Yair Landau, president of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s digital division, will leave the studio in April, AWN reports. He will continue to act as executive producer for the studio’s upcoming Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Landau is leaving Sony to develop new games and animation ventures. He also says he is planning to make investments […]
Superhero Hype has posted an interview with Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, co-directors of the animated Persepolis feature film, which adapts Satrapi’s graphic novel about growing up in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. The duo discuss how they work together, the challenges they faced in producing the animated movie, artistic influences in the film, and […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]