Since then, VFX has become a huge industry, but our goal has remained the same – to bring stories to life, through the power of imagination. “Weta Digital began with one machine and just one artist who created the digital effects inHeavenly Creatures,” said Walsh. “None of us knew what we were doing, but even in those early days we could see the incredible potential of this new technology. If you can dream it, we can create it.”
"The team at Weta never fails to inspire: their artistic imagination is unbounded, and their technical accomplishments have made that creative expression possible. I have spent most of my career as an entrepreneur building and expanding companies, many of which sit at the intersection between content, technology, and commerce. “I have been a Weta superfan for the past two decades," Parker said. This unique combination of artistry and technology is precisely what sets Weta apart from its peers."
Notable projects include "Avatar," The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, "Avengers: Infinity Wars," "Avengers: End Game," "Game of Thrones," "Ad Astra" and the upcoming projects "Mulan" and "Black Widow." The company began operations to produce the digital special effects for Jackson’s 1994 thriller “Heavenly Creatures.” Comprised of 1,550 artists and engineers, Weta Digital has won six visual effects Academy Awards, 10 Academy Sci-Tech Awards and six visual effects BAFTA Awards.
Weta Animated will work alongside Weta Digital’s visual effects business for the film and television industry and will begin producing original content for the first time in its 25-year history.
SR Labs is a technology company which aims to streamline traditional distribution to theaters and consumers. Prior to SR Labs, Akkaraju was the chief content officer of SFX Entertainment. Akkaraju is an inventor on 11 domestic and 25 global utility technology patents related to SR Labs’ architecture. Akkaraju co-founded technology services company SR Labs with Sean Parker and still serves as executive chairman.
"I’ve gotten to know Prem well over the past few years. Prem’s energy and passion for film is inspiring; we cannot wait to work with him.”” /> "With the expansion of the company, adding someone of Prem’s caliber to this mix is essential," he said. I’m thrilled he’s agreed to lead the company through this exciting growth phase.
The announcement comes nine months after Parker — the co-founder of Napster and the founding president of Facebook –announced a "significant" investment in Weta Digital. The company announced Thursday that Parker has joined the company's board as vice chairman.
Details of those projects were not disclosed. The New Zealand-based company said Thursday that creating animation has been a long-held dream of majority owners Jackson and Fran Walsh, who will write, produce and direct several animated projects for the company. Industry veteran Prem Akkaraju will serve as its chief executive officer.
Jackson also praised senior VFX supervisor Joe Letteri and executive VFX producer David Conley for playing a "huge" role in the success of the company.
Peter Jackson is getting into the business of animation. The filmmaker's special effects company Weta Digital is launching an an animation division.
"That’s, in part, why we have created this company – to change the model and open the doors to filmmakers and storytellers who might not otherwise be given the chance to show what they can do." “We are huge fans of animated storytelling in all of its forms, but it can be a long, protracted, and often costly way to make movies," Jackson said in a statement.

The top-secret trailer of “Get Back” screened by Variety earlier this year reveals practically a different world:  It’s brighter both visually and spiritually, with many, many shots of the Beatles joking around, making fun of each other, singing in silly accents and generally indulging in vintage Moptop hijinks. It also includes additional footage from the group’s legendary 42-minute “rooftop performance” that caps the “Let It Be” film, which was their last live performance.
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The friendship and love between us comes over and reminds me of what a crazily beautiful time we had.” Paul McCartney said in a statement last year, “I am really happy that Peter has delved into our archives to make a film that shows the truth about The Beatles recording together.
The new film, segments of which Variety viewed earlier this year, feels completely different, with the four members laughing and clowning around in classic moptop fashion. Unlike virtually every other item in the group’s oeuvre, has been out of circulation for many years — as if the surviving bandmembers didn’t want to deal with it — although the group has promised a restored version will be released sometime in the future. The film creates a cheerful counter-narrative to the Beatles’ 1970 swan song “Let It Be” film, which essentially documented the group’s breakup and is a rather downbeat experience.
4 of this year will now go close to a year later on Aug. 27, 2021. The move was announced by Disney, the film’s distributor, on Friday (June 12). Crushing news for Beatles fans: Peter Jackson’s documentary “The Beatles: Get Back,” which was initially set for Sept.
There was hours and hours of us just laughing and playing music, not at all like the version that came out. Peter is great and it was so cool looking at all this footage. There was a lot of joy and I think Peter will show that. I think this version will be a lot more peace and loving, like we really were.” Ringo Starr added, “I’m really looking forward to this film.
I’ve been privileged to be a fly on the wall while the greatest band of all time works, plays and creates masterpieces. There’s no one better to have our movie seen by the greatest number of people.” I’m thrilled that Disney have stepped up as our distributor. Peter Jackson said, “Working on this project has been a joyous discovery.

