Stampede Ventures and UTA launch HappyNest


Stampede Ventures and UTA have announced the launch of HappyNest, an independent animation production company aimed at helping artists and creators launch their next animation projects for children and family. The new company will work with artists to incubate their ideas through artistic and financial support, and accompany concepts throughout the content creation process – including development, production and sales, while helping them maintain creative and financial control of their intellectual property.

Funded by Stampede Ventures and UTA, the launch of Happy Nest was led by Stampede Founder and CEO Greg Silverman and President Chris Bosco alongside UTA Partner Gregory McKnight and Literary Agent Anna Berthold-Zuk. Silverman’s experience includes a tenure of nearly two decades at Warner Bros. which saw him become president of creative development and global production before launching Stampede in 2018.

“The concept of HappyNest grew out of an incredible partnership with UTA,” commented Silverman. “At Stampede, our mission has always been to connect us all through our favorite stories. Knowing that through HappyNest we will be launching content aimed at inspiring and nurturing the next generation of stories that connect us is super rewarding. “

Sadaf Cohen Muncy, a veteran of the children’s and family animation space, has been chosen to lead HappyNest as head of development and production. She will be responsible for helping creators throughout the development and production process as they build their passionate projects, from concept to completion.

“I am thrilled to join the amazing teams at Stampede Ventures and UTA to provide creators and artists with a unique opportunity to bring their passionate projects to life,” said Muncy.

Most recently, Muncy was Vice President of Entertainment and Executive Producer of MGA. There, she built the company’s entertainment division from the ground up, developing and producing live, animation and stop motion content for all of MGA’s brands, including LOL Surprise!, High rainbow, Bratz, Mc2 project, Small Tikes, and Lalaloopsy.

“My goal is to nurture, develop and collaborate with creators, from ideation to final production,” continued Muncy. “As an incubator, we want artists to trust us with their intellectual property, while we guide and develop their ideas, while allowing them the unconventional ability to maintain creative control and enjoy the financial benefits of their idea. “

The deal for HappyNest was negotiated by UTA and Chris Bosco of Stampede Ventures. UTA’s external board was led by David Eisman at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates, and Kenneth Deutsch and David Zaheer at Latham & Watkins LLP for Stampede Ventures.

Source: Stamped companies

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