Next Animation Studio is hailed as the fastest animation studio in the world because it is able to produce news animation under 3 hours!
Convinced that the future of the news is visual, owner Jimmy Lai founded Next Animation Studio (previously Next Media Animation) to produce news animations. Prior to 2010, the idea of animating the news had never been attempted by a traditional animation studio due to long lead times and high cost structures.
Through technology and process innovation, Next Animation Studio was able to reduce production time — allowing animation to be used in breaking news reporting, where speed is critical, and in in-depth analysis of news events where no video cameras are present. This has given journalists an important new tool for reporting and storytelling.
Next Animation Studio entered the world stage after the animation of Tiger Woods' infamous car crash went viral. Realizing there is an audience for entertaining news animations, the studio began publishing satirical news animations on the biggest headlines from around the world, through TomoNews, garnering a global audience. These animations have been featured on Conan, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, New York Times, TIME, Business Insider, Buzzfeed, and more.
TomoNews is your best source for animated news on the internet. We combine photos and videos with our quickly produced animation to give you the full picture of how it all went down — and we have fun doing it! With over 200 million monthly video views and available in 13 different languages, TomoNews delivers breaking stories from the U.S., Japan and all around the world. TomoNews reacts to the news the same way viewers do. Some stories make us laugh. Some stories make us outraged. Some stories make us sigh and shake our heads. You’ll hear that it in our voice, especially when we’re sarcastic or over the top. Our reaction to the news is uncensored — we don’t feel the need to apologize for that. Neither should the viewer.
TomoNews animates without fear or favor!
Next Animation Studio's News Direct service delivers cutting-edge 3D animated news graphics through Reuters, the world's largest multimedia news agency. News Direct animation fills in the gaps when video footage is missing and provides clear illustrations of news that is highly conceptual or technical in nature. With industry-leading turnaround times, News Direct's animations are available to customers within hours after a top story breaks. News Direct launched on Reuters' global distribution system in July of 2012. Some 150 media outlets worldwide currently use News Direct's animations. For more information about News Direct or to sign up for the service, please visit News Direct.