Rhythm & Hues Design Team Launches Eevolver

The independent, privately-owned firm will offer design and creative services for filmed entertainment, advertising and new media.

Stacy Burstin, who headed Rhythm & Hues' design division until recently exiting the company, has launched Eevolver, a new one-stop design and creative services firm for filmed entertainment, advertising, and new-media clients.

The opening of Playa del Rey-based Eevolver was announced Friday. Burstin told The Hollywood Reporter that shortly before R&H filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Feb. 13, its president and founder John Hughes “gave his permission to spin off the design division that I founded ... due to the circumstances.”

Burstin and a couple of colleagues from the  design division quickly acted to form Eevolver as an independent, privately-owned entity. The move was “very much supported by John Hughes,” Burstin said.

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“It’s horrible,” she said of R&H’s troubles. “They have such incredible talent.”

Design work includes conceptualizing effects, environments and characters. While at R&H, members of the Eevolver team were involved in aspects of projects including Oscar nominees Life of Pi (environment work) and Snow White and the Huntsman, as well as upcoming R.I.P.D. and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. They were also involved in the development of characters such as Geico's Gecko, Coke's Polar Bears, Chester Cheetah for Cheetos, and the Troublesome Trio for AcipHex.