Toonz Media Group has set up a new movie division under president Ariel Veneziano (pictured) to focus on the production and distribution of in-house and third-party projects.
Toonz already has a number of film concepts in the works, including a live-action adaptation of R.L. Stine’s tween novel Zombie Town and Little Emma, a CG-animated pic about a miniature human girl raised by animals. The company is also working on The Canterville Ghost—a CG-animated movie adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s same-name short story—with British prodco Space Age Films and LA’s Align Pictures.
Going forward, the new division will initially focus on animation in order to capitalize on the company’s existing expertise.
A film distribution veteran with more than two decades of experience, Veneziano has overseen sales for high-profile pics including The Passion of the Christ (2004) and Bowling for Columbine (2002). Before joining Toonz, he held top positions at LA-based studios Hannibal Pictures and Gold Valley Films International.