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Film Roman, Boxel Studios launches Film Roman Baja

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The companies unveiled on Monday a Mexico-based joint venture animation production company for film, TV and new media.

Film Roman Baja is fully operational and is a full service animation and visual effects studio that specialises in traditional and 3D animation.

The joint venture’s client roster includes Mattel Inc’s animation TV show Max Steel and combines the know-how of Film Roman, whose credits include The Simpsons, King Of The Hill, Family Guy, and Tom & Jerry, with the expertise of the Mexican animation studio.

Boxel Studios co-founder and creative director Uriel Reyes Botello and co-founder and director Andres Reyes Botello are overseeing day-to-day operations.

Film Roman CEO Steve Waterman and founder Phil Roman providing senior management and oversight to the Baja studio.

“The venture’s driving purpose is to execute high-quality, cost-effective animated properties across a broad spectrum of platforms including features, television and new media productions,” said Waterman.

“Having worked
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‘This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow’ To Be Adapted as An Animated Series

‘This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow’ To Be Adapted as An Animated Series
The animation studio Film Roman announced today it has acquired an option to adapt “This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow,” the long-running, award-winning comic strip written and inked by Dan Perkins, as an episodic animated series.

The comic strip has been carried by publications across the country for more than 25 years, appearing in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Spin, Esquire, and more.

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“We are exceptionally pleased and excited to be working with Dan to adapt his fiercely insightful and hilarious strip for television or digital,” says Steve Waterman, CEO of Film Roman. “With its large and enthusiastic following, it’s a show that could work in a broadcast, cable or streaming environment, and we’re going to explore all of those options.”

The series will be executive produced by animator Phil Roman, founder of Film Roman,
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Film Roman Acquired By Waterman Entertainment In Toon Tie-Up

Waterman Entertainment, the animation and live-action production company founded by Alvin & The Chipmunks executive producer Steve Waterman, has acquired Film Roman, the animation house that had been a subsidiary of Starz. The tie-up will allow Film Roman to expand its business model to acquire, develop and produce original ideas/concepts for television, feature film and digital media. It also will take on Waterman's development slate that includes such titles as Brave Lit…
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Film Roman Acquired By Waterman Entertainment In Toon Tie-Up

Waterman Entertainment, the animation and live-action production company founded by Alvin & The Chipmunks executive producer Steve Waterman, has acquired Film Roman, the animation house that had been a subsidiary of Starz. The tie-up will allow Film Roman to expand its business model to acquire, develop and produce original ideas/concepts for television, feature film and digital media. It also will take on Waterman's development slate that includes such titles as Brave Lit…
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‘Simpsons’ Animator Film Roman Bought by Waterman Entertainment

‘Simpsons’ Animator Film Roman Bought by Waterman Entertainment
Waterman Entertainment has bought Film Roman — best known as the source animator for “The Simpsons” — for an undisclosed price from Starz Media.

Waterman is headed by Steve Waterman, who has exec producer credits on “Stuart Little” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks.”

Film Roman’s Dana Booton has been promoted from general manager to president of production and will continue to oversee the day-to-day business of the company, in addition to her new responsibilities of managing co-productions and development.

Additionally, founder Phil Roman is returning as chairman emeritus, serving in an advisory capacity and working closely with Booton, Waterman and the development team on the creative vision for the company and its subsequent projects.

Film Roman will no longer be a subsidiary of Starz, but will continue to do business with them.

“Film Roman is one of the defining names in animated content,” Waterman said. “Their track record is unparalleled and
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Afm: $100 Million Fund for Family Programming Launched, Aimed at China

Dasym Media, headed by entertainment industry veterans Steve Waterman, Bruce Stein and Charlie Coker, has launched a $100 million multi-media kids and family property fund specifically geared toward the booming Chinese market.

The fund, announced during the American Film Market, is aimed at global commercialization of feature films, TV, Internet, gaming, live shows and all forms of merchandising focusing on family entertainment. Daysm’s affiliate Exclusive Media will handle international rights sales.

