CINESITE STUDIOS ACQUIRES VANCOUVER ANIMATION STUDIO NITROGEN
Visual effects and feature animation studio expands its feature animation capability into
Vancouver with the acquisition of Nitrogen Studios Canada Inc
VANCOUVER, MARCH 7th, 2017 — Cinesite Studios is pleased to announce that it has
acquired the full service animation facility Nitrogen Studios Canada Inc., based in
Vancouver. The studio employs 70 creative and production staff and is known for animating
many episodes of the iconic children’s show Thomas and Friends, and more recently Seth
Rogen’s ground breaking R-rated Sausage Party. This is the second acquisition for Cinesite
Studios in Vancouver following the July 2015 merger with world-class visual effects studio
Image Engine. This latest acquisition adds high-end feature animation to the group’s
capacity in the city.
Terms of the transaction which closed on March 1st, 2017, were not disclosed.
Antony Hunt, Group CEO of Cinesite Studios Group, said: “As one of the largest
independent studio brands producing visual effects and animation, this acquisition delivers
to our group the same capacity in Vancouver that we already have in Montreal, both for VFX
and feature animation. This allows our customers to invest their production dollars in the
two best locations for film making in North America. The opportunity to work with the creative
team and crew at Nitrogen allows us to expand our storytelling capabilities, with established
creative talent who are ready for new challenges.”
Hunt added, "The creative team are experienced and talented; they animated Thomas and
Friends, one of the world’s leading preschool brands, and are now seeing great success with
their recent work on Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters. We look forward to collaborating with
them to serve our customers and of course on our own content.”
Over the coming months, the Cinesite board will be working with the Nitrogen senior team to
develop a clear strategy to fast-track the Vancouver facility into the Cinesite Studios brand.
Nitrogen’s animation studio is currently in production on the second series of Dreamworks
Trollhunters, which will release later in 2017. Guillermo del Toro created the award-winning
American computer-animated television series for Netflix. The studio is also Co-producing
Arkie, a CG-animated feature based on Nathan Jurevicius’s character cult brand Scarygirl
with Passion Pictures Australia, the producers behind the Oscar-winning The Lost Thing.
Directed by Luke Jurevicius (Figaro Pho) Arkie is the story of an adopted 12-year-old girl,
blind in one eye and with a tentacle-like arm, who lives on an isolated peninsula with her
over-protective father Blister, a giant octopus.
Nicole Stinn, Principal at Nitrogen said, “We have known the folks at Cinesite for a long time
and have admired what they have achieved over the past few years. When the opportunity
presented for us to make our home with them, we knew it was right for all our stakeholders,
staff, customers, suppliers and collaborators. We are delighted to be joining the Cinesite
Today’s announcement follows the recent news that Cinesite Studios is developing an
untitled feature animation Harold Lloyd project in partnership with the Harold Lloyd Estate, in
addition to the feature Riverdance, produced by Comic Animations and Ireland’s River
Productions and Imaginary Friend, produced by Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield’s The
Combine, with Straight Up Films and Comic Animations.
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ABOUT NITROGEN STUDIOS
Founded in 2003 the Vancouver animation studio has provided animation content for
Sony/Columbia, Sony, Annapurna Pictures, HiT Entertainment, Nelvana, Miramax/Lego,
AOL and Lionsgate. For features, Nitrogen was the full service animation company, which
delivered Seth Rogen’s Sausage Party and Lionsgate’s Happily N’Ever After.
ABOUT CINESITE STUDIOS
Independently owned Cinesite Studios est. in 1991 has facilities in London, Montreal and
Vancouver. It creates a variety of animated and family entertainment for audiences around
the world alongside delivering world-class VFX for the Hollywood studios. The combined
facilities are currently in production, with 3QU Media, on a slate of animated films, the first of
which will release later in 2017. Production is also underway for Sony Pictures Animation
The Star. A number of exciting live action features are also in the pipeline including Robin
Hood: Origins, The Commuter, Power Rangers and Game of Thrones.