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Aardman and Sony close to first-look deal

Bristol, England's Aardman Features is in final negotiations on a three-year first-look deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment. The proposed agreement reflects SPE's strategy to expand its animation and family features output and complement its existing cache of family films, which includes last year's Open Season and this summer's CGI flick Surf's Up.
April 3, 2007

Bristol, England’s Aardman Features is in final negotiations on a three-year first-look deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The proposed agreement reflects SPE’s strategy to expand its animation and family features output and complement its existing cache of family films, which includes last year’s Open Season and this summer’s CGI flick Surf’s Up.

Aardman COO Stephen Moore says the deal would trigger a significant expansion of the company’s development/production slate.

Aardman is best known for full-length stop-motion features Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and Chicken Run, produced in conjunction with DreamWorks. The two studios ended their exclusive partnership late last year after Aardman’s CGI movie Flushed Away failed to meet box office expectations.

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Gary Rusak is a freelance writer based in Toronto. He has covered the kids entertainment industry for the last decade with a special interest in licensing, retail and consumer products. You can reach him at garyrusak@gmail.com

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