The new role was announced by Bill O’Dowd, company founder and chief executive officer. The visual creator of characters in films such as “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Ant-Man,” “Doctor Strange,” “Thor: Ragnarok” and “The Chronicles of Riddick,” joins the content and marketing collective to develop and execute numerous NFT series involving original and existing IP.
The new role is a leap forward for Dolphin’s growing NFT studio, which is planning many drops in the coming months. The company most recently announced an NFT partnership with cryptocurrency platform FTX and has released multiple NFTs in partnership with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Co.
“Anthony Francisco has the distinct honor of designing some of the most cherished characters in today’s pop culture like Baby Groot and Loki, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Dolphin entertainmentfamily,” says O'Dowd. “With his talent and imagination already hard at work, I can say without question that Dolphin's forthcoming NFT releases will be special and unique.”
Francisco most recently served as a senior visual development artist at Marvel Studios, where he worked for nine years designing characters and elements for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Prior to joining Marvel, Francisco served as a senior concept artist at Rhythm & Hughes contributing to movies such as, “R.I.P.D.,” “Seventh Son,” “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” “The Hunger Games” and “Snow White and the Huntsman.”
In January 2019, Anthony published his first book, “Anthony Francisco Art Vol. 1: Uber Monsters,” which includes numerous creature designs and renderings as well as over 60 pages of Marvel VisDev art. His concepts and creations will be featured in the forthcoming “Ant-Man” film.
“The opportunity to establish a creative role that doesn’t already exist inside Dolphin Entertainment is such an incredible adventure,” says Francisco. “The ideas are endlessly flowing and it’s thrilling for an artist like myself to feel that anything is possible, especially in the fledgling world of NFTs. I am really excited to unveil what we’ve been working on.”
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