Friday, April 21, 2006
The third floor of 2950 N. Hollywood Way houses DPS-Film Roman (formerly Film Roman) and IDT Entertainment (formerly IDT Entertainment) and a whale of a lot of animation artists. IDTE and DPS-FR combined make up one of the busier animation studios in L.A. County... ...what with work for Stan Lee, work for Fred Seibert (former head of Hanna-Barbera and current major player over at Nickelodeon on Olive Avenue), various feature film projects and direct-to-video projects, new episodes of "The Simpsons" and a "Simpsons" feature scheduled for July 2007 release, also new episodes of "King of the Hill," (after an earlier cancellation) the studios' plates are full. I've said much of the above previously. What's new is, IDTE is prepping several CGI features, one of which revolves around some edgy computer generated animals and an edgier premise. (Former staffers from Disney Feature and Disney Toons are among those working on it, but since IDTE doesn't appear to have announced the flick to the public, I'll keep my beak shut about specifics.) The company looks to be ramping up to compete with Disney, DreamWorks, Pixar, Fox and Sony in the red-hot CGI feature market. It's got a distribution deal with Twentieth-Century Fox, a Canadian CGI production studio, and story and pre-production departments in Burbank. What more does an up-and-comer need?
Posted by Steve Hulett at 10:27 PM