LOCKSMITH ANIMATION SIGNS DEAL WITH WARNER BROS. PICTURES

Member News  |  01 November 2019

Dedicated feature CG Animation Studio Locksmith Animation has signed a multi-picture deal with Warner Bros. Pictures.

Sarah Smith and Julie Lockhart, Co-CEOs of Locksmith.

Warner Bros Pictures has landed a multi-film pact with Locksmith Animation, the UK CG  feature studio, to co-develop and distribute its slate of pictures,  it was announced today by Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, and Courtenay Valenti, President Production and Development, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Sarah Smith and Julie Lockhart, Co-CEOs of Locksmith.

The deal covers the development and production of family animated features for worldwide theatrical distribution by Warner Bros. Pictures.  Locksmith will collaborate closely with Allison Abbate, Executive Vice President, Warner Animation Group to add a fresh voice to complement the Studio’s current animation activities. 

“In recent years, animation has become a tremendously important part of our slate, and this deal with Locksmith dovetails perfectly with our forward-going plan. We love Sarah and Julie’s sensibilities and work, and look forward to working with them to create titles that will enchant today’s audiences and become classics for future generations of animation lovers.”

Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, and Courtenay Valenti, President Production and Development, Warner Bros. Pictures

Locksmith’s first feature, “Ron’s Gone Wrong,” is currently in production in London and will be released by Walt Disney Studios. Locksmith Animation was founded in 2014 by BAFTA® Award-winning director, writer and producer Sarah Smith (“Arthur Christmas”) and acclaimed producer Julie Lockhart (Academy Award®-nominated “Shaun the Sheep Movie,” “Pirates! Band of Misfits”) together with Elisabeth Murdoch.

“We’re absolutely delighted to become part of the Warner Bros. family with this partnership. The studio has not only a revered legacy in animation, but an outstanding record in bringing contemporary family classics to global audiences. We look forward to working with its visionary leadership team to bring our unique voice and brand to worldwide audiences.”

Sarah Smith and Julie Lockhart, Co-CEOs of Locksmith.

Warner Animation Group/Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming animated titles include “SCOOB” in May 2020, “Tom & Jerry” in April 2021 and “Space Jam 2” in July 2021. 

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