Computer graphics industry veteran Brett Feeney has been appointed VP of production at Imagi, the Hong Kong-based CG animation house behind the upcoming animated feature TMNT: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Feeney, who previously served as digital supervisor at Sydney-based Animal Logic, will be responsible for managing Imagi’s animation production pipeline and its staff of more than 400 artists, animators and technicians.
During his ten years at Animal Logic, Feeney worked on such films as Moulin
Rouge, Hero and The Matrix Reloaded. He also managed the production line that delivered Warner Bros.’ Oscar-winning animated feature, Happy Feet. At Imagi, he will begin working on preparing the production pipelines for big-screen adaptations of the anime favorites Gatchaman and Astro Boy, scheduled for release in late 2008 and early 2009, respectively. According to Imagi founder and co-CEO Francis Kao, the company is ramping up to deliver a film every eight months ad that Feeney will head that initiative.
TMNT, Imagi’s first major theatrical project, will be released by Warner Bros. and The Weinstein Company on more than 10,000 screens worldwide. Starting March 23. The movie is being directed by animator/comic-book artist Kevin Munroe from a screenplay he wrote with help from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Peter Laird.