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Jellyfish Pictures
Company typeSubsidiary
IndustryVisual effects, Computer-generated imagery, Feature animation
Founded2001; 23 years ago (2001)
Headquarters
England
Number of locations
3
Area served
London, Mumbai, Sheffield
Key people
Phil Dobree (Founder)[1]
David Patton (CEO)
Mark Warburg (COO)
Dave Wickman (CFO)
Natalie Llewellyn (MD, Animation & Originals)
Phil Greenlow (MD, VFX)
Luke Dodd (Director of VFX & Animation)
Members500+ (as of Aug 2023)[2]
DivisionsJellyfish Originals
Websitejellyfishpictures.com

Jellyfish Pictures is a British VFX and animation company specializing in the creation of digital visual effects and animation.

History

The company was founded in 2001 by Philip Dobree and Will Rockall, with a team of three artists and one producer,[3] moving to their first studio in Soho, Central London in Poland Street in 2003.[4] In 2005, they started their first long form TV series The Story of One,[4] following this with work on the BBC series Fight For Life in 2007, for which they won multiple industry awards including a BAFTA, RTS and VES award for 'Outstanding Visual Effects.[4] Over the next few years they continued to expand, working on the long form CGI series Planet Dinosaur for the BBC and Discovery Channel in 2011,[4] followed by multiple nominations and wins for their work on Inside the Human Body in 2012.[4] In 2017, Jellyfish Pictures launched its own original content division, Jellyfish Originals - focused on the development, distribution, rights management, financing and commercialisation of original animated properties.

In 2022, Jellyfish Pictures has undergone rapid growth in recent years as the studio joined Key Capital Partners over a minority investment, expediting the global scaling of their VFX and animation teams, and advance the development and production of its original kids and family content through Jellyfish Originals.[5][6] David Patton joined Jellyfish Pictures as CEO in December 2022 while Mark Warburg joined as COO.[7][8] The on-location studio locations have also expanded significantly, with a studio division opening in Sheffield in 2020 (overseen by animation director Kevin Spruce), and a new Mumbai studio recently opening in 2023.

Production

TV series

Title Release date Studio(s) Ref(s) Notes
The Story of 1 2005 BBC Documentary
Fight for Life July 9, 2007 BBC One TV series
Documentary
2008 winner Bafta special effects prize[9]
Planet Dinosaur September 14, 2011 BBC
Discovery Channel
ZDF
[10] TV animated series
Documentary
Doctor Who November 23, 2013 BBC One
BBC Wales
TV series
Day of the Doctor Special
Additional VFX
Your Inner Fish 2014 Tangled Bank Studios
PBS
[11] TV animated series
Documentary
Floogals January 15, 2016 Nevision Studios
Zodiak Kids Studios
Banijay Group
[12][13] TV animated series
Black Mirror October 2016 Netflix
House of Tomorrow
Endemol Shine UK
TV series
Hated in the Nation only
Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed! November 6, 2017 Beano Studios
CBBC
[12] TV animated series
Bitz & Bob March 12, 2018 BBC Children's Productions[14]
FremantleMedia Kids & Family
Boat Rocker Rights
[12]
The Innocents August 24, 2018 Netflix
New Pictures
[15] TV series
Watchmen October 20, 2019 HBO
White Rabbit
Paramount Television
DC Entertainment
Warner Bros. Television
TV series
Limited
How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming December 3, 2019 DreamWorks Animation
NBCUniversal
[16] TV animated special
Production services
Gangs of London April 23, 2020 Sky Atlantic
Pulse Films
Sister Pictures
Sky Studios
NBCUniversal Global Distribution
TV series
Series finale only
White Lines May 15, 2020 Netflix
Left Bank Pictures
Vancouver Media
Sony Pictures Television
TV series
Hanna July 3, 2020 NBCUniversal International Studios
Tomorrow Studios
Working Title Television
Focus Features
Amazon Studios
TV series
Season 2 only
Sex Education September 17, 2021 Netflix
Eleven Film
TV series
Season 3 only
The Book of Boba Fett December 29, 2021 Disney+
Lucasfilm
TV miniseries
This Is Going to Hurt February 8, 2022 Sister Pictures
Terrible Productions
AMC Studios
BBC
Miniseries
The Baby April 24, 2022 HBO
Sister Pictures
Sky Studios
Proverbial Pictures
TV series
Prehistoric Planet May 23, 2022 Apple TV+
BBC
Documentary
Concept art only
VFX by Moving Picture Company
Stranger Things May 27, 2022 Netflix
21 Laps Entertainment
Monkey Massacre
TV series
Season 4 only
Wereworld TBA Netflix
Netflix Animation
Lime Pictures
TV animated series
Ivy and the Inklings Bomanbridge Media [17]
Hughman
Stan & Gran Jollywise [18]
Battle of the Bugs Alpha Group [19]

