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Wild Brain Signs Animation Director Chris Hauge

San Francisco-based Wild Brain has added animation director Chris Hauge to its roster of artists.

Known for his classic and well-timed character animation, Hauge continually works with leading designers, animators, producers and creators from around the world, as well as many leading commercial brands. His collaborative projects include DECK DOGZ via Universal Pictures, GORILLAZ via Passion Pictures, the comedy series MR. BEAN via Tiger Aspect, pre-school cartoon HIGGLYTOWN HEROES and various projects for MTV.

Chris is an amazing character designer as well as a great director, said Andrea Mansour, exec producer of commercials for Wild Brain. We have been successfully working with him in various capacities for several years now, and we are thrilled to officially have him on the roster.

Commercials are paid in beer and pretzels in Australia, so it was a commercial decision to work with Wild Brain, added Hauge. But, seriously, it was Wild Brains energy and creative drive as well as the long standing working relationship I have with Phil Robinson, Jeff Fino and John Hayes that makes working with Wild Brain rewarding.

Hauge was animation director for Colossal Pictures in San Francisco from 1993 to 1996, where he developed series concepts, short form identities and directed commercials. He was lead animator on the Warner Bros. SPACE JAM feature in London for a year and then worked as principal animation director for the U.K.-based commercial house Passion Pictures and Halo Pictures in Sydney until present.

Wild Brain Inc. (www.wildbrain.com) is an award-winning animation studio that develops and produces content for the global film, TV and commercials markets. Founded in 1994 by senior business and creative leaders Jeff Fino, John Hays and Phil Robinson, Wild Brain's client list includes Universal, Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, DreamWorks, Warner Bros, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Oxygen. Wild Brain is also a top U.S. producer in the animated commercials sector, with a client list that includes Nike, Coca-Cola, Ford, Nabisco, Sony, McDonald's, Target, Nestle, The Wall Street Journal, Chevrolet, Mattel and Levi Strauss.

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