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2 talent rosters launch Web’s Digital Planet

Culver City digs on tap for former iXL-Live

Management production companies Talent Entertainment Group and AniManagement have pacted with Web consultancy iXL to create Digital Planet, an Internet production venture focused on creating entertainment programming for the Web.

Under terms of the pact, Digital Planet, formerly operating as iXL-Live, will open a new 25,000-square-foot digital studio later this month in Culver City, complete with three soundstages.

Both Talent Entertainment Group and AniManagement are already planning to produce a series of original Webisodic programs for the Internet starring their stable of clients. The completed series will be sold to dot-coms.

Specific financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but each company holds an equity stake in the venture.

“We wanted to have an opportunity to work with the best Web designers around the world to come up with creative vehicles for our clients interested in creating projects for the Internet,” Talent Entertainment Group partner Erwin More told Daily Variety. “We’re excited to have this relationship to have a creative outlet to sell our product.”

Thesps on launch pad

Talent Entertainment Group is already developing several projects, including an animated series starring Jenny McCarthy and an environmentally themed project with thesp Reese Witherspoon. Production is skedded to begin in the coming months.

Talent Entertainment Group reps Julianne Moore, Mariah Carey, Jon Bon Jovi and David Schwimmer. It also produces TV shows “Dharma and Greg” and the just-canceled Fox reality skein “American High.”

AniManagement reps Lowell Cunningham, creator of the “Men in Black” comic book; Kevin Eastman, creator of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”; and DNA Prods., the CG studio producer of “Olive, the Other Reindeer” and “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius” for Par and Nickelodeon.

Steven Chester is heading up Digital Planet, whose clients already include Rock the Vote, the Democratic National Convention Committee, DNA Sciences.com, Wherehouse Music Lounge/CheckOut.com, BBC America.com, Yahoo and Lycos.

“We chose to build our production facility in Los Angeles because we wanted to have access to the most creative and original thinkers on the digital planet,” Chester said. “These partnerships provide our clients with creative opportunities that have never been explored.”

Digital Planet is overseeing the Webcast of the Democratic National Convention. It recently produced the live Webcast for the KIIS-FMi Wango Tango concert.

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