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In conversation with the “Roto Maker”, Madhav Reddy Yatham (Mike)
5:00 pm PDT 12/12/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Rotomaker is a fairly known name in the VFX industry. Originally based out of California, the studio has eventually spread its wings to various other locations. With more than 1000 movie credits to their name, including acclaimed Hollywood movies, regional movies, and television series, the studio has risen as a formidable name in the industry. The fact that they are authorised could be attributed to the rigorous auditions they underwent by the likes of MPAA, Disney, Marvel Studios, FOX, Warner Bros, … Read More

Shemaroo strengthens its leadership team with fresh key hires
6:00 pm PDT 29/11/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Shemaroo Entertainment is beefing up its leadership team and has announced three new senior hires across product, digital marketing and public relations. Vaibhav Goyal has been appointed as general manager, head of products in new media & technologies, while Omprakash Singh joins as digital marketing lead and Ankita Anthony has been roped in as public relations Lead. The appointments are Mumbai-based and are expected to help drive the company’s growth in its new transitional phase. Vaibhav Goyal who joins Shemaroo … Read More

Disney-Pixar’s John Lasseter accused of misconduct, takes leave
7:00 pm PDT 22/11/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Now it’s the turn of Pixar co-founder and Disney chief creative officer John Lasseter to lose his halo. The animation legend has apparently taken a leave of absence from the company following alleged misconduct and missteps. The leave is expected to be for six months. A number of reports appearing in the US media have Pixar employees over the years alleging that Lasseter hugged them or kissed them wantonly. In fact, many employees were petrified to come out in the … Read More

Roopak Nair from JetSynthesys opens up about celebrity games being the new bandwagon
11:30 am PDT 20/11/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

JetSynthesys gears up for the launch of the game Sachin Saga Cricket Champions, based on the legendary cricketer’s career that starts from the age of 16 till his last matches. PlayIzzOn is the gaming development and publishing company under JetSynthesys has exclusive global gaming rights of Sachin Tendulkar (Sachin Saga Cricket Champions) and Salman Khan (Being Salman, the official game) alongwith a number of other Bollywood and Hollywood stars. It is also into publishing side where it works with local companies in India … Read More

How Sagar Taneja’s love for Bollywood turned him into a ‘South Park’ caricaturist
5:00 pm PDT 16/11/2017 By Sachin Bhat

Far away in the Arabian gulf of Bahrain, illustrator Sagar Taneja pours out his love for Bollywood through his sketches and arts. Having grown up in a family of Bollywood buffs, the bling naturally caught up with him too and today, with his caricatures of the stars from the industry, has garnered numerous followers of Facebook and other social networking platforms. “I remember that my father, who is a hardcore Dev Anand fan, made me and my brother watch old … Read More

Learn what it’s like to be an animator in China with iAniMagic judge, Basil Chen
6:00 pm PDT 15/11/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Basil Chen (Po-Chung Chen) is an animator and storyboard artist in China, as well as the winner of the iAniMagic animation contest in 2016 and 2015. He has worked on many films and animation projects; including the famous motion picture, Monkey King: Hero is Back. In this interview, he shares his insights on the animation industry in China. What led you to become an animator? I have always been a fan of comics and animation. When I was about 11 or 12 … Read More

Rockline Group’s ‘Munirathna Kurukshetra’ has some superb VFX with Baahubali’s budget
5:20 pm PDT 15/11/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Rockline group is a huge name in the southern industry and has forayed into Bollywood working with some of the biggest names. Founded by southern star Rockline Venkatesh, the 30 year old company has already produced 25 films including Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan(2015) and Rajnikant’s Lingaa(2014) in the past. Today the reigns of the flourishing company lies strongly in the hands of Rockline Venkatesh’s ambitious, talented and extremely down to earth son, Yateesh Venkatesh. He is currently the managing director … Read More

Won-Tolla founder Chaitanya Modak on how to ‘Be a man’ in his latest publication
11:00 am PDT 09/11/2017 By Sachin Bhat

When you pepper a meaty story with wry and witty humor, add some slices of life with stunning visual spreads for the toppings, what do you get? A fulfilling cinematic experience? Wrong! You produce Won-Tolla comics, or so the founder Chaitanya Modak states about the ingredients to his work. Based out of Mumbai and Pune, Modak’s venture is an indie comic publishing house that revolves around real-life issues, tackling them through the form of art. From the creator of The … Read More

Walt Disney appoints Abhishek Maheshwari as India country head
5:20 pm PDT 07/11/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

The Walt Disney Company in India today announced the appointment of Abhishek Maheshwari as country head for India. Maheshwari, who joined Disney in 2012 and was previously VP and head (media networks & interactive), will now be responsible for all of Disney’s businesses reporting to Walt Disney International, South Asia executive vice president and managing director Mahesh Samat. “Abhishek is an astute and transformative business leader. Since joining the company, he has championed and driven strategic changes that have positioned … Read More

Creodomus founder Rajendra Praveen shares his out-of-the-box gaming shows
11:30 am PDT 31/10/2017 By Swati Panda

Gaming shows are here to redefine themselves to some notches higher. We are talking about game shows which connects a cartoon character, TV and the game player. Intriguing! Creodomus Entertainment CEO Rajendra Praveen attended MIPCOM 2017 at Cannes, France as a part of the ABAI delegation. Animation Xpress spoke to him at MIPCOM and he shared his excitement about his newly developed out-of-the-box game shows. Live Interactive Game show The name of the interactive game show is ‘Run Singoo Run’. … Read More

Hollywood VFX Supervisor Nick Davis joins MPC
11:00 am PDT 31/10/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

MPC has announced a new addition to its team, as internationally acclaimed visual effects artist Nick Davis has joined it as the VFX supervisor. With as many as 27 years of experience and some major Hollywood projects such as Batman Forever, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and lately King Arthur: Legend of the Sword under his belt, Davis is a seasoned professional with numerous accolades to his name too. He has also won an Academy award nomination for his … Read More

Every day is animation day for animation screenwriter Vivek Shukla
7:09 pm PDT 28/10/2017 By Swati Panda

“Once you are entering into the world of animation then everyday will be animation day.” This is what India’s leading animation screenwriter Vivek Shukla feels about the beautiful world of animation.He is a freelance screenwriter for animation, live action T.V. shows, feature films and an Indie filmmaker. Known for working for projects like Chimpoo Aur Simpoo (ZeeQ), Akbar Birbal (Discovery Kids),Bunty aur Billi for Toonz Animations (Hungama TV – Disney),Eena Meena Dika for Maya Digital Studios (Hungama TV – Disney),King Vikram … Read More