Rising Sun Pictures sold to Hollywood studio

Pioneering Adelaide visual effects studio Rising Sun Pictures has been sold to American studio FuseFX, a move which the company says will help it grow.

Apr 09, 2021, updated Apr 09, 2021
Rising Sun Pictures co-founder Tony Clark says the sale to FuseFx will allow RSP to expand. Picture: Ben Kelly.

Rising Sun Pictures co-founder Tony Clark says the sale to FuseFx will allow RSP to expand. Picture: Ben Kelly.

Under the deal announced overnight, RSP will maintain its brand and continue to be based in Adelaide under the guidance of co-founder Tony Clark.

FuseFX is a full-service visual effects company with studios in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Vancouver, Montréal, Toronto, and Bogotá.

It says there will be no operational changes to the RSP business and the team will look to grow after a recent expansion of the Adelaide headquarters that increased capacity to 270 staff.

The acquisition now gives the combined companies nearly 800 artists at eight locations across the globe.

Clark said the buyout would allow RSP to embark on an expansion plan over the next few years “to help fully realize RSP’s potential”.

“We’re very excited to be partnering with FuseFX, which comes at an ideal time as we grow to meet the demand over the coming years,” he said.

“Our vision for Rising Sun Pictures is to be a cornerstone component of the next generation global full-service visual effects company, and with the FuseFX partnership, we can achieve this vision to ensure that we stay at the forefront of visual effects production and remain a trusted creative partner to our clients.”

The Pulteney St-based company currently has about 170 staff and was founded in 1995 by Clark, Gail Fuller, and Wayne Lewis.

Over its 25-year history, RSP has provided work on blockbusters including Mortal Kombat, Black Widow, Ford v Ferrari, Spider-Man: Far from Home, Game of Thrones, and Thor: Ragnarok.

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FuseFX founder and CEO David Altenau said the acquisition would fuel RSP’s expansion plans and offer a broader range of skill sets, geographic locations and storytelling solutions to clients.

“Tony, Gail, Wayne and the entire team at Rising Sun Pictures have created one of the most well-established and respected independent studios in the world,” he said.

“Their commitment to delivering the highest quality art and service to their clients has helped make them an icon in the visual effects industry.

“Their previous work and position in the industry make them a fantastic partner for FuseFX.”

FuseFX is a portfolio company of EagleTree Capital, a New York-based private equity firm. The price paid for RSP has not been disclosed.

FuseFX was founded in 2006 in Los Angeles by Altenau and co-founders Tim Jacobsen and Jason Fotter.

It added the studios in Montréal, Toronto, and Bogotá in 2020 when it acquired Folks VFX last year.

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