Scanline VFX, the German visual effects studio behind ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘Game of Thrones,’ among other projects, has been acquired by Netflix.

Scanline VFX, the German visual effects studio behind ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘Game of Thrones,’ among other projects, has been acquired by Netflix.

Netflix wants to put more emphasis on visual content. While its recently launched gaming initiative pushes those intentions, the streaming giant’s acquisition of Germany’s Scanline VFX solidifies that intent.

Since you may not have heard of Scanline, recall the awe-inspiring, literally realistic visual effects in the Stranger Things series, particularly in the third season. Scaline VFX created those effects, including the interstellar landscape of Cowboy Bebop and the ravenous vampires of Blood Red Sky.

According to Netflix, the acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2022.

A ‘Stranger Things’ visual effects still. Netflix’s official website

Scanline was founded in 1989 and is now led by Stephan Trojansky, a well-known figure in the VFX industry. In 2008, Trojansky’s proprietary fluid rendering system Flowline received an Academy Award for Technical Achievement. Offices are located in Vancouver, Montreal, Los Angeles, London, Munich, Stuttgart, and Seoul. Scanline VFX has worked on a variety of projects, including “Game of Thrones,” “Black Widow,” “Black Panther,” “Captain Marvel,” “Iron Man 3,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Zack Snyder’s Justice League,” “Joker,” and others.

According to Netflix, it will invest in Scanline’s pipeline, infrastructure, and workforce. The company will continue to operate as a stand-alone entity, serving a diverse range of clients. “[We] will continue to support Scanline’s Eyeline Studios’ pioneering work in virtual production to push the boundaries of what is visibly possible,” the streaming company said in a statement.

Netflix has recently made several acquisitions as it seeks to expand its content library and provide consumers with a variety of consumption options. Netflix recently acquired its first gaming studio, ‘Night School Studio,’ a storytelling game developer known for its ‘Oxenfree’ title.

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