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Lionsgate, the leading next generation studio, announced recently that it will partner with Crest Animation Studios to co-produce the Stereoscopic 3D animated family feature âNorm of the Northâ as the second film in their three-picture deal. Lionsgate will distribute in North America. The announcement was jointly made by Joe Drake, Lionsgate Co-Chief Operating Officer and Motion Picture Group President; Mike Paseornek, Lionsgate President of Motion Picture Production; Ken Katsumoto, Lionsgate Executive Vice President of Family Entertainment; Noah Fogelson, CEO of Crest Animation Productions; and Seemha Ramanna, Managing Director Crest Animation Studios.
âNorm of the Northâ is written by Steven and Daniel Altiere. Delivery is anticipated for the first quarter of 2012. Katsumoto will oversee the production for Lionsgate; Crest Animation President of Production Richard Rich will oversee for Crest.
The first film in the Lionsgate/Crest partnership was last yearâs CGI animated family feature âAlpha and Omegaâ, featuring the voices of Justin Long, Hayden Panetierre, Christina Ricci, Danny Glover, Dennis Hopper and Larry Miller. Directed by Anthony Bell and Ben Gluck, âAlpha and Omegaâ premiered in October 2010.
Said Paseornek and Katsumoto, âOur partnership with Crest has gotten off to a terrific start with âAlpha and Omegaâ, and âNorm of the Northâ is an ideal follow-up. In its range of characters, locations and narrative, âNorm of the Northâ offers a bounty of riches for family audiences.â
âWe are delighted to be producing âNorm of the Northâ with our friends at Lionsgate,â commented Fogelson. âThis is a wonderful story, full of humor and heart, and stereoscopic 3D technology will bring it vividly to life.â
The deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Wendy Jaffe, Executive Vice President Business & Legal Affairs, Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Sean Kisker, Executive Vice President, Strategic Planning, and Katsumoto; and for Crest Animation Productions by attorney Josh Grode of Liner Grode Stein Yankelevitz Sunshine Regenstreif & Taylor LLP.