(Vancouver, BC--October 3, 2016) Umedia is pleased to announce the opening of its first Canadian visual effects and finishing studio, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Umedia Vancouver is the fifth office for Umedia, whose activities span film and television development, production and financing in London, Los Angeles, Brussels and Paris. The Vancouver studio joins VFX facilities in Brussels and Paris, enhancing the group’s international VFX presence and bringing Umedia closer to North American clients.
“I am delighted to welcome Umedia Vancouver to the family,” said Umedia founder Adrian Politowski. “The world-renowned quality of Vancouver’s VFX and finishing artists, combined with an attractive tax incentive program, made the city an obvious choice. Our multinational network and commitment to creating an enjoyable work environment will give us a unique edge in the local post-production scene.”
Umedia Vancouver’s 10,000-square-foot facility is equipped to house more than 70 artists and includes a 4K screening theatre with a 26.5-foot screen, Dolby® 3D and Dolby® Surround 7.1. The space also features a full digital intermediate (DI) suite, AVID edit suites and production offices.
The facility is managed by Peter Muyzers, a multi-award-winning OSCAR® nominee with decades of industry experience. Before joining Umedia Vancouver as CEO, Muyzers was COO of Imagine Engine, where he helped launched the company’s film division. His film credits include ELYSIUM, AMERICAN SNIPER, DISTRICT 9, Tim Burton’s CORPSE BRIDE, the HARRY POTTER series and WALLACE AND GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT.
Peter Muyzers, left, with Adrian Politowski, right
“From on-set supervision to finishing and delivery, Umedia Vancouver offers an integrated approach for filmmakers,” said Muyzers. “We work closely with clients to bring their creative visions to life—on time. Between the talented team we have assembled and Umedia’s significant investment, we look forward to becoming a leader in Vancouver’s thriving post-production and VFX industry.”
The Umedia VFX team’s recent credits include WHAT HAPPENED TO MONDAY?, GRACE OF MONACO, THE EXCEPTION and Netflix’s MARSEILLE. Production is set to commence on I KILL GIANTS, starring Zoe Saldana and produced in collaboration with Chris Columbus’ 1492 Pictures.
Umedia is a vertically integrated, international film group with more than 100 staff based in London, Brussels, Paris, Vancouver and Los Angeles. The company is one of Europe’s leading production groups, combining the activities of development, production, financing, visual effects and finishing. Since its inception in 2004, Umedia has invested more than $500 million via its tax shelter, equity and development funds, and has been involved in 300 films including GRACE OF MONACO, JOHN WICK, YVES SAINT LAURENT and multi-Academy Award-winning THE ARTIST.
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