Cinesite acquires Montreal studio L’Atelier Animation

Member News  |  25 July 2022

Cinesite, with its headquarters in London and operations in Montreal and Vancouver, as well as VFX partner studios Trixter in Germany and Image Engine in Vancouver, said the deal will expand its creative and production capacity to meet demand in Quebec and elsewhere.

This latest acquisition announcement further strengthens Cinesite’s position as a major force in animation and cements the company as the largest independently owned digital entertainment group delivering animation & VFX services.

L’Atelier Animation specialises in feature-length 3D animation and series. Established in downtown Montreal since 2012 it’s best known for “Leap!’​ (Caramel Films/Quads), which generated over $110M in international box office revenues. It’s most recent production to reach audiences is ‘Fireheart’ (Entertainment One) produced by Les Films Seville, Anton, Main Journey, Caramel Films, and M6 Films SND. The cast is led by Olivia Cooke, Kenneth Branagh, and William Shatner. The studio has also worked on the series ‘Robozuna’ (Kidscave Entertainment and ITV Studios) and is currently in production on the feature ’10 Lives(GFM Animation) which is being directed by Chris Jenkins (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King).

As one of the largest independent studios producing animation, we are always looking to grow our team with talented artists, and the L’Atelier team has a strong track record of producing outstanding work while taking great care of their clients. Bringing our two teams together will allow us to serve our clients even better and on a greater scale in both feature films and episodic television. I know we will have great success working together and continuing to meet the growing demand for animated content.

Cinesite COO for Animation, Brad Wald

Today’s announcement comes at a time when there’s increasing demand for animation content globally, across Asia, the US and Europe. To date, Cinesite has delivered 10 feature films, recent credits include  Paramount Pictures Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hankand MGM’s The Addams Family franchise. The studio is in production on Aniventure’s upcoming films Hitpig and Animal Farm as well as the six-part Disney+  series Iwaju and other projects in development.

I am so proud of where our team’s incredible talent has brought L’Atelier. We have been admirers of Cinesite for years, so joining the Cinesite family will allow us to reach new heights together. We believe this deal will have a significant, positive impact on the animation industry in Quebec.

L’Atelier General Manager, Benoit Blouin

Audiences are hungry for native language, high-end animated content, and streamers are beginning to target a new, younger audience. Times are changing, and fast this latest acquisition further future proofs Cinesite.