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DreamWorks Names Michael Francis as First Chief Global Brand Officer

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Reflecting the growing importance of the international market to Hollywood companies, DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., named Michael Francis as its first Chief Global Brand Officer, with the newly created position responsible for the studio’s licensing and consumer products push. Francis will begin immediately at DreamWorks in a part-time capacity, going full-time in February 2013. He […]

NPR Interviews Peter Ramsey on Directing "Rise of the Guardians"

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NPR has interviewed first-time director Peter Ramsey on his experience helming DreamWorks Animation’s latest film Rise of the Guardians. Among other topics, Ramsey discusses being the first African-American director of a feature-length CG-animated film, the differences on working in animation vs. live-action, and the sources for the approach the film takes to iconic characters like […]

Jeffrey Katzenberg & Ann Daly Renew Contracts with DreamWorks Animation Through 2017

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The Hollywood Reporter notes that Jeffrey Katzenberg and Ann Daly, CEO and COO of DreamWorks Animation, SKG, respectively, have extended their contracts with the animation studio through 2017. Katzenberg’s salary will go from $1 million per year to $2.5 million per year, and he will be eligible for annual cash bonuses of $4 million and […]

DreamWorks Animation Unveils 12-Picture Slate to Run Through 2016; Fox Gives Dates for "Epic" and "Rio 2"

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DreamWorks Animation, SKG, Inc. has announced an ambitious 12-film slate, scheduling the dozen films for release through 2016. The films include a number of sequels and new projects: The Croods (March 22, 2013) Turbo (July 19, 2013) Mr. Peabody & Sherman (Nov. 1, 2013) Me and My Shadow (March 14, 2014) How to Train Your Dragon 2 (June 20, 2014) […]

DreamWorks Signs Five-Year Distribution Deal with 20th Century Fox

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DreamWorks Animation has signed a five-year distribution deal with 20th Century Fox for its theatrical films beginning next year with The Croods. Fox will be replacing DreamWorks’ old distribution partner Paramount Pictures. The new deal represents the culmination of a souring relationship between DreamWorks Animation and Paramount that began in 2011 when DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey […]

BusinessWeek On DreamWorks Animation's Acquisition of Classic Media

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Bloomberg News’ BusinessWeek recently covered DreamWorks Animation’s successful bid to purchase Classic Media for $155 million, a move which gave ownership of to a wide array of intellectual property including Rocky & Bullwinkle, Casper the friendly ghost, VeggieTales, Richie Rich, Felix the Cat, Mr. Peabody and more. The studio is already drawing on this catalog […]

DreamWorks Animation to Develop $3.1B Cultural and Entertainment District in Shanghai

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The New York Times reports that DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc, has announced plans to build a $3.1 billion cultural and entertainment district in Shanghai with a multi-building complex stretching over six large city blocks on the banks of the Huangpu River. Titled “the Dream Center,” the complex aims to rival the Broadway theater district in […]

Movie-Based Animated Programs: Hope For The Future?

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I have long been a proponent of movie-based animated programs. Perhaps I am unusual in that regard, but if I like a movie, I would like to see as much of its world as possible. Sure, it might not be as excellently portrayed on a TV budget, but at least you get to see its […]

DreamWorks Buying Classic Media for $155 Million

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DreamWorks Animation will buy Classic Media for $155 million, the companies announced today. Under the deal, DreamWorks will purchase the owner of such intellectual property as Casper the Friendly Ghost, Veggie Tales, and George of the Jungle in cash from the private equity firm of GTCR. The animation studio will finance the deal from cash […]

DreamWorks Looking to Buy Classic Media

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DreamWorks Animation is seeking to buy Classic Media for $150 million, The New York Times reports. If completed, the deal would give DreamWorks ownership of a number of well-established if rather worn intellectual properties, including Casper the Friendly Ghost, He-Man, Fat Albert, Frosty the Snowman, Lassie, Mr. Magoo, Postman Pat, Richie Rich, and Where’s Waldo? […]

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