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Sony Pondering Partial Sale of Animation and Effects Studios

The New York Times is reporting that Sony Pictures Entertainment may sell half of its feature animation studio and a larger portion of its digital effects studio (free registration required). Sony Pictures Animation has released two feature films so far (Open Season and Surf’s Up), with two more scheduled for 2009. The article quotes Sony […]

Sony Pictures Signs Aardman Features to 3-Year Deal

Sony Pictures Entertainment has signed Aardman Features to a three-year, first-look deal, according to Variety. While no first movie has been announced, Aardman executives have said that four scripts are in various stages of development and that one of them is a new Wallace & Gromit movie by Nick Park. Aardman had previously had a […]

Animeonline.com posts Blood+ Interview

Animeonline.com has posted an interview with the Japanese director of the Blood+ television show, Junichi Fujisaku. Blood+ debuts on March 11th at 12:30 am on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block. http://www.animeonline.com/index.php…&ent_id=100750

SPI Buys Into India's FrameFlow

Sony Pictures Imageworks has bought a 51% stake in FrameFlow, an India-based producer of visual effects and animation, Variety reports. The company will be renamed Imageworks India.

Cox Steps Down at Sony Animation

Penney Finkelman Cox, who launched Sony Pictures Animation with her longtime business partner Sandra Rabins, is leaving her position as executive vice-president to become a producer for the division, Variety reports. The move will leave Rabins as the sole operational executive running SPA’s day-to-day operations. Ms. Cox will remain as a producer on several projects […]

"Open Season" Takes #1 Spot at Box Office

Sony’s Open Season took the #1 spot at movie box offices this past weekend, taking in an estimated $23 million. The sum would put it just past the opening weekend debut of Monster House ($22.2 million), but well behind the $40 million pre-2006 opening weekend average for computer-generated animated movies.

LA Times on Sony's "Open Season" Risks

The Los Angeles Times examines Sony Pictures Entertainment’s upcoming CGI animated film Open Season (free registration required), and the significant gamble that the studio is taking on entering the increasingly crowded computer-animated movie market. Sony has committed to a four-movie deal, with Open Season being the first film to see screens. The entire article covers […]

Sony Snags "Persepolis" for US Distribution

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American rights to Persepolis, an animated adaptation of Marjane Satrapi’s Iranian coming-of-age story, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Satrapi is co-writing and co-directed the film with Vincent Paronnaund.

Sony Buys Pitch from "Robots" Writers

Sony Pictures Animation has purchased an untitled pitch about a group of animals trying to find their rightful place in the world, Coming Soon reports, citing Variety. The pitch is by writers Ron Mita and Jim McClain, who did an early draft for Robots. (via CookieS)

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