Rainmaker Entertainment Inc.
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Rainmaker Entertainment Inc.

May 19, 2010 06:00 ET

Rainmaker Entertainment, Canada's Multifaceted Animation Studio, Unveils First Slate of Proprietary Development Projects

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 19, 2010) - With a new management team firmly in place, Rainmaker Entertainment (TSX:RNK) continues to evolve as a multifaceted animation studio with its focus on creating, developing and producing its own animation projects. To that end, the company has unveiled its first slate of proprietary projects, it was announced today by Catherine Winder, President and Executive Producer of the company.

"Rainmaker is fully utilizing its resources - creative talent, storytelling and technical and artistic skills - to bring an exciting and entertaining array of ideas to the global animation film, television and home entertainment markets," said Winder. "We have over 200 talented artists who are eager to set the company on a new course, leveraging our expertise in CG animation and our breakthrough animation techniques. Our team is also comprised of top notch development veterans and, with our production acumen, we're now ready to take Rainmaker to the next level in realizing our goals as a full fledged animation studio."

Rainmaker Entertainment, which purchased Mainframe Entertainment and its mainstay and groundbreaking TV property ReBoot, the first ever CG animated series, is based in Vancouver. Its new slate and updates on the creative staff working on the projects is as follows:

Ogo, in development as a theatrical animation movie, is based on Canada's famous water monster, believed to reside in Lake Okanagan in the South Central interior of British Columbia. The movie is a comedy that pokes fun at all idiocracies of the monster's lore and its impact on modern life. The story is about a little girl who reveals the monster's existence to the world and then must do everything in her power to protect it. Ogo is written by Jacob Medjuck, formerly an animator at DreamWorks Animation, Walt Disney Interactive, Sony, Warner Bros and Fox and currently an independent filmmaker.

Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes, being developed as a series of animated holiday specials for the television and home entertainment/DVD marketplace, is based on the 1939 children's classic written by American author DuBose Heyward. Rainmaker has acquired the rights to the book, in which Heyward tells the story of a country bunny who always dreams of being one of the five Easter bunnies chosen by the old, kind and wise Grandfather Bunny. Bernice Vanderlaan (Disney's "Life With Derek") has been signed as the writer on the project. Vanderlaan has also written over 30 episodes for PBS Sprout's preschool blocks, including its holiday special "Preschool Musical on a Stick". She has also co-created and produced several imaginative children's programs including Disney's "Flash Forward", Family Channel's " Hello, Mrs. Cherrywinkle" and GMTV's "Rockabye Bubble". David Snowden and Alison Fine, who won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for "Bob's Birthday", are also on board as Consulting Directors.

Ting & Juma: The Movie rounds out the initial Rainmaker development slate. Ting is a tiny frisky alien with an attitude, while Juma is a forest dweller with a thirst for creativity and adventure. Rainmaker's artists created the characters and have already produced several short films of their exploits together. In the movie, Ting and Juma team up on a journey story to find Ting's home. Rainmaker is currently taking pitches from writers for the project. 

Rainmaker is seeking distribution partners for Ting & Juma as well as Ogo and Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes.

Rainmaker Entertainment Inc., a multifaceted animation studio, is one of Canada's largest producers of CG animation. With an innovative history that spans over 15 years, Rainmaker today continues to tell engaging stories and create compelling characters for all media. The studio's 200 creatively-inspired artists and storytellers are currently in development on the company's first slate of proprietary projects. Originally established as Mainframe Entertainment, the company broke ground by producing the first ever CGI animation series ReBoot. In addition to developing its own properties, Rainmaker also produces feature length DVD's for many top international brands including Barbie, Max Steele and Tony Hawk, and more. Rainmaker's clients include Mattel, The Weinstein Company, Lionsgate, Sony, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts and MTV. For more information, go to www.rainmaker.com.

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