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Mediawan Closes In on Acquisition of Dimitri Rassam’s On Kids & Family

Mediawan, a special-purpose acquisition company headed by media industry veterans Xavier Niel, Matthieu Pigasse and Pierre-Antoine Capton, is in exclusive talks to acquire a majority stake in Aton Soumache and Dimitri Rassam’s On Kids & Family.

Under the deal, which is estimated in the €100 million ($117.4 million) range, Mediawan would inject €15 million in equity capital into On Kids & Family, France’s No. 1 producer of animated series and one of Europe’s leading producers of big-budget independent animated features.

The indie banner has a track record in producing franchise-based films and series, notably Mark Osborne’s “The Little Prince,” the Cesar- and BAFTA-winning feature which was released in more than 120 countries and grossed $120 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing French-made animated film overseas. On Kids & Family’s “Playmobil” movie, budgeted at $80 million, is being directed by Lino Di Salvo (“Frozen,” “Raiponce”) and will be released in April 2019.

Mediawan would own 51% to 54% of On Kids & Family. Soumache, who is
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Wendi McLendon-Covey cast in the Playmobil movie

Back in 2013 it was announced that a Playmobil movie was in development, and now thanks to Deadline we have our first piece of casting news for the project.

The site reports that The Goldbergs star Wendi McLendon-Covey has been cast in the live-action/animation hybrid, which is based upon the bestselling Playmobil toy line. The film will mark the directorial debut of Disney veteran Lino Disalvo, head of animation on Frozen, and has been scripted by Blaise Hemingway (The Settlers of Catan), with The Little Prince team of Aton Soumache, Dimitri Rassam, Alexis Vonarb serving as producers.

The untitled Playmobil movie is set for release on January 18th 2019 in North America and February 10th 2019 in the UK. McLendon-Covey meanwhile can currently be seen in the fifth season of ABC’s The Goldbergs, where she plays mother Beverly Goldberg.

The post Wendi McLendon-Covey cast in the Playmobil movie appeared first on Flickering Myth.
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Wendi McLendon-Covey Joins Voice Cast Of Open Road’s ‘Playmobil’

Wendi McLendon-Covey Joins Voice Cast Of Open Road’s ‘Playmobil’
Exclusive: The Goldbergs star Wendi McLendon-Covey will lend her voice in Open Road Films’ Playmobil, the live-action/animated hybrid film based on the classic toy series. Frozen animator Lino Disalvo is making his directorial debut in the film, which was developed in cooperation with Pathé France and produced by The Little Prince team of Aton Soumache, Dimitri Rassam, Alexis Vonarb along with Axel Von Maydell and Moritz Borman. Blaise Hemingway wrote the screenplay and…
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Michael De Luca to Produce John Connolly Adaptation ‘The Gates’

Michael De Luca to Produce John Connolly Adaptation ‘The Gates’
Amblin Partners has brought on Michael De Luca to produce its movie adaptation of John Connolly’s sci-fi fantasy novel “The Gates,” which is being developed as a potential franchise starter.

Amblin, which acquired “The Gates” last November, has also tapped Blaise Hemingway to write the screenplay.

The Gates,” published in 2011, centers on an 11-year-old protagonist and his dachshund who are trick-or-treating a full three days before Halloween. They encounter the gates to Hell, thanks to a break in the space-time continuum.

The book is the first in a trilogy, followed by “The Infernals” and “The Creeps.”

De Luca’s credits include “Fifty Shades of Grey,” and he will also producing the second and third installments of the Universal franchise. He has produced three best picture nominees in “Moneyball,” “The Social Network” and “Captain Phillips.” He will produce through his Michael De Luca Productions. De Luca Productions exec Lucy Kitada will be an executive producer.
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‘Playmobil’ Producers Blast Weinstein Company in Cross-Complaint

“Playmobil” producers Moritz Borman and Dimitri Rassam have blasted the Weinstein Company’s recent lawsuit about U.S. distribution rights to the upcoming animated film.

The producers filed a cross-complaint Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court and sought declaratory relief, accusing TWC of using the lawsuit to conceal its unstable finances.

“TWC launched this controversy, masking its current financial instability by filing a strike suit with no written license attached,” the filing said. “The producers learned the production lending bank for the Project would neither trust nor accept as collateral a promise from TWC to pay a minimum guarantee, due to the bank’s negative perception about TWC’s disintegrating liquidity.”

