Stampede Ventures partners with UTA to launch HappyNest Animation Company – Deadline
Stampede Ventures and UTA today announced the launch of HappyNest, an independent animation production company that will create content for children and families, appointing Sadaf Cohen Muncy to lead development and production.
HappyNest will build on the strength of UTA’s animation division, which represents a stable of award-winning creators and next-generation stars, to help artists incubate their ideas through artistic and financial support, and guide their concepts. throughout the creative process, from development to production and sales.
The company funded by Stampede Ventures and UTA will seek to create intellectual property that can drive new entertainment franchises for children and families, through books, games, toys, digital media, and more. Its launch was led by Stampede Ventures Founder and CEO Greg Silverman and Chairman Chris Bosco, alongside UTA partner Gregory McKnight and literary agent Anna Berthold-Zuk.
âThe concept of HappyNest was born from an incredible partnership with UTA. At Stampede, our mission has always been to connect us all through our favorite stories, âsaid Silverman. âKnowing that through HappyNest we will be launching content aimed at inspiring and nurturing the next generation of stories that connect us is super rewarding. “
âI am thrilled to join the amazing teams at Stampede Ventures and UTA to provide creators and artists with a unique opportunity to bring their passionate projects to life,â said Muncy. âMy goal is to nurture, develop and collaborate with creators, from ideation to final production.
Muncy added, âAs an incubator, we want artists to trust us with their intellectual property, as we guide and develop their ideas, while allowing them the unconventional ability to maintain creative control and enjoy the financial rewards. of their idea. Spearheading HappyNest is a dream come true and I can’t wait to make it the destination of choice for creative geniuses yearning for something new.
Muncy is a veteran of the kids and family animation space who joined HappyNest from MGA Entertainment, where she served as vice president of entertainment and executive producer. During her time at this company, she built her entertainment division from the ground up, developing and producing live, animation and stop-motion content for all of MGA’s brands, including LOL Surprise!, High rainbow, Bratz, Mc2 project, Small Tikes and Lalaloopsy.
Silverman founded Stampede in 2018 after spending nearly two decades at Warner Bros., where he became president of creative development and global production. Recent credits from his entertainment company include Kelly Oxford’s comedy-drama MTV Studios Pink sky ahead, starring Jessica Barden, and the HBO comedy special Max Mo Willems and the storytime stars are there: don’t let the pigeon make storytime!. Stampede also recently signed a first international agreement with CBS Studios.
UTA is a global talent, entertainment and sports company representing leading personalities in film, television, news, music, sports, speakers, theater, fine art, literature, video games, animation, podcasts, and other social and digital content.
The deal for HappyNest was negotiated by UTA and Bosco of Stampede Ventures. UTA’s external board was led by David Eisman at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates, and Kenneth Deutsch and David Zaheer at Latham & Watkins LLP for Stampede Ventures.