CIS Visual Effects Group, based in Hollywood, Calif., and Vancouver, Canada, has acquired the assets of Postmodern Sydney. Purchase price was not disclosed.

Established in 2001, Postmodern is a design and visual effects shop serving high-end feature, commercial and TV clients in Australia and throughout Asia. Recent Postmodern projects include VFX for the Proyas/Summit Entertainment feature, Knowing, and the Spierig Brothers/Lionsgate feature Daybreakers. Recent commercial projects include McDonald’s “McHappy Day” for DDB Sydney, and Macquarie Bank’s “Out of the Box” for Leo Burnett.

“We’re at a point in our business growth where we’ve got some amazing work under our belt but for some time we’ve been looking for a strong partner to help us spread our wings,” said Andrew Robinson, Postmodern’s managing director. “For us that meant finding someone with great creative and technical credentials along with global recognition.”

“The CIS guys reached out to us late last year to talk about joining forces with them on an Australian shop,” continued Robinson. “We hit if off immediately with Don [Fly, CIS' president/general manager] and his team, and their understanding of the Australian market. We look forward to bringing CIS technologies and capabilities into our creative pipeline for film studios, commercial production companies and television networks in addition to the independent feature market.”

The business will continue to operate as Postmodern from its existing premises with all key personnel remaining in place. Plans are underway to build a new purpose-built Sydney facility later this year to house an expanded CIS-Postmodern operation.

Fly said that CIS has been impressed with the caliber of VFX work coming out of Australia. He added, “The depth of Australian creative talent and strong governmental support for the industry make entering the Sydney market very attractive.”

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