TAIPEI, TAIWAN (January 9, 2017) – TomoNews is sporting a brand new logo: a bold blue torus symbolizing the globe, which also reflects the international reach of its animated news. The simple design complements the colorful animations for which TomoNews has become known to loyal viewers around the world. The brand relaunch builds upon the success of TomoNews, which now generates more than 220 million views globally each month.
Launched in 2013 in Japan and the United States, TomoNews quickly built an audience thanks to its irreverent and entertaining voice combined with its quirky animations. TomoNews is known for always telling a news story like it is. Funny, edgy and often sarcastic, TomoNews reacts to a story in the way a viewer might—with laughter, outrage or head-scratching wonderment.
“We have made major strides since launching TomoNews four years ago and it was the right time for a major change. The new logo achieves what we set out to do in giving TomoNews a fresh, updated look,” said Michael Logan, Content Development Director at Next Animation Studio. Continue Reading
TAIPEI, TAIWAN (December 16, 2016) – Next Animation Studio (NAS) announces a new partnership with the creative agency AID-DCC, in a strategic effort to bring its innovative real-time animation technology, TomoLive, to Japan. Through this partnership, NAS will be able to reach a wider Japanese client-baseas well as explore innovative new ways to develop and utilize the TomoLive technology at AID-DCC events.
TomoLive is a portable hardware system that gives life to 3D animated characters, allowing real-time interactions with a live audience. Facial expressions, body motion, and even finger movements can all be easily captured through a sensor suit, allowing the actor to effortlessly control the animated avatar. Real-time rendering allows the actor to engage with a live audience, in person or through on-line streaming. TomoLive’s hardware fits easily into a 90 centimeters square cart making it extremely compact and portable. TomoLive can be easily incorporated into AID-DCC’s events, media collaborations, theme parks and other potential opportunities.
“It’s an incredible opportunity to partner with NAS and bring TomoLive to Japan for the first time. We have been working to create new ways to utilize the TomoLive technology, to provide our clients with unique, innovative, and highly engaging services. I am confident that with NAS’ technical capabilities and AID-DCC’s creativity, we will be able to push TomoLive to new heights.” said Yukihiro Tominaga, President of AID-DCC. Continue Reading
NAS is featured on the August issue of InCG magazine! Our team explains the challenges they have overcome while working on the Jimmy SPA VR experience project. Shout out to the production team for the amazing work!
The InCG magazine is currently available at PCHome and also for download on the iOS app.
Head of NextLab, RH Shih, was a speaker at GTC Conference in Taipei, the world’s largest conference for GPU developers. Hosted by NVIDIA, the conference gathers developers, researchers, and scientists through unique educational and networking opportunities.
During his session, RH shared some of the NextLab technologies including Tomolive‘s real time animation, CloudEye‘s augmented reality features and Light Stage‘s scanning technology.
TAIPEI, TAIWAN (June 17, 2016) — Next Animation Studio (NAS) is proud to announce a new partnership with Jimmy S.P.A. Plus Co., Ltd., which brings life to Jimmy Liao’s newest illustrated book, “All of My World Is You,” through virtual reality.
This unique partnership combines the technical animation capability of NAS, along with the fantastical creativity of Jimmy S.P.A. Plus. NAS will create a room-scale, fully immersive VR experience where fans can interact and explore illustrated scenes from the book — an experience that extends reading beyond the printed page.
NAS and Jimmy S.P.A. Plus work closely together on both the interactive storytelling and technical development for the project. Scenes from “All of My World Is You” have been masterfully recreated into four unique VR experiences. Each scene follows the emotional journey of the protagonist, a little girl coping with the loss of her beloved puppy. Important lessons on love and loss are gained through interactions with four characters from the book: a gardener who nurtures plants to adulthood only to watch them leave for greener pastures, a TV-addicted monster who can’t do anything without a screen in front of him, a concert pianist who has fallen on hard times, and a heartbroken woman dealing with the pains of her past.
TAIPEI, TAIWAN (May 30, 2016) – Next Animation Studio (NAS) today announced a new partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. Next Animation Studio will be providing 1,000 engaging, standards-aligned animated videos in the subjects of social studies, science and math that will be incorporated into Discovery Education’s award-winning Streaming Plus and Science Techbook™ services. Discovery Education’s services are available in half of U.S. classrooms.
The animated videos, produced by NAS, will be made available on a five-year, non-exclusive basis. The studio is primarily known for its news animations, which are seen globally on media outlets such as Reuters, MSN, Yahoo! News and Spanish-language television network Univision.
TOKYO, JAPAN – 22 March 2016: Next Animation Studio and TAMARIBA announced today its strategic partnership in Japan, combining Next Animation’s strong portfolio of original animation IP and cutting-edge animation technology with TAMARIBA’s market knowledge and distribution prowess. The agreement strengthens Next Animation’s commitment to the Japan market and further enhances its ability to bring high-quality, original animation to Japanese audiences.
“We are thrilled to be working closely with TAMARIBA. Makino-san has more than 15 years of experience in media sales and an unrivalled track record,” said Indra Suharjono, CEO at Next Animation Studio.
Hong Kong / Taipei — 21 July 2015: Next Media Animation (NMA) today announced that Indra Suharjono will join NMA as its CEO based in Taiwan. Effective immediately, Suharjono will be responsible in driving and delivering on the growth plans of the company and to establish NMA as the premier animation studio in Asia and home to creators worldwide. Suharjono will succeed Kith Ng, who will join the board of NMA and focus on NMA productions and new technology with the Media Lab.
Today’s announcement was made by Jimmy Lai, to whom Suharjono will report.