Gallaudet University to be home to digital animation firm
Washington Business Journal
by Daniel J. Sernovitz
May 28, 2015
Digital animation firm Pigmental Studios will establish its headquarters at Gallaudet University’s campus near the NoMa-Gallaudet U Metro station in Northeast, roughly a year after choosing the District over Los Angeles and Santa Fe for its new home.
Pigmental has signed a lease for about 4,000 square feet in an existing building that also houses the university’s transportation department at Sixth Street and Florida Avenue. It will initially employ between 20 and 40 workers.
Pigmental is scheduled to officially announce the partnership Thursday morning with Mayor Muriel Bowser and other dignitaries. While the location was not disclosed previously, Bowser’s administration forecast the deal earlier this month with a series of new initiatives branded as “InnoMAYtion” focussed on helping the tech sector connect underserved communities to the District’s innovation economy.
The District has agreed to issue a $250,000 grant to Pigmental to build out its new offices as part of D.C.’s tech fund incentives.Pigmental is planning to start work on an animated feature film and a TV series from the new location this fall.
Pigmental produces animated content for film and television that has been used in gaming, commercials and online. The company has worked with major studios such as Disney, Dreamworks and Pixar, among others.
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The digital animation studio will also share its design know-how with a new academic program, internships and job training opportunities. A $250,000 D.C. grant lured the company to the District last year.