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Paramount, Locksmith Animation strike multi-film deal

Paramount Pictures has struck an exclusive deal withU.K.-based CG feature animation studio Locksmith Animation to develop andproduce a series of animated films.

The ViacomInc. unit will first work withLocksmith Animation on three titles, which the Elisabeth Murdoch-backed companyhas been developing since 2014. The first theatrical release is planned for2020.

Under the deal, the two studios also agreed to develop otherprojects over time.

Locksmith wasfounded by Sarah Smith and Julie Lockhart.