History Creator / DreamWorksAnimation

5th Dec '16 9:49:41 PM RAMChYLD
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Incidentally, their decision to launch a western animation channel in Asia comes a year after {{NBC}}{{Universal}} pulled out of the Joint Venture that is [=KidsCo=] in Asia. NBCU claimed it was due to [[BlatantLies "growing challenges in the international children's television industry"]], but most pin the blame on the company's purchase of the U.S-based preschool network Creator/{{Sprout}} from Creator/{{PBS}}.

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Incidentally, their decision to launch a western animation channel in Asia comes a year after {{NBC}}{{Universal}} [[ScrewedByTheNetwork pulled out of the Joint Venture Venture]] that is [=KidsCo=] in Asia. NBCU claimed it was due to [[BlatantLies "growing challenges in the international children's television industry"]], but most pin the blame on the company's purchase of the U.S-based preschool network Creator/{{Sprout}} from Creator/{{PBS}}.
5th Dec '16 9:39:03 PM RAMChYLD
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In April 2016, [=DreamWorks=] Animation [[https://variety.com/2016/biz/news/dreamworks-animation-3-8-billion-nbcuniversal-comcast-1201762634/ finally succeeded]] in reaching an acquisition deal, this time with Comcast, the parent company of media conglomerate [[Creator/{{NBC}} NBC]][[Creator/{{Universal}} Universal]][[note]]In a case of HilariousInHindsight, [=NBCUniversal=] was a candidate to acquire the live-action [=DreamWorks=] studio when it was put up for sale in 2005, but was outbid by Paramount/Viacom[[/note]]. Under Comcast's acquisition plan that is worth '''$3.8 billion'''[[note]]A scale not seen in the mass media since Disney's purchase of Creator/MarvelComics and Lucasfilm, which were both bought for $4 billion[[/note]], Katzenberg retired as CEO of DWA and became chairman of the new DWA division [=DreamWorks=] New Media, who oversees the studio's controlling interests in [=AwesomenessTV=] and the NOVA joint venture. The deal was finalized a few months later on August 22, 2016 (which is ironically two days before the 22nd anniversary of Katzenberg's departure from his pre-DWA ventures at Disney, and a week or two before the 32nd anniversary of his first contact with Disney and the animation field). What this deal will mean for The [=DreamWorks=] Channel remains to be seen, but given [=NBCUniversal=]'s screwing of Hallmark Channel Asia and [=KidsCo=] prior, and their belief about the Asian market for WesternAnimation in general, fingers will be crossed.

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In April 2016, [=DreamWorks=] Animation [[https://variety.com/2016/biz/news/dreamworks-animation-3-8-billion-nbcuniversal-comcast-1201762634/ finally succeeded]] in reaching an acquisition deal, this time with Comcast, the parent company of media conglomerate [[Creator/{{NBC}} NBC]][[Creator/{{Universal}} Universal]][[note]]In a case of HilariousInHindsight, [=NBCUniversal=] was a candidate to acquire the live-action [=DreamWorks=] studio when it was put up for sale in 2005, but was outbid by Paramount/Viacom[[/note]]. Under Comcast's acquisition plan that is worth '''$3.8 billion'''[[note]]A scale not seen in the mass media since Disney's purchase of Creator/MarvelComics and Lucasfilm, which were both bought for $4 billion[[/note]], Katzenberg retired as CEO of DWA and became chairman of the new DWA division [=DreamWorks=] New Media, who oversees the studio's controlling interests in [=AwesomenessTV=] and the NOVA joint venture. The deal was finalized a few months later on August 22, 2016 (which is ironically two days before the 22nd anniversary of Katzenberg's departure from his pre-DWA ventures at Disney, and a week or two before the 32nd anniversary of his first contact with Disney and the animation field). What this deal will mean for The [=DreamWorks=] Channel remains to be seen, but given [=NBCUniversal=]'s screwing of Hallmark Channel Asia and [=KidsCo=] prior, and their belief about attitude towards the Asian market for WesternAnimation in general, fingers will be crossed.
crossed and fans will be watching closely on how this situation plays out.
29th Nov '16 8:13:40 AM dangerdan97
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Computer animation was another story entirely. ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'' proved a surprisingly big hit with comparable critical acclaim to Pixar's ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'', and it eventually showed DWA the path they would take to success. The premiere of ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' in 2001 changed the animation game completely. Using Katzenberg's penchant for [[StuntCasting rampant celebrity casting]] and modelling the characters from their movies [[InkSuitActor after the actors voicing them]] to the max, this film finally put DWA on the map as a legitimate competitor in the feature film market, permanently opening the door Creator/{{Disney}} largely held shut for decades. It's a fact made undeniable with this film winning the first UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Feature Animated Film. The studio's success in animation led to Katzenberg leaving the [=DreamWorks=] venture entirely in 2004, taking the animation division with him, and DWA became its own, publicly-traded studio it is today. The live-action [=DreamWorks=] studio continued to release DWA's films up until [=DreamWorks=] was acquired by Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures, the film unit of Creator/{{Viacom}}, in 2006. As a result, DWA struck a separate distribution deal with Paramount thereafter, freeing them of any obligations with their former parent company.

