Bangalore, India-based Paprikaas Animation Studios announced that it would be doubling its staff, adding 150 new jobs, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The computer animation studio provides services for feature films, television, commercials and videogames.
Earlier in the year, Thomson, via its Technicolor Content Services, invested in the firm. That deal made Thomson the majority owner of Paprikaas.
"Our strategic partnership with Technicolor paves the way for us to provide a unique service offering to the global animation and gaming industry," said Nandish Domlur, Paprikaas co-founder/ceo. "Our synergies will provide a perfect balance between the front-office competencies of Technicolor through their global network in the marketplace and high-quality, cost-efficient back-office resources of Paprikaas."
Technicolor Content Services president Ahmad Ouri added, "Animation is part of Technicolor's digital content production growth strategy. This strategy encompasses visual effects, animation, and games development. Our Moving Picture Co. business (based in London) is an industry leader in VFX and we have made significant progress in organically growing our games division. Our investment and expansion will continue in VFX and games with additional focus on establishing and growing our animation presence. As part of our overall growth strategy, we are establishing a center of excellence for digital content production in Bangalore."
The expansion will also include the growth of its production space to 100,000 square feet and an update of its pipeline, which will include Maya and 3ds Max on Intel and AMD hardware.