“There are many fabulous family brands out there that our fund will partner with to ensure that they are appreciated in a broad media and product context,” said Coker. “Our goal is to strategically maximize the reach of our entertainment properties and fully realize their value across multiple media, mediums and geographies, especially the untapped opportunities emerging in China today.”

Waterman, an exec producer on the three “Alvin and the Chipmunks” films, said, “With the right property, the family
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Dasym launches $100m fund

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Exclusive Media head of international sales Alex Walton and his team will handle sales on the Dasym Media family multimedia fund.

Steve Waterman, Bruce Stein and Charlie Coker head the fund, which will focus on all forms of family entertainment spanning film, TV, digital, gaming, live shows and merchandising.

Dasym Media, a subsidiary of Exclusive Media’s Netherlands-based backers and investment boutique Dasym Investment Strategies formerly known as Cyrte Investments, will partner on the capital raise with Jp Morgan’s Entertainment Industries Group headed by David Shaheen.

Dasym will bring key funding from its existing investor base and Jp Morgan will also provide a credit facility.

The fund anticipates its first release in autumn 2015. Dasym Media currently has a number of creative and strategic partnerships in place and is in discussions with other leaders in the children and family space.

“There are many fabulous family brands out there that our fund will partner with to ensure that they
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Afm: Dasym Media Launches $100 Million Family Entertainment Fund

The company is backed by the Netherlands-based Dasym Investment Strategies B.V., whose portfolio includes Endemol and Exclusive Media.

Dasym Media is launching a $100 million multi-media fund to finance a wide array of kids and family properties, including feature films, television programming, games and merchandise.

The fund is helmed by entertainment industry veterans Steve Waterman, Bruce Stein and Charlie Coker.

Dasym Media is a subsidiary of the Netherlands-based Dasym Investment Strategies B.V. (former Cyrte Investments), which has a footprint in media, entertainment, telecom and technology. Dasym’s investment portfolio includes Endemol and Exclusive Media, a leading independent financing, production and sales company.

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“There are many fabulous family brands out there that our fund will partner with to ensure that they are appreciated in a broad media and product context. Our goal is to strategically maximize the reach of our entertainment properties
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Comic Strip Cat Heathcliff Getting His Own Movie

First they announced they would be bringing back The Brave Little Toaster with an iPhone as a character. Then it was revealed that they were working on a new version of the television series Mister Ed that would be a CGI/live-action hybrid. And today Waterman Entertainment has made its latest acquisition. Continuing its trend of picking up family friendly known properties, the Steve Waterman-owned film company is now developing a film adaptation of the long running comic strip Heathcliff. The deal was negotiated with author and rights owner Peter Gallagher (no not that Peter Gallagher) and they plan on keeping the writer on over the course of the project's development. Said Waterman in a statement, ".When working in concert with the creators and rights holders, you are able to tap their wealth of knowledge on the character and ensure the storylines remain true to the brand and their
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Heathcliff Animated Feature Coming from Waterman Entertainment

Heathcliff Animated Feature Coming from Waterman Entertainment
Family-based production outfit Waterman Entertainment has secured the feature rights to the iconic comic strip character Heathcliff, it was announced today by the company's Head of Development, Cooper Waterman. Waterman made the deal directly with rights holder, Peter Gallagher. Here's what Peter Gallagher had to say about this new project.

"Their track record is impeccable. Casper, Stuart Little and Alvin and the Chipmunks are examples of incorporating elements that past audiences loved and adding a contemporary flair that makes these properties endure with a whole new generation. That is exactly what I was looking to achieve with Heathcliff. We want our existing fans to identify with the characters they know while introducing him to an entirely new audience. As a creator I know that they will be attentive to our lasting vision for the brand and welcome our input, which is very important to me."

The acquisition comes on the
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Heathcliff Coming To Big Screen; Mischievous Cat Latest to Join Family Friendly Slate Including .Mr. Ed. and . The Brave Little Toaster.

