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DNEG Honored With Two Academy Award® Nominations for Best Visual Effects

Also Recently Received Four BAFTA Nominations in the Special Visual Effects Category for ‘Dune,’ ‘The Matrix Resurrections,’ ‘No Time to Die’ and ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’

DNEG, a leading visual effects (VFX) and animation studio for the creation of feature film, television and multiplatform content, has received two nominations for the 94th Academy Awards. Announced today by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, DNEG was nominated in the Best Visual Effects category for its work on Dune and No Time to Die.

Complete nominations include:

Dune — Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor and Gerd Nefzer (DNEG served as lead VFX partner)

No Time to Die — Charlie Noble, Joel Green, Jonathan Fawkner and Chris Corbould (DNEG served as lead VFX partner and DNEG’s Charlie Noble served as overall Production VFX Supervisor)

DNEG’s VFX work has won six Academy Awards® for Best Visual Effects, including five of the last seven, for Tenet (2021), First Man (2019), Blade Runner 2049 (2018), Ex Machina (2016), Interstellar (2015) and Inception (2011). The 94th annual Academy Awards will be presented on March 27 and will be televised on ABC. Visit the Oscars website for the full list of nominees.

“Thanks to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for honoring the exceptional work of our teams with these nominations and congratulations to all of our nominees on being recognized for their achievements,” said DNEG Chairman and CEO Namit Malhotra. “These nominations, and the recent BAFTA nominations, validate our ambition for DNEG to become the premier - and most highly-regarded - VFX studio in the world. Congratulations and best of luck to all of our incredibly talented teams around the globe who worked so hard to create such groundbreaking work, and to all of the other nominees.”

Four of the five 2022 BAFTA-nominated films in the Special Visual Effects category feature DNEG-led VFX work - Dune, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, The Matrix Resurrections and No Time to Die. DNEG has also received an unprecedented 12 nominations for the 2022 Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards, across six shows - Dune, The Matrix Resurrections, No Time to Die, Last Night In Soho, Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Foundation. DNEG has previously won six BAFTA Awards, as well as 11 Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards and three Primetime Emmy® Awards.

On January 25, 2022, DNEG announced its entry into a definitive business combination agreement with Sports Ventures Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: AKIC). Upon the closing of the business combination, which is expected in the first half of 2022, the combined public company will be named DNEG. For more information about the transaction, please visit

About DNEG

DNEG ( is one of the world’s leading visual effects (VFX) and animation companies for the creation of feature film, television, and multiplatform content. DNEG employs nearly 7,000 people with worldwide offices and studios across North America (Los Angeles, Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver), Europe (London) and Asia (Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai and Mumbai).

DNEG’s critically acclaimed work has earned the company six Academy Awards® for Best Visual Effects and numerous BAFTA and Primetime Emmy® Awards for its high-quality VFX work. Current and upcoming DNEG projects on behalf of its Hollywood and global studio and production company partners include Uncharted (February 2022), Death on the Nile (February 2022), Borderlands (2022), “Stranger Things” (season four) (2022), Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (2022), Knives Out 2 (2022), The Last of Us (2022), The Flash (2022), and Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023).

Additional Information About the Transaction and Where to Find It

This communication may be deemed to be solicitation material with respect to the proposed transaction for Sports Ventures Acquisition Corp. to acquire Prime Focus World NV. In connection with this proposed transaction, Sports Ventures Acquisition Corp. will file relevant materials with the SEC, including a proxy statement on Schedule 14A. This communication does not contain all the information that should be considered concerning the proposed transaction. It is not intended to provide the basis for any investment decision or any other decision in respect to the proposed transaction. STOCKHOLDERS OF SPORTS VENTURES ACQUISITION CORP. ARE URGED TO READ ALL RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC, INCLUDING THE PROXY STATEMENT, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain the documents free of charge at the SEC’s web site,, and Sports Ventures Acquisition Corp. stockholders will receive information at an appropriate time on how to obtain transaction-related documents free of charge from Sports Ventures Acquisition Corp. Such documents are not currently available.

Participants in Solicitation

Sports Ventures Acquisition Corp., Prime Focus World NV and their respective directors, executive officers and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the holders of Sports Ventures Acquisition Corp. Class A Ordinary shares in respect of the proposed transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of Sports Ventures Acquisition Corp. and their ownership of Class A Ordinary shares are set forth in its Annual Reports on Form 10-K, which was filed with the SEC on March 30, 2021, and its Reports on Form 8-K, which were filed with the SEC on April 6, 2021 and January 12, 2022, as modified or supplemented by any Form 3 or Form 4 since the date of that filing. Investors may obtain additional information regarding the interest of such participants by reading the proxy statement regarding the proposed transaction when it becomes available.

Prime Focus World NV and its directors, executive officers and employees may also be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the holders of Sports Ventures Acquisition Corp. Class A Ordinary shares in respect of the proposed transaction. A list of the names of such directors, executive officers and employees and information regarding their interests in the proposed transaction will be included in the proxy statement for the proposed transaction when available.

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This communication is for informational purposes only and is not intended to and does not constitute an offer to subscribe for, buy or sell, or the solicitation of an offer to subscribe for, buy or sell, or an invitation to subscribe for, buy or sell any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, invitation, sale or solicitation would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and otherwise in accordance with applicable law.

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Forward-Looking Statements

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