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Computer animation was another story entirely. ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'' proved a surprisingly big hit with comparable critical acclaim to Pixar's ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'', and it eventually showed DWA the path they would take to success. The premiere of ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' in 2001 changed the animation game completely. Using Katzenberg's penchant for [[StuntCasting rampant celebrity casting]] and modelling the characters from their movies [[InkSuitActor after the actors voicing them]] to the max, this film finally put DWA on the map as a legitimate competitor in the feature film market, permanently opening the door Creator/{{Disney}} largely held shut for decades. It's a fact made undeniable with this film winning the first UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Feature Animated Film. The studio's success in animation led to Katzenberg leaving the [=DreamWorks=] venture entirely in 2004, taking the animation division with him, and DWA became its own, publicly-traded studio it is today.and remained so for over a decade. The live-action [=DreamWorks=] studio continued to release DWA's films up until [=DreamWorks=] was acquired by Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures, the film unit of Creator/{{Viacom}}, in 2006. As a result, DWA struck a separate distribution deal with Paramount thereafter, freeing them of any obligations with their former parent company.
24th Nov '16 12:21:56 PM jameygamer
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''The Prince of Egypt'', ''The Road to El Dorado'', or ''Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron'' -- if nothing else, for being cel animated instead of CGI.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''The Prince of Egypt'', ''The Road to El Dorado'', or ''Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron'' -- if nothing else, for being cel animated instead of CGI. Both ''Egypt'' and ''Spirit'' also had a more personal involvement from Katzenberg himself (he wrote the story for ''Spirit''), but after the latter's fall at the box office and him creating the infamous ''WesternAnimation/FatherOfThePride'' (which was disowned by the end of the 2000's), he backed out of taking direct credits.
24th Nov '16 12:12:19 PM MarcoPolo250
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In April 2016, [=DreamWorks=] Animation [[https://variety.com/2016/biz/news/dreamworks-animation-3-8-billion-nbcuniversal-comcast-1201762634/ finally succeeded]] in reaching an acquisition deal, this time with Comcast, the parent company of media conglomerate [[Creator/{{NBC}} NBC]][[Creator/{{Universal}} Universal]][[note]]In a case of HilariousInHindsight, [=NBCUniversal=] was a candidate to acquire the live-action [=DreamWorks=] studio when it was put up for sale in 2005, but was outbid by Paramount/Viacom[[/note]]. Under Comcast's acquisition plan that is worth '''$3.8 billion'''[[note]]A scale not seen in the mass media since Disney's purchase of Creator/MarvelComics and Lucasfilm, which were both bought for $4 billion[[/note]], Katzenberg retired as CEO of DWA and became chairman of the new DWA division [=DreamWorks=] New Media, who oversees the studio's controlling interests in [=AwesomenessTV=] and the NOVA joint venture. The deal was finalized a few months later on August 22, 2016 (which is ironically two days before the 22nd anniversary of Katzenberg's departure from his pre-DWA ventures at Disney, and a week or two before the 32nd anniversary of his first contact with Disney and the animation field). What this deal will mean for The [=DreamWorks=] Channel remains to be seen, but given [=NBCUniversal=]'s screwing of Hallmark Channel Asia and [=KidsCo=] prior, and their belief about the Asian market for WesternAnimation in general, it doesn't look too good.

