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.
“Sonic the Hedgehog” writer Pat Casey explains why he didn’t work on the film.
The executive veteran will oversee anime and action series at the two studios, while keeping a similar role at Adult Swim.
The studio is set to open in January 2022. Its first production will be a “Moana” spin-off series.
Polygon India will address what the company describes as a “shortage of staff” among rigging artists.
The studio was working on multiple feature animation projects for Netflix at the time of shutdown.
The studio is welcoming vfx supervisors Dottie Starling, Damien Hurgon, and Ellen Poon, as well as feature animation head of production Nathan Santell.
“A studio should not have its twenty-something girls crying in the bathroom, doing all-nighters,” says Joan Chung.
The unit is at work on cg fantasy feature “Igraine the Brave,” based on a book by acclaimed children’s writer Cornelia Funke.
“We’re super excited about animation, which is my first love,” says Victoria Alonso, Marvel’s executive vp of film production.
The company’s mission is to “create innovative animated and live action ‘event entertainment’ for the 21st-century audience.”
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