“New Zealanders are devastated,” Jackson said in a statement to Variety. We will do whatever we can to help them heal and rise above this terrible tragedy.” Kiwis stand united in our love and support for our fellow Muslim brothers and sisters. “Our hearts go out to all those who have been harmed by this cowardly act of hate.
“I am dying knowing that this kind of hatred can happen in my homeland,” Waititi said. This is not us.”” /> “All my love goes out to Christchurch, the victims, the families, the Muslim community, and all who have chosen our islands as their home.
Jackson’s statement Saturday was one of many expressions of sympathy and solidarity from well-known personalities in the aftermath of Friday’s terror attacks. “Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi, who also hails from New Zealand, said the bigotry of the killer did not reflect his native country.
A 28-year-old Australian man, a suspected far-right extremist who posted a manifesto detailing his anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim views, was charged with murder in a New Zealand court Saturday. New Zealand and much of the world was stunned by the massacre of dozens of people who had gathered for Friday prayers inside the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island.
The films vaulted the country into the international spotlight and drew tourists eager to see the movie locations. Tolkien’s classic fantasy novels. Before the attacks, New Zealand was widely considered a placid, scenic land that doubled as the home of the hobbits in Jackson’s cinematic versions of J.R.R.
“Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson said Saturday that he and his fellow New Zealanders “stand united in our love and support for our fellow Muslim brothers and sisters” in the wake of the devastating terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch that left at least 49 people dead.

The upcoming "Lord of the Rings" series at Amazon is starting to take shape.
Tolkien’s "The Fellowship of the Ring." Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke made the announcement at the TCA summer press tour. The streaming giant announced Saturday that the writing team of JD Payne and Patrick McKay have signed on to develop the series, which will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R.
The film trilogy also garnered a combined 17 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The cast included Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Sean Astin and Orlando Bloom. The three film adaptations of “The Lord of the Rings,” from New Line Cinema and director Peter Jackson, earned a combined gross of nearly $6 billion worldwide.
The streamer is looking for a “Game of Thrones”-esque genre programming with broad international appeal.” /> The development of the “Lord of the Rings” series comes as Amazon is set to pursue a new programming mandate dictated by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
"We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Amazon to bring it to life anew. “The rich world that J.R.R. Tolkien created is filled with majesty and heart, wisdom and complexity," said Payne and McKay. We feel like Frodo, setting out from the Shire, with a great responsibility in our care — it is the beginning of the adventure of a lifetime.”
Entertainment. The series will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Variety exclusively reported back in November that a "Lord of the Rings" series was in the works at Amazon, with the streamer announcing a a multi-season production commitment shortly thereafter.
They are repped by Verve, Kaplan/Perrone, and Hanson Jacobson.
They have also set up their original 2017 Blacklist drama script "Escape" with Academy Award-nominated producer Mike DeLuca. Their most recent projects include writing for "Star Trek 4" for Paramount and "Jungle Cruise" for Disney. Payne and McKay have been working together since meeting on the high school debate team more than two decades ago.