DigitalCharacterGroup to 'produce high-quality digital animation'
Film and TV animation producers David Niles White (“South Park”) and Ron Tippe (“Space Jam”) have formed DigitalCharacterGroup, an animation and Internet startup.The Culver City-based company “was formed to produce high-quality digital animation with an emphasis on original design and outstanding character performance,” the duo said in a statement. White, who will serve as prexy/exec producer, produced the pilot of “South Park” for creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and also worked with toymaker Mattel to bring Barbie to life in commercials and other multimedia projects. Prior to partnering with Tippe, White was veep of digital animation/exec producer at Film Roman (“The Simpsons,” “King of the Hill”). Tippe, senior veep, creative affairs/exec producer for DigitalCharacterGroup, worked for Walt Disney Feature Animation, where he produced “Runaway Brain,” and at Warner Bros. animation, creating the animation for “Space Jam.” He is currently exec producing the computer-generated pic “Frankenstein” for Universal and f/x powerhouse Industrial Light & Magic. DigitalCharacterGroup is repped by the William Morris Agency and managed by Kelly Calder and Donna Felton of Natural Talent.