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Archive for May, 2008

Can Fox stay on top?

Hard bargains reap hefty returns for studio

Ask production folks around Hollywood which studio is the most well-oiled machine, and you hear a unanimous answer: Fox.

Ask agents, managers and lawyers which studio is the most difficult to deal with and you also hear one answer: Fox.

The Twentieth Century Fox studio has been the market-share leader this year with successful, ultra-commercial fare — “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Horton Hears a Who.” But while it has major tentpoles set for next year, its summer slate seems a bit chancy. And insiders are wondering whether, in a business that’s proven cyclical by nature, Fox’s remarkable consistency can be upheld.

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Fox Animation Soars Under Blue Sky

Low-profile studio stays afloat with ‘Ice Age’

The nondescript glass building at 44 South Broadway in the New York City suburb of White Plains doesn’t exactly look like an artists’ paradise.

Amidst the lawyers and insurance companies here, however, is an office that’s notable only for the cardboard cutout by the front door advertising “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.” Behind the doors are screening rooms, sculptures, posters, piercings, computers — all the details one would expect at a modern-day animation studio that employs about 300 people.

Still, for anyone who has visited the lush creative campuses of Pixar or DreamWorks Animation, it would be hard to believe that this is the home of one of Hollywood’s most successful animation houses.

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