FuseFX has announced its acquisition of Rising Sun Pictures (RSP) visual effects studio in Adelaide, Australia. Founded in 1995 by Tony Clark, Gail Fuller and Wayne Lewis, RSP has established itself as one of the world's top visual effects studios.
Co-Founder and Managing Director Tony Clark will continue to lead the studio and operate under the Rising Sun Pictures brand. Together, the combined companies have nearly 800 artists at eight locations around the world - Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Vancouver, Montréal, Toronto and Bogotá as well as Adelaide.
"Tony, Gail, Wayne and the entire team at Rising Sun Pictures have created one of the most well-established and respected independent studios in the world," said David Altenau, Founder and CEO of FuseFX. "Their commitment to delivering the highest quality art and service to their clients has helped establish the studio in the visual effects industry. Their previous work and position in the industry make them a fantastic partner for FuseFX."
Tony said, "We're very excited to be partnering with FuseFX, which comes at an ideal time as we grow to meet the demand over the coming years. Our vision for Rising Sun Pictures is to be a cornerstone component of the next generation global full-service visual effects company. With the FuseFX partnership, we can achieve this vision to ensure that we stay at the forefront of visual effects production and remain a trusted creative partner to our clients.
"I'd sincerely like to thank my fellow founders and shareholders for the last 25 years. We have all been crucial to the success of RSP, culminating at this pivotal moment in time. RSP will embark on an expansion plan over the next few years, and we’re grateful to be partnering with David Altenau and the team at FuseFX to help fully realise RSP's potential."
Tony will be joined by RSP’s well-established executive management team, including Chief Financial Officer Gareth Eriksson, Head of Business Development Jennie Zeiher, Executive Assistant Maree Friday, Head of People & Culture Scott Buley and Head of Production & Executive Producer Meredith Meyer-Nichols. There will be no operational changes to the RSP business and the team will look to add talent after a recent expansion of the Adelaide headquarters that gives the studio a capacity of 270 crew.
The South Australian state government welcomes the news of the partnership between FuseFX and RSP. Minister for Innovation and Skills, David Pisoni said, "South Australia is enjoying a golden age in the production of film, television and streaming services."
"The state government’s incentives, in combination with federal incentives, mean that South Australia is a prime destination for visual effects production and will continue to be for years to come," Tony said.
David Altenau said, "We're thrilled to be joining forces with Rising Sun Pictures to help fuel their ambitious expansion plans and to offer an even broader range of skill sets, geographic locations and storytelling solutions to our clients at the level of quality and service they demand."
Over the past year, the studio has contributed to projects including Disney's upcoming Jungle Cruise led by VFX Supervisor Malte Sarnes and as lead vendor on New Line Cinema's Mortal Kombat under the direction of VFX Supervisor Dennis Jones. fusefx.com