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Peter Jackson has sold the Weta Digital studio, which creates special effects for films

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Oscar winner Peter Jackson sold his famous film special effects studio. Weta Digital studio located in Wellington, New Zealand, became famous for developing visual effects for such films as, among others, “Avatar”, “Lord of the Rings” trilogy or “Planet of the Apes”, and for series, including “Game of Thrones”. Now it will become the property of video game developer Unity Software.

The value of this transaction is one billion six hundred and thirty million dollars.

Peter Jackson sells Weta Digital

As the portal “The Guardian”, which informs about the purchase of Weta Digital, emphasizes, the transaction is another economic blow to the New Zealand film and series market. Just three months ago, Amazon Studios decided to transfer from this country the set of the series “The Lord of the Rings” based on the work of JRR Tolkien. Only the first season of this most expensive production in history will be filmed in New Zealand. The next ones will be built in Great Britain.

“Avatar”Alex Kay Visuals / Shutterstock.com

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The American company Unity Software in the statement issued after the purchase of Weta Digital emphasizes that the tools for creating visual effects created by the New Zealand company will now be “democratized” and given to “millions of creators and artists around the world”. These technologies will be used, among others by video game developers to make their productions even more realistic.


“Weta Digital tools have created unlimited possibilities for us to create worlds and characters that inhabited our imaginations. Together with Unity we will create a path for all artists representing every form of industry. They will be able to use these incredibly creative and powerful tools” – says co-founder and president of Weta Digital , Peter Jackson.

Peter JacksonDave Bedrosian / Geisler-Fotopress / DPA / PAP

New Zealand Film Market and Weta Digital

Weta Digital was founded in 1993 to create visual effects for Jackson’s film “Heavenly Creatures”. The company’s shareholders include Jackson’s wife, Fran Walsh. In Jackson’s hands, WetaFX employs around 1,700 employees and is responsible for special effects and animated productions.

Main photo source: Alex Kay Visuals / Shutterstock.com

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