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Director and Exec Sarah Smith Launches UK Animation Studio

Women and Hollywood By Inkoo Kang | Women and Hollywood April 11, 2014 at 11:00AM

The newly founded Locksmith Animation is largely funded by Elisabeth Murdoch.
Director Sarah Smith
Director Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith, the former Aardman Animation Creative Director and Arthur Christmas helmer, has launched a new cartoon studio. 

Locksmith Animation will be the UK's "first dedicated high-end CG feature animation studio," according to Deadline. Elisabeth Murdoch is Locksmith's principle shareholder. 

Smith explained her decision to create Locksmith as a decision born of artistic opportunity and financial sense: "With animated films among the most beloved and successful movies in the world, but still only a handful of producers out there, the UK offers Locksmith a unique opportunity, including a world class CG Visual FX industry, brilliant comedy writers and directors, outstanding children's literature, the European animation talent pool, and government tax credits."

This article is related to: Arthur Christmas, Sarah Smith, Animated Features

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