Legend 3D Launches India Facility

Courtesy of Legend 3D

Offering 3D conversion and visual-effects services, the new location marks the company’s expansion in the Asia Pacific region.

Legend 3D is the latest U.S. film services company to establish an India facility, marking its presence in the Asia Pacific region.

The Los Angeles-based company, which also has an outpost in Toronto, has announced the opening of a 40,000-square-foot facility in the western Indian city of Pune, about 73 miles from film capital Mumbai.

Founded in 2001, Legend offers stereoscopic 3D conversion, VFX, Virtual Reality and animation services. The company’s recent credits include a 3D version of Michael Jackson’s iconic Thriller, which screened at Venice, while other credits include Passengers, Doctor Strange, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Legend India will be housed in the 10-acre Suzlon One Earth campus and will be connected via a secure digital pipeline with Legend's L.A. and Toronto facilities.

“This strategic decision was enacted to provide Legend’s clients with an experienced expanded global team to provide the quality, economic benefit and skill set required to execute digital imaging at the highest possible level,” Legend CEO Aidan Foley said in a statement.

The company said that an estimated 500 new employees are forecast to come on board in Pune by the end of 2017, adding to the company’s existing workforce of some 100 employees in L.A. and nearly 400 in Toronto.

When asked by THR if staff at its L.A. facility had been reduced in light of its international expansion, a company spokesperson said, “Legend is not reducing staff.”

As for Legend undertaking any possible Indian projects, the spokesperson said, “The team is not discussing any projects at the moment but they will discuss information when available.” The Pune facility will commence operations Nov. 13.

Legend’s entry into India follows the company’s recent legal victory against rival Indian VFX major Prime Focus, which had patented its 3D conversion technology in 2014. It later filed a lawsuit against Legend alleging that it was infringing on its patent. Legend responded with a petition and last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office invalidated 18 patent claims by Prime Focus for its proprietary techniques for converting 2D footage to stereo.

Pune is also home to another U.S. stereoscopic 3D conversion services company, StereoD, owned by Deluxe Entertainment.