“The Indian animation industry has lost a true legend”: Industry mourns the death of Arnab Chaudhuri
5:00 pm PDT 25/12/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Artist, director and industry veteran Arnab Chaudhuri passed away today morning in Kolkata. He was noted in the animation industry for his feature film with UTV in 2012 titled Arjun: The Warrior Prince. As soon as the news came, the industry started mourning the death of a fellow colleague. Says Punnaryug Artvision founder Ashish Kulkarni, “Arnab Choudhury was such a gentle man. The Indian animation industry has lost a true legend. What an animation direction in  “Arjun: The Warrior Prince” animated movie. … Read More

“Women in games” appoints India ambassador, Anshu Patni Singhi
5:00 pm PDT 23/12/2019 By Krishanu Ghosal

We recently reported on how the new entity called CHNO Media is trying to shake up things in the Indian gaming ecosystem by catering to the content-hungry audience. Adding on to that we have recently learnt that CHNO Media founder Anshu Patni Singhi has been appointed as the Indian ambassador by Women in Games. Says Singhi, “I am glad to be appointed as the first women in gaming ambassador from India for  WIGJ, which internationally as an organization is working … Read More

K Madhavan is Star and Disney India’s new country manager
4:30 pm PDT 14/12/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

K Madhavan, noted media veteran has been named as the country head of Star and Disney India, an executive from the company announced today. Serving as Star India South Business MD, Madhavan will join his new role from 1 January, taking over from Sanjay Gupta who joined Google India as its new country manager and vice-president of sales and operations. Prior to this, Madhavan served as managing director of Asianet Communications and vice-president of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation. He will … Read More

Happy Birthday Walt Disney: Want to know some unheard facts about creator of Mickey Mouse?
5:30 pm PDT 05/12/2019 By Yugandhara Shete

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible,” said Walt Disney and he did prove it right. Best recognised as the creator of Mickey Mouse, Disney produced the first full-length animated movie. His namesake empire still ranks among the top 10 most valuable brands. Born in Chicago, Illinois on 5 December 1901, though he spent most of his childhood on a farm in Marceline, Missouri. His fascination with drawing began early when young Disney drew pictures of animals on his … Read More

Star Trek’s George Takei joins voice cast for animated series, ‘Love Monster’
1:30 pm PDT 03/12/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

George Takei has joined some of the finest actors and voiceover talents for a new 54 x 7’ 2D-animated series titled Love Monster, from BBC Children’s, Boat Rocker Studios and UYoung.  Takei (Star Trek, Heroes) joins the cast as Elder Panda. The voice cast features narrator Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Episodes, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Javone Prince (The Javone Prince Show, PhoneShop) as Bad Idea Puppy, Sarah Hadland (Miranda, The Job Lot, Bob the Builder) as Tiniest … Read More

Ex-AMC Networks exec, Chris Loveall joins Disney+
3:30 pm PDT 30/11/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Disney+ has hired former AMC programming exec Chris Loveall as VP of content, international. Reporting to Matt Brodlie, Loveall will work with Disney’s direct-to-consumer and international teams to develop and produce original scripted and unscripted series, as well as acquisitions for all markets outside of the US. As vice president of content for international, Loveall will work on the development and production of original series for the streaming service, which has just launched in the U.S. and a handful of markets … Read More

9 Story Media Group gets on board former Nickelodeon executive, Karen Fowler
12:00 pm PDT 06/11/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

9 Story Media Group has brought in a former Sesame Workshop and Nickelodeon executive to lead its Toronto-based development team. Karen Fowler is joining the firm as VP of development for animation and live-action. Reporting to chief creative officer Angela Santomero, Fowler will be working closely with Jennie Stacey (VP development), Sarah Wallendjack (VP development and production) and Jeremy Slutskin (VP live action, NY), to help expand 9 Story Media’s development and production slate. She was previously executive producer of … Read More

88 Pictures appoints ex-Prana Studio ‘core member’
6:00 pm PDT 05/11/2019 By Yugandhara Shete

88 Pictures takes on board Aby John as chief operating officer. In a career spanning over a decade and half, John has been a strong force in the CGI field. An engineering and management graduate, he skillfully leveraged his educational experienced into the production management, making him one of the most accomplished professional in the Indian animation industry. “With Aby’s robust body of experience across production management and studio operations, it makes him the perfect fit to contribute to 88 … Read More

#FeatureFriday: Where is the Indian Animation Industry headed? Experts weigh in
6:00 pm PDT 11/10/2019 By Parth Kaushik

Indian animation is at an inflection point. From being outsourced service providers to content creators and intellectual property owners, the Indian animation industry has gone through quite a metamorphosis. With a surfeit of channels like Disney, Pogo, Cartoon Network, Nick, Discovery Kids and Sony YAY! catering to more than 200 million kids, the kids’ genre has seen a conspicuous rise in viewership over the years. Big players in the Indian animation industry, like Green Gold Animation, Cosmos-Maya, DQ Entertainment, Toonz … Read More

ReDefine appoints Viral Thakkar as Creative Director for VFX in India
7:00 pm PDT 25/09/2019 By Parth Kaushik

ReDefine, the new visual effects and animation services offering, created to serve fast-growth international markets such as India and China, has announced the appointment of Viral Thakkar as ReDefine’s Creative Director for VFX in India.  Thakkar previously ran his own VFX boutique studio, offering quality VFX for films, web series, digital film and advertising. He comes to ReDefine with his team of around 100 talented artists who have delivered visual effects on a number of Bollywood box office hits, including … Read More

Redefine’s Global head Rohan Desai bares it all
7:00 pm PDT 19/09/2019 By Parth Kaushik

Poised to bridge the gap between the East and the West for creative services for films and “Over The Top” (OTT) content for streaming, DNEG’s award-winning global visual effects, animation and stereo conversion business’s new offering ReDefine has started its operations with major Bollywood projects like Brahmastra, written and directed by Ayan Mukherjee, and starring Amitabh Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. It is also working on a number of projects for the Chinese market, including Liberation for directors Xiaoyang Chang and Shaohong Li, The Mermaid 2 … Read More

Jennifer Hargreaves joins Basilic Fly Studio as executive producer
12:00 pm PDT 07/08/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

VFX veteran Jennifer Hargreaves takes charge as executive producer and head of business development of the VFX service provider Basilic Fly Studio. Hargreaves has rich experiences in VFX, spanning more than two decades with an in-depth understanding of VFX that helps her to create compelling and competitive bids,  guide clients through the process and build long-term, trusted relationships. She will be based out of NYC and will handle Basilic Fly’s growing stateside clientele. Hargreaves has donned leadership roles, managed big teams, … Read More