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A visual effects company that helped bring to life scenes in "Titanic" and the "Transformers" movies says it is partnering with a media company in Abu Dhabi to set up a studio in the emirate.

Digital Domain Media Group said Monday its partnership with Abu Dhabi's twofour54 will include an animation, visual effects and motion capture studio and a media school in the Emirati capital.

The Digital Domain Institute/Abu Dhabi will train students in the essential skills of digital media production for entertainment, simulation and related applications. Classes are scheduled to begin early in 2014.

The move marks the first time a major, global studio has established a presence in the region, highlighting the impact that twofour54 has had on the media industry in the Arab world.

It expects to begin hiring immediately and start work at the studio by early next year. Over time, DDMG plans to employ about 500 people at the site and open a 14,000 square metre production centre by the end of 2015.

"Digital Domain represents the next great leap forward for twofour54 and Abu Dhabi - a strong move into digital production and the development of locally created feature films and TV content," said Noura Al Kaabi CEO of twofour54.

Digital Domain Media Group's CEO John Textor was also positive about the prospect of a deal with twofour54, saying: "We are incredibly excited to join twofour54 in building a strong foundation for the filmmaking industry in Abu Dhabi."

Abu Dhabi's government is providing $100 million in grants for the project.

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Date:May 21, 2012
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