New York/San Francisco-based content creation studio to tap animation artists from HU_SH and Mr. Wonderful.
Production company Bodega has launched a new animation division under the leadership of executive producer Bill Hewes. Hewes has over two decades of producing experience with expertise spanning animation, live action, VFX and design at th1ng/th2ng, FilmTecknarna and Digital Kitchen.
“Bodega is a thriving, integrated content creation studio that produces compelling work across all platforms,” says Hewes. “I’m excited to lead their move into animation and introduce new talent to the roster. Our animation directors run the gamut from narrative storytelling, to design and illustration. From 2D to 3D, hand-drawn, stop-motion and mixed-media techniques, it’s a perfect fit.”
Initially, the roster will consist of London-based animation studio HU_SH, led by Lydia Russell and Ru Warner, and New York-based design shop Mr. Wonderful.
Hewes previously collaborated with Russell and Warner at th1ng/th2ng and will offer HU_SH’s entire slate of talent to the U.S. market, including Academy Award-nominated French filmmaker Sylvain Chomet, animation director Will Barras and filmmaker Kirk Hendry, as well as Alon Ziv, Nerdo, Chris Weigandt, Light + Mathematics, Dave Anderson, Kirk Hendry, Julien Bisaro and Woodwork.
Recent HU_SH work includes commercials and large format displays for Prudential Global Investment Management, and a Ben & Jerry’s spot out of Mekanism. Mr. Wonderful just wrapped a series of co-branded assignments for Nickelodeon and motion design work for The Kardashians on E!.
“I have known Bill for many years and to have the opportunity to work side by side with this well-respected EP and bring these amazing animation directors to Bodega really expands the artistic potential of what we offer,” says Bodega executive producer Clint Goldman. “We are making a long-term commitment to animation and these additions complement our growing family.”