From Deepfakes to CGI: 8 AI Startups That Are Reshaping Hollywood

Sep 21, 2023

By: Sagarika C

AI-Startup Collabs With Hollywood Set to Become a Formidable Force

In the dynamic entertainment world, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is making waves as a transformative force. A burgeoning wave of startups armed with cutting-edge AI tools is reshaping the way Hollywood creates content. These visionary companies are not only ca...

1. Deep Voodoo

Deep Voodoo, founded by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, evolved from their company, Park County. Initially focused on deepfake tech for a feature film in early 2020, they shifted gears during the pandemic. In December, they secured a game-changing $20 million inve...

2. Deepdub

Deepdub, based in Tel Aviv, is making significant strides in leveraging generative AI for dubbing foreign-language content. In a Series A funding round led by Insight Partners, they secured $20 million, former HBO Max executive Kevin Reilly and former executiv...

3. DGene

Shanghai-based company DGene is at the forefront of revolutionizing production and entertainment through the power of AI. With a significant $20 million investment in a Series A round led by Alibaba, the company expanded its operations to the U.S. in 2021, led...

4. MARZ (Monsters Aliens Robots Zombies)

Founded in 2018, Toronto-based MARZ (Monsters Aliens Robots Zombies) has significantly contributed to the world of visual effects (VFX). Notably, they worked on Marvel's "WandaVision" and the Netflix adaptation of "Shadow and Bone." Wi...

5. Metaphysic

London-based AI startup Metaphysic, renowned for its viral Tom Cruise deepfakes, secured $7.5 million in January 2022 from investors like Section 32, 8VC, TO Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, and Logan Paul. Teaming up with talent agency CAA, Metaphysic is develop...

6. Respeecher

Respeecher, a Ukrainian startup established in 2018, has garnered recognition for its groundbreaking work in using AI to resurrect the voices of iconic actors. Notably, they de-aged James Earl Jones' voice for Darth Vader in "Obi-Wan Kenobi" and...

7. Runway

Runway is a video editing software suite embraced by creatives in entertainment, advertising, and media. It empowers users to perform diverse tasks like object replacement and color adjustment through text input. Renowned studios like Harbor Picture Company an...

8. Wonder Dynamics

Co-founded by Tye Sheridan and VFX expert Nikola Todorovic, Wonder Dynamics secured $9 million in Series A funding in December 2021, backed by Epic Games and Samsung. They aim to democratize filmmaking with AI and VFX, launching Wonder Studio, a web-based AI p...