LONDON, May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Internationally renowned London-based animation studio Nexus is delighted to announce a partnership between multi-award winning animation producers Claire Jennings, Christopher O'Reilly and Charlotte Bavasso to develop and produce original animated features.
Claire Jennings's eminent career has won critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Her producer credits include the Oscar and BAFTA winning feature film "Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit" and the Oscar nominated, BAFTA winning feature film "Coraline."
Founded in 1997, Nexus has developed a reputation as one of the world's leading independent animation studios. Its extensive credits in short films, series and commercials include the Oscar nominated "This Way Up."
This new partnership is off to a good start after they received one of the recently announced BFI Vision Awards, which sees Nexus granted two years of funding towards its film development activity and paves the way for an exciting UK animation feature pipeline.
Alongside her feature work, Jennings produced several short films including the Oscar and BAFTA winning "Father and Daughter," the Oscar and BAFTA nominated "Jolly Roger" and the Oscar nominated and BAFTA winning "Canterbury Tales." From 2000 to 2001 she oversaw creative development of HIT's PINGU franchise and as President of Entertainment from 2009 to 2011 at the US studio Laika she managed all early development and pre-production on the feature film "Paranorman."
Nexus will bring its extensive studio and creative facility to the partnership as well as interactive and cross-platform resources through its Webby and FWA award-winning digital division Nexus Interactive Arts that creates innovative storytelling experiences across digital media, including app-based storytelling, gaming and interactive web films.
Chris O'Reilly, Co-Founder, Nexus, says: "This is an exciting development for Nexus and for UK animation as a whole. Claire is someone we've long wished to collaborate with so we're delighted to be working together to achieve this."
Claire Jennings says: "I'm especially delighted to be collaborating so closely with Nexus. A long time admirer of their continuing passion and enthusiasm for animation I'm honored to be entering into a new feature film collaboration with such talented people as Chris O'Reilly and Charlotte Bavasso."