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Splash Entertainment names Pete Young as director of development
10:30 am PDT 30/01/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

After appointing Steve Levy in a new role, children’s entertainment studio, Splash Entertainment has now promoted Pete Young to the position of director of development.  In his new role, he will oversee the company’s growing development slate which includes Woody Woodpecker, a reimagining of the classic cartoon, as well as R. L. Stine’s The Little Shop of Monsters and Rotten School, inspired by the author’s award-winning book series.  In addition, he is guiding the development of upcoming animated series, including NitWitz and … Read More


Amar Chitra Katha’s Uncle Pai receives lifetime achievement award for promoting reading
6:00 pm PDT 29/01/2020 By Yugandhara Shete

India is a land of stories! Our generations have grown up hearing and telling them too. Amar Chitra Katha’s founder Anant Pai, fondly known as Uncle Pai launched comics in an era when comics were not respected by the parents and other educational institutes. Recently Food 4 Thought Foundation recognised Pai with lifetime achievement award for promoting reading. Amar Chitra Katha business head Shilpi Mathur accepted the award on his behalf. Feeling proud of it, Mathur said, “It was a … Read More


Splash Entertainment’s VOD platform, Kabillion names Stevan Levy as president of programming and operations
5:00 pm PDT 28/01/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Splash Entertainment-owned VOD platform Kabillion has promoted its VP of programming Stevan Levy as the president of programming and operations.  In his new role that started this month, Levy will acquire new programming and partner with broadcasters to grow the service’s reach. He’s now leading the company’s new distribution and content efforts, and managing its content strategy. Levy will report to Kabillion co-CEOs Mike Young and Steve Rosen. Levy is responsible for growing the company’s offerings across its two VOD platforms … Read More


French minister for culture H. E. Franck Riester to visit Mumbai to promote France as a film shooting destination
10:30 am PDT 25/01/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

French minister for culture H. E. Franck Riester, will undertake a visit to India from 26 to 29 January 2020. He will be in Mumbai on 27 January before going to Delhi. A specialised B2B meeting has been organised under the banner of ‘Destination France’ to promote France as a film shooting destination as well as to explore joint ventures, co-operation projects, partnerships. Riester will address the main participants of this meet. Within a span of just four years, India has moved from … Read More


Uncle Pai makes an entry in children’s book ‘Boys Will Be Boys’
4:30 pm PDT 24/01/2020 By Yugandhara Shete

Amar Chitra Katha founder Anant Pai, fondly remembered as Uncle Pai has made it to Aparna Jain’s latest book for children Boys Will Be Boys. Priya Kuriyan has aptly managed to showcase the many aspects of Pai in her illustration. The book brings together 45 stories of Indian men who defied the stereotype and marched to their own tune, followed their heart and changed people’s lives. Uncle Pai, was an Indian educationalist and a pioneer in Indian comics. The very … Read More


Remembering the cartoonist in Balasaheb Thackeray on his 94th birth anniversary
12:00 pm PDT 23/01/2020 By Yugandhara Shete

Shiv Sena founder late Balasaheb Thackeray, India’s most influential politician in Maharashtra, has won hearts with his powerful leadership qualities and love for his followers.  Though his journey as a politician is well known and admired all over, many are not aware about his love for comics. Thackeray began his career with Free Press Journal in Mumbai as a cartoonist. His cartoons were also published in the Sunday edition of The Times of India. Thackeray launched the cartoon weekly, Marmik … Read More


In memoriam: Arnab Chaudhuri
8:30 pm PDT 20/01/2020 By Krishanu Ghosal

It has been almost a month since the unfortunate demise of industry veteran Arnab Chaudhuri. While there was an immediate sense of shock and sadness throughout the industry, soon people from across the world started sharing their condolences while reminiscing the good times that they have spent working or collaborating with the Arjun director and how he inspired so many of them. In a mail to the director’s family, Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra mentioned, “I remember Arnab so clearly. … Read More


Ex-Ogilvy Ryan Williams joins Ventana Studios
5:30 pm PDT 14/01/2020 By Yugandhara Shete

Ventana Studios takes on board Ryan Williams in the capacity of producer for new business growth in the local and international markets. He will be handling all the new business projects for Ventana Studios while maintaining the great rapport shared with the studio’s existing client base. “Together we are aiming to bring about changes in how a mid-sized CG/VFX studio operates in the current, ever-changing market,” said Nube and Ventana Studios business head Ranjan Karkera. Ryan Williams has spent a … Read More


Exclusive: Ajay Devgn surprises kids at ‘Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior’s screening
7:00 pm PDT 10/01/2020 By Parth Kaushik

Inorbit INOX recently launched a special screening for school children where a bevy of kids were treated to the movie Tanhaji The Unsung Warrior. Given the fact that the movie chronicles the life journey of the unsung Maratha warrior; Tanaji Malushare who plays a crucial role in the history of India, the event was organised in an effort to serve as an amalgam of a history lesson and entertainment. The auditorium saw excitement and buzz as scores of kids donning school uniforms thronged Inorbit … Read More


Animation specialist Sumedha Saraogi joins Cinema Management Group
2:00 pm PDT 10/01/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Cinema Management Group (CMG) has hired animation specialist, Sumedha Saraogi as head of business development. Saraogi has more than 20 years of experience in product management, international sales and international marketing. She was previously heading international business development at animation house Symbiosis Technologies and has also worked with DQ Entertainment International. CMG is currently producing six independent animation features and Saraogi will be representing these projects at Kidscreen Summit in Miami next month. After that she will work on marketing … Read More


Xilam Animation appoints Caterina Gonnelli as EVP, Content
11:00 am PDT 09/01/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Award-winning French animation studio Xilam Animation has appointed Caterina Gonnelli, Disney’s former director of acquisitions and co-productions for the Disney Channels EMEA, as the EVP of content for the company’s rapidly growing slate of projects. Joining the company on Monday 13 January, Gonnelli will work alongside her co-EVP Jean Brune to oversee all editorial aspects of Xilam’s content and will be responsible for increasing the company’s slate, as well as conducting development to address the market needs. Gonnelli’s expertise of … Read More


Veteran cartoonist Vikas Sabnis passes away at the age of 69
3:00 pm PDT 28/12/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Veteran cartoonist Vikas Sabnis passed away on Friday following a brief illness. Born on 12 July 1950, Sabnis graduated from the prestigious Sir JJ School of Art and has also worked with legendary journalist Russi Karanjia. He describes the 80s and 90s as the golden era of cartooning. Sabnis was inspired by cartoonists K Shankar Pillai, RK Laxman and Balasaheb Thackeray. Thackeray would himself draw cartoons for Marmik, a political satire weekly launched by him. However, due to his increasing political commitments, … Read More