DreamWorks Animation


Former Arc exec joins Atomic Cartoons

Canadian studio Atomic Cartoons has hired Matthew Berkowitz as head of development. The new recruit was most recently at Arc Productions, the Toronto-based studio that closed earlier this year amid financial difficulties before Jam Filled Entertainment acquired the assets at auction. At Arc, Berkowitz oversaw the slate and worked with Arc customers and partners including […]

Cohn to lead TV animation at NBCU’s DreamWorks

Marjorie Cohn will lead the integrated DreamWorks Animation and Universal Pictures television animation businesses. She will become head of animation TV at the merged group, reporting to NBCUniversal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Jeff Shell. She had joined DWA as its first head of television in 2013 after leaving Nickelodeon, where she had been president of […]

Comcast completes $3.8bn DreamWorks takeover

Comcast is set to go head-to-head with Disney in the kids and family sector after NBCUniversal completed its US$3.8billion takeover of DreamWorks Animation. The deal hands entertainment wing NBCU franchises such as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon, online assets in the shape of multichannel operator AwesomenessTV, and a sprawling toon-focused […]

ABC’s Falvey to run Awesomeness mobile VOD net

Youth-focused content firm AwesomenessTV has poached the head of comedy at US broadcaster ABC to lead a new mobile video service being launched with telco Verizon. Samie Falvey will oversee programming, development and production at the currently unnamed streaming service, which was first revealed with Verizon bought a 24.5% stake in DreamWorks Animation-owned AwesomenessTV in […]

DreamWorks channel launches in Middle East

The DreamWorks channel is due to launch in Arabic on the beIN platform in the Middle East and North Africa next week. The 24-hour DreamWorks channel will broadcast DreamWorks Animation content and will help expand DreamWorks outside the Asia Pacific region – where it launched for the first time in July 2015. “We are glad […]

DOJ clear DreamWorks deal

NBCUniversal’s US$3.8 billion deal for DreamWorks Animation has gained regulatory clearance from the US Department of Justice, according to Comcast. The deal is expected to close in coming months, an NBCU rep told a number of US news outlets via email. The DOJ has found no threat in the proposed deal, which will see DWA […]

New Noddy set for NBCU cable channel

US cable network Sprout will debut a new Noddy animated series this autumn. Following a deal with producer and rights holder DreamWorks Animation, the NBCUniversal kids net will air Noddy Toyland Detective. The deal is an example of how Comcast, which owns Sprout, will look to use properties from the library DWA, its latest major […]

Comcast buying $3.8bn DreamWorks Animation

Comcast’s NBCUniversal is buying DreamWorks Animation, in a deal valuing the toon studio around US$3.8 billion. A deal had been expected after news of advanced talks broke earlier this week. Family-focused DreamWorks will become part of Comcast’s entertainment arm, NBCU, following the agreement, which will significantly bolster Comcast in its bid to rival The Walt […]

Comcast quiet on DreamWorks deal

US media giant Comcast yesterday refused to comment on mounting speculation it is poised to buy toon studio DreamWorks Animation for US$3 billion. Comcast management declined to address the rumours as the firm posted strong first quarter 2016 financial results. “As a reminder, because of the FCC’s anti-collusion rules for the broadcast incentive option, we […]

Comcast ‘moves for $3bn DreamWorks’

US cable and entertainment giant Comcast Corp. is reportedly in talks to buy Californian studio DreamWorks Animation for more than US$3 billion. The Wall Street Journal has cited unnamed sources close to talks that could see Jeffrey Katzenberg’s company joining the likes of NBCUniversal, Universal Pictures and Comcast Cable to the Comcast stable. Adding DreamWorks […]