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Marci Proietto is the new executive VP of animation at 20th Century Fox TV
6:00 pm PDT 31/10/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

20th Century Fox has recently named Marci Proietto to the newly created position of executive vice president of animation. In her present role, Proietto will continue to head the studio’s animation area, overseeing creative and production of the studio’s hit animated properties including Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, American Dad and The Simpsons.  She’s responsible for the studio’s animation development slate as well as upcoming series including: Central Park for Apple from Loren Bouchard and Josh Gad; Solar Opposites for Hulu from Justin Roiland and … Read More


Viacom appoints Brian Robbins as the new Nickelodeon president 
11:00 am PDT 03/10/2018 By AnimationXpress Team

Viacom has named Brian Robbins as the Nickelodeon president, which is to be effective immediately. Robbins will report directly to Viacom president and chief executive officer Bob Bakish. In his new role, Robbins will manage the creative and business operations at Nickelodeon. He will also be responsible for evolving the brand for a new generation of young audiences, including further bolstering its content pipeline through a mix of new and legacy franchises, and accelerating its push into next-generation platforms and feature film. … Read More


#FeatureFriday: Meet the dreamy animation artist, Shipra Khatter!
6:30 pm PDT 07/09/2018 By Yugandhara Shete

A fantasy driven persona, she dreams like Alice from wonderland, is skilled like the Mad Hatter and is strikingly skilled and talented. Meet Shipra Khatter! Graduated from Birla Institute of Technology, Jaipur in animation and multimedia, Khatter later joined National Institute of Design for M. Des in animation film design. With various commercial and personal projects in her bag, she just keeps adding feathers to her crown. With experience in a start-up animation studio, working with various departments, creating content … Read More


#FeatureFriday : Dheeraj Berry’s journey from working on VFX to creating animated IPs
7:00 pm PDT 24/08/2018 By Krishanu Ghosal

We’ve recently discussed a lot about how the Indian animation industry is flourishing. From Indian IPs making their global presence felt to the further push for home-grown IPs, the scale at which the industry is pacing forward seems plausible. In today’s feature we speak to Dheeraj Berry, one of the earliest joiners of the industry. Berry has worked on several famed Indian IPs like Eena Meena Deeka, Tik Tak Tail and Motu Patlu. Tell us a little about your journey … Read More


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