... DreamWorks Animation and Pixar have some new competition on their hands, as a joint venture has been announced between Chris Columbus (director of the first two "Harry Potter" and "Home Alone" films) along with his 1492 Pictures producing partner Michael Barnathan (The Help), Haim Saban (Chairman and CEO of Saban Capital Group and Founder of Saban Brands) and Jeremy Zag (Founder of ZAG Entertainment LLC/Zagtoons), to form ZAG Animation Studios.
This new family-oriented studio will develop, produce and distribute one 3D animated film and one CGI-live action hybrid film per year, starting in 2017. They will operate out of ZAG Entertainment's brand new campus in Glendale, California, with their first full computer animated feature "Melody" to be co-directed by Columbus and Zag. Two other features in development include "Ghostforce", a CGI-live action hybrid, and the fully-CGI "Abominable". ...
The questions I have are:
1) Where will Zag Animation Studios be doing production work? (My guess is out of the state/country, the better to take advantage of Free Money.)
2) Where will Zag Animation Studio be doing development? (I would assume in Glendale, the better to take advantage of Southern California's expansive animation talent pool).
3) Will Zag be paying competitive rates? (I would assume so, since they will need quality work if they plan to compete in the realm of theatrical feature animation).
4) Will Zag be signed to an Animation Guild Collective Bargaining Agreement? (Not so far; and probably only if they a) feel the need, or b) the artistic staff makes it happen.)
But hey, it's always good to have yet another cartoon company swimming around in the deep end of the mill pond. And good luck to them.