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Peter Rabbit producer and leading Australian digital and visual effects house Animal Logic is moving into live-action films with a new production shingle, Truant Pictures, CEO Zareh Nalbandian said Tuesday.
The new company, a subsidiary of Animal Logic, will primarily develop and produce live-action genre films in collaboration with emerging and established Australian talent. The aim is to produce the pics in Australia for a global market.
Nalbandian will produce, while Toby Nalbandian and Greg Schmidt will serve as vice presidents of development and production.
Truant currently has five features in development. They include The Haunting of Mary Todd with Zak Hilditch and Justin Monjo; Biohackers with Stephen McCallum and Michael Kratochvil; The Galvanist with Shayne Armstrong and S.P. Krause; and The Gooynboon with Jub Clerc.
“Animal Logic has had great success developing and producing four quadrant, major studio films in Australia,” said Nalbandian. “I am excited about expanding our focus through Truant Pictures to a new slate of genre projects with an incredibly talented pool of filmmakers down under.”
Added Schmidt: “Some of the most important and relevant stories today are being told through genre. We’re thrilled to be producing thought-provoking genre films out of Australia that have commercial appeal in the global marketplace”.
Truant Pictures will be headquartered at Animal Logic’s Sydney-based studios and will also operate out of its Los Angeles offices alongside sister company Animal Logic Entertainment.
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