With a little help from Mac Guff and Universal, Illumination shines
With "The Lorax" cruising at the box office, Illumination Entertainment is looking to gear up its slate, attaching John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky to pen the script to its "Woody Woodpecker" pic.
Acquisition by Universal blends American and French cultures
Chris Meledandri's Illumination Entertainment is continuing to show its growth, announcing the hires of Brooke Breton as a senior production executive and Kit Giordano as director of development.
Universal Pictures is expected to tap veteran Sony Pictures exec Josh Goldstine as president of marketing, replacing Eddie Egan, who's moving over to head marketing at Illumination Entertainment.
When Chris Meledandri exited 20th Century Fox Animation two years ago to create Illumination Entertainment, the move was viewed by industryites as a huge loss for the Century City brass.
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment are joining forces to turn the Dr. Seuss book "The Lorax" into a 3-D CG animated feature.
Universal-based Illumination Entertainment will create a 3-D animated feature based on "Flanimals," a children's book series by Ricky Gervais.
Chris Meledandri's Universal-based shingle has a name -- Illumination -- and a batch of deals.
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