UTV Software Communications is planning to recruit art students from Maharashtra’s rural belt for its animation venture —UTV Toons. The company has approached art colleges in Jalgaon, Dhule, Nasik, Warda and Amravati among others.
UTV plans to double its manpower in its animation division to 900 by the year-end. The company is also planning to expand its lucrative 2D (two-dimensional) operations.
UTV will be offering the new recruits free training programme as well as international exposure through co-production projects with renowned studios like FOX, Saban, Canada based-Cine Group, New York based-SPI International, BKN Animation, Singapore based-TV12 and UNICEF.
As part of its future plans, UTV is in talks with two studio majors to provide 3D animation for a full length feature film. For this, the company is evaluating two options - to either set up its own 3D studio or acquire an existing animation studio in Chennai.