milind Shinde said, “We have always talked about disruption and our endless efforts to reach to the moon. This stands true in the kind of brand I am trying to build or type of super challenging projects … Read More