Tuesday, February 28, 2006
It's always the case in Los Angeles animation that one studio is roaring while another is...relatively quiet. Here's a quick overview of studio activity right now (click on the header of this post for specifics): Sony Adelaide Productions produces "Boondocks" in a satellite building near Sony Pictures ImageWorks in Culver City. Cartoon Network Studios has a lot of series in work at their facility in Burbank near the AMC theatres. They've expanded into the skyscraper next to their original building, so you KNOW they're busy. DreamWorks Animation is wrapping on "Over the Hedge" and in full production on "Flushed Away." "Bee Movie" is getting going and "Kung Fu Panda" is in the early stages. DPS Film Roman just moved to a spanking new building on Hollywood Way near the Burbank Airport. High time, too, as the old building in North Hollywood was...ahm...kind of dumpy. (When you see a sign warning you about cancer-causing chemicals as you enter, you're heart drops.) Big news here is they have picked up twenty new episodes of "King of the Hill." Fox TV Animation is over on Wilshire Blvd. on the Miracle Mile, and clicking right along with "Family Guy" and "American Dad." Nickelodeon Studios has a lot of pilots in work via its "Oh Yeah Cartoons" division. Fred Seibert is the top-kick on this; he's using the same strategy he used years back at H-B developing the original Cartoon Network slate. Otherwise, Nick has a couple fewer series going than they did last year. Walt Disney Feature Animation -- big changes afoot here-- some detailed below. Obviously the major changes will come after the Pixar-Disney merger is finalized. Walt Disney TV Animation -- in case you didn't know DTVA now reports to the Disney Channel. It used to be under the umbrella of Feature Animation, but that has now changed. (And one of the reasons a Disney TVA exec ankled after many years. DTVA managers and Diz Channel managers were somewhat redundant.) Warner Bros. Animation -- Warners is doing two episodic shows and one Direct to Video at present. The DVD is a "Scooby Doo" extravaganza. A Time-Warner exec recently informed me that there is the intention to do more Scooby Doo TV episodes. Apparently the world community just can't get enough of the big dog.
Posted by Steve Hulett at 10:54 AM