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Technicolor finds new animation chief

US production group Technicolor has appointed a gaming expert as the creative director of its animation and games arm.

Owen Hurley will be based in Bangalore, India, at Technicolor’s production base, Technicolor Digital Productions. He will oversee all creative work, while supporting the group’s original content development unit, which will be in Cannes with new 26x30mins title The Deep.

“Owen, who recently produced and directed Technicolor’s Barbie in the Pink Shoes production for Mattel, will be an invaluable member of our creative management team,” said Robert Winthrop, head of animation and games for Technicolor Digital Productions.

“His wealth of production experience across a multitude of formats and genres, combined with his extensive leadership and project management skills, will serve to grow Technicolor’s animation and games unit by ensuring that our studio continues to surpass our clients’ creative and qualitative expectations.”

Hurley previously held a senior role at Vancouver-based Relic Entertainment, and has directed episodes of CGI animated series such as Beast Wars, ReBoot, War Planets and Weird-Ohs.