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PR: Unique Hand-Crafted Props from "ParaNorman" to be Auctioned for Charity Starting February 22, 2013

UNIQUE HAND-CRAFTED PROPS FROM ACADEMY AWARD-NOMINATED ANIMATED FEATURE PARANORMAN TO BE AUCTIONED NEXT WEEK

Proceeds to benefit Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOS ANGELES, February 15th, 2013 – Animation buffs, movie fans, and memorabilia collectors will all have the chance to own unique hand-crafted materials from one of this year’s Academy Award nominees when Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California next week begins hosting the online auction of two props used in LAIKA and Focus Features’ comedy thriller ParaNorman, which is Oscar-nominated for Best Animated Feature Film.

The internet auction is coordinated through Profiles in History, the world’s largest auctioneer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, www.profilesinhistory.com, and will begin on Friday, February 22nd and will end Monday, March 4th. Proceeds from the auction will go to help inspire hope, enrich lives and build a better future for children with special needs in Southern California.

Including a letter of authenticity from LAIKA’s studios in Oregon, where the stop-motion-animated feature was lovingly hand-crafted on-site, the auction lot is for two props that were made in-studio and then featured on-screen; in the film’s story, the town of Blithe Hollow, where ParaNorman’s 11-year-old hero Norman Babcock lives with his family, commissioned a historical plaque commemorating the famous capture of a witch from 300 years ago, along with the accompanying mold “cast” of the witch’s head. In the frightfully funny, magically emotional, and hilariously spooky ParaNorman, the revelation comes that the centuries-old witch’s curse is real and is about to come true – and only Norman will be able to stop it from going into overdrive and harming the townspeople, by summoning up courage and compassion in a wild race against time.

In addition to its Academy Award nomination, ParaNorman has won two Annie Awards (the animation community’s Oscars equivalent) and been cited as best animated feature film by 14 critics’ groups, more than any other 2012 animated feature. ParaNorman was directed by Sam Fell and Chris Butler from an original screenplay by Mr. Butler; and was produced by Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner.

Elizabeth O’Neil, Executive Director of Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California, said, “The movies that LAIKA and Focus have made together have thrilled and delighted millions. With its anti-bullying theme, ParaNorman has proved particularly impactful for kids. We’re so pleased that beautifully detailed and painstakingly created props from this wondrous tale will now be offered for auction to benefit children in need in our community.”

About Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California
Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California, founded in 1941, is a 501(c)3 organization made up of men and women primarily in the entertainment industry who raise the much-needed funds to provide lifesaving support for disabled, abused, physically-challenged and underprivileged children in the Southern California community. The Southern California chapter is part of a worldwide network, Variety International. Founded in 1928, Variety has raised over $1.8 billion to aid children with special needs worldwide. For more information please visit www.varietysocal.org.

In November 2005, the charity launched its “Variety’s Kids” Auction Program and has since raised over one million dollars by auctioning off unique Hollywood items, including signed movie memorabilia; the iconic shirts worn by the stars of Focus’ Academy Award-winning Brokeback Mountain; the famed green dress worn by Keira Knightley in Focus’ Atonement; the suit worn by Sean Penn in his Academy Award-winning portrayal of real-life hero Harvey Milk in Focus’ Milk; and the 1966 Dodge Coronet used in Focus’ A Serious Man. Proceeds from the auctions go directly to helping children.

About LAIKA
Fueled by the vision of its owner, Nike co-founder and Chairman Philip H. Knight, and its President & CEO Travis Knight, LAIKA (www.laika.com) is an animation company specializing in feature films and commercials. LAIKA, located in Portland, Oregon, has a 30-year history of presenting the artistry of award-winning filmmakers, designers, and animators in the field of animation. In addition to its division focused on feature films, LAIKA has a short-form division, LAIKA/house, which produces some of the most iconic animated content across all mediums for advertising clients worldwide. The company has won two Academy Awards, 11 Emmy Awards, 11 Clio Awards, two Bronze Cannes Lion Awards, three London International Advertising & Design Awards, five Mobius Advertising Awards, nine Annie Awards, and two Annecy Cristals.

LAIKA’s Coraline (2009), its first movie made in partnership with Focus Features, earned Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics’ Choice, and Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Feature Film; and was named one of the year’s 10 Best Films by the American Film Institute (AFI).

About Focus Features
Focus Features and Focus Features International (www.focusfeatures.com) comprise a singular global company. This worldwide studio makes original and daring films that challenge the mainstream to embrace and enjoy voices and visions from around the world that deliver global commercial success. The company operates as Focus Features in North America, and as Focus Features International (FFI) in the rest of the world. Current and upcoming Focus Features releases include Joe Wright’s epic love story Anna Karenina, nominated for 4 Academy Awards; Paul Weitz’s comedy/drama Admission, starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd; Derek Cianfrance’s drama The Place Beyond the Pines, starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendes; Closed Circuit, the suspense thriller directed by John Crowley and starring Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall; The World’s End, the third installment of Edgar Wright’s trilogy of comedies starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost; and the comedic fable The Boxtrolls, the new animated feature from LAIKA, directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable with a voice cast that includes Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, and Tracy Morgan.

Focus Features is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. Comcast Corporation owns a controlling 51% interest in NBCUniversal, with GE holding a 49% stake.

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