Sony Group Corporation (Sony) and THU announced the winner of the second edition of Sony Talent League by THU, a global challenge that supports young creators worldwide and aims to discover the next generation of creative minds in the digital entertainment industry.
The grand winner is “Knowhere, USA”, a cross-platform experience centered on a 2D animation show and mobile game led by Elizabeth Dix & Gracie Dix, from the United States. “Knowhere, USA” follows Mosi Morgan, an 11-year-old Black, Pakistani New Yorker, as he moves from NYC to his mother’s secret, privately-owned hometown of Knowhere, where everyone is considered a global expert in their ﬁeld. There, Mosi must ﬁgure out how an ordinary kid like himself can ever ﬁt in among so many extraordinary citizens. The future of what education looks like is in tech and, by providing fun, narrative-based games, we can be a leading force in that new wave.
“I’m still very speechless. We are so beyond grateful.”, Elizabeth’s reaction to winning the challenge. “To all THU, this was such an unbelievably experience, you guys really made it feel like family”, said Gracie.
The winner was decided by the Grand Jury: Peter Ramsey, Director and Producer; Kevin Baillie, VFX Supervisor; and Robert Valley, Director. Peter Ramsey commented “it’s a great idea, it can do a ton of good and most of all, it’s groundbreaking”.
The team will be awarded a full-ride to THU Main Event on September 19-24, 2022 – entry ticket, travel, accommodation, and food – and stage time to present the project, in addition to their prize as one of the ﬁnalists.
Over the last ten weeks, ﬁnalists received invaluable mentorships from established creators such as Shuhei Yoshida (Head of Indies Initiative for Sony Interactive Entertainment); David Prescott (SVP Creative Production); Kara Oropallo (Animation Production Manager, Consultant and Trainer); Kevin Young (Head of Creative Technology at The Mills’ London Studio); Kris Pearn (Animation Director and
Producer at Sony Pictures Animation) among many other legendary creators and advisors.
The three ﬁnalists shared their journey through an online Project Diary open to the public for free, allowing other aspiring talents to follow along, learn from their process, and use this educational content to get insights that could help bring their own projects to life. Project Diaries and Final Pitches can be accessed on THU’s website, with a section for each project.
About the Finalists:
More information about Sony Talent League by THU and each project is available here:
Sony and THU will continue the global partnership to hold the third Sony Talent League by THU in 2022. Details will be announced at a later date.
About Sony Group Corporation
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Founded in 2013, THU is on a mission to empower creators through access to opportunities and inspiration, opening the door to a more creative world. More than a global brand that focuses on technology, art, and creativity, THU is a networking ecosystem that brings together all areas of the digital entertainment & interactive industry. https://www.trojan-unicorn.com/