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In April 2016, [=DreamWorks=] Animation [[https://variety.com/2016/biz/news/dreamworks-animation-3-8-billion-nbcuniversal-comcast-1201762634/ finally succeeded]] in reaching an acquisition deal, this time with Comcast, the parent company of media conglomerate [[Creator/{{NBC}} NBC]][[Creator/{{Universal}} Universal]][[note]]In a case of HilariousInHindsight, [=NBCUniversal=] was a candidate to acquire the live-action [=DreamWorks=] studio when it was put up for sale in 2005, but was outbid by Paramount/Viacom[[/note]]. Under Comcast's acquisition plan that is worth '''$3.8 billion'''[[note]]A scale not seen in the mass media since Disney's purchase of Creator/MarvelComics and Lucasfilm, which were both bought for $4 billion[[/note]], Katzenberg retired as CEO of DWA and became chairman of the new DWA division [=DreamWorks=] New Media, who oversees the studio's controlling interests in [=AwesomenessTV=] and the NOVA joint venture. The deal was finalized a few months later on August 22, 2016 (which is ironically two days before the 22nd anniversary of Katzenberg's departure from his pre-DWA ventures at Disney, and a week or two before the 32nd anniversary of his first contact with Disney and the animation field). What this deal will mean for The [=DreamWorks=] Channel remains to be seen, but given [=NBCUniversal=]'s screwing of Hallmark Channel Asia and [=KidsCo=] prior, and their belief about the Asian market for WesternAnimation in general, it doesn't look too good.
fingers will be crossed.
24th Nov '16 4:12:46 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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The studio seemed to have entered a second DorkAge, ironically characterized by having good critical and audience reception but below-average box office grosses, the complete opposite of their 2004-2007 output.

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The studio seemed to have entered a second DorkAge, ironically characterized by having good critical and audience reception (although not on the same level as their 2008-2011 output) but below-average box office grosses, the complete opposite of their 2004-2007 output.
20th Nov '16 8:04:15 PM MrNickelodeon
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In April 2016, [=DreamWorks=] Animation [[https://variety.com/2016/biz/news/dreamworks-animation-3-8-billion-nbcuniversal-comcast-1201762634/ finally succeeded]] in reaching an acquisition deal, this time with Comcast, the parent company of media conglomerate [[Creator/{{NBC}} NBC]][[Creator/{{Universal}} Universal]][[note]]In a case of HilariousInHindsight, [=NBCUniversal=] was a candidate to acquire the live-action [=DreamWorks=] studio when it was put up for sale in 2005, but was outbid by Paramount/Viacom[[/note]]. Under Comcast's acquisition plan that is worth '''$3.8 billion'''[[note]]A scale not seen in the mass media since Disney's purchase of Creator/MarvelComics and Lucasfilm, which were both bought for $4 billion[[/note]], Katzenberg retired as CEO of DWA and became chairman of the new DWA division [=DreamWorks=] New Media, who oversees the studio's controlling interests in [=AwesomenessTV=] and the NOVA joint venture. The deal was finalized a few months later on August 22nd, 2016 (which is ironically two days before the 22nd anniversary of Katzenberg's departure from his pre-DWA ventures at Disney, and a week or two before the 32nd anniversary of his first contact with Disney and the animation field). What this deal will mean for The [=DreamWorks=] Channel remains to be seen, but given [=NBCUniversal=]'s screwing of Hallmark Channel Asia and [=KidsCo=] prior, and their belief about the Asian market for WesternAnimation in general, it doesn't look too good.

