The Shanghai studio is going big on sci-fi, fantasy, and Chinese mythology.
The program’s goal is to to “innovate the art of animated storytelling, showcase diverse stories, discover new voices, and mentor the next generation of animators.”
Frederator and Mainframe have worked on shows including “Madagascar: A Little Wild,” “Castlevania,” and “Adventure Time.”
Anderson is accused of duping investors into contributing to his companies. If convicted, he could face decades in jail.
The studio, which produces the animation for many popular series, has started an in-house shorts program.
The company claims that its technique is up to 50% cheaper than a live-action production.
The studio has promoted Tina Chow and Richard Grieve to CEO and COO respectively.
“Brave” director Mark Andrews and longtime animator Andrew Gordon are among the team working on “Hawkmaster.”
The experienced director and showrunner will oversee the young studio’s content slate, original and service work alike.
This is the first Canadian animation agreement for IATSE, which also represents the L.A. industry.
“I’m especially thrilled about ramping up our studio’s animation efforts, which is a personal passion of mine,” says Alonso.
The shift marks the end of Soyuzmultfilm’s 85-year history as a state-owned animation studio.
“It is the right thing for the staff, the right thing for the industry to do,” said DNEG exec Chris Burn.
Robbins will continue to lead Nickelodeon as well.
The workspace will be available to designers, writers, and Netflix team members who are working on anime series for the streamer.
The first intake of mentees are from the Latinx and neurodiverse communities.
Anima Vitae also produces its own features, including the hit 2008 holiday movie “The Flight Before Christmas.”
The new Toronto base will work on vfx for film and episodic projects, feature animation, and technology.
The Vancouver-based studio is capitalizing on rapid growth in the pandemic.
Novator, which is led by Icelandic billionaire Thor Björgólfsson, will own a 15% stake in DNEG.