Toonz sets up new distribution arm in LA

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Tvm: In what could be seen as a major leap in the global arena for Toonz Animation India, the Trivandrum-based animation major has ventured into the US distribution horizon with the kick off of a new distribution arm in Los Angeles.

The LA distribution division envisages specializing in the world-wide sales and distribution of, animated feature films, direct to video content and television series. Christened Toonz Entertainment, USA, the new division will have at the helm, Matt Cooperstein as the Executive VP of Toonz Entertainment, USA, who will be overseeing the strategic and operational functions of the company.

Toonz initial properties for distribution would include Wolverine and X-Men Season 1 and 2, Speed Racer 2, Speed Racer Classic, Mostly Ghostly 2 and 3 and Freefonix. Toonz Entertainment will specialize in the world-wide sales and distribution of these animated feature films, direct to video content and television series.

Cooperstein, who has worked with noted studios such as ITC Entertainment Group, Polygram Television, Universal Worldwide Television, IndieArts Entertainment and most recently, Liberation Entertainment, said, ““I look forward to this challenging opportunity and I am elated to be part of one of the most respected animation houses in the world. We already have acquired the rights to highly branded properties and will be aggressive in adding more titles in the future.”

Commenting on the new arm, P Jayakumar, CEO, Toonz Group said, “The establishment of a new distribution arm is in pursuance of our vision to grow as a full fledged media house. We would be able to take to the world, properties from our library as well as a portfolio of iconic properties.”

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