Family-based production outfit Waterman Entertainment has secured the feature rights to the iconic comic strip character Heathcliff, it was announced today by the company.s Head of Development, Cooper Waterman. The acquisition comes on the heels of the company making similar feature film deals with rights holders of the iconic family brands including The Brave Little Toaster and Mr. Ed. As is the case with those titles, Heathcliff will be reimagined as a CGI/live action film with contemporary storylines, while preserving the original essence that the respective right.s holders created for each of the characters.

George Gately created the comic strip in 1973. Heathcliff was born on the wrong side of the tracks in the bad part of town. When both his parents were locked up by the law, little Heathcliff was left to fend for himself. He grew up quick and he grew up mean, until one day
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Hollywood Still Trying To Make A 'Mr. Ed' Movie For Some Reason

Bad ideas don't die in Hollywood...they just get passed on to another producer. As the lackuster $46 million take for "The Three Stooges" this spring proved, just because something is a brand name doesn't mean audiences will care. And yes, while Disney is bringing "The Lone Ranger" to the big screen next year, it has Johnny Depp, and we're willing to bet that the developing, never-say-die movie version of "Mr. Ed" won't. (Though if Depp did play the horse that would be awesome). The last time we heard about this thing was about a year ago when Fox 2000 were kicking the tires on it. Wisely, it seems they have moved on as Waterman Entertainment are now going to try their luck with it. If you haven't heard of the company, then you probably have heard of the credits belonging to honcho Steve Waterman which include "Casper," "Alvin & The Chipmunks" and "Stuart Little.
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Waterman Entertainment Adds Mr. Ed to Its Family-Friendly Slate

When last we reported on the feature adaptation of the 1960s TV show, Mr. Ed, it was to tell you that Fox 2000 had the property well in hand. Now, it looks like Waterman Entertainment is spearheading the picture as part of their family-friendly slate of pictures. The production company continues to add "all audiences" properties that are able to be shoe-horned into a live-action/CG combination, much like their recent acquisition of The Brave Little Toaster. Hit the jump to check out the intro from the old TV episodes as well as the full press release from Waterman. Here's the intro from Mr. Ed. Simpler times, folks. Check out the full press release for Mr. Ed below: Waterman Entertainment Continues To Build Family Library With Popular Children’S Title Mr. Ed Family Entertainment-Based Company to Develop Franchise Films Los Angeles, CA (September 21, 2012)--Family-based production outfit Waterman Entertainment is developing a
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Mister Ed Feature in Development at Waterman Entertainment

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Family-based production outfit Waterman Entertainment is developing a feature film concept based on the iconic family television property, Mister Ed. The property fits seamlessly into the company's business model, which is to identify existing and successful family brands that can be developed into live action/CGI feature film properties.

Over the past twelve months the company has been aggressively seeking out family-friendly brands that have franchise potential and ancillary viability on platforms including television, digital, literary, and merchandising. In doing so, Waterman Entertainment works in conjunction with the creators and rights holder's to tap their wealth of knowledge around their characters and storylines allowing for stronger content that remains true to the property.

Steve Waterman, who founded and manages the company along with his sons Tucker and Cooper, has served as an Executive Producer on theatrical features including Casper with Universal; Alvin and the Chipmunks, Alvin and The Chipmunks:
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Waterman Entertainment Officially Announces Mr. Ed

The project first rumored late last year , Waterman Entertainment has officially announced their plans for a Mr. Ed feature film. Steve Waterman, who founded and manages the company along with his sons Tucker and Cooper, has served as an Executive Producer on theatrical features including Casper with Universal; the three Alvin and the Chipmunks films with 20th Century Fox; and two Stuart Little films with Columbia Pictures, among other credits.  Cooper Waterman said, .We are identifying properties that have had success with multiple generations of parents who feel comfortable and have excitement about reintroducing the characters and storylines to their own kids and grandkids.  While each property remains independent of each other, they will share the commonality of...
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Brave Little Toaster Remake Will Be A CGI/Live-Action Hybrid With An iPhone

