Dwarf Animation Studio
is pleased to announce a partnership with
, a wholly owned subsidiary of the French national public television broadcaster, France Televisions. france.tv studio will become a majority owner of Dwarf Animation Studio, providing the animation facility with more robust operational infrastructure and accelerating france.tv studio’s long-term goal of building a creative hub in the South of France.
Dwarf Animation Studio is best known for the Netflix series My Dad the Bounty Hunter, the Oscar-winner Glen Keane executive-produced Netflix show
Trash Truck, and
Monsters at Work for Disney+, among other projects. The company converges cutting edge technology and traditional media to build memories through emotional connection in feature films and episodic series. The studio fosters a creative culture that is inspired by technology, as evidenced by the new shorts that the studio is producing using Epic Games’ real time engine, Unreal Engine.
Dwarf Animation Studio founder and chief creative officer Olivier Pinol commented, “I’m incredibly delighted to join forces with the amazing team at france.tv studio to welcome the creative community to the South of France. Having such an opportunity to grow and develop Dwarf Animation Studio as well as build a creative hub together is a truly gratifying and eye-opening experience.”
Arnaud Lesaunier, chairman of france.tv studio commented, “We are proud of this partnership with Dwarf which is a great opportunity. Dwarf’s industry expertise fits perfectly well into our creative ecosystem and activities, allowing notably for technological synergies to grow within our studio.”
Laurence Schwob, CEO of france.tv studio added, “This partnership with Dwarf Animation Studio, who is pushing the envelope in real time animation, comes at an exciting time as france.tv studio was recently awarded an endowment by the French Ministry of Culture as part of the 'France 2030' initiative which aims to develop advanced technology in France associated with production innovation of new forms of entertainment.”
Located in Montpellier, France, the team at Dwarf Animation brings a wide range of experience in the disciplines of asset building, animation, lighting, compositing, and rendering. The studio draws creatives from around the globe and aligns with innovative and future-forward technologies. Pinol added, “Our ambition is to help shape the next phase of the animation production pipeline by adding greater flexibility through a quicker iterative process. We’ve initiated a Discord Server dedicated to real time animation and VFX to help build community and share knowledge with other studios around the world.”
Future plans for Dwarf Animation Studio include building out front-end pre-production offerings such as visual development, storyboarding, and editorial, strategically aligning with best-in-class creators to collaborate on realizing their vision, and leveraging the creative and technical facilities owned by france.tv Studio to become an all-in-one production solution.
About Dwarf Animation Studio
Founded in 2010, founder Olivier Pinol built on his experience from DreamWorks Animation and WETA Digital to realize his vision of a hub for innovation where the latest technologies would combine with 3D animation and skilled craftsmanship to deliver authentic and honest creations.
Notable work includes the 2022 Netflix series, My Dad the Bounty Hunter, the Oscar-winner Glen Keane executive-produced Netflix show
Monsters at Work for Disney+,
Pirata et Capitano, and
Zou. The studio is pleased to have teamed with ON Animation Studios on the animated
Ladybug and Cat Noir feature and
Miraculous: The Film, due to be released theatrically July 2023.
About france.tv studio
france.tv studio, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the France Télévisions group, is an audiovisual production company that produces fiction, documentary, cultural, educational and lifestyle programs; talk shows; live streamed events; and news, investigative and current affairs content through its news agency france.tv presse. Producing nearly 1,500 hours of content every year, france.tv studio is an almost daily presence on France Télévision’s channels and platforms.
france.tv studio’s expertise also includes subtitles for the hearing impaired via its france.tv access division which subtitles over 20,000 hours of content every year.
In late 2022, france.tv studio was awarded the LUCIE label, a designation in France for companies upholding the highest standards of corporate social responsibility. france.tv studio also became an Ecoprod member in 2023 and is committed to more environmentally sustainable production practices.