Paramount Pictures has announced today the launch of a new, in-house animation division, Paramount Animation. With budgets of up to $100 million dollars a film, the studio will target its first release for 2014.
Details from the official press release are as follows:
Paramount Animations mandate will be the development of the broadest range of family CGI animated films, with a key piece being titles under the label of Viacoms Nickelodeon, the number one entertainment brand for kids worldwide. Paramount will also look to build on Viacoms already thriving global consumer products business by seeking to capitalize on merchandising opportunities tied to all Paramount Animation releases.
The division will be part of the Paramount Motion Picture Group, reporting to the groups president, Adam Goodman, and will initially target one release per year. Vice Chair Rob Moore, COO Frederick Huntsberry and Goodman are now conducting a search for the leader of the division.
Weve come a long way over the last six years,” said Grey. “Our team has worked hard to build best in class production, marketing and distribution divisions which have proven they consistently execute at the highest level across all genres and price points. Establishing an in-house animation division was the logical next step for us.
The marketplace has never offered as many opportunities to create wonderfully imaginative pictures at very appealing budget levels, so we feel this is a perfect moment to launch this effort. We are now eager to expand in animation with appropriate and prudent overhead and production budgets in a way that will allow us to be nimble, creative and innovative, added Grey. Paramount also has the distinct advantage of being part of the Viacom family, giving us the ability to leverage its portfolio of powerful and youthful brands to create and market great films and consumer products.
While Paramount has released an array of successful animated films in its history, the companys first fully owned CGI animated property was “Rango”, released to great acclaim in March 2011. The Western, directed by Gore Verbinski and featuring the voice of Johnny Depp in the title role, has grossed over $240 million worldwide and is the best reviewed animated movie so far this year.