British effects studio Double Negative and Hollywood-based Prime Focus World have officially announced their agreement to merge, creating the world’s largest independent VFX, stereo conversion and animation company serving the Hollywood film industry.
The new visual effects company will trade under the Double Negative brand and will be managed by Doubl Negative managing director Alex Hope and CEO Matthew Holben.
To add on to Double Negative’s facilities in London and Singapore and Prime Focus World’s production and technology infrastructure in India, the new company will open as Double Negative Vancouver this fall.
“Our new relationship with Prime Focus World combines fantastic opportunities to grow our business with the freedom to continue to manage Double Negative in the way we always have: providing a great creative environment for our artists and producing ground breaking effects for our clients,” says Alex Hope, Managing Director of Double Negative.
Prime Focus World already has a studio in the city, but at this time there is no additional information of whether the Double Negative Vancouver office will be expanding or just simply rebranding and going through the usual merger related activities.
“Prime Focus has proven over the last five years the undeniable benefits of global collaboration: the flexibility of working in different time zones; the coming together of creative talent from across the globe; and the ability to leverage tax incentives,” said Prime Focus World founder Namit Malhotra. “We can now bring this together with Double Negative’s unquestionable creative excellence to build a truly formidable offering.”
Both Prime Focus World and Double Negative have an action-packed summer line up. Prime Focus World kick started the season with its work on Maleficent and Edge of Tomorrow.
It is also the lead conversion house and a VFX provider on Transformers: Age of Extinction and the exclusive stereo VFX partner on Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Prime Focus World is involved in almost half of all releases from the mainstream studios this summer.
Double Negative has delivered stunning visual effects for high-profile blockbusters such as Godzilla, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, Jupiter Ascending from Andy and Lana Wachowski, Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, and Brett Ratner’s Hercules, among others. The company has also confirmed the latest projects to be added to its current roster of shows – Terminator: Genesis, Insurgent, Grimsby, Ant-Man and Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.
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