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Aardman buys NY-based Nathan Love Animation

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Following the release of their latest film Shaun The Sheep: The Movie and the announcement of their latest feature Early Man, Aardman have now announced that they have bought New York based animation studio Nathan Love. Nathan Love has been creating advertisements for companies such as Kellog’s, Kraft, Pepsi, NBC Universal and Nickelodeon. This acquisition marks the first Aardman studio outside of the UK.

“Teaming up with an existing company gives us the opportunity to hit the ground running and a solid base from which to grow. This venture is not about sending work back to the U.K. It’s about building a new business in New York for American agencies and we feel we can do this more effectively by being there.”

said David Sproxton. In 2012, Miles Bullough, Aardman’s Head of TV stated that they were “considering offshoring stop-frame animation” however with this latest decision, both British and New York animators win.

Nathan Love was founded by Joe Burrascano in 2007 and their body of work is very similar to how Aardman started up so it is only fitting that they partnered at this time. Burrascano stated that the partnership “feels very natural… Our values and philosophy are closely aligned, and the potential for what we can do together is incredibly inspiring.”

The new studio has been rebranded as “Aardman Nathan Love” and they have released a new exciting video to introduce themselves. In what may be called the most astounding logo ever made, this video uploaded to Vimeo was originally uploaded in parts, creating mystery as to what it was actually for.

It’s a great pleasure when a UK studio is doing so well that they can afford to branch out to other regions of the world and so with this, we not only wish Aardman Nathan Love great success but we look forward to seeing what incredible projects they take on.

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