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Now that it has 1,200 hours of original programming to produce for distributors like Netflix and Super Rtl over the next five years, DreamWorks Animation has tapped veteran Nickelodeon executive Marjorie Cohn to run its new television division.
The New York native has spent the past 26 years at Nickelodeon in various development and production roles. While there, she helped make Nickelodeon the No. 1 cable channel for 18 consecutive years. She’s leaving the company as president, content development where she oversaw both animated and live action series including “SpongeBob Squarepants,” “Rugrats,” “iCarly,” “The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius,” “The Fairly OddParents” and the “Kids’ Choice Awards.”
She will now ramp up production of DreamWorks Animation’s TV series — a significant area of growth for the toon studio. Dwa-chief Jeffrey Katzenberg sees TV as both a significant revenue stream as well as a key way to grow the appeal of its brands »
- Marc Graser
We have got the latest on a fun new family comedy getting Nickelodeon’s green light. The new series is called The Thundermans and it will follow an unusual pair of twins. If you’re into superheroes, you’re going to want to pay close attention to this scoop.
The 14-year old twins will be acted by Kira Kosarin and Jack Griffo. As brother and sister, they get to experience the highs and lows of sharing the same bathroom, school, and younger siblings, explained the THR exclusive. That may be their lives on the surface, but underneath it all, the boy and girl are as different as night and day; good and evil.
You see, she is smart and classy and people just love her. She fully intends on becoming a capable superhero someday. Her twin brother on the other hand is already a young super villain. Let the drama and mishaps ensue! »
- Sasha Nova
Pulling off a red hot casting coup with Jennifer Aniston, Mark Duplass and Ben Kingsley attached, Justin Reardon's next feature film is the wild and hilarious comedy Convention that is set to shoot this summer with K5 International bringing the project to the European Film Market in Berlin this week.
Aniston (Just Go with It, Marley & Me), Duplass (Safety Not Guaranteed, Zero Dark Thirty) and Kingsley (Iron Man 3, Ender's Game) are set to star in this mind-bending comedy, embarking on a Charlie Kaufman-esque journey that puts them between the worlds of the cardboard box industry and inter-dimensional molecular mayhem. Justin Reardon has just finished production on his directorial debut A Many Splintered Thing starring Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan
Convention finds mild-mannered Paul (Duplass) and his feisty sister Abby (Aniston) setting out to change the box storage world with Paul's invention of the 5-sided box. Breaking all »
Berlin - Jennifer Aniston, Mark Duplass and Ben Kingsley have joined the cast of Convention, a science-themed comedy from commercials director Justin Reardon. Duplass, last seen in Oscar-nominated Zero Dark Thirty, stars as Paul, a mild-mannered inventor who, together with his feisty sister Abby (Aniston) sets out to change the world of box storage with a new, five-sided box. Kingsley will play Bobby Schroedinger, a maniacal box magnate determined to foil their plans.
- Scott Roxborough
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