Studio 100 is looking to build on a record 2018 with a brace of senior appointments and investment in new technology to drive expansion of its international business and creative capabilities.
Turnover hit € 179.7 million last year, supported by strong theme park results and overwhelming performance of the firm’s latest live show production 40-45, spurring some major developments.
Hans Bourlon, CEO of Studio 100 Group says: “We are extremely happy with the results of our group, feeling confirmed in the way we are developing as a corporate group within the entertainment business. To continue this path, we constantly must adapt to the changing market situations.
Barbara Stephen has been appointed CEO of Content for Studio 100 International, assuming executive management of all development, investment and animation production across the group’s creative businesses. She will also continue in her role as CEO of Flying Bark Studios, an Australia-based business in which Studio 100 has backed major expansion of in-house animation capabilities.
“We absolutely trust in Barbara to lead our content and production teams across the globe,” adds Hans. “The Board and I are very optimistic about the future, while being grateful for the hard work of our staff and what was achieved so far. And we believe that the best is yet to come!”
Alexia Gates-Foale has been appointed Head of Animation Production at Flying Bark. She is described as being “pivotal in shaping the modern studio and will continue to provide strong leadership and creative vision for our future direction,” by Barbara.
Studio 100 is also investing in the diversification of its Studio 100 Animation business in Paris. The company has been developing a Virtual Reality service to re-invent CGI animation pipelines using real-time technologies that will reduce the overall cost-per-minute of animation. Studio 100 Animation will be launching a professional demonstration of the service at Annecy International Film Festival Market next week.
Katell France, Managing Director of Studio 100 Animation says: “We are thrilled to offer this new Virtual Reality service to other productions. Directors, artists and producers immediately see the productivity, quality and cost efficiency of this innovative production tool.”
Top image: Barbara Stephen