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In April 2016, [=DreamWorks=] Animation [[https://variety.com/2016/biz/news/dreamworks-animation-3-8-billion-nbcuniversal-comcast-1201762634/ finally succeeded]] in reaching an acquisition deal, this time with Comcast, the parent company of media conglomerate [[Creator/{{NBC}} NBC]][[Creator/{{Universal}} Universal]][[note]]In a case of HilariousInHindsight, [=NBCUniversal=] was a candidate to acquire the live-action [=DreamWorks=] studio when it was put up for sale in 2005, but was outbid by Paramount/Viacom[[/note]]. Under Comcast's acquisition plan that is worth '''$3.8 billion'''[[note]]A scale not seen in the mass media since Disney's purchase of Creator/MarvelComics and Lucasfilm, which were both bought for $4 billion[[/note]], Katzenberg retired as CEO of DWA and became chairman of the new DWA division [=DreamWorks=] New Media, who oversees the studio's controlling interests in [=AwesomenessTV=] and the NOVA joint venture. The deal was finalized a few months later on August 22nd, 22, 2016 (which is ironically two days before the 22nd anniversary of Katzenberg's departure from his pre-DWA ventures at Disney, and a week or two before the 32nd anniversary of his first contact with Disney and the animation field). What this deal will mean for The [=DreamWorks=] Channel remains to be seen, but given [=NBCUniversal=]'s screwing of Hallmark Channel Asia and [=KidsCo=] prior, and their belief about the Asian market for WesternAnimation in general, it doesn't look too good.
16th Nov '16 7:29:20 PM themisterfree
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The acquisition also meant that Universal would have two animation studios under their belt, already owning Creator/IlluminationEntertainment, the feature animation wing of Universal headed by Chris Meledandri, who also happens to be a Disney veteran from the early 90's. This puts Universal in a structure similar to Disney, who owns both their own animation studio and Pixar. Both Illumination and DWA are also technically sisters with Focus Features's arthouse stop-motion animation firm, Creator/{{Laika}}; however, the latter is wholly owned and operated by Nike co-founder Phil Knight and son Travis (Knight's partner, Mark Parker, is currently a Disney board member), and neither Katzenberg nor Meledandri have ever had any involvement with them. Similarly, Universal Animation Studios, Universal's 2D animation arm that primarily operated during the 1990s (bringing us cult classics like ''WesternAnimation/{{exosquad}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim''), and still occasionally churns out a DTV sequel to ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', also still operates independently (though as a husk of its' former self).

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The acquisition also meant that Universal would have two animation studios under their belt, already owning Creator/IlluminationEntertainment, the feature animation wing of Universal headed by Chris Meledandri, who also happens to be a Disney veteran from the early 90's. This puts Universal in a structure similar to Disney, who owns both their own animation studio and Pixar. Both Illumination and DWA are also technically sisters with Focus Features's arthouse stop-motion animation firm, Creator/{{Laika}}; however, the latter is wholly owned and operated by Nike co-founder Phil Knight and son Travis (Knight's partner, Mark Parker, is currently a Disney board member), and neither Katzenberg nor Meledandri have ever had any involvement with them. Similarly, Universal Animation Studios, Universal's 2D animation arm that primarily operated during the 1990s (bringing us cult classics like ''WesternAnimation/{{exosquad}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Exosquad}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim''), and still occasionally churns out a DTV sequel to ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', also still operates independently (though as a husk of its' former self).
16th Nov '16 7:29:01 PM themisterfree
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The acquisition also meant that Universal would have two animation studios under their belt, already owning Creator/IlluminationEntertainment, the feature animation wing of Universal headed by Chris Meledandri, who also happens to be a Disney veteran from the early 90's. This puts Universal in a structure similar to Disney, who owns both their own animation studio and Pixar. Both Illumination and DWA are also technically sisters with Focus Features's arthouse stop-motion animation firm, Creator/{{Laika}}; however, the latter is wholly owned and operated by Nike co-founder Phil Knight and son Travis (Knight's partner, Mark Parker, is currently a Disney board member), and neither Katzenberg nor Meledandri have ever had any involvement with them.

