Technicolor sketches animation expansion with OuiDo buy-out

DetailsEditor | 23 February 2015

Aiming to strengthen its role in the rapidly growing field, Technicolor has acquired the French independent animation producer OuiDo Productions.

OuiDoHeaded by Sandrine Nguyen and Boris Hertzog, OuiDo Productions has produced animation series as Alvinnn!!! & The Chipmunks, co-produced with Bagdasarian Productions for M6; Sonic Boom, a co-production with SEGA for Cartoon Network in the US and Canal J/Gulli in France; developed Les Légendaires, an animated series based on Editions Delcourt's comic book series of the same name, with France's TF1 and Canal J; produced season two of Mini-Loup for France Télévisions; and the forthcoming launch of a pre-school series Monchhichi.

Technicolor believes that the deal will allow it to bolsters its strength as a worldwide animation production partner and will combine its technology and production capability with OuiDo Productions' licensing and development expertise. "OuiDo has done an incredible job in leveraging the rights to major global media brands," said Technicolor president of production services Tim Sarnoff. "We look at this acquisition as a complement to Technicolor's growth strategy within the animation industry and the French market. We will now be better positioned to develop, finance, produce and service the full range of needs of content creators, licensors and distributors around the globe."

Added Sandrine Nguyen and Boris Hertzog: "Technicolor's passion for creating amazing animated content will be further strengthened by our ability to leverage the rights of major animated brands."