Carl Reed, producer of Oscar-winning short film Hair Love, has launched US animation studio Composition Media.
Described as a “diverse and forward-thinking” studio, the St Louis-based company is focused on making animated film and TV content for a global audience, with much of the content highlighting minority and underrepresented communities.
It launches with a slate that includes two animated features and an animated kids TV series. The two movies are Bad Grandmas — a feature film co-produced alongside Steve Harvey’s East 112 and Sky & Luna, a co-production with PoC Studios and Man of Action Entertainment.
On the TV front, meanwhile, Composition is adapting the board game Catapult Feud into an animated series of the same title. The show will follow two feuding families, the Cunningfields and the Chauforts, who compete with catapults and conspiracies to conquer each other and rule the Kingdom.
While the adults just can’t seem to get along, it’s not the end of the world (yet), because the next generation of Cunningfields and Chauforts have a plan to bring the peace.
Reed co-founded Lion Forge Comics in 2011, and later co-founded Lion Forge Animation in 2018, serving as its president and chief creative officer. While with Lion Forge, Reed produced Matthew Cherry’s Hair Love, which won an Oscar for Best Animated Short, as well as musical series Rise Up, Sing Out for Disney Junior/Disney+, and Rhymes Through Times.
“Our aim is to break the mold and elevate the art of animation by producing content that truly represents our audiences,” said Reed, who serves as founder and CEO. “But more than that, we want to push the boundaries of what animation can be. It’s time to move past the limitations of animation as just a genre and explore the limitless possibilities of this medium.”