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Sony Takes Stake in Genius Brands International

18 January 2017 2:13 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has taken an equity stake of an undisclosed amount in Genius Brands International.

The investment was announced Wednesday along with an expansion of last year’s home entertainment distribution agreement to include the worldwide home entertainment marketing and distribution of Genius Brands’ Kid Genius and Baby Genius labels of all Genius Brands’ properties.

“The global distribution deal between Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Genius Brands provides a myriad of growth opportunities for both companies and coordinated global marketing for each of our brands as well as for our rapidly growing Kid Genius and Baby Genius channels” said Andy Heyward, Chairman and CEO of Genius Brands. “We look forward to working with Sphe to source, develop and produce valuable commercial children’s ‘content with a purpose’ for global audiences.”

Genius Brands’ properties encompassed in the agreement include the music and fashion-driven brand for tween girls, SpacePOP, which »

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Cristal Pictures ramps up production team

12 January 2017 11:42 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Nick D’Angelo, who most recently served as vice-president of production at Fox 2000, has joined the Los Angeles-based film finance and production company.

D’Angelo is named executive vice-president of production, Cristal Pictures president Scott Einbinder said on Thursday.

D’Angelo reports to Einbinder and will oversee development and production. Cristal’s slate includes Hitman’s Bodyguard, the action-comedy it co-financed and co-produced with Millennium Films that is in post and stars Ryan Reynolds and Samuel Jackson.

During his 13 years at Fox 2000, the executive worked on Alvin And The ChipmunksDiary Of A Wimpy Kid and The Chronicles Of Narnia, among others.

“Nick is an incredibly smart, creative and passionate executive with a keen understanding of what it takes to make an international hit,” said Einbinder. “His creative insights and eye for material and talent with global appeal make him invaluable to Cristal pictures as we expand our production slate and ambitions.”

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Fox 2000’s Nick D’Angelo Hired By Cristal Pictures As Top Production Exec

12 January 2017 10:14 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Nick D'Angelo, who worked at Fox 2000 for 13 years, most recently as VP of production, has joined finance and production company Cristal Pictures as Evp, Production. He will report to Cristal President Scott Einbinder. D'Angelo will oversee development and production of all film projects at his new company. While at Fox 2000, D’Angelo worked on a number of major franchises, including Alvin and the Chipmunks, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Chronicles of… »

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Run The Series: Alvin And The Chipmunks turned a one-note joke into a 4-film series

11 January 2017 10:00 PM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

With Run The Series, The A.V. Club examines film franchises, studying how they change and evolve with each new installment.

Even as a novelty act, Alvin And The Chipmunks were pretty thin gruel. Created by Armenian-American songwriter (and Rear Window bit player) Ross Bagdasarian under the Anglicized pseudonym “David Seville,” the Chipmunks were a spin-off from Bagdasarian’s first big novelty hit, “Witch Doctor,” which featured Bagdasarian spouting gibberish at double speed in its chorus. After that song reached No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts, Bagdasarian figured he had a winning idea on his hands, and decided to repurpose the song’s high-pitched recording technique from kitschy racial stereotypes to cuddly anthropomorphism. Thus, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore and their manager/dad Dave—all voiced by Bagdasarian—were born.

The Chipmunks’ first single was the “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late),” which was »

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