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The acquisition also meant that Universal would have two animation studios under their belt, already owning Creator/IlluminationEntertainment, the feature animation wing of Universal headed by Chris Meledandri, who also happens to be a Disney veteran from the early 90's. This puts Universal in a structure similar to Disney, who owns both their own animation studio and Pixar. Both Illumination and DWA are also technically sisters with Focus Features's arthouse stop-motion animation firm, Creator/{{Laika}}; however, the latter is wholly owned and operated by Nike co-founder Phil Knight and son Travis (Knight's partner, Mark Parker, is currently a Disney board member), and neither Katzenberg nor Meledandri have ever had any involvement with them.
them. Similarly, Universal Animation Studios, Universal's 2D animation arm that primarily operated during the 1990s (bringing us cult classics like ''WesternAnimation/{{exosquad}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim''), and still occasionally churns out a DTV sequel to ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', also still operates independently (though as a husk of its' former self).
13th Nov '16 5:41:46 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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In April 2016, [=DreamWorks=] Animation [[https://variety.com/2016/biz/news/dreamworks-animation-3-8-billion-nbcuniversal-comcast-1201762634/ finally succeeded]] in reaching an acquisition deal, this time with Comcast, the parent company of media conglomerate [[Creator/{{NBC}} NBC]][[Creator/{{Universal}} Universal]][[note]]In a case of HilariousInHindsight, NBC Universal was a candidate to acquire the live-action [=DreamWorks=] studio when it was put up for sale in 2005, but was outbid by Paramount/Viacom[[/note]]. Under Comcast's acquisition plan that is worth '''$3.8 billion'''[[note]]A scale not seen in the mass media since Disney's purchase of Creator/MarvelComics and Lucasfilm, which were both bought for $4 billion[[/note]], Katzenberg retired as CEO of DWA and became chairman of the new DWA division [=DreamWorks=] New Media, who oversees the studio's controlling interests in [=AwesomenessTV=] and the NOVA joint venture. The deal was finalized a few months later on August 22nd, 2016 (which is ironically two days before the 22nd anniversary of Katzenberg's departure from his pre-DWA ventures at Disney, and a week or two before the 32nd anniversary of his first contact with Disney and the animation field). What this deal will mean for The [=DreamWorks=] Channel remains to be seen, but given [=NBCUniversal=]'s screwing of Hallmark Channel Asia and [=KidsCo=] prior, and their belief about the Asian market for WesternAnimation in general, it doesn't look too good.

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In April 2016, [=DreamWorks=] Animation [[https://variety.com/2016/biz/news/dreamworks-animation-3-8-billion-nbcuniversal-comcast-1201762634/ finally succeeded]] in reaching an acquisition deal, this time with Comcast, the parent company of media conglomerate [[Creator/{{NBC}} NBC]][[Creator/{{Universal}} Universal]][[note]]In a case of HilariousInHindsight, NBC Universal [=NBCUniversal=] was a candidate to acquire the live-action [=DreamWorks=] studio when it was put up for sale in 2005, but was outbid by Paramount/Viacom[[/note]]. Under Comcast's acquisition plan that is worth '''$3.8 billion'''[[note]]A scale not seen in the mass media since Disney's purchase of Creator/MarvelComics and Lucasfilm, which were both bought for $4 billion[[/note]], Katzenberg retired as CEO of DWA and became chairman of the new DWA division [=DreamWorks=] New Media, who oversees the studio's controlling interests in [=AwesomenessTV=] and the NOVA joint venture. The deal was finalized a few months later on August 22nd, 2016 (which is ironically two days before the 22nd anniversary of Katzenberg's departure from his pre-DWA ventures at Disney, and a week or two before the 32nd anniversary of his first contact with Disney and the animation field). What this deal will mean for The [=DreamWorks=] Channel remains to be seen, but given [=NBCUniversal=]'s screwing of Hallmark Channel Asia and [=KidsCo=] prior, and their belief about the Asian market for WesternAnimation in general, it doesn't look too good.
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