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Rovio Entertainment have announced that Sony Pictures Imageworks, located in Vancouver, Canada, is the main production facility of its upcoming animated feature Angry Birds, based Rovio´s beloved and highly popular game. Established in 2010, Sony Picture Imageworks gathered a group of CGI and VFX specialists in the studio. “The Angry Birds movie will allow Imageworks to employ more artists in Vancouver on a single movie than any other of our CGI productions”, says Randy Lake, Executive Vice-President and Digital Production Services General Manager. “British Columbia has a lot of animation prodigies, and we are thrilled in raising our production crew in Vancouver”.
With John Cohen and Catherine Winder (co-writer of Producing Animation with Zahra Dowlatabadi) producing, and Fergal Reilly (storyboard artist on “Hotel Transylvania“) and Clay Kaytis (animator on “Frozen“) directing, the Angry Birds movie is set to be released on July 1st, 2016, with Sony Pictures responsible for distributing it worlwidwe. Sony Pictures Imageworks is responsible for movies like “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” and is already at work on the upcomings “Popeye” and “Hotel Transilvania 2″.