Netflix to acquire German visual effects studio behind ‘Stranger Things’ and more

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Netflix is ​​acquiring Munich-based Visual Effects Studio Scanline VFX for an undisclosed amount. The company expects the deal to close in the first quarter of 2022, subject to regulatory approval and closing conditions. Scanline has worked on several Netflix originals, including “Stranger Things” and “Cowboy Bebop.” The studio has also provided special effects for several Marvel and DC titles.

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Founded in 1989, Scanline has offices in Vancouver, Montreal, Los Angeles, London, Munich, Stuttgart and Seoul. For Netflix, Scanline has worked on “Stranger Things 4,” “Blood Red Sky,” “Slumberland,” “The Gray Man,” “The Adam Project” and “Don’t Look Up.” Outside of Netflix, the studio has released special effects for “Game of Thrones,” “Black Widow,” “Black Panther,” “Captain Marvel,” “Iron Man 3,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Zack Snyder” have been provided. Justice League,” “Joker” and more.

In terms of upcoming projects, Scanline is working on “The Batman,” “The Flash,” “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,” “Black Adam” and “Moonfall.” Netflix says that going forward, Scanline will continue to operate as a standalone business and work with its existing customers.

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Amy Reinhardt, Netflix’s vice president of studio operations, says Scanline is known for its intricate, photorealistic effects and expertise in virtual production. one in blog post, Reinhardt outlined that Netflix plans to invest in Scanline’s pipeline, infrastructure and workforce and “continues to support the work that Scanline’s iLine Studio is doing in virtual production that is clearly possible.” To push the boundaries of what is.

“We will also continue to rely on many other studios around the world for our VFX needs so that we can continue to ensure that our creators have access to the world’s most innovative technology, and continue to tell the most compelling and cutting-edge storytelling . our members,” Reinhardt said.

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Netflix’s acquisition of Scanline comes amid the streaming giant’s move to in-house production. In 2018, Netflix acquired Albuquerque Studios and announced last year that it planned to invest $1 billion in production spending to expand the studio and make it home to one of the largest studios in the world. Includes an additional 300 acres. The proposed expansion and capital expenditure of $150 million will add 10 new stages, post-production services, mills, backlots and training facilities, wardrobe suites, a memorial and more.

The streaming giant’s latest acquisition comes after it recently bought its first game studio, Night School Studios, in September for an undisclosed amount. The independent game developer is known for narrative-driven titles such as “Oxenfree” and was founded in 2014 by Shawn Krankel, a former senior game designer at Disney Interactive, and Adam Hines, head writer at Telltale Games.

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