EXCLUSIVE: Producers Maryann Garger (If Something Occurs, I Love You) and Michael Becker (Primal, Price) have partnered to launch Imprint Household Leisure.
The brand new division of Becker’s Imprint Leisure will give attention to creating, growing and producing household content material throughout all media, together with movie, TV and podcasts.
Its first mission is Groove Tails, an animated function starring Jamie Foxx, which is at the moment in manufacturing. Bob Logan (The Lego Ninjago Film) is directing, from an unique script by Johnny Mack (Dad Cease Embarassing Me!). Foxx can also be producing, alongside Garger and Becker.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Bob Logan and the whole proficient workforce of filmmakers for this primary function from IFE,” stated Garger. “We couldn’t ask for a greater method to launch our firm on this market.”
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“After working with Maryann for a variety of years, we felt this was a good time to develop into the household market by launching this firm. The household market has developed over the previous a number of years and is now extra than simply leisure for youths. We’re aiming to push that bar even additional and develop thrilling household content material for all ages,” added Becker.
Garger is a veteran of the animation trade who spent over 20 years at DreamWorks Animation. There, she labored on such beloved titles as Madagascar, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and The Prince of Egypt. She started her profession at Walt Disney Characteristic Animation, on the animated function Pocahontas.
Garger additionally produced Jackie Chan starrer The Lego Ninjago Film for Warner Bros. Studios, in addition to adventure-comedy Flushed Away, which David Bowers and Sam Fell directed for DreamWorks and Aardman Animation. That function earned 5 Annie Awards and three further nominations in 2006, additionally claiming a BAFTA nomination within the class of Finest Animated Characteristic. Garger reunited with Bowers when she produced his 2009 pic Astro Boy for Imagi and Summit Leisure. She most just lately produced Netflix’s If Something Occurs, I Love You, which claimed the Oscar this yr for Finest Animated Quick.
Becker started his profession as a expertise agent and supervisor. In 2008, he segued into producing, as a founding member of Imprint Leisure, the place he at the moment serves as CEO. The corporate’s early credit included Summit Leisure’s Twilight Saga and Sony Photos’ The Stepfather with Amber Heard.
Becker most just lately exec produced Primal with Nicholas Cage and the upcoming movie Price, starring Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci, which was picked up by Netflix and Barack & Michelle Obama’s Larger Floor.