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Locksmith secures multi-film deal with Paramount

UK-based studio Locksmith Animation and Paramount Pictures have joined forces in an exclusive multi-picture deal.
May 4, 2016

Paramount Pictures has tapped UK-based studio Locksmith Animation for an exclusive co-development and co-production partnership, encompassing a pipeline of animated features and projects.

Terms of the deal include three current Locksmith properties that the London-based company has been developing since its 2014 founding by writer/director Sarah Smith (Arthur Christmas) and producer Julie Lockhart (Shaun the Sheep Movie, Pirates! In An Adventure with Scientists!).

The yet-to-be titled films will enter into production within a year. The  first motion picture is scheduled to hit theaters in 2020.

Dedicated to high-end CGI feature animation, Locksmith was launched with funding support from media business leader Elisabeth Murdoch.

The deal follows Paramount/Hasbro’s appointment of Akiva Goldsman to helm the writer’s room for the studios’ cross-property live-action film universe.

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Jeremy is the Features Editor of Kidscreen specializing in the content production, broadcasting and distribution aspects of the global children's entertainment industry. Contact Jeremy at jdickson@brunico.com.

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