Austin Studios complex lands digital media company

Mar 26, 2014
Austin American Statesman

A new tenant is on the way to Austin Studios. Rooster Teeth Productions, a digital media company, is set to move to the complex next month, the company said. Its offices are currently at 636 Ralph Ablanedo Drive in South Austin

Rooster Teeth has signed a two-year lease, with an option for a one-year extension, according to the Austin Film Society, overseer of Austin Studios

The company, which produces a variety of live-action, animation, gaming and podcast offerings, has become an online sensation of sorts, with its YouTube channel boasting about 7 million subscribers

“We’re very excited to be part of the dynamic creative environment at Austin Studios,” Rooster Teeth CEO Matt Hullum said via email. “Austin has an amazing legacy of fostering original, innovative talent in all forms of media and the arts, and having great resources like Austin Studios is one of the things that makes that possible. We hope to carry on in that tradition as we move forward with expanded production of our digital content and much more in our new home.”

The lease payments Rooster Teeth will make will allow the Austin Film Society to make a number of upgrades to Stage 5, including new restrooms and improvements to the air-conditioning and heating systems

“Having a cutting-edge company like Rooster Teeth locate at Austin Studios for the next few years sets the tone for the future of the studio,” said Rebecca Campbell, the film society’s executive director. “They will be putting Stage 5 to good use, running their motion capture, podcasts and other production operations almost 24/7

“The additional space they found here will enable them to create more media, hire more employees and continue to grow their business locally. This is really good for Austin’s reputation as a creative media hub.”

Other tenants at Austin Studios include a number of film and TV production companies, as well as companies that specialize in serving the entertainment industry

In addition to Rooster Teeth, several other tenants will soon call Austin Studios home. The 20-acre complex is carved out of a portion of the former Robert Mueller Regional Airport on East 51st Street in East Austin

Work is set to start later this year on transforming a former National Guard armory into space that will hold the Austin Film Society offices, as well as a yet-to-be determined anchor tenant and several smaller businesses

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