Thomson’s Technicolor Services division has formed a strategic alliance with DreamWorks Animation to set up a dedicated studio at Paprikaas Animation Studios in Bangalore.
Thomson had recently invested in Paprikaas through their Technicolor business, and now with the assistance of DreamWorks Animation is set to build on the existing creative and technical talent base in India to develop a world class animation studio. DreamWorks will help in building the technology and infrastructure, recruitment, training and on-site creative supervision.
Paprikaas will recruit over 300 people in the next 12-18 months, some of whom would be dedicated for the DreamWorks projects and the rest would be inducted into Paprikaas. With this alliance, Paprikaas and Technicolor aligns itself to focus on four areas – Paprikaas Animation, DreamWorks Animation dedicated unit, Paprikaas Interactive, which works on video games, and Paprikaas VFX.
In the dedicated studio, DreamWorks will work closely with Paprikaas and Technicolor to create an animation center of excellence. DreamWorks will also assist in inducting, training, developing and nurturing top-tier animation talent and implement superior pipeline tools as well as technology in the dedicated unit.
Nandish Domlur, CEO. Paprikaas, said, “We are extremely pleased to be partnering with DreamWorks Animation and we see this as a major turning point in the Indian animation industry. Over the years, we have built Paprikaas as an organisation that delivers high quality animation by paying attention to minute details. India has a plethora of talented artists with creative skills and technical knowledge, and Paprikaas will be the ideal
environment to hone those skills. We have already begun the recruitment process for professionals with experience for senior positions. We are very excited to be part of this ‘dream team’ and in getting an opportunity to be part of DreamWorks forthcoming productions.”