New York and San Francisco-based content creation and production company BODEGA has launched a new animation division under the leadership of Executive Producer Bill Hewes, who brings over two decades of producing experience spanning animation, live action, VFX and design to the post.
“BODEGA is a thriving, integrated content creation studio that produces compelling work across all platforms,” said Hewes. “I’m excited to lead their move into animation and introduce new talent to the roster. Our animation directors run the gamut from narrative storytelling, to design and illustration. From 2D to 3D, hand drawn, stop motion and mixed-media techniques, it’s a perfect fit.”
The division’s initial roster consists of London studio HU_SH, led by Lydia Russell and Ru Warner; and NYC design shop Mr. Wonderful. HU_SH recently delivered commercials and large-format display for Prudential Global Investment Management, and a Ben & Jerry’s commercial through Mekanism. Mr. Wonderful has just completed a series of co-branded assignments for Nickelodeon, and motion design work for the Kardashians on E!
Hewes has previously collaborated with Russell and Warner at th1ng/th2ng, and will be offering HU_SH’s diverse talent slate to the US market — including Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville), renowned animation director and artist Will Barras, and award-winning filmmaker Kirk Hendry, as well as Alon Ziv, Nerdo, Chris Weigandt, Light + Mathematics, Dave Anderson, Julien Bisaro and Woodwork. He’s also worked with FilmTecknarna and Digital Kitchen in the course of his career.
“I have known Bill for many years and to have the opportunity to work side-by-side with this well-respected EP and bring these amazing animation directors to BODEGA really expands the artistic potential of what we offer,” said BODEGA EP Clint Goldman. “We are making a long-term commitment to animation and these additions complement our growing family.”
More information at bodegastudios.com.