The complaint also said that the negotiations with TWC became a “futile exercise” because of the myriad open points, adding, “No party ever signed anything.”

TWC sued Borman, Rassam and Open Road Films on June 1 over the sale of U.
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Weinstein Company Sues Open Road Over ‘Playmobil’ Rights

Weinstein Company Sues Open Road Over ‘Playmobil’ Rights
The Weinstein Co. has sued Open Road Films, and producers Moritz Borman and Dimitri Rassam over the U.S. distribution rights to the upcoming movie “Playmobil.”

TWC filed the suit on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging that the producers breached their agreement to sell the rights to TWC prior to the May 12 announcement that Open Road had purchased the U.S. rights.

A spokeswoman for Open Road said the company had no comment about the suit, which alleged that the rights were sold to TWC on March 30 following a week of negotiations.

“The producer defendants materially breached the agreement by retracting their promise to sell TWC the ‘Playmobil’ movie distribution rights and refusing to negotiate a written deal memo in good faith,” the complaint said. “Instead of honoring their contractual obligations to TWC, the producer defendants purported to terminate the agreement and entered into a contract with Open
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Open Road Scoops Up Animated Feature ‘Playmobil’

Open Road Scoops Up Animated Feature ‘Playmobil’
Open Road Films acquired U.S. distribution for the animated feature “Playmobil” on Thursday. Following in the footsteps of “The Lego Movie” and other movies based on toy lines, the film will revolve around the popular Playmobil line of toys. “Playmobil” will be directed by Disney veteran Lino Disalvo, who was head of animation on Disney’s “Frozen.” This will mark his directorial debut. Also Read: Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Zendaya to Voice Animated Film 'The Guardian Brothers' The movie is set to open in theaters on Jan. 18, 2019. “Playmobil” is being produced by the team behind “The Little Prince” (Aton Soumache,
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Open Road Joins ‘Playmobil’ Animated Movie

Open Road Joins ‘Playmobil’ Animated Movie
Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to the animated feature film “Playmobil,” based on the German toy line, and set a Jan. 18, 2019, release date.

“Playmobil” will be directed by Disney veteran Lino Disalvo and produced by the team behind “The Little Prince” (Aton Soumache, Dimitri Rassam, Alexis Vonarb) along with Axel Von Maydell and Moritz Borman.

The project was developed in cooperation with Pathé France and will be sold internationally by Lionsgate and Wild Bunch.

Playmobil toys are produced by the Brandstätter Group in Germany. A wide range of accessories, buildings, vehicles and animals are also part of the Playmobil line with over 2.9 billion figurines produced in more than 100 countries.

The move comes two years after Warner Bros. saw an outsize success from “The Lego Movie,” based on the Danish toy line, with over $460 million in worldwide grosses. Three more Lego movies are coming from the studio.
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Open Road Grabs ‘Playmobil’ For U.S., Toon Feature Based On Popular Toys

Open Road Grabs ‘Playmobil’ For U.S., Toon Feature Based On Popular Toys
Open Road has picked up U.S. distribution rights to Playmobil, an animated feature based on the popular toy brand. Frozen animator Lino Disalvo will direct the pic, which is set to open January 18, 2019. Another Disney veteran, Blaise Hemingway, is writing the screenplay. Developed in cooperation with Pathé France, it is produced by The Little Prince team of Aton Soumache, Dimitri Rassam, Alexis Vonarb along with Axel Von Maydell and Moritz Borman. Lionsgate and Wild…
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Playmobil movie confirmed, director and title revealed

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Frozen's head of animation, Lino Disalvo, is to make his directorial debut with Playmobil...

Paramount Animation is pressing ahead with its planned Playmobil movie, and there's been some significant progress since we last heard about the project.

Lino Disalvo, a veteran of 17 years of Disney animation, including serving as head of animation for Frozen, has signed up to make his directorial debut on the project. The movie is being put together by the Paris-based On Animation, and is eyed at being the first in a new trilogy.

The first of the films is set to be called Playmobil: Robbers, Thieves & Rebels, and we got in touch with Disalvo to find out a little more.

"Serendipity... Meeting with Dimitri, the Playmobil producer for coffee and earlier that morning, my son and I just finished a two hour play, with knights and a castle, vikings, chasing Pirates... Playmobil toys are a blank slate!
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Playmobil Movie Picks Up Momentum, Frozen Animator Lino Di Salvo On Board To Direct

German toy manufacturer Playmobil is pushing full steam ahead with an animated feature based on the property, and Variety is reporting that the nascent project has appointed Frozen animator Lino Di Salvo at the helm.

