Legend 3D, in Major Asia Expansion, Opens Studio in India (EXCLUSIVE)

Legend 3D, the U.S.-based 3D conversion and visual effects company, is to make a major leap into Asia with the opening of a studio in Pune, India.

The company, which has recently worked on “Passengers,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” expects to employ 500 staff at the India plant by the end of this year, representing 25% of its projected global workforce. They will work on 3D conversion of theatrical feature films, visual effects for motion pictures and television programs, as well as in the company’s newer business of virtual reality experiences, from pre-visualization to post-production, and animation.

“This strategic decision was enacted to provide Legend’s clients with an experienced expanded global team to provide the quality, economic benefit and skill set required to execute digital imaging at the highest possible level,” Legend 3D CEO Aidan Foley said in a statement. “Planting our flag in India and implementing ‘The Legend Way’ will assure this consistent level of unparalleled creative output for the studios, networks, brands and agencies.”

The facility is a 40,000-square-foot building, based in a 10-acre Suzlon “One Earth” campus. It will be connected to Legend 3D facilities in Los Angeles and Toronto by secure digital pipeline to provide protected interconnected workflow. The building has LEED Platinum and GRIHA 5 star certification, and the campus has energy controls and building management systems for minimal environmental impact.

The move into India follows Legend 3D’s recent legal victory against India-based global effects and conversion rival Prime Focus. Last month, the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidated a number of Prime Focus’ patent claims to 3D conversion technology in a case brought by Legend 3D.

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