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Gingo Animation, LLC (or simply Gingo) is an American animation studio headquartered in North Hollywood, California. Founded by Geo G. and Michael Wildshill on February 13, 1988, the studio is operated as a subsidiary of Gingo Entertainment and is best known for animated films and television series such as Gabriel Garza, Hatty, Metro Cone, Archot, and Imagimals. After some experimental computer-animated short films during the late 1990s beginning with Tifi (1996), it entered the computer animation market with Metro Cone (2005). Gingo continues to produce films using both traditional animation and computer-generated imagery (CGI). The studio is primarily associated with Universal Studios, but also has other studios such as 20th Century Fox and Sony Pictures distribute some of its productions and has been owned by NBCUniversal since 2018.
On November 6, 2016, Comcast's NBCUniversal, the parent company of Universal, announced its intent to acquire Gingo Entertainment, including Gingo Animation, for $64.9 billion. The proposed merger was confirmed on September 28, 2018, after NBCUniversal won an antitrust lawsuit that the U.S. Justice Department filed in 2017 to attempt to block the acquisition. The merger closed two days later, with the company becoming a subsidiary of NBCUniversal.
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