Jakob Jensen Named Animation Director on Imagi's “Astroboy”

Oct 4th 2007

Hong Kong (October 4, 2007) – Jakob H. Jensen has joined IMAGI Animation Studios as Animation Director on Astro Boy, it was announced by Francis Kao, Co-CEO & Chief Creative Officer.

“Jakob brings to IMAGI over a dozen years of comprehensive experience in animation, working both in Europe and the U.S.,” said Kao. “In addition to overseeing animation on Astro Boy, he will also be playing a key role in furthering the training of the young animators at our studio in Hong Kong.”

“I'm excited to contribute to the continuing growth of the studio, and be part of a dynamic team of extremely talented people,” said Jensen.

Born in Denmark, Jensen launched his animation career at A-Film in Copenhagen at the age of 17. He subsequently moved to London to work on Balto.

In 1995 Jensen joined Dreamworks Animation where he served as Animator on such films as The Prince of Egypt, The Road to El Dorado, Madagascar and Shark Tale. Most notably, Jensen served as Senior Supervising Animator on the title character, Sinbad, in Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, as Supervising Animator on both Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and Flushed Away, and as Character Designer on Over The Hedge.

After 11 years with Dreamworks, Jensen returned to traditional animation, working on Walt Disney Pictures' upcoming Enchanted at James Baxter Animation.

Created by the “god of manga”, Japan's Osamu Tezuka, in the early 1950s, Astro Boy found great acclaim and success around the world as an animated television series first aired in Japan in 1963. In the U.S., it quickly became a top syndicated show.

Slated for release in late 2009, IMAGI's CG-animated motion picture Astro Boy tells the story of a powerful robot boy created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he has lost. Our hero journeys to find acceptance in the human world, and ultimately discovers true friendship as he uses his incredible powers to help others and save Metro City from destruction. Colin Brady (Toy Story 2, Everyone's Hero) directs, and Maryann Garger is the producer.

Astro Boy, as well as IMAGI's upcoming Gatchaman, will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and The Weinstein Company. Hong Kong (October 4, 2007) – Jakob H. Jensen has joined IMAGI Animation Studios as Animation Director on Astro Boy, it was announced by Francis Kao, Co-CEO & Chief Creative Officer.

“Jakob brings to IMAGI over a dozen years of comprehensive experience in animation, working both in Europe and the U.S.,” said Kao. “In addition to overseeing animation on Astro Boy, he will also be playing a key role in furthering the training of the young animators at our studio in Hong Kong.”

“I'm excited to contribute to the continuing growth of the studio, and be part of a dynamic team of extremely talented people,” said Jensen.

Born in Denmark, Jensen launched his animation career at A-Film in Copenhagen at the age of 17. He subsequently moved to London to work on Balto.

In 1995 Jensen joined Dreamworks Animation where he served as Animator on such films as The Prince of Egypt, The Road to El Dorado, Madagascar and Shark Tale. Most notably, Jensen served as Senior Supervising Animator on the title character, Sinbad, in Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, as Supervising Animator on both Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and Flushed Away, and as Character Designer on Over The Hedge.

After 11 years with Dreamworks, Jensen returned to traditional animation, working on Walt Disney Pictures' upcoming Enchanted at James Baxter Animation.

Created by the “god of manga”, Japan's Osamu Tezuka, in the early 1950s, Astro Boy found great acclaim and success around the world as an animated television series first aired in Japan in 1963. In the U.S., it quickly became a top syndicated show.

Slated for release in late 2009, IMAGI's CG-animated motion picture Astro Boy tells the story of a powerful robot boy created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he has lost. Our hero journeys to find acceptance in the human world, and ultimately discovers true friendship as he uses his incredible powers to help others and save Metro City from destruction. Colin Brady (Toy Story 2, Everyone's Hero) directs, and Maryann Garger is the producer.

Astro Boy, as well as IMAGI's upcoming Gatchaman, will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and The Weinstein Company.

www.IMAGI.com.hk

Imagi International Holdings Limited (“IMAGI”) is a listed company (Stock Code 585) on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. IMAGI's principal business is the development and production of computer graphics (“CG”) animated theatrical feature films. IMAGI's first theatrical movie TMNT was released in March 2007, opening #1 in U.S. box office revenue, only the third time in history that an Asian-made film has achieved that honour. IMAGI has development operations in Los Angeles, California, and CG production studios at its Chai Wan (Hong Kong) headquarters.


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