Film Roman, the company behind the animation for “The Simpsons” and “King of the Hill,” is branching off into the special f/x arena, acquiring VanHook Studios to form Forum Visual Effects.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, however, the new division is being headed by VanHook founder Kevin VanHook, who will oversee the facility out of Film Roman’s North Hollywood studios. VanHook f/x artists Chadd Cole and Vince DiMeglio also join the small boutique, which specializes in 3-D computer-generated visuals.
The acquisition of Glendale-based VanHook Studios is expected to beef up the offerings Film Roman provides its television, commercials, feature films, special projects and musicvideo clients.
“We are continually looking to expand our creative capabilities to provide the best and most extensive animation services to our clients,” said John Hyde, prexy and CEO of Film Roman. “We look at Film Roman as a place where animation, art and technology come together.”
After a successful career in comic books, Kevin VanHook set up VanHook Studios in 1994. Company has created f/x shots for TV shows “Ally McBeal,” “Xena: Warrior Princess” and “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.” Pic credits include Disney’s “My Favorite Martian,” “The Thirteenth Warrior,” Warner Bros.’ “Miss Congeniality” and MGM’s “Hart’s War.” It is creating f/x sequences for Dimension Films’ upcoming “Dracula: Resurrection.”