Iconic characters of British animation to feature at new world-class entertainment resort
Some of Britain's most beloved animated characters could be coming to a new entertainment resort near London after a historic agreement was reached today.
London Resort Company Holdings Ltd (LRCH), the company behind the multi-billion pound project in North Kent, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Aardman Animations Ltd to feature their intellectual property at the resort alongside iconic Hollywood characters from Paramount Pictures.
Aardman is one of the UK's leading animation studios, having produced a number of award-winning feature films and TV series including Chicken Run, Pirates Band of Misfits, the Wallace & Gromit franchise, and the Shaun The Sheep TV series.
The MoU is the first step towards bringing Aardman’s intellectual property to the London Paramount Entertainment Resort, which is currently earmarked for an Easter 2020 opening date. A separate agreement is already in place with Paramount Pictures, the oldest major Hollywood studio in existence, which will allow the resort to access over 3,000 films including iconic movies such Mission: Impossible, Star Trek, Titanic and The Italian Job.
David Testa, Director of London Resort Company Holdings, said:
"Today's agreement is fantastic news for everyone involved. Our vision for the London Paramount Entertainment Resort is to create a world-class destination that combines the glamour of Hollywood with the best of British culture. Our agreement with Aardman will bring a number of the nation's favourite characters to the resort and introduce them to a whole new international audience."
Sean Clarke Head of Rights and Brand Development at Aardman Studios, said:
“Aardman is proud of its British heritage and ability to make award-winning films and TV series that entertain audiences all over the world. This is a great foundation on which to work with LRCH, with a view to creating a range of highly entertaining and immersive attractions with our brands at the London Paramount Entertainment resort.”
Mike Bartok, Executive Vice President Parks & Resorts at Paramount Pictures, said:
"We are delighted with the collaboration with Aardman. This demonstrates a further step in the development of an outstanding global resort harnessing the very best of creative talent from around the world. "