Oscar-winning VFX house Double Negative (Dneg), which has its headquarters in London, is opening a studio in LA focusing on visual effects for television. Headng up DnegTV:LA is Andy Williams, former Stargate Studios head of production.
DNegTV, the television arm of Double Negative, was formed in 2013. It currently provides VFX for television shows including, Emerald City (NBC), BrainDead (CBS), Fortitude (Sky) and The Young Pope (Sky/HBO).
“Since our inception, we’ve enjoyed excellent working relationships with many of the major US production companies and to ensure we can continue to offer and expand our high levels of service it’s become key for us to have an LA presence,” explains DNegTV executive producer/co-founder Louise Hussey. “The fact that we will now be able to provide local facilities, support and investment in the US is very important to us and to our future plans.”
Williams has over 20 years experience in television. Prior to his time at Stargate, he spent seven years as head of production and executive producer at DIVE (now Alkemy X) in New York. During that time, he also served as DI producer, VFX producer and VFX production supervisor on the shows like The Leftovers, Silver Linings Playbook, The Visit, Power, The Road and How to Get Away With Murder.
“With the elevated ambitions of networks and streaming service content providers, the demands for quality are higher than ever before,” explains Williams. “DNegTV is suited to leverage the creativity and pipeline of an Oscar-winning facility, and then harness those resources in response to the budget and scheduling demands of TV clients. Opening in Los Angeles means we can make that more accessible to US-based productions and expand DNeg’s footprint in television. For me, it’s a chance to forge something new with the full support of one of the best brands in the business. It was just too attractive a collaboration to pass up.”
We asked Williams about the set-up in LA. He said this: “The physical facility presence of DNegTV:LA is still in its development phase. That said, not unlike Double Negative’s operations in Vancouver and Mumbai, any facility in Los Angeles will be modeled after, and tie into, London’s pipeline and toolset. The intent is to make sure that all studios operate with the same integration of tech, security and employee support that DNeg is known for. More to come as things develop on this front.”