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DreamWorks Animation Preps For Move Into China
DreamWorks Animation is planning to open a Shanghai operation to make films for China’s booming market, a recruitment firm told AFP today. The studio has hired RSR Partners to recruit a president for the planned venture, making it the latest in a line of Hollywood companies trying to crack the potentially huge market. The Kung Fu Panda movies were made with a Chinese audience in mind, and the second film in the franchise became the highest-grossing animated feature ever in the country when it was released this year, taking in $93M. DWA officials would not confirm the venture, but a letter from RSR to prospective hires seen by AFP said the company was looking to “establish a production and development presence in China.” Box office receipts rose 64% to $1.5B in China in 2010, making it the fastest-growing movie market. Earlier this month, Legendary Entertainment launched Legendary East in Hong Kong, where it will build a studio. Relativity Media unveiled a strategic partnership with China’s Huaxia Film Distribution and SkyLand Film-Television Culture Development that includes forming the first U.S.-China distribution company. Read More »

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‘Kung Fu Panda’ Franchise Lands Rare Online Distribution Deal In China

By | Monday August 29, 2011 @ 2:58pm PDT

DreamWorks Animation has agreed to a deal with leading Chinese Web TV company Youku.com that will see the studio’s Kung Fu Panda films debut on the site’s premium on-demand platform and then become available on its Hollywood Movie Channel after the pay window closes. The companies, who made the announcement today, said it is the first online distribution agreement for DWA films in China, where the first movie in the franchise was the No. 1 animated film in the market in 2008 and the second film last year became the fastest in history to pass 100 million yuan. The films, which were distributed by Paramount, are set in China, and DWA animators visited there to get inspiration for the movies’ environments, which take off on the nation’s traditional art and architecture.

DWA becomes the latest U.S. studio to take a crack at the enticing Chinese market. Earlier this month, Thomas Tull’s Legendary Entertainment launched Hong Kong-based Legendary East, which will build a studio there and make movies with an eye on the China market; it’s first project is Ed Zwick’s The Great Wall. In addition, Relativity Media unveiled a strategic partnership with China’s Huaxia Film Distribution and SkyLand Film-Television Culture Development that includes forming the first U.S.-China distribution company.

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DreamWorks Animation Unveils Release Dates Through 2014

By | Tuesday March 8, 2011 @ 12:34pm PST

DreamWorks Animation has announced its feature-film release slate through 2014, a list that begins with the sequel Kung Fu Panda 2, which is set for May 26. The rest of the schedule:

Nov. 4, 2011: Puss In Boots (Chris Miller director; Joe Aguilar and Latifa Ouaou, producers)

June 8, 2012: Madagascar 3 (Eric Darnell, director; Mireille Soria and Mark Swift, producers)

Nov. 21, 2012: Rise of the Guardians (Peter Ramsey, director, William Joyce, co-director; Christina Steinberg and Nancy Bernstein, producers)

March 1, 2013: The Croods (Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco, directors; Kristine Belson and Jane Hartwell, producers)

June 7, 2013: Turbo (David Soren, director; Lisa Stewart, proudcer)

Nov. 8, 2013: Me and My Shadow (Mark Dindal, director; Melissa Cobb and Teresa Cheng, producer)

March 21, 2014: Mr. Peabody & Sherman (Rob Minkoff, director; Jason Clark and Denise Nolan Cascino, producers)

June 20, 2014: How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Dean DeBlois, director; Bonnie Arnold, producer)

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‘How To Train Your Dragon’ To Spawn Animated Series On Cartoon Network

Nellie Andreeva

As it readies the upcoming sequel to its CG-animated hit How To Train Your Dragon, DreamWorks Animation has signed a deal with Cartoon Network for a How To Train Your Dragon weekly series, which will launch in both the U.S. and internationally in 2012. The original movie, an adventure-comedy about a young Viking and his unlikely friendship with a dragon was released in the spring and has grossed nearly $500 million at the worldwide box office. Its sequel is also targeted for 2012. Read More »

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