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Film Roman Developing Original Animated Programming Slate

The Hollywood Reporter covers an initiative at animation studio Film Roman to develop a slate of new animated programs, signifying a major branch from its roots in work-for-hire animation best known as the studio behind The Simpsons (as well as Beavis and Butt-Head, King of the Hill, Ultimate Spider-Man, and Dan Vs., among others). In the article, general manager and head of production Dana Booton is quoted as saying, “the business template of pure work-for-hire doesn’t work anymore. Nowadays you must also own content. You need [intellectual property] you invest in.” The amount of money Film Roman has invested in the projects remains undisclosed, but THR highlights a few of the properties that are under development: The Untamed, an adult animated series based on a dark comic book series by Sebastian Jones about a man released from Hell for seven days to avenge his family’s murder; 1,000 Bear Band, billed as “a quirky family-friendly concept envisioned in the Terry Gilliam/Monty Python animation style mold” with some music contributed by the Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart; Uncanny Valley, a live action/CGI hybrid poking fun at conspiracy theories; and InSecurity, a comedy series that will focus on the lives of TSA agents. The initial push for the programming will be TV outlets (with The Untamed being compared to HBO’s animated Spawn and live-action Game of Thrones), although Booton did not rule out the growing number of alternative outlets for original programming.

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