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Chennai-based Ken Creative Studio ventures into the US for films and TV series

02-September-2008
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Chennai-based Ken Creative Studio ventures into the US for films and TV series

Ken Creative Studio, the production arm of Bangalore-headquartered multinational conglomerate Ken Group, has positioned itself for overseas growth by launching its production arm in the US for developing original animated feature films and TV series. The group has recently appointed producer-director-writer Jack Olesker, creator of the ‘Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers television series, as President of Ken Creative Studio.

On his new role, Olesker said, “In India, we can produce animation at a highly competitive price and the quality is amazing. What we are producing at Ken Creative Studio compares favourably with the best animation in the industry, including Pixar and Disney. It amazes me that there has not been a US television series or film produced in India before now. We will change that in short order.”

Olesker’s immediate task would be to develop original animated feature films and television series to be produced jointly in the US and India for North American and overseas distribution. Ken Creative’s base in Chennai produces content for films, broadcast media, and games. Olesker expects the number of 95 animators of Ken’s Chennai arm to reach 200 by the year end.

Ken Creative is currently producing its own animated feature film, ‘Ninja Knights: When Warrior Worlds Collide’, which has been written, produced and directed by Olesker and scheduled for worldwide release. A trailer for the film was showcased at the Cannes Film Festival and American Film Market (AFM) earlier this year. The studio is also in post-production stage for the pilot episode of ‘Hip Hop Fables’, an animated television series with a budget of $10 million.

The Studio is also looking for global co-productions, alliances, acquisitions and outsourcing projects in the animated entertainment field. It has established its US headquarters in New Buffalo, Michigan.

Commenting on future projects, Vetrivell V, Senior Associate Director, Ken Creative Studio Chennai, said, “We are very much in the production mode to own as many IPs for the US market. Our major concentration will be in the animation domain. We have recently completed our project for the film ‘Ghatotkach’ and are currently handling quite a few gaming projects.”

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