Bearing the subtitle Robbers, Thieves & Rebels, news of the film first came to light last year, tethered with a production budget of $75 million. Di Salvo’s addition is the first tangible sign of progress in some time, however, and given that the animator has 17 years at Disney under his belt, today’s news represents a major coup for both Playmobil and its upcoming feature.

Parisian production company On Animation Studios (The Little Prince) have lent its support to the project, with Dimitri Rassam and Aton Soumache producing on behalf of the banner. Wild Bunch and Pathe, meanwhile, will take point for international sales and distribution. Now that the film is beginning to take shape, here
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"Playmobil," "Tribe," "Suit," "Empty" Set Directors

A bunch of directors just lined up some flash new gigs.

First up Lino Di Salvo, the head of animation on Disney's "Frozen," has come on board to direct the $75 million animated feature "Playmobil: Robbers, Thieves & Rebels" based on the iconic toy brand for On Animation Studios.

The project is the first in a potential trilogy based on the toy brand, which has sold more than 2.8 billion figurines in more than 100 countries.

Next, 20th Century Fox has optioned Eisner Award-winner Cullen Bunn's 2014 graphic novel "The Empty Man" and have brought David Prior onboard to pen and direct the film adaptation of it.

The supernatural thriller deals with a terrifying entity that may be responsible for a string of mysterious disappearances in a small midwestern town. The project is part of Fox’s first-look deal with Boom! Studios. Ross Richie and Stephen Christy will produce.

Then, Argentinian filmmaker Pablo Trapero
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‘Playmobil’ Movie to Be Directed by ‘Frozen’ Animator Lino Di Salvo (Exclusive)

‘Playmobil’ Movie to Be Directed by ‘Frozen’ Animator Lino Di Salvo (Exclusive)
Berlin — “Frozen’s” head of animation Lino Di Salvo has come on board to direct “Playmobil: Robbers, Thieves & Rebels,” the $75 million animated feature film based on the iconic toy brand.

Di Salvo, who spent 17 years at Disney Animation, was head of animation for “Frozen,” which scored more than $1.2 billion worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing animated film of all time. Di Salvo also served as animation supervisor on “Tangled” and “Bolt.” He joined Paramount Animation as creative director back in 2014.

The animated feature is being produced by Dimitri Rassam and Aton Soumache’s On Animation Studios, the Paris-based shingle behind Mark Osborne’s “The Little Prince.” France’s powerhouses Wild Bunch and Pathe are handling international sales, with Pathe set to distribute in France.

“I’ve learned most of my skills by growing up in the Disney system; I was very fortunate to work on films like ‘Tangled’ and ‘Frozen,'” said Lino Disalvo.
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Paramount Nabs ‘Frozen’ Animator Lino Disalvo from Disney

Paramount Nabs ‘Frozen’ Animator Lino Disalvo from Disney
In an ambitious move to expand animation, Paramount Pictures has tapped Lino Disalvo — who served as head of animation for Disney’s “Frozen” — as the new creative director for Paramount Animation.

The announcement was made Friday by Adam Goodman, who oversees animation as president of the Paramount Film Group. Disalvo had disclosed the move in a Tweet three weeks ago.

After 16 amazing years at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Being so fortunate to be the Head of Animation on Disney’s Frozen. (1/3)—

Lino Disalvo (@LinoD) June 05, 2014

Disalvo is a 16-year veteran of Walt Disney Animation Studios, where he served as supervising animator on “Tangled” and “Bolt.” His other film credits include animating on “Meet the Robinsons” and “Chicken Little.”

Paramount said Disalvo will be assisting Goodman and the Paramount Animation team to build a “world-class feature animation studio.”

“From its inception, we have aspired to work with the industry’s greatest artists and storytellers,
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Lino Disalvo joins Paramount Animation

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Lino Disalvo joins Paramount Animation
Sixteen-year Disney veteran Lino Disalvo has joined Paramount Animation as creative director.

Disalvo recently served as head of animation on Frozen and started out at the Walt Disney Company as a character animator.

Prior to Frozen he was supervising animator on Tangled and Bold. His credits include animating Meet The Robinsons and Chicken Little.

