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Weta and Chapman team up

27/11/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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New Zealand-based Weta 'Lord of the Rings' Productions and the UK's Chapman Entertainment are forming a partnership to develop a range of animated science fiction and fantasy TV series. The first venture will be an as yet unnamed animated comedy.

Weta, is the special effects company behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong and The Chronicles of Narnia. Weta has also recently ventured into television, through Weta Productions, with the production of the animated fantasy series, Jane and the Dragon.

The development project will be jointly led by Martin Baynton and Richard Taylor of Weta and Chapman Entertainment’s Creative Director, Keith Chapman. They are working on a selection of 2D and CGI animated series which will be presented to broadcasters and the licensing community in the near future, with pre-production expected to commence in 2008.

“Weta are the world leaders in their field and we are thrilled and extremely proud to be combining our respective skills to work on this exciting development,” Keith Chapman told SFcrowsnest.com. “This special new partnership takes Chapman Entertainment to an important new phase in the company’s history and will add a new age group to our portfolio of shows.”

“We have been fortunate to have worked with just brilliant film makers such as Peter Jackson, Andrew Adamson, James Cameron and Steven Spielberg”, added Richard Taylor “And we are once again fortunate to work with someone as renowned as Keith Chapman and the team at Chapman Entertainment. Weta Productions is looking forward to building on the success of Jane and the Dragon.”

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