Gray Lauds Digital Animation Studio's Relocation to D.C.

James Wright | 5/27/2014, 3:27 p.m.
**FILE** D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, who has long expressed his desire to attract entertainment companies to the city, got his wish Tuesday when a Los Angeles-based digital animation studio announced its relocation to the District.

Pigmental Studios produces animated content in feature and television format, gaming, commercials, online content and other animated media. The studio will send 12 of its employees to the District from Los Angeles and plans to hire 50 full-time employees by 2016.

The company, which is currently working on the movie "Kong," has collaborated with such animation studios as Disney, Dreamworks and Pixar.

Gray said that the studio's presence will be a boost to the city's growing creative economy.

"We are excited to have Pigmental call the District home and look forward to seeing the creative energy they will bring to our burgeoning film production community," he said. "Attracting businesses such as Pigmental is fueled by our efforts to create a more sustainable economy and generate opportunities that tap into the creative industry."

The company plans to offer an apprenticeship program for District residents who are interested in the animation field.

Studio owners Marina Martins and Adam Miller said that the District's vibrant and cultural environment is an ideal location for inspiring and stimulating artists.

"We look forward to building a group that could interact, support and complement the independent adventurous spirit that exists in D.C.," Martins said.