Thursday, June 20, 2013

Animated Television

The good news is, a broadcast network not named Fox is ordering up some animation.

NBC has greenlit the animated holiday musical special “How Murray Saved Christmas” from four-time Emmy-winning writer and executive producer Mike Reiss (“The Simpsons”).

The hourlong program is based on Reiss’ best-selling children’s book of the same name. The story centers on cranky deli owner Murray Kleiner, who is forced to fill in for Santa one Christmas and does a weirdly wonderful job. ...

The bad news is, it's a one-hour one-off. And produced by Rough Draft (a non-union studio in Glendale.) But hey. They're doing the pre-production work here in town, so artists from the Los Angeles area will be getting work. And if the special performs well, who knows. Maybe there will be more work.

Let's focus on the positives.


C.M.B. said...

Universal does have a TAG contracted subsidiary. Would any labor laws require Rough Draft to use its TAG contracted Rough Draft Feature Animation subsidiary?

Steve Hulett said...


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