Content company Stampede Ventures and United Talent Agency (UTA) have teamed up to launch Happynest, an animation production company focused on projects for children and families.
Here are the details:
- Happynest will help artists incubate their ideas through artistic and financial support, and guide concepts from development to production and sales.
- It will provide creators with expertise, resources and capital, working to help them retain creative and financial control over their properties.
- The focus will be on projects covering âthe entire media ecosystemâ. The company will aim to create intellectual property that may cover books, games, toys, digital media, etc.
- Sadaf Cohen Muncy (pictured above) will lead Happynest as head of development and production. She was previously Vice President, Entertainment and Executive Producer at MGA Entertainment. There, she established the entertainment division and oversaw productions – including animated titles – for brands like LOL Surprise !, Rainbow High and Bratz.
- Happynest is funded by Stampede Ventures and UTA. The launch was led by Stampede Ventures CEO Greg Silverman and President Chris Bosco, alongside UTA partner Gregory McKnight and literary agent Anna Berthold-Zuk.
- Greg Silverman started Stampede in 2018, after serving as President of Creative Development and Global Production for Warner Bros. The company has animation projects in the works, including the feature film Prince of Port-au-Prince and children’s series for HBO Max. The company announced in 2019 that it had hired Alberto Mielgo to write and direct a feature film.
- UTA has a great presence in animation. Unique for a large agency, it has a dedicated animation center.