Passion Pictures is an independent film production company established by CEO Andrew Ruhemann in 1987 with studios in London, Melbourne, Paris and New York.
The company's core business is its commercial and animation output which includes the Gorillaz music videos and the Compare the Market.com commercial campaign featuring Aleksandr Orlov (meerkat). Passion Australia produced The Lost Thing directed by Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan which won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2011.
In addition, Passion Pictures has a number of associated companies and divisions engaged in a variety of film making activities:
Passion Pictures film department, headed by producer John Battsek, is one of the most successful and prolific producers of cinema documentaries in the international marketplace. The department's first film One Day in September won an Academy Award in 2000 and they have since produced upwards of 30 high profile films, including the acclaimed 2010 Fire in Babylon, 2011 Project Nim (film) and the 2013 BAFTA and Oscar™ winning Searching for Sugar Man.
Strange Beast is a design-focused production company and is managed by executive producer Sam O'Keefe.
Passion Planet is headed by director and Emmy Award-winning producer David Allen and produces innovative science and natural history documentaries.