LOS ANGELES, May 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Los Angeles-based Gnosis Moving Pictures and India-based animation powerhouse Toonz Media Group announce a long-term co-financing and animation partnership on a slate of CG-animated feature films to roll out over several years.
Toonz, part of the multi-billion dollar Comcraft Group based out of Geneva, Switzerland, will contribute substantial equity to the projects and will produce them at their India and New Zealand facilities.
Gnosis Moving Pictures, which is currently developing a number of children's films both independently and with Oscar-winning animation icon Will Vinton, will team with Toonz to develop and distribute thought provoking animated content for children and families.
"This long term partnership furthers our mission to bring animated projects that both entertain and encourage children across the world," said Darius Kamali, CEO of Gnosis. "Toonz shares our vision and we look forward to embarking on this journey with them to enrich the lives of children through a slate of animated film properties."
"At Toonz we believe in creating wonderful stories with a soul for kids all over the world. It was a delight to discover that Gnosis has a similar vision and I hope this partnership brings out wonderful visual treats for kids across the globe for a very long time to come," says P. Jayakumar, CEO of Toonz.
Toonz will produce the films with Kamali and Gnosis' Kasey Adler, who oversees the company's investments and strategic partnerships.
Founded in 2013 by CEO Darius Kamali, Gnosis Moving Pictures is a privately financed media and technology company active in multiple areas of entertainment, including animated and live-action feature film production, mobile and social media game development and the financing of augmented and virtual reality technology applications. Gnosis is partnered with Vinton Entertainment on a feature animation slate and has developed mobile games and apps for studios such as MGM. Kamali's career bridges human rights advocacy through film/media and includes areas as diverse as open-source intelligence analysis, institutional development and television documentaries. Prior to founding Gnosis, Kamali was a producer on a slate of the animated features at Exodus Film Group including IGOR starring John Cusack in 2008, which was released domestically by MGM and internationally by TWC.
Founded in 1999, Toonz Media Group and its flagship divisions Toonz Entertainment and Toonz Animation encompass dedicated divisions with activity spanning IP production, distribution and rights exploitation, digital and gaming content, licensing and merchandising as well as training. Its production studio boasts of an envious pedigree of successful co-production partnerships with companies including Walt Disney, Turner, Nickelodeon, Sony, Universal, BBC and Paramount as well as the creation of India's first 2D animated TV series & 2D feature film and India's first 3D stereoscopic theatrical release. In 2014, Toonz acquired Imira Animation, a Spain based leading production and distribution company specializing in kids & youth programming with a focus on Europe, US, Latin America and Africa markets. The Group's recent addition - Toonz New Zealand will focus on production and distribution in the Australsian market. They will also specialize in L&M and the international live action in the Toonz slate. The digital arm, Toonz Digital is primarily involved in Web TV for kids named 'Chotoonz' and Game development along with consulting in the social media space. Toonz Media Group is a part of the multi-billion dollar Comcraft Group based out of Geneva, Switzerland.
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