Films

Live Action VFX

Title Release date Studio(s) Ref(s) Notes
Kingsman: The Secret Service February 13, 2015 20th Century Fox
Marv Studios
Cloudy Productions
TSG Entertainment
[20] With Prime Focus World, Baseblack, Panton Creative, Doc & A Soc, Peerless Camera Company and BUF
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story December 16, 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. Main VFX from Industrial Light & Magic
Additional VFX with Ubisoft Hybride, Ghost VFX, Whiskytree, Atomic Fiction, Scanline VFX, and Raynault VFX.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi December 15, 2017 [21] Main VFX from Industrial Light & Magic
Additional VFX with Ubisoft Hybride, One of Us, Base FX, Rodeo FX, Ghost VFX, Virutos, Animatrik Film Design, Exceptional Minds, Important Looking Pirates, and Yannix.
Solo: A Star Wars Story May 25, 2018 [22] Main VFX from Industrial Light & Magic
Additional VFX with Ubisoft Hybride, Raynault VFX, Tippet Studio, Exceptional Minds, Virutos and Lola/VFX
Captive State March 15, 2019 Focus Features
Participant Media
[23]
Fear Street Part One: 1994 July 2, 2021 Netflix
Chernin Entertainment
Uncredited
Fear Street Part Two: 1978 July 9, 2021
Fear Street Part Three: 1666 July 16, 2021
Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical December 2, 2022 Netflix
TriStar Pictures
Working Title Films
The Roald Dahl Story Company

Animation

Title Release date Studio(s) Ref(s) Notes
Trolls World Tour April 10, 2020 Universal Pictures
DreamWorks Animation
Marketing custom animation services with Minimo VFX
Spirit Untamed June 4, 2021 [24][25][2] Production services
Additional animation services by 88 Pictures
The Boss Baby: Family Business July 2, 2021 Asset production services
The Bad Guys April 22, 2022 Additional asset production services
The Twits 2025 Netflix [26] Production services

Accolades

Annie Awards

Year Film Category Recipient(s) Result
2020 How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming[27] Best Animated Special Production DreamWorks Animation Won
Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production Manuel Reyes Halaby, Cristiana Covone, Koya Masubuchi, Jean Claude Nouchy, Dustin Henning Nominated
Andrew Muir
2022 Spirit Untamed[28] Best Storyboarding Gary Graham

References

  1. ^ Henley, Jon (19 October 2017). "'We can take it almost anywhere': how Brexit threatens the UK's creative industries". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  2. ^ a b "New Again | Computer Graphics World".
  3. ^ "About Us - Jellyfish".
  4. ^ a b c d e http://www.jellyfishpictures.com/our-work/inside-the-human-body
  5. ^ https://www.keycapitalpartners.co.uk/jellyfish-pictures-set-to-grow-with-investment-from-kcp-2/
  6. ^ "Jellyfish Pictures to Grow Animation, VFX & Originals Biz with KCP Investment". 2 March 2022.
  7. ^ "People on the Move: New Leadership at Jellyfish, MPC, Method & More". 7 December 2022.
  8. ^ https://britishcinematographer.co.uk/jellyfish-pictures-positions-for-strong-growth-with-newly-installed-leadership-team/
  9. ^ "Bafta Television Craft Awards 2008". The Guardian. 12 May 2008. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  10. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (12 December 2019). "Jellyfish Pics Grows into World's Largest Virtual VFX & Animation Studio".
  11. ^ Team, AnimationXpress (1 August 2017). "Jellyfish Pictures nominated for news and documentary Emmy award".
  12. ^ a b c "[TRAILER] DreamWorks' 'Spirit Untamed' Rides Free". Rotoscopers. 9 April 2021. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  13. ^ Woolfe, Jennifer (5 September 2014). "Jellyfish Producing 'Floogals' for Sprout".
  14. ^ Known as CBeebies Production for the first season.
  15. ^ "Jellyfish Pictures Faces off with 'The Innocents' for Netflix". 24 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Jellyfish Pictures Expands Global Operations with New Cloud-Based Technology". Animation World Network.
  17. ^ "Jellyfish Pictures and Bomanbridge Media Ink Deal for 'Ivy & The Inklings'". Animation World Network.
  18. ^ "Jellyfish Pictures Announces Partnership with Jollywise". Animation World Network.
  19. ^ "Jellyfish Originals and Alpha Group China sign co-production deal for 'Battle of the Bugs' at MIPCOM 2020". 12 October 2020.
  20. ^ "Kingsman Almost Had This Badass Flashback Sequence". 25 February 2015.
  21. ^ "Jellyfish Pictures Selects Hammerspace to Provide Global Data Environment for Virtual Production" (Press release). 22 April 2022.
  22. ^ "SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY - The Art of VFXThe Art of VFX". www.artofvfx.com. 12 May 2018. Archived from the original on 14 April 2020. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  23. ^ "2019 Icebreakers: Hot Winter VFX". 13 December 2018.
  24. ^ "Equine Majesty: Elaine Bogan and Her DreamWorks Team Bring Artistic Horsepower to 'Spirit Untamed'". June 2021.
  25. ^ "DreamWorks Animation Returns to the Frontier in 'Spirit Untamed'". Animation World Network.
  26. ^ Giardina, Carolyn (18 September 2023). "Animated Feature Adaptation of Roald Dahl's 'The Twits' Coming to Netflix in 2025". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 September 2023.
  27. ^ "'Klaus' Wins Big at Annie Awards for Animation". The Hollywood Reporter. 25 January 2020.
  28. ^ "'Raya and the Last Dragon' Leads 2022 Annie Awards Feature Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. 21 December 2021.