The financing windfall comes from a group of institutional investors backed by asset management firm Blackrock, which currently has over trillion of assets under management. It’s important to note that Blackrock rarely invests directly in companies, but rather manages investments on behalf of clients. Through investors, Blackrock also owns around 6.6% of The Walt Disney Company, making it the second-largest institutional investor in Disney.
U.K.-based film and tv production company Anton Capital Entertainment is receiving a €100 million (8 million) infusion of financing to subsidize future productions.
Anton Capital has also been involved in the production of Studiocanal’s Paddington 2, L’Atelier Animation’s Fireheart, and Aardman’s A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon.Sauvages (Savages), the just-premiered-at-Cannes film from My Life as a Zucchini director Claude Barras, and Adam Elliot’s Memoir of a Snail, which will premiere next month at Annecy. Both of those films were produced in partnership with Paris-based Charades. Anton and Charades are currently producing another animated feature, Night of the Zoopocalypse.

With this new financing, Anton plans to produce up to ten features annually with “the very best A-list cast and top-tier filmmakers … across all commercial genres on a global scale.” Animation plays a growing and significant role in the company’s gameplan.

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