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Angry Birds creator floats new firm

MUMBAI: Former Rovio Entertainment CEO Mikael Hed, who helped to build the Angry Birds franchise, has formed a new startup, Kaiken Entertainment.

Kaiken, consisting of a team of seasoned creators from Rovio, is an entertainment company specialising in storytelling through film, apps, streaming video and publishing with a broad portfolio of story-based properties.

Kaiken Entertainment has purchased Rovio’s TV animation studio in Vancouver and Rovio’s book publishing business as well as certain non-Angry Birds properties. The transaction is part of the ongoing reorganisation of Rovio’s animation division.

Hed will serve as Kaiken Entertainment executive chairman. Kaiken Publishing CEO Laura Nevanlinna will be head of franchise, portfolio development. Veteran Rovio producer Ulla Junell has been appointed Kaiken Canada head of animation, president. Another Rovio veteran, producer Joonas Rissanen will serve as Kaiken creative director.

Former Rovio, Aardman and DreamWorks senior executive Steve Pegram and Rovio’s President of Animation, previously of Disney and DreamWorks, Tommy Korpinen have both joined Kaiken Entertainment’s advisory board.

“This team has been integral in building the hugely successful franchise around Angry Birds. With this amazing team of experts and storytellers, we are thrilled to be pursuing the next big hit,” Hed said.

Kaiken will continue to partner with Rovio on certain projects including producing Angry Birds content and serving as the master licensee of the Angry Birds brand in books publishing.

“We are happy to announce this transaction and look forward to a continued partnership with Kaiken in animation series productions and books publishing,” said Rovio Entertainment CEO Kati Levoranta.