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Digital Domain, Galloping Horse to co-produce animated feature

Digital Domain Media Group and China’s Beijing Galloping Horse Film Co will collaborate on the production of an animated feature The Legend Of Tembo

The two companies signed a co-production agreement and distribution deal for mainland China today (April 12).

Beijing Galloping Horse confirmed that the two companies are co-financing the family-oriented film as the first project under their partnership announced last December.

The Legend Of Tembo will tell the story of a baby African elephant that is captured and shipped to India. The film will be the first family-friendly animated feature from Digital Domain’s subsidiary, Tradition Studios. Beijing Galloping Horse will market and distribute the film in mainland China.

“Consumer demand in China for family-focused, feature animation films is surely robust and we are thrilled to have Tembo validated in this market by a strong regional partner that is willing to invest so heavily in its outcome,” said John Textor, chairman and CEO of Digital Domain Media Group.

A source from Beijing Galloping Horse said the film is in the process of applying for a permit as a US-China co-production. Give its family theme, the film is expected to clear the approval process.

The two companies announced in December 2011 that they are setting up a joint venture in China – Digital Domain Galloping Horse Studio – which will provide visual effects, animation and production services for motion pictures, television and related media. 

According to Beijing Galloping Horse, the partners will hold a joint event at the upcoming Beijing International Film Festival to reveal more details of their co-production plans.

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