Stampede Ventures and UTA right this moment introduced the launch of HappyNest, an indie animation manufacturing firm that can create content material geared towards children and households, naming Sadaf Cohen Muncy as its Head of Growth and Manufacturing.
HappyNest will draw on the energy of UTA’s animation division—which represents a secure of award-winning creators and subsequent technology stars—serving to artists to incubate their concepts by creative and monetary assist, and shepherding their ideas by your entire inventive course of, from improvement by to manufacturing and gross sales.
The corporate funded by Stampede Ventures and UTA will look to create IP that may spur new leisure franchises for teenagers and households—by the likes of books, video games, toys, digital media, and extra. Its launch was shepherded by Stampede Ventures founder and CEO Greg Silverman and President Chris Bosco, alongside UTA Associate Gregory McKnight and Movement Image Literary Agent Anna Berthold-Zuk.
“The idea for HappyNest got here collectively out of an unbelievable partnership with UTA. At Stampede, our mission has at all times been to attach us all by our favourite tales,” mentioned Silverman. “To know that, by HappyNest, we’ll launch content material geared toward inspiring and fostering the following technology of tales that join us, is tremendous gratifying.”
“I’m thrilled to be becoming a member of the unbelievable groups at Stampede Ventures and UTA to permit creators and artists a singular alternative to deliver their ardour tasks to life,” mentioned Muncy. “My goal is to nurture, develop and collaborate with creators, from ideation to ultimate manufacturing.
Added Muncy, “As an incubator, we wish artists to entrust us with their IP, as we information and develop their concepts, whereas permitting them the unconventional skill to take care of inventive management and profit from the monetary upside of their brainchild. Spearheading HappyNest is a dream come true and I look ahead to making it the go-to vacation spot for inventive geniuses who’ve been craving for one thing new.”
Muncy is a veteran of the children and household animation area who joins HappyNest from MGA Leisure, the place she served as Vice President of Leisure and as an Government Producer. Throughout her time at that firm, she constructed its leisure division from the bottom up, creating and producing live-action, animation, and stop-motion content material for all MGA manufacturers, together with LOL Shock!, Rainbow Excessive, Bratz, Challenge Mc2, Little Tikes and Lalaloopsy.
Silverman based Stampede in 2018 after spending practically twenty years at Warner Bros., the place he rose to function President of Inventive Growth and Worldwide Manufacturing. Latest credit from his leisure firm embrace Kelly Oxford’s MTV Studios dramedy Pink Skies Forward, starring Jessica Barden, and the HBO Max comedy particular Mo Willems & the Storytime All-Stars Current: Don’t Let The Pigeon Do Storytime!. Stampede additionally just lately inked a global first-look cope with CBS Studios.
UTA is world expertise, leisure, and sports activities firm representing high-profile figures throughout movie, tv, information, music, sports activities, audio system, theater, high quality artwork, literature, video video games, animation, podcasts, and different social and digital content material.
The deal for HappyNest was negotiated by UTA and Bosco from Stampede Ventures. Exterior counsel for UTA was led by David Eisman at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Associates, and Kenneth Deutsch and David Zaheer at Latham & Watkins LLP for Stampede Ventures.