PARIS, France and BURBANK, Calif. â€” December 20, 2007 â€” Thomson (Euronext 18453; NYSE: TMS) today announced that its Technicolor Services division has formed a strategic alliance with DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (NYSE: DWA) to develop world-class animation capabilities in India. The alliance leverages Thomsonâ€™s recent investment in Paprikaas Animation Studios, a leading animation and game content provider in Bangalore, India. Paprikaas Animation Studios offers creative, technical and production capabilities to design and produce computer-generated animation for feature films, television programming, commercials and video games, with a strong focus on digital 3D content.
Frank E. Dangeard, chairman and chief executive officer of Thomson, said, â€œWe are honored to combine our capabilities with those of DreamWorks Animation, a recognized leader in its space, and we are committed to creating a center of animation excellence with DreamWorks in India. This strategic alliance is an important step for Thomson: animation represents a significant opportunity for us to expand our content services offering into the media and entertainment industries.â€?
Todayâ€™s announcement further reinforces Thomsonâ€™s commitment and strategy to provide, through its Technicolor Services division, worldwide animation services for the feature film, television animation and video game industries. Having completed numerous animated digital intermediate projects, with an industry-leading number of 3D animated features, Technicolor is well positioned as the leader in post-production services for animated features. Strengthening Paprikaas Animation Studiosâ€™ creative, technical and computer animation capabilities will provide Technicolor with additional resources and capacity to meet the growing demand for high-end 3D digital animation.
Building on Technicolorâ€™s strong position in providing visual effects and interactive video game services and the investment in Paprikaas Animation Studios, the alliance with DreamWorks Animation will strengthen Technicolorâ€™s digital content production service offerings. The alliance also demonstrates Technicolorâ€™s success in implementing its unique Integrated Services Strategy to support the media, entertainment and communications sector in its transition to fully digital technologies.
As part of the alliance and in collaboration with Thomsonâ€™s Technicolor Services division, DreamWorks Animation will assist Technicolor in the recruitment, training and development of top-tier animation talent to the Paprikaas facility in India. The Paprikaas teamâ€™s work on FARMkids, an animated childrenâ€™s series, recently won a â€œBest TV Seriesâ€? award at the Australian Effects and Animation Festival in Sydney.
Ann Daly, Chief Operating Officer of DreamWorks Animation, said, â€œTechnicolor is a first-class collaborator with which DreamWorks Animation has enjoyed a long-term, successful relationship and we are thrilled to work with Technicolor and Thomson in this exciting new endeavor. Through this strategic alliance, our objective is to tap into and further develop the gifted talent base in India, with the potential to do the kind of feature-level work for which we are renowned worldwide.â€?
Paprikaasâ€™ operations have recently relocated to Thomsonâ€™s new 100,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art digital content production facility in Bangalore. The expanded animation facility, which opened this summer, boasts impressive size and modern capabilities. The first of its kind in Asia, the facility will serve as Thomsonâ€™s post-production center of excellence in India.
The growth of the animation feature film market has spurred demand for animation design outsourcing. According to NASSCOM, India’s National Association of Software and Service Companies, the global animation development market is expected to grow 9% yearly through 2009, to become a $26 billion market. NASSCOM projects that in India, the animation development market will grow 34% yearly through 2009, to become a $950 million market. Meanwhile, the number of animated feature films released annually has grown from only one, in the 1995-97 timeframe, to 20, in the 2004-2006 timeframe.