The announcement came from Adam Goodman, President of the Paramount Film Group, who oversees Animation for the studio.

Disalvo will report to Paramount Film Group president Adam Goodman, who oversees animation of the studio.

“From its inception, we have aspired to work with the industry’s greatest artists and storytellers, and Lino’s addition to our little animation family is thrilling given his incredible talent,” said Goodman.

Paramount Animation is in production on the original feature Monster Trucks, a live-action and CGI animation hybrid directed by Chris Wedge and set for release in May 2015.

Next up for the division is The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water from directors
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Paramount Animation Taps Lino Disalvo As Creative Director

Paramount Animation Taps Lino Disalvo As Creative Director
Animation veteran Lino Disalvo has joined Paramount Animation as Creative Director. The announcement was made today by Adam Goodman, President of the Paramount Film Group, who oversees Animation for the studio. Disalvo moves to Paramount following a 16-year stint at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where he most recently served as Head of Animation on Oscar-winning pic Frozen. In his new role, UTA-repped Disalvo will be assisting Goodman and the Paramount Animation team to build a world-class feature animation studio. He begins his new role immediately. “From its inception, we have aspired to work with the industry’s greatest artists and storytellers, […]
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Gravity dominates the Visual Effects Society Awards

Yesterday night, the Visual Effect Society held their 12th annual awards show, and surprising no one, Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar hopeful Gravity was the big winner. The film took home six Ves awards, making it by far the dominant feature on display. This obviously furthers the chances of it taking home the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, but we can all agree that it was already pretty much a lock to win there. The only other feature competing in that category that made any dent at the awards was The Lone Ranger, which won Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture. As for Gravity’s half dozen wins, they were in the categories of Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture (their version of Best Picture, basically), Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture, Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture,
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Gravity, Frozen rule Ves awards

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Gravity, Frozen rule Ves awards
Gravity earns six prizes, Frozen four at 12th annual Visual Effects Society awards.

It was a big night for two of the dominant films of the awards season as the prizes were handed out in Los Angeles on February 12.

Film category winners of the 12th Annual Ves Awards:

Outstanding Visual Effects In A Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture

Gravity

(Tim Webber, Nikki Penny, Neil Corbould, Richard McBride)

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects In A Feature Motion Picture

The Lone Ranger

(Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Shari Hanson, Kevin Martel)

Outstanding Animation In An Animated Feature Motion Picture

Frozen

(Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho, Lino Di Salvo)

Outstanding Animated Character In A Live Action Feature Motion Picture

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

Smaug

(Eric Reynolds, David Clayton, Myriam Catrin, Guillaume Francois)

Outstanding Animated Character In An Animated Feature Motion Picture

Frozen: Bringing the Snow Queen to Life

(Alexander Alvarado, Joy Johnson, [link
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Awards Season Continues With Visual Effects, Sound Mixing And Makeup Nominations

Today was a busy day for some of the smaller guilds with the Visual Effects Society, the Cinema Audio Society, and the Makeup and Hairstylists Guilds all announcing their nominations for 2013.

First, we have the Ves, whose main category to look at is “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture,” where we find Gravity and four other nominees that are just going to have to be happy with the fact that they got nominated. This is perhaps the easiest category to call in the entirety of awards season, and I don’t mean just here, but for the Oscar as well (Last year’s winner, Life of Pi, easily took this category before going on to claim the Oscar). It’s true that films like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Star Trek Into Darkness had outstanding effects as well, but nothing even came close to the amazing,
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‘Gravity’ Tops Visual Effects Society Nominations

‘Gravity’ Tops Visual Effects Society Nominations
The Visual Effects Society has announced this year’s nominees for the 12th annual VES awards.

As previously announced, the Visionary Award will be presented to Alfonso Cuarón for “Gravity,” which led all films with eight vfx nominations. “Pacific Rim” received six, while “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and Iron Man 3” received five each.

Those pics were nominated in the “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature” category. In a surprise, “The Lone Ranger” was nominated in feature supporting vfx. Disney’s disastrous Western was quite f/x-driven, though many of its effects were in-camera practical f/x, which aren’t a major focus for the Ves. Other supporting effects nominees include ”Rush,” “The Great Gatsby,” The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “White House Down.”

Nobable omissions from the top category include “Man of Steel” (which got 2 nominations), “The Wolverine,
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