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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? […]

DreamWorks Animation Announces Plans for Theme Park at the Meadowlands in NJ

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DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., has announced plans for a theme park as part of a revived entertainment and retail mall location at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. It is the latest announcement for a DreamWorks-oriented theme park after similar plans for parks in China, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi were not executed to completion. The park […]

Rihanna, Jim Parsons Cast in DreamWorks' "Happy Smekday!" Slated for Q4 2014

The Hollywood Reporter has announced the casting of Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) and singer/actor Rihanna as the leads of Happy Smekday!, an upcoming feature film from DreamWorks scheduled for release in the fourth-quarter of 2014. The movie is based on Adam Rex’s book The True Meaning of Smekday, where a friendly alien race […]

"Madagascar 3" Holds Top Box Office Spot with $35.5M in Week 2 of Release

DreamWorks Animation’s Madgascar 3 held the top spot in ticket sales at the box office in its second week of release, with an estimated $35.5M take. The number represents a 41% drop from the prior week, and brings its cumulative domestic box office total to $120.45M.

"Mr. Peabody & Sherman" Adds Cast Members

Ty Burrell and Max Charles will take the lead roles in Mr. Peabody & Sherman, the upcoming DreamWorks Animation feature-film adaptation of the Jay Ward Series, Animation Magazine reports. The film, which is set for a March 2014 release, is being directed by Rob Minkoff from a script by Craig Wright. The plot has the […]

DreamWorks Animation Sees Profit Slide for Quarter, Year

DreamWorks Animation earned $24.3 million in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2011, down 83% from the same period in 2010, the company said yesterday. Revenue fell 20% to $281 million. For the full year, net income fell 49% to $86.8 million, and revenues fell 10% to $706 million. [Source: DreamWorks Animation]

Giamatti, Others, Join "Turbo" Cast

Paul Giamatti and Samuel L. Jackson are among a clutch of celebrities announced to join the cast of Turbo, DreamWorks Animation’s forthcoming CG-animated film, says The Hollywood Reporter The movie, which will also star Ryan Reynolds, Richard Jenkins, Michelle Rodriguez, Kurtwood Smith, Snoop Dogg, and others, is about a snail that dreams of racing glory. […]

"Puss in Boots" Blu-ray Doesn't Try Hard Enough

One positive thing I can say about them film is that it looks and sounds great, especially in its presentation on Blu-ray (though I’m not equipped to comment on many of the theatrical reviews raving about the use of 3-D). It’s the expected panoply of tech specs (1080p image, 5.1 DTS-HD soundtrack, yadda yadda yadda), […]

DreamWorks Animation Announces Chinese Co-Production Venture

DreamWorks Animation has officially announced the formation of Oriental DreamWorks, a joint-venture with China Media Capital, Shanghai Media Group, and Shanghai Alliance Investment. The venture, to be based in Shanghai, will develop and produce original Chinese animation and live-action content for distribution in both China and overseas territories. The company also intends to pursue business […]

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