Cinesite Studios acquires Nitrogen Studios

The Vancouver full-service animation studio behind Trollhunters will be incorporated under the U.K. brand.

London, U.K.-based Cinesite Studios has acquired Vancouver full-service animation facility Nitrogen Studios.

Nitrogen is known for its animation work on Thomas and Friends and recently animated Seth Rogen’s R-rated comedy, Sausage Party. It is also currently in production on the Guillermo del Toro-directed series Trollhunters, and is coproducing CG-animated feature Arkie with Passion Pictures Australia.

The studio employs 70 creative and production staff and is led by its president and CEO Nicole Stinn. A Cinesite Studios spokesperson told Playback Daily that “there will be no significant personnel changes at the studio.”

A release announcing the deal stated that the Cinesite board will work with the Nitrogen senior team in the months ahead to develop a strategy to incorporate Nitrogen into the Cinesite brand. Terms of the transaction, which closed March 1, were not disclosed.

This is Cinesite’s second acquisition in Vancouver, after the global VFX and animation house merged with Vancouver visual effects giant Image Engine in July 2015.

In addition to London and Vancouver, Cinesite also has facilities in Montreal.