SOURCE: The Gotham Group

January 15, 2007 14:14 ET

The Gotham Group to Produce Original Animated Content for Yahoo! Studios

Partnership Includes Distribution Agreement for Existing Gotham Content and First Look Deal

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 15, 2007 -- The Gotham Group, the premier management firm representing animation and family entertainment talent and content, has teamed up with Yahoo! Studios for a strategic relationship to produce and distribute original animated content on the Internet. Yahoo! Studios focuses on the development and production of event-based, original and user-generated content across the Yahoo! Media Group properties, including Yahoo! Entertainment and Yahoo! TV.

"Gotham is committed to finding innovative ways to distribute our artists' creative work and today's agreement with Yahoo! furthers that business strategy to mutual benefit," said Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Gotham Group CEO and founder "We pride ourselves on finding new revenue streams for our content creators and Yahoo! provides a fresh and exciting opportunity for the world to interact with the great talent we represent."

"We are always looking for opportunities to make dynamic and entertaining content available on Yahoo!," said Drew Buckley, general manager, Yahoo! Studios. "We are thrilled to work with Gotham to create and program compelling animated content for our users."

Veteran entertainment industry executive Jon Vein initiated the deal and negotiated the agreement on behalf of The Gotham Group, which will draw upon the company's base of pre-existing animated shorts as well as from original new content.

About The Gotham Group:

The Gotham Group is recognized as one of the leading management, packaging, strategic planning and production firms in the entertainment industry. Boasting a roster of over 250 top directors, writers, producers, illustrators, and artists, as well book and comic book publishers, Gotham offers the industry access to an unparalleled amount and variety of creative content. As a producer, Gotham's credits include live action and animated feature films and television, children's programming, prime time television series, as well as animated and family entertainment. Currently, Gotham is a producer on the feature film "The Spiderwick Chronicles," set up at Paramount with Nickelodeon Movies, based on the best-selling series of fantasy books written by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi. On the television side, Gotham is an executive producer on Aardman Animations' "Creature Comforts," premiering on CBS Television in early 2007. Gotham also has direct to DVD deals with Lionsgate and IDT Entertainment.

Contact Information

  • Contacts:

    For The Gotham Group:
    Maggie Begley
    Maggie Begley Communications
    310-301-9964 Direct
    310-749-3055 Mobile
    Email Contact

    For Yahoo! Studios:
    Amy Gardner
    Email Contact