Kiwa Digital, Auckland, 24 September 2016: ARCANA STUDIO and KIWA Digital announce the co-production of an animated pilot titled MYTHICAL CREATURES.
ARCANA STUDIO and KIWA Digital first partnered on the PIXIES: STORYBOOK app, an interactive children’s book developed by KIWA. It is based on the ARCANA STUDIO owned animated film PIXIES, written, directed and produced by Sean Patrick O’Reilly and released in June 2015.
MYTHICAL CREATURES is an international co-production between their countries, Canada and New Zealand. ARCANA and KIWA draw on the rich mythology of both nations to create MYTHICAL CREATURES which is set in a fantasy world that is brought to life in engaging digital formats. The collaboration is supported by the Canada Media Fund and NZ On Air.
Sean O’Reilly says, “It’s great to be collaborating with KIWA Digital. I am excited about our project MYTHICAL CREATURES and with an international coproduction, it even affects the creative as we’re focused on telling a story to children internationally.”
Steven Renata says, “We’re excited to be working with Arcana Studio, Canada’s largest publisher of comics and graphic novels with a global reputation for its work in film and video. Together, we will deliver a creative collaboration that crosses national boundaries, taking cultural storytelling into new places, with the potential to leave a lasting legacy.”
About ARCANA STUDIO
Since its launch in 2004, Arcana has established itself as a successful entertainment company. Producing engaging storytelling with compelling art, Arcana is an innovative leader in the development of intellectual properties across all platforms. Arcana’s library of wholly owned intellectual properties contain well over 5,000 characters that transcend gender, age, and cultural and geographic boundaries. Arcana owns one of the world’s largest libraries of graphic novels.
In 2012, Arcana opened an animation division to develop and produce it’s content for all platforms including film, television, direct-to-home and digital media. This extension of our comic book characters has provided new merchandising vehicles across all retail product lines. Arcana has the experience of animated production, a top notch team to execute a plan and is a Canadian company that receives tax credit benefits for content production.
About KIWA Digital
Kiwa is an Auckland-based production house that is now one of the fastest growing technology companies in the Asia Pacific region.
Kiwa has a growing international reputation for its work in education, producing early literacy titles for education publishers and organizations; and also works with indigenous groups around the world to develop traditional stories and transform them into a contemporary multi-lingual digital resource.