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Ánima Estudios and Chatrone announce Latin American joint venture with California Institute of the Arts

Ánima Estudios and Chatrone announce Latin American joint venture with California Institute of the Arts
Valencia, CA March 14, 2016— Ánima Estudios, Latin America’s largest and most prestigious animation studio, together with Chatrone, a preeminent Latin American animation/management production company, announce an exciting new partnership with California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), the top-ranked school for animation worldwide. The partnership demonstrates a commitment by Ánima Estudios to spearhead and accelerate the growth of the animation industry in Latin America.
CalArts, with a ‘who’s who’ of illustrious animation alumni, has embarked on a continuing education pilot program training professional artists and animators in Latin America. Spearheaded by the Office of Global Initiatives at CalArts, this pilot program has, to date, brought CalArts’ expertise and distinct approach in teaching art history, storytelling, storyboard and performance animation to Ánima Estudios production staff. As the program develops, it hopes to expand to other organizations in Mexico and across Latin America. Ánima Estudios and Chatrone will provide program support by facilitating new partnership introductions and logistical support.
“It is an honor and a privilege to start this relationship with CalArts,” said Jose C. Garcia de Letona, COO Ánima Estudios. “We are positive it will have a long term impact in the quality of our productions, the animation industry in LATAM and in the professional lives of our staff.”
According to CalArts Provost Jeannene Przyblyski, “We see this partnership as a first step in a broader set of professional development and continuing education initiatives.  We are delighted to share our knowledge and experience in teaching the art of animation and storytelling with colleagues in Latin America. With scholarship and internship opportunities available for our students, this relationship broadens our reach beyond fine arts into the entertainment industry in Latin America, which is a strategic area of focus for the Institute.”
“When we were looking to expand the opportunities for artists in Latin America, the marriage of CalArts’ renowned faculty with Ánima Estudios’ exceptional talent was a natural first step in building a world-class program for the region, ” Said Aaron Berger, head of Chatrone.
Fernando de Fuentes, CEO Ánima Estudios, “Having CalArts trust Ánima Estudios as a partner in this endeavor as well as benefiting from its world class expertise and prestige represents a huge step forward for our company.”  
About CalArts
Ranked as America’s top college for students in the arts by Newsweek/The Daily Beast, California Institute of the Arts has set the pace for educating professional artists since 1970. CalArts has earned an international reputation as the leading college of the visual and performing arts in the United States. Offering rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree programs through six schools—Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater—CalArts has championed creative excellence, critical reflection, and the development of new forms and expressions.
About Ánima Estudios
Founded in 2002, Ánima Estudios is Latin America’s top animation studio. It has produced 11 feature films to date, including the box office hits “Top Cat: The Movie” and "The Legend of the Mummies”. The studio has also produced many successful TV series including Latin America’s most-watched animated show “El Chavo”. Currently the studio is working on the first ever animated Netflix original series from LATAM. Its current project pipeline includes more feature films, TV shows, digital intiatives, as well as mobile apps.
About Chatrone
Chatrone, LLC is a Los Angeles-based management/production company founded by Aaron D. Berger and Carina Schulze in 2007. With expertise in family entertainment, the company has worked in both television and film with all the major studios and top tier talent in Hollywood and overseas. Chatrone’s first animated feature, THE BOOK OF LIFE, was nominated for a Golden Globe and multiple Annie Awards. In 2011, Schulze and Berger opened Chatrone Latin America as a Brazilian company focusing on the Latin American Market.  They’ve produced over 100 episodes of the hit Brazilian International Emmy nominated kids show, GABY ESTRELLA, which was created by Schulze.