Animal Logic launching interactive unit

Giancarlo Mori to oversee the new division

Sydney-headquartered animation and visual effects studio Animal Logic is launching a game and interactive entertainment business unit.

Animal Logic Interactive will be based in Los Angeles and focus on original game and interactive entertainment design and development for traditional and emerging platforms and media.

Giancarlo Mori will oversee the new division as senior vp. With more than 20 years experience in software development and 12 years in senior roles in the games industry, he recently was vp production North America Studios at Activision, where he oversaw releases including "Tony Hawk," "Gun" and "Shrek."

Mori anticipates an exchange of resources between Animal Logic's Australia and Los Angeles bases.

"With Animal Logic's commitment to innovation, and the potential for creative and business synergies between its original properties, this is a unique opportunity to push the boundaries of interactive entertainment," Mori said.

Added Animal Logic CEO Zareh Nalbandian, "As production values for games increase exponentially, so do the opportunities at the convergence of high-end digital filmmaking and game creation."

Animal Logic's credits include "Happy Feet" and "300."