ZEE5 names Rajeev Dhal as chief revenue officer
11:00 am PDT 22/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Homegrown OTT platform, ZEE5 has brought on board Rajeev Dhal as its chief revenue officer in order to boost its advertising sales and operations vertical. In his new role, Dhal will report to ZEE5 India CEO Tarun Katial. He will be responsible for achieving and delivering the revenue growth through Advertising Sales and Operations for ZEE5 India. His appointment emphasises the company’s commitment to invest in its leadership talent to foster continued growth, especially in the realm of digital revenue.   … Read More

Sudhanshu Vats named as Essel Propack MD and CEO
10:00 am PDT 16/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

After quitting Viacom18, Sudhanshu Vats has joined Essel Propack as the MD and CEO effective from today, 16 April. The board has also appointed him as the additional director of the company. He has also been designated as key managerial personnel pursuant to the Companies Act 2013. Headquartered in Mumbai, Essel Propack is a specialty packaging manufacturer of laminated plastic tubes for the FMCG and Pharma space. Vats has more than 28 years of industry experience across FMCG and media sectors. … Read More

Sudhanshu Vats steps down as Viacom18 MD and Group CEO
6:00 pm PDT 14/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Sudhanshu Vats has stepped down from his position as the Viacom18 Group CEO and MD, after serving eight years at the helm. At Viacom18, subsidiary of Network18, Vats expanded the media network’s footprint into new business lines of digital, experiential entertainment and consumer products. He also strengthened Viacom18’s position in Hindi mass entertainment, regional, kids, music and english entertainment and also made a mark by backing filmed entertainment business with content led cinema. Under his leadership, Viacom18 has grown from … Read More

Disney animator behind ‘The Little Mermaid’ and ‘The Lion King,’ dies of coronavirus
1:00 pm PDT 14/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Ann Sullivan, a longtime Walt Disney Studios animator, has died from complications of Covid-19. Sullivan resided at the Motion Picture Television Fund’s (MPTF) skilled nursing facility in Woodland Hills, California. She was 91. Born in Fargo, North Dakota, Sullivan began working at Disney in the 1950s, in the studio’s animation paint lab, before leaving to have a family. She worked in the paint lab on 1988’s Oliver & Company, 1989’s The Little Mermaid, 1991’s Rover Dangerfield and 1992’s Cool World. She … Read More

Brainy Smurf voice artist, Danny Goldman dies at 80
11:00 am PDT 14/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Film, TV actor and voice artist, Danny Goldman dies at 80.  The news was shared by his long-time agent, Doug Ely, in a Facebook post, sharing that Goldman died at home under hospice care after suffering two strokes around New Year. “Danny was truly one of a kind. He always had strong opinions and didn’t mind telling you about them. He was incredibly funny. He loved to root for the little guy and help wherever he could. He had a … Read More

Bob Iger takes back CEO responsibilities at Disney
4:00 pm PDT 13/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Former Disney CEO and current executive chairman Bob Iger will stay on to help the company through the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Disney has been hit especially hard by the coronavirus due to the sheer size of the company. It has not only movies, but also its parks, cruise lines, and other means of revenue. before any major coronavirus-related decisions had to be made at Disney, the company announced the departure of then CEO Bob Iger. Disney parks chairman Bob Chapek … Read More

Freeform president Tom Ascheim moves to Warner Bros.
5:00 pm PDT 09/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Freeform president Tom Ascheim will be stepping down from his position as the head of the Disney-owned cable network this summer for an executive role at Warner Bros. He will join Warner Bros. as president of Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics. Ascheim will be responsible for leading the global strategy for Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang, managing the studios of Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Animation in Los Angeles and having global responsibility for the Turner Classic Movies … Read More

WildBrain Television names Katie Wilson as Channels and Curation VP
5:00 pm PDT 07/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

WildBrain Television has appointed industry executive Katie Wilson as the Channels and Curation vice president. In this new position, Wilson will be responsible for curating content and providing editorial direction across WildBrain Television’s Family Channel, Family CHRGD, Family Jr. and Télémagino and their multiplatform/VOD extensions. Prior to joining WildBrain Television, Wilson served as the director of Programming and Kids at Corus Entertainment. Based in Toronto, Wilson will be reporting to WildBrain Content Partnerships executive VP Deirdre Brennan.  Commenting on roping … Read More

WarnerMedia appoints Jason Kilar as its new CEO
3:00 pm PDT 03/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

WarnerMedia has upped media, entertainment and technology executive Jason Kilar as its new CEO. In his new position, effective from 1 May, Kilar will be reporting to AT&T president and chief operating officer John Stankey. Commenting on Kilar’s appointment, Stankey said, “Kilar is a dynamic executive with the right skill set to lead WarnerMedia into the future. His experience in media and entertainment, direct-to-consumer video streaming and advertising is the perfect fit for WarnerMedia, and I am excited to have him … Read More

‘Yogi Bear’ voice actor, Julie Bennet dies of Covid-19
11:00 am PDT 03/04/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Veteran voice actor, Julie Bennet, best known for her role as Cindy Bear in the classic Hanna-Barbera Yogi Bear cartoons, died from Covid-19 on 31 March. Her death was announced by her talent agent Mark Scroggs. Bennet who was 88 was diagnosed with coronavirus last week and was getting treated at Los Angeles’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The most recent of her voice work was in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, and Garfield and Friends. She also had roles in other Hanna-Barbera … Read More

‘Bob the Builder’ voice artist dies of cancer at the age of 62
11:00 am PDT 27/03/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

American voice actor William Dufris, who voiced iconic kids’ character Bob the Builder in the U.S. and Canadian versions of the popular series for its first nine seasons, has died of cancer at age 62. Pocket Universe Productions, which Dufris co-founded, confirmed the news on Twitter. Dufris was born in Houlton, Maine, but began his voice acting career in London in his 20s with audiobooks, language tapes and acting gigs in star-powered BBC Radio plays. He also gave voice to Peter Parker … Read More

‘Mickey Mouse’ comic strip artist dies at 83
2:00 pm PDT 26/03/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Mexican artist, who drew Mickey Mouse comic strip dies at the age of 83. Roman Arambula was born in Guadalajara in 1936 and studies drawing and fine art at the National Autonomous University of Mexico before starting out as an assistant cartoonist and illustrator for Mexican publications. Arambula ended up at Gamma Productions, which animated shows created by American animation studios Jay Ward Productions and Total Television, among them Rocky and Bullwinkle, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, King Leonardo, Fractured Fairy Tales, … Read More