They did it to Scooby-Doo. They did it to Garfield. They did it to Alvin and the Chipmunks. They did it to Yogi Bear. They did it to The Smurfs. And now they're doing it to The Brave Little Toaster. Waterman Entertainment has purchased the rights to the kids movie and they're now planning to create a new CGI/live-action hybrid movie based on the property. The Wrap says that while old movie, made back in 1987, centered around household objects like a toaster, a vacuum cleaner, a lamp and a blanket, the new version will contain more modern pieces of technology, such as an iPhone (no joke). The story, which was originally based on the children's book by Thomas M. Disch, is about a group of household appliances that travel a long distance to try and get back to their owner. Steve Waterman, who founded the company, has worked on
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Waterman to Remake The Brave Little Toaster as a CGI/Live Action

Waterman Entertainment have picked up the film rights to Thomas Disch’s 1980 novel ‘The Brave Little Toaster’ with plans to turn it into a CGI/live-action hybrid feature, rather than just animation.

That would certainly bring back our toaster, vacuum cleaner, lamp and blanket in their own adventures. Also they will be adding in new technology to the diverse crew of appliances, including an iPhone.

Producer Steve Waterman credits include Casper, Stuart Little duology and Alvin and the Chipmunks trilogy.

I’m feeling pretty eeeeehhhhhhh about a remake, but we’ll see how it turns out.

In addition, Waterman Entertainment has also optioned the 1960 a Born Free to tell the story from the perspective of Elsa the Lioness.

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Waterman Entertainment to Remake The Brave Little Toaster as CGI/Live-Action Hybrid and Born Free from Elsa the Lioness’ Perspective

If you're around my age, prepare to feel ambivalent about a remake of a property from your childhood!  Waterman Entertainment has acquired the rights to The Brave Little Toaster with plans to turn it into a (gulp) CGI/live-action hybrid feature.  The original 1987 cartoon follows a toaster, a lamp, an electric blanket, a radio, and a vacuum cleaner on a quest to find their original owner.  It was the most beautiful and terrifying piece of work that 5-year-old Brendan watched a hundred times.  I don't mind that producer Steve Waterman is dusting off the story for a new take, but his most recent credits are comprised of the Alvin and the Chipmunks trilogy, so my expectations are low. Hit the jump for the Brave Little Toaster trailer and details on another adaptation, Born Free. It has been a long time since I have seen The Brave Little Toaster, but watching
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Cannes: Marquee Wakes Bombay Dreams

The Beverly Hills-based production company has opened the curtains on its first production, an adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical. Oscar-winning composer Ar Rahman is adapting the score and the director is be Deepa Mehta. Shooting is planned to begin in India in 2011. Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group will co-produce with an undisclosed Indian production partner. Arclight Films is handling international sales. Marquee Pictures has been set up to convert Broadway and West End musicals into movies. The company is headed by former Universal executive Jeff Segal; former Icm packaging agent and producer Steve Waterman (Alvin & The Chipmunks: [...]
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'Bombay Dreams' heads to big screen

'Bombay Dreams' heads to big screen
Cannes -- "Bombay Dreams," the stage musical produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber with music from Oscar-winner A.R. Rahman, is getting the big-screen treatment via Beverly Hills-based production company Marquee Pictures.

Deepa Mehta will direct the film, Marquee's first theatrical release, from a screenplay by "Monson Wedding" writer Sabrina Dhawan.

The musical hit the London stage in 2002 and ran for two years. In 2004, it was produced on Broadway, where it picked up three Tonys.

Marquee, established with an eye toward transferring stage musicals to film, is headed by former Universal executive Jeff Segal, former Icm agent and producer Steve Waterman, Arclight Films president Gary Hamilton and Azure Media Group chairman Steve Wilkinson. Jack Crosby, former chairman of the Sundance Film Institute, serves as Marquee chairman.

The "Bombay" film adaptation will be produced in association with Webber's Really Useful Group and also is expected to take on an Indian production partner.

Principal
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