Trey Parker and Matt Stone delve into Deep Voodoo.
The creators of “South Park” have secured $20 million in investment for their AI entertainment startup Deep Voodoo. The financing was led by Connect Ventures, an investment partnership between CAA and venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates (NEA). It’s the first outside capital raised by Deep Voodoo, which was previously fully funded by Parker and Stone’s independent entertainment company, Park County.
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Stone and Parker plan to use the new funding to “accelerate Deep Voodoo’s development of its leading deepfake technology, cost-effective visual effects services and original synthetic media projects,” according to the statement.
“We stumbled upon this amazing technology and ended up recruiting some of the world’s best deep fake artists,” Stone said in a statement. “We’re ready to share their brilliance with the Hollywood creative community.”
Stone and Parker’s Deep Voodoo began building their own deepfake technology in early 2020, and the duo assembled a team of artists for a feature film they were developing about Donald Trump. In October of that year, they released “Sassy Justice,” a 14-minute comedy short featuring a deeply fake Trump (voiced by Peter Serafinowicz), which went viral. But they shelved the film project due to the COVID pandemic and turned to Deep Voodoo as the industry’s supplier of deep fake tools.
Deep Voodoo provided VFX for Kendrick Lamar’s “The Heart Part 5” video, released in May 2022, in which Lamar’s face morphs into that of OJ Simpson, Juicy Smollett, Nipsey Husley, Kobe Bryant, and Kanye West.
“Deep Voodoo has established itself as a leading synthetic media technology platform that has already impacted traditional entertainment,” said Connect Ventures’ Michael Blank, CAA’s head of consumer investments. “Deep Voodoo uses artificial intelligence to support productions in innovative ways that are faster and more cost-effective than traditional VFX technology. Connect Ventures is excited to lead the investment in Deep Voodoo, providing unique access to the resources and relationships of CAA and NEA.”
With investment from Connect Ventures, Deep Voodoo has begun offering its “unparalleled face-swapping visual effects” to artists, producers and creators across